Behold my latest project: the KLS V.2, or the Kinetic Last Stand V.2. The KLS V.2 is a semi automatic Knex gun that has a flat range of about 40+ ft and features 6 shot removable horizontal magazines with internal pushers. For those of you unfamiliar to Knex guns, semi automatic guns are a big deal because with Knex weaponry, every ounce of energy that fires the bullet comes from you. Even in traditional Knex repeaters it is you that pulls back the ramrod, all the rubber bands do is store that energy until it is ready to be utilized. However pulling back a ramrod and pulling back a trigger are two very different things, as much more energy can be stored in a pullback length of 8 inches as opposed to a pullback length of one inch. That is why the key factor of any semi-automatic gun is efficiency. When all you have to work with are your fingers and an inch of pullback, you are not going to want any of that energy to go to waste.
This design, based off Louis XIV's "Speed Loader", utilizes the mechanism that he stumbled upon, with just a few improvements. This mechanism works by kind of squeezing the shot out of the gun, which happens to be one of the most efficient ways to utilize the energy of your finger.
With the squeeze of the trigger, you can launch a gray connector 40+ feet, depending on how strong you are, and with this gun's semi automatic capability, it does so at an amazing rate. This is definitely the best weapon I have built thus far, as it is reliable, powerful, innovative, and just plain cool. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
-This gun requires 1 mandatory broken part, and a couple more for perfect performance. The optional ones will be identified throughout the Instructable.
-THIS GUN EATS UP RUBBER BANDS! Make sure you have plenty of spares (I have about 3000 rubber bands :P)
-*This is a complex build, Follow the directions exactly. Everything is the way it is for a reason.*
Here are some videos so you know exactly what you are building:
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*This gun is now part of the Launch It! Challenge. If you think this gun deserves it, please give it your vote!*
LETS GET TO BUILDING!
Check out Knex Gun Builder's review here.