Introduction: The Racker Rifle

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This is the result of me wanting to make a connector body TR.  I made this about a year ago, but never got around to posting it.  I got stumped on the trigger, and after a while, I came up with one of the best trigger mechs out there.  It blocks behind the handle, pulls smoothly, and can hold just about as many bands as you want.  The trigger is unique in that it hinges on the (I want to say axis, but I know that is wrong) same axis as the pin goes down, so the pressure is straight on the hinge, and the trigger is horizontal.  It also hinges on one of the strongest parts of the body, so no banding problem there.

I know we don't need another TR, so take this as more of a proof of concept for a new trigger.  The trigger would be suitable for a bolt-action, too, because there is a gap below it so a bolt pin could pass through.  I gave up on that project a while ago.

Lets get on to the pro's and con's


- Its small and doesn't use too many pieces

- Trigger is very reliable and strong

- Pin guide fits perfectly, almost no extra friction

- Impact dissapator on back spreads out pin force, so again, you can put on all the bands you want.

- Very long pin pull


- one cut part (a cut white rod)

- Pin not in the best place to pull back.

Credit to Zak for the color scheme.  And to bakenbitz/zak for the front barrel bit.

Please tell me if there are any major grammatical errors or something needs clearing up.

Don't even ask for ranges, because everyone will use different bands and ammo.  It all depends. 
Please excuse my photography, I'm not the best at it, and my camera is a 4 year old 7.2mp point and shoot.  It focuses terribly.

Step 1: Turret

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Pretty generic turret.  Make it.

Step 2: Main Body, Part 1

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This is the main body of the gun.  I mess up in one step, because when making the ible, I took apart and reversed the body layers.  I point it out in a picture.

Step 3: Main Body, Part 2

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This step adds the trigger, foregrip, and a few other things.  I KNOW THE TURRET IS BACKWARDS.

Step 4: The Stock and Handle + Bands

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This is the handle and stock of the gun.  Should be pretty easy.

Step 5: Usage

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To use, load the turret by sticking in a rod a bit beyond the turret blocker and wind all the way around and then past the blocker, and then push in the rod all the way so the white rod sticks out and catches on the tip of the ramrod.  Then load the rest of the turret.  Pull back the pin until the trigger clicks in, and then pull the trigger.  Repeat until turret is empty, then rewind the turret and repeat.


ProtectTheAlphaWolf made it! (author)2016-05-13

the safety pin doesn't work well. ☺

ProtectTheAlphaWolf (author)2016-05-13

hey is your friend Zak's first name Boomer? if it is I know him personally. ☺

RandomCommenter (author)2015-05-06

Seems nice range with 2 #64 bands?

CorgiCritter (author)2015-02-12

One of the best knex guns EVER. I have built it 7 (!) Different times. I dunno if you ever check your ibles anymore, but if you do, I just want to say great job! Oodammo shoots very nicely with this gun.

TheRacker (author)CorgiCritter2015-03-15

Thanks man! Yeah I still come by here on occasion. Glad you like it.

CorgiCritter (author)TheRacker2015-03-16

No problem, I just really like it. :)

Element Force (author)2013-02-18


Element Force (author)2013-02-18

how you put the rubber band for rottating the turret?

Element Force (author)2013-02-17

i and it to my favorite! awsome and it use not to many connector 5*.

fooey285 (author)2012-11-22

Nice rifle. a bit small for me but man is it powerful with 1 #64 rubber band.

TheFoofinator (author)2012-06-01

I know its kind of late, but the word you were looking for instead of axis is 'plane' :) I forgot how good this gun is...

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2012-06-01

Oh and how is my gun working out for you?

TheFoofinator (author)TheRacker2012-06-02

I will begin construction as soon as I arrive at my relative's house today.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2012-06-02

Awesome. The pictures worked out?

TheFoofinator (author)TheRacker2012-06-05

Yes thanks, currently building it! I found 2 elastic cords to help i the power as well. I thought there were not any elastics at all here, but these should give some punch.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2012-06-05

Awesome. What do you think of the mech so far?

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2012-06-01

Ha thanks. Where do I need to put in plane? So long ago that I made this ible, lol.

TheFoofinator (author)TheRacker2012-06-02

Axis > Plane. An axis is a turning point. Plane = X, Y, Z etc on a 3d model.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2012-06-02

Yeah I know. Where do I need to edit it in?

didexo (author)2012-06-04


~Meme~ (author)2012-04-21

Cool, its a mini TR18!

TheRacker (author)~Meme~2012-05-06

Not even close. It just has a similar turret design.

SYMEN (author)2012-02-18

Nice gun,pal. I'm gonna add this gun as a favorite now that I can use my pieces to build something worth killing those annoying aliens with lol.

TheRacker (author)SYMEN2012-02-18

Hey thanks alot!

SYMEN (author)TheRacker2012-02-18

your welcome. Any ideas on how to view the pictures?

TheRacker (author)SYMEN2012-02-19

Um, look at them?

Dirtyboyy (author)2012-02-16

Great! 5*

dr. richtofen (author)2012-02-01

Cool gun! Nice trigger. But do you perhaps know how many black hinge parts and full hingers are in the gun?

MegaMetal8 (author)2011-11-06

Whats teh range like? Im 90% gonna build.

TheRacker (author)MegaMetal82011-11-06

I said don't ask in the description, because everyone will use different bands and ammo, but with oodammo and 3 64's I got about 65-70 feet. Not as good as a regular tr, but it is much smaller and easier to build.

MegaMetal8 (author)TheRacker2011-11-07

Oh, sorry. Yeah im building.

TheFoofinator (author)2011-09-20

I love this gun! Built it and it is a perfect platform for a good war gun. Like a TR, only smaller and less bulky wiht more ability to mod. I have taken off the front grip, for I plan to add some sort of secondary weapon (eg shotgun) on the underside. I have added the bolt handle form the SwagBoss, so now the pulling the pin back isn't a problem and the ROF is insane. I stuck with the original trigger in favour of the 3 layer handle, because I have no problem with those bits sticking out side.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2011-09-22

Did you get my reply to this earlier?

TheFoofinator (author)TheRacker2011-09-23

Yep, I'll get the pics up asap.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2011-10-04

Never mind, I did already. I'll add a picture and give you credit. It was a great idea, and worked well. But it chews through bands a lot faster than before. =)

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2011-09-23

Cool. I think I will add a ram handle too. Sounds like a good idea.

TheRacker (author)TheFoofinator2011-09-20

Thank you so much! This means a lot. I do like that it is pretty tiny for a tr, and is very lightweight. Can I see some pictures with the swagboss handle? And yeah, those two red connectors on the handle are there for your pointer finger's comfort, so it doesn't poke against those connectors.

TheDunkis (author)2011-09-12

Hmm, I couldn't look at all the pictures but I figured out what you mean about the trigger. That's a nice concept in itself. It doesn't put a load of stress on the trigger in the opposite direction, so it should be a smoother pull. However, what I think I would end up doing is using hinges aligned with the barrel but connected out of the way instead of the green rod thing. While that does look secure enough, it still seems a bit iffy in that the green rods could slip out. If I ever get the time and motivation, I'll have to try out a new oodammo pistol with a similar trigger.

TheRacker (author)TheDunkis2011-09-12

The thing with the hinges is that the connection is off-center, so they would snap off after just a little stress. I know the connection isn't perfect, but it is the best way to do it without blocking the barrel or adding more layers.

TheDunkis (author)TheRacker2011-09-12

Nah, I think if the hinges connected straight on with another connector, and then they're "wrapped" with other connectors over and under them (probably hard to understand) to help keep them stable, it'd probably work out nicely. Again, if I find the motivation to in the future, I'll try designing an oodammo pistol using this new trigger concept via my method. And of course credit will be given.

TheRacker (author)TheDunkis2011-09-12

You got me going there....I built a mock-up in 20 minutes of reading that. Sorry for doing it first, but I just had to. I almost built the whole gun, lol. The red connnectors on top and bottom of the hinge push it up and down smoothly. The top one you band to push the hinge down. Pull the trigger to make it go up. The trigger has an extra cut part because i just wanted to slap this together. The cut part on the back is also not required, I just put it on because I had it. Though you might need it so the pin doesn't go above the trigger and bend itself, if you see what i mean. There are blue spacers on the bottom to keep it secure, like you said. The red connector does that on the top. And you were right, this does seem stronger. Looong comment lets get to the pictures.

TheDunkis (author)TheRacker2011-09-12

Well there you go, you got it down just fine. It's kind of disappointing to have so many broken bits but I'm sure it could be refined considering this was quickly thrown together. It demonstrates pretty much what I was talking about. Hopefully you can do something with it. I don't think I'll be building for a while.

TheRacker (author)TheDunkis2011-09-13

Well the broken trigger part isn't at all needed, I just put it on. And I'm sure that you could work around the broken orange. And why won't you be building? I would love to see you make something these days. I am a sophomore, and have tons of homework and other activities, but i can find about 2 hours a week to build. Oh well, I have no idea what's going on with you, so I am just sad to see you stop for a while.

TheDunkis (author)TheRacker2011-09-13

Eh, there're a couple cut parts too that I was also referring to. I'm sure a more piece friendly version could be made, but this was just to demonstrate the concept I had in mind, and it did it well.
I'm in college now. Most of my free time consists of either doing homework or hanging out with friends. I brought along my UMP to show off to friends and they love it, but I don't think I'll take it apart unless I'm sure of exactly what I want to build. But first I'll have to find the time.

TheRacker (author)TheDunkis2011-09-13

Wow, I thought you were a junior. Where are you going to college?

TheDunkis (author)TheRacker2011-09-13

Haha why'd you think that? Nah, I'm a freshman in college now. I'm in my home town because I was too silly to move out. But it's great because I started talking to some people from the high school that I haven't before and realized they're actually really cool. I'm glad I had a second chance at making friends with them all, though I'm sure I'm missing out on others. Anywho, I'm at SMSU. Not exactly some prestigious place, but it's cozy enough.

TheRacker (author)TheDunkis2011-09-12

I think I see what you mean. Might build a mock-up someday.

~KGB~ (author)2011-09-12

good job man =D

TheRacker (author)~KGB~2011-09-12


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