The Kinetic Slingshotgun (KIC1 Entry)





Introduction: The Kinetic Slingshotgun (KIC1 Entry)

About: Sometimes it takes a man to push beyond what he thinks is possible before he realizes that possibility is a mere conception of the mind. Once that barrier is broken, the mind is no longer a hindrance, but h...
Greetings fellow iblers!

What I have today is something that I have been hard at work on for the past week and a half: the Kinetic Slingshotgun.  Based on Oblivitus' 38F23 concept (seriously man, can you explain your naming process to me?), this gun is capable of launching whatever you can fit in the loading tray at a pretty good velocity.  Now, while I will hand over credit to Oblivitus for the "box-firing" concept, this particular gun has a couple other impressive innovations that I would like to point out.

First and most important of all, it includes a near-perfect version of my "rail-guided pump", which has been seen before on the K-4.  Now, what makes this pump such a big deal, is the fact that the guiding system requires very little space and thus will not interfere with other, more important mechanisms in a gun.  Though not completely necessary for this particular gun to function, I feel that it will play a big part in future pump-actions that will require more complex mechanisms to function.

The second thing I want to point out is the trigger mechanism.  While the directional energy transfers int the sliding trigger may be cool, what is even cooler is the fact that part of the trigger mechanism is actually built into the "box" itself.  This doesn't mean that you pull back the box and the trigger catches it, it means that there is actually a moving part in the box that allows the trigger to function.  There is a pin in the back of the box that, when pulled back, interacts with a ramp (another directional energy transfer), pushing it up, and thus blocking the box from moving forward.  The trigger is, in essence, a hammer that pushes down is pin and sends the box (and ammo) flying on its way.  I feel that this is a good example of how triggers can be more than just a connector that blocks the barrel, and it could play a role in future rail system rifles.

Oh yeah, and there aren't any broken pieces used in this gun.

Yet, despite the cool looks, innovative functions, and hours I spent on it, this gun is not without flaws:

-Because of the nature of the concept, it was very hard to design a mechanism that would lock loaded ammo in place, preventing it from falling out the barrel.  You have to be very careful when carrying around this gun with ammo in the tray not to tip it.

-Due to the weight required to make a solid, structurally sound rail, there is an annoying amount of friction acting between the rail and the box, reducing efficiency.

-Finally, because of my inability to plan ahead, the pin in the box is pushed up instead of down, causing most of the pressure to be concentrated on the weaker part of the box.  Simply rearranging the ramp and the trigger would solve this, but that would just be a pain in the butt, so I might get around to it, or might not xD.

So, as you might have guessed, this is my entry for TD and Oblivitus' "K'nex Innovators' Contest: Round One".  Despite its flaws, I am happy to say that I am very proud of the gun, and I think that will be a crucial building block for future pump actions.



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    Thanks! I hope to use it in a repeating sling rifle in the near future...if I can manage to find the time.

    Well, in that case I might. I have a lot to do over the next few days though and I'll have to post it before the next contest starts.

    Awesome dude, thank you. I will probably be the first to build it if you do end up posting it :)

    looks awesome. good job man. you're gonna be the winner. anyway, i decided to not make this, as i really don't like shotguns, and it just seamed as something too unuseful for me to spend time on it. too simple, but too big. if i'd build something like this, i'd have to take my zkar and probably my tdac apart... not for this kind of thing i won't.

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    Thanks man.

    Yeah, this was not by any means a fun gun to build, and I definitely put more time into it than I should have lol. But, seeing that I didn't have anything important built at the moment, I decided it wouldn't hurt to give it my best shot.

    seems legit. still working on the K-4? anyway, i just remembered, i tried your concept with the rotating pins that align with a magazine, but i found it would be too hard to build period, if at all possible, and i say that because i found a lot of problems with space for where the rams go that interferes with the other mechs. anyway, even if it's possible, it would be too big, too weak, too long to load and not war worthy. i think there are better ways to make a semi auto. don't know about a full auto, but definitely semi auto. anyway, i had an idea that might be useful. instead of a turret like turning body with rams on it, have a removable horizontal side magazine that you insert into the back of the gun after cocking all the pins on it, and much like your idea, it aligns with the actual vertical magazine and shoots. the idea is to have some revolving mechanism below or above it to load the next ram when the current one has been shot. it may be useful, as i said, but i'm invested into something else at the moment. btw, check out my S2 video. i'll be posting instructions for it in a day or two, so you can look at it deeply then. anyway, good luck with the contest and stuff.

    No, the K-4 is only a skeleton now, but I want to go back on it sometime with a v.2.

    Ok, so the ram magazine will fit into the side of the gun and kind of slide through the body, setting off the pins? I like the idea, and I think it would be better due to the problems you stated above. I would love to work on that with you sometime when we both are free.

    And I have seen the S2 already, and it looks amazing. If only we could figure out removable mags for it, I think it would be a good runner up to a TR in a war.

    Also, It is ok if I work on the closed barrel sling right? I think I will be able to do it with my K-3 mechanism, but just wanted to make sure it was alright with you.

    ok. did you ever get it to actually work?

    yes ! exactly !!! i thought i wasn't explaining it well enough and i would have to draw something and show you. anyway, yeah that sounds great. i think i'll be able to do it in about 4-5 days. my sister's wedding is at july 5th, and my family is doing a series of events before and after that, so i won't be able to build between (roughly) the 4th and the 10th. i will go on the site, but i will be away from my knex (hotel).

    i think i have an idea how to do that, but i'll try that some other time. anyway, thanks a lot ! that's a big compliment. (i'm not objective so this counts a lot less, but) i think it is better than a tr in war. it's WAY smaller, i'm pretty sure it's stronger if not about the same, neither have a removable bullet supply (turret/mag), it's a little less accurate, but so what, and they both have roughly the same ROF.

    Well, every mechanism worked the way it should have, but with forces acting upon it that I hadn't predicted. As I think I talked about with you before, the amount of force acting on the trigger was astronomical, and therefore limited the amount of bands that could be put on the bow, and thus range was pretty pathetic. Also, the force required to activate the loading mechanism was also a pretty good amount, and that further limited the overall band capacity of the gun. But, I would like to make a V.2 using a layout similar to the one seen in my slingshotgun, as the barrel so happens to fit the K-4 ammo perfectly.

    Yeah, I am gonna be tied up for a while too, so just let me know when you are free and we will figure something out.

    And yeah, I really love the S2. The only areas where I think the tr one ups it is the fact that it shoots oodammo, and the fact that it has a stronger ram guide, and this has a higher band capacity. Don't get me wrong, if you can put a removable mag on that, I think I would take it over the tr any day.

    Last but not least, the K-3 is basically the mechanism that I showed you on the 3252 page, just with a few more mechs on there that allow it to pull back and fire a hammer repeatedly. I'll post a forum so people can get their own ideas on it. And I will definitely hit you up if I need any help with anything.

    ok good luck with that. btw, "happens to fit the ammo" lol.

    ok, so i think i'll be free immediately, because my project isn't going so well. i'll tell you what i've been doing. i've been trying to make a quad pseudo semi auto bolt action smg. what the f*ck does that mean you ask? good question. it means to have 4 barrels, 4 pins and 4 mags aligned horizontally, much like oblivitus' Z3 with one extra, and have the whole thing work in a bolt action setup, with an alternating trigger mech to, well, alternate between the 4 mechs. it all works both in theory and in practice, and it gets a good 35 feet with one band per pin, while it still is very easy to pull the bolt and use it, but the problem is that the trigger blocks keep jamming for no good reason, and believe me i've tried everything. this wouldn't normally be a problem, but they are kind of in the middle of the gun (it's about a square, a really big one), so they're impossible to reach without some kind of thin screwdriver. anyway, i'll put that aside for now until i find out a solution. i have confidence in it though that it will be the best semi auto on the site. i think i'll try to start fresh sometime, because i have an idea for a better setup, just that i lack the patience to do it now, and i'm eager about my other semi/full auto concept. if you want to start working on it ASAP, give me a GO, and i'll tell you what i think we should do. in the meantime, read on young grasshoppa. sorry i had to say that, it was implied.

    i'll give the tr oodammo and band capacity, although i think the S2 is still better in terms of band capacity because it transfers the energy from less bands in a more correct way to the bullet, thus creating the same amount of strength for a much easier pull. and about pin guide, sure it has a better pin guide, because it has a stock to attach it to at the back. if you want a better pin guide, just give it a stock. i'll try to work on both a stock for a pin guide and a removable mag for it.

    ok great.

    Hey man sorry for late replies...been really busy lately.

    I haven't begun working on it yet, but I will as soon as I get home from work today (at 4pm eastern time). I am also going to start working on the closed-barrel sling, incorporating the K-3 mech (which I will post in the next couple of days) in an effort to get rid of some of the problems you encountered. If I could see what you have so far, that would be great, so I can develop some ideas while I am working in these other things. I think it will be one of the best semi-autos too, but I also feel that there is going to be that one person of group of people that will complain that it isn't true semi auto haha. Whatever, haters gonna hate lol.

    So your saying that the S2 is more efficient? Yeah I believe that. Efficiency is the most important quality in any gun, I believe, so two thumbs up on that. So yeah, if efficiency isn't a problem, then I would say forget a stock, and just focus on getting a removable mag on there. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    it's ok lol.

    do you mean you will work on my concept? anyway, good lick with both, though i'd like to keep updated. i'll pm you later... great, can't wait to see the K-3. i haven't actually started on it... i was being a bit lazy lol. yes, sure, but according to that logic, if mine isn't a semi auto neither is the Z3, and as far as i know, nobody complained about that... anyway, yeah, i know what you mean. and true, haters gonna hate.

    i agree, efficiency is the most important quality of a gun. that's why i almost always try to get the best efficiency. that's why my supposedly simple and MR. T like SABR was so powerful. anyway, i have gotten something to support the pin better, not a stock, because i don't believe it needs one, but if anyone wants a stock it's simple enough to make from what i have. i'll post a pic on my S2 'ible and notify you. about the mag, i'm trying, but it's hard, since the mag is kinda attached to everything in there. it's kinda what keeps the whole gun together, so i'll have to find a solution to that. i might try making it into white rods instead of blue rods, and that would clear up some space. in the meantime, have you built it? you should, it's so good and so piece efficient.

    oops, i didn't notice that last bit... yeah sure, be my guest. credit on the 'ible if you succeed, but other than that, sure, feel free. btw, i don't think i've seen the K-3. have you posted pictures/a video of it?

    oh and one last thing - if you want help or advice about something i had in there, just ask. i'll gladly help.

    The spray is kinda cool. You definitely put some time into developing extra stuff beyond the concept; the pump, the loading hole, the trigger. Cool stuff.