Introduction: K'NEX Review: NAR, TR8, ZKAR
The NAR, the TR8, and the ZKAR have long been the "standards" for good K'NEX guns. If you have a gun that has a higher rate of fire than the TR8, with somewhat decent ranges, you have a good gun (according to some people's philosophy). And so, I took the time to build the three "legendary" weapons to see for my self as to whether they are as good as some people say/think. So, I present the guns in alphabetical order in the next three steps. Now, keep in mind that I did somewhat extensive testing. This means that I did not just chuck the guns together and then said that they were bad/good, I took my time to make them as good as possible. So first of, the NAR.
Step 1: NAR (Not a Rectangle)
The NAR was introduced by oodalumps in December 31st, 2009. All he did was take the body and the mechanism of the TR, and added a simple, but effective, transfer mechanism, that would keep the users FPs from breaking. The gun I have in the pictures is not the NAR, but the gun in the pictures is supposed to represent it.
The Jamalam puts it this way: "The "Not A Rectangle", otherwise known as "Untangle" or simply "NAR" is easily the best single shot in terms of range due to the power transfer at the front. Because this is the only needed feature of the gun, it also makes the NAR very customizable and therefore you can change your NAR to the extreme. With enough work, you could make the gun look however you like."
Range: 4/10 (40 ft. max). It was alleged that got 100 ft., mine only got 40 ft., thus, 4 out of 10.
Looks: 6/10. Though this really does not matter, I think that the NAR looks pretty good.
Internal Functions: 5/10. It was hard to get the trigger to block the FP with out help.
Broken Pieces: 10/10. The NAR does not require any.
Comfort: 4/10. The NAR is not really that comfortable
Rate of Fire: 2/10. It was hard to pull and to fire with speed.
Sturdiness: 8/10. The NAR is relatively sturdy.
Keep in mind that this is my rating for the gun. I truly suggest that you check it out for your self, don't take my word for it. And, if I have offended anyone, I'm sorry, but this is my rating of the gun. Ignore it if you wish.
Step 2: TR8 (TuRret 8 Rounds)
Posted on June 1st, 2009, the TR8 made a huge impact on K'NEX guns. I was not around then, but I have heard A TON about it. It is the best single shot gun there ever was, and people love it. KILLERK's original TR8 'ible has received over 2,000 views, and has sparked huge popularity. Many different versions have been posted, and it is still used in wars today. It is said that if you have a gun better than the TR8, you have an epic gun.
Now, it may look like my version is "heavily modified," but it is not. I is almost exactly the same gun as The only thing I really changed is the fore grip area, as I did not want to use up all of those white connecters. Also, I don't own any spacers, so that may have affected something or other.
Range: 7/10. I got about 70 ft. with one #117 band and a non-finned red rod. I got only 60 ft. with two bands and a finned red rod. The fins made the rod go downwards.
Looks: 7/10. I think it looks pretty boss. Almost futuristic.
Internal Function: 5/10. Same problem as the NAR. The Trigger needed help to block the pin.
Broken Pieces: 10/10. None necessary.
Comfort: 4/10. Its not THAT comfortable.
Rate of Fire: 5/10. I could not figure out how to fire this thing very fast. It just did not work.
Sturdiness: 6/10. It was relatively sturdy, but if you were to drop this, the TR might break.
Again, this is my rating for the gun. If you want to see it in action, go build it yourself.
Step 3: ZKAR (Zak's K'NEX Assult Rifle)
The ZKAR is probably my favorite of the three weapons in this review. It was posted in April 25th, of 2009, and is a worthy K'NEX war weapon. It is simple to build, easy to use, and gets great ranges. It has only two faults: 1) It requires a broken Y-rod, and 2) It needed one mod to make it hit the round. This mod was that I HAD to take the connecters off of the pin that connected the pin to the pin-guide. If you don't do this, your ZKAR will not hit the bullet, and your gun will not function.
Range: 10/10. I got 70 ft. easy.
Looks: 8/10. I think it looks boss.
Internal Functions: 8/10. It works great, but requires some pin-pull-redoes...things like that.
Broken Pieces: 4/10. It requires a broken y-rod, which many people are unwilling to give up.
Comfort: 4/10. The handle looks comfortable, but really is not...at least to me.
Rate of Fire: 6/10. You could shoot all 7 rods out of the magazine in 10 seconds (provided that it did not jam).
Sturdiness: 10/10. The ZKAR is quite sturdy.
I really do suggest that you build this. It will be a good experience.
Step 4: Now Keep in Mind...
And I repeat: keep in mind that the scores I gave them are just my opinion. I do not mean to offend anyone, that is just how I found the guns to preform. If you have any questions or comments, drop me a message, I'd like to hear from you. Enjoy!
-The Red Book of Westmarch