Introduction: Jenga Pistol V1

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As you can see, his is rather blocky, and so is mine. I ran out of pieces so it looks a little crappy(I know all the gun members are going to flip), but the handles are comfortable and stable, so I don't care about how it looks.

So a little while back, I saw a video of this guy who made a wooden 'pistol' that propelled a bolt forward in order to fire Jenga blocks out of a Jenga tower without having to worry about pulling them. I thought it was cool, so I looked to see if any have been ible'd on this site and it turns out there's nothing. I had a few pieces(this is all of them) left over from another build I'm working on, so I decided to give it a crack. My version is created from K'nex(my first entry for the toy contest) and is also the first out of two that I will be making. This was more of a prototype that helped me get the idea of how it should work, but it used a cool firing system nonetheless and I will therefore put up some pics of it. However, it is bulky and not very smooth, so I will not fully post this version. Also, I just wanted to add that yes, I know that this could be a stupid ram gun with the front part cut off and it would be much simpler, lighter, efficient and neat. But that was not the purpose of making this; I intentionally made the bolt a *bolt* to mimic the original and challenge myself. Don't like it? Build  without the connectors in the front and have a nice day.


DJ Radio (author)2011-06-22

It has most of the characteristics of a knex gun, and it shoots jenga blocks. But still pretty cool.

apples!!!!! (author)DJ Radio2011-06-23

Aside from the bolt and catch system, which would be rather impractical on most k'nex gun :P

They are a rare breed! Zak and Solekill3r made one each, the Turret Bow and Lieutenant Licorice respectively. I modded the Lt. to have a turret, and it was pretty good. Unfortunately Zak, out of pure selfishness, never posted many (if any!) pics of the Turret Bow.

The term (I believe) is a rail gun, because you basically can make them as long as you need them to be, taking the gun beyond the constrain of the grey rod length firing pin.

I don't plan on calling it a rail gun since rail guns are much, much cooler than that :P but I know what you mean; I was thinking that to myself the other day(I've never seen any of which you speak of).

Ah, wel thank you! Haha I might try one of those in the future; they look fun.

TheFoofinator (author)2011-06-22

Matthias <3 What a legend. He inspired to tinker with Lego Marble Machines, which then led me onto knex ball machines, then In instructables, then the rest is history.

I thought about building this into knex, but never bothered, great job man. A vid of the knex one in action would be nice.

I know, I love his stuff. I'll actually be converting most of what he makes into K'nex, hopefully. But thank you, and I will be putting up a video of the newer version when it's finished, because it's greatly improved.

beanieostrich (author)2011-06-22

This is a great gun =D 4*

It's not really a gun, but thanks :P haha the new one is much better.

~KGB~ (author)2011-06-22

nice one! =D

apples!!!!! (author)~KGB~2011-06-22

Thanks :P

~KGB~ (author)apples!!!!!2011-06-22

np =D

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