Introduction: K'nex Gun Terminology

Just a friendly little guide to familiarize yourself with K'nex terminology.

If you have any complaints or modifications, please pm me and I'll fix it accordingly.

Step 1: Components and Devices

Rod- The long skinny pieces.

Connectors- The pieces with holes (usually) in the middle that K'nex pieces can attach to.

Rings- Rings that are just holes, usually space fillers that fit on a rod. Usually come in the half-a-connector width blue rings.

Tan Clip... Things- I don't know what they're called. Used for wheels and connectors from spinning on a rod.

Exotic Pieces- Other pieces, like rare or uncommon K'nex pieces or foreign objects like springs.

Firing Pin/Ramrod- The rod which hits the projectile, transferring kinetic energy into said projectile, propelling it through the air. Usually propelled by a rubber band.

Barrel- The section in which the ramrod hits the ammo, made usually by clipping many connectors on to a rod.

Block trigger- A trigger in which a K'nex piece blocks the hammer or ramrod. Usually hit perpendicular to the gun.

True Trigger- A trigger pressed like a normal gun instead of sideways.

Hopper/Magazine- A sort of container which uses gravity to put ammunition into the gun without manually sticking the projectile into the gun. Usually holds rods.

Stock- Like on a real gun, a stock protrudes from the back of a gun and can rest in the armpit of the user or on the shoulder. Used for stability.

Step 2: Gun Varieties

Single-Shot - Usually fires on shot, then ammunition must be placed in the barrel and the ramrod must be re-cocked.
Example

Bolt Action- A Single-Shot with a hopper. All you have to do is re-cock the ramrod and ammunition will slide into the barrel do to gravity. Sometimes called Semi-Auto.
Example

Full-Auto/Machine Gun- A large chain or wheel of single shots that uses a motor to quickly rotate each individual shot in to an area where they will fire.
Example

Pump Action- A gun that is re-cocked by a sort of pump in front of the trigger. Usually a shotgun
or a rifle.
Example

Shotgun- "Shotguns" In real life are supposed to shoot many projectiles inaccurately a short range, but in the world of K'nex it may mean a short-ranged (but possibly powerful) gun. Often Pump Action
Example

Sniper- Usually a single shot concentrated mainly on range, power, and accuracy. May have a hopper and usually has some sort of "scope" or hole to look through to help with aim.
Example

Step 3: Credits

Credit to:
mattmfhe
Perfect Duck
sammyb
Mepain
and ipod killer for their guns.
And special credit to Danny for approving this instructable

And remember, pm me if you have any problems with this instructable.

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LvNo1000 made it!(author)2013-03-17

Thx for this :)

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cj81499 made it!(author)2010-05-24
change the pump action link to
Pump-Action Shotgun V3
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D1rty+Di3sel made it!(author)2010-03-07

Semi auto guns use energy from the fired round to operate the mechanism;  When you fire a double action gun, pulling the trigger cocks the mechanism, then it fires.

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CoasterKid98 made it!(author)2009-12-12

semi-auto is when you DON'T have to reload after every shot.

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Merugop made it!(author)2009-11-09

 the blue rings are spacers

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TwistedParadox made it!(author)2009-05-15

Red Impact is not a semi-auto

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An+Villain made it!(author)2009-04-28

change your link to a pump action gun the old one was removed

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Loosewire%3B+SOE+Operative made it!(author)2007-07-02

they are called firing pins not ramrods, a ramrod is a rod used to push something down the barrel

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jongscx made it!(author)2007-11-15

...and the firing pin is technically only used to ignite the gunpowder in the bullet and not actually push the projectile down the barrel. I don't think there really is a term for the part and function that we're looking for here. The closest is a cross-bow or spear-gun, and they don't have a rod that transfers the energy to a projectile, the string is directly in contact with it.

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halo-knex-gr8 made it!(author)2008-06-26

a hammer?

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gunmanx made it!(author)2007-09-25

no bolt

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Loosewire%3B+SOE+Operative made it!(author)2007-09-26

No!!! A bolt is different, the bolt houses the firing pin.

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gunmanx made it!(author)2007-09-26

no ur rong

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-09-26

no, he is right. Look, 27 is the bolt and 29 is the firing pin

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-03

Alright, if "Firing Pin" is more common, then I shall call it firing pin. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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Loosewire%3B+SOE+Operative made it!(author)2007-07-03

thanks

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KISSfreak made it!(author)2008-02-18

good gun

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i+like+pie1996 made it!(author)2007-12-21

u really like perfect ducks gun dont u

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johna111 made it!(author)2007-11-20

To ME, it doesn't matter WHAT the parts are called just as long as the manufacturer knows what it's supposed to do. I think that"flamin_idot_dude" did a great job.

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Danny made it!(author)2007-07-23

erm make it a colabaration and what the hell how can you say a piece of knex is exotic or semi exotic

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-23

Err, it's not that rare but its not like the normal pieces.

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Danny made it!(author)2007-07-23

um yes it is exotic is like a spring, rubber band or string

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-26

Ok. No objections?

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aall50 made it!(author)2007-07-13

whose gun is that i want to build it!!!

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-15

Click on the Bolt-Action example. It's Perfect Duck's Red Impact.

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Mepain made it!(author)2007-07-01

A semi auto is not single shot, it is a gun or weapon that fires every time the trigger is pulled.

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-03

No, I know that is what semi-auto means, I wrote what the K'nex community uses the word for.

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Mepain made it!(author)2007-07-03

Most beginners only uses "semi auto" for that purpose because that's what they think it means, when the truth of the matter is that they are wrong. The people that have been here for a long time, however, only use the term "semi auto" for what it actually is.

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-03

Which is more common? I think there are more beginners than masters

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Mepain made it!(author)2007-07-03

It's true that there are more beginners, but most of them use the term semi-auto as previously stated. This is because a lot of the "masters" have tried to drill it into their heads.

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flaming_idiot_dude made it!(author)2007-07-03

All right, I'll just mention that it also sometimes called semi auto. Is that fine with you?

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mmzdaniel made it!(author)2007-07-02

the semi auto explanation is wrong, a semi auto is a gun that you DONT have do cock the firing pin, you only need to pull the trigger, and every time you pull the trigger, 1 bullet goes out.

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mmzdaniel made it!(author)2007-07-02

oops now i see mnepain wrote this too....

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Easy+Button made it!(author)2007-07-01

this is good for beginners

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