Introduction: K'nex Pistol: Winona V3.0

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So, Winona v1.0 seemed to go over fairly well, but there were some issues, and some problems, and it wasn't all it could be. We had a trigger that was way too big, ammo wouldn't stay loaded, the handle was uncomfortable as heck as well as a little rickety. So here we have Winona v3.0 (v2.0 was a total piece and had to be dismantled. It started out as a decent build, but it just grew and grew and was very unstable and prone to falling apart, and when I got close to done it looked more like a rifle than a pistol, so it went the way of all dead ideas.)

So the improvements are as follows:
The trigger has been improved, it is shorter and far more comfortable.
Ammo now stays locked in, without the use of any "exotic" or "modified" parts. (Thanks to Perfect Duck's suggestion.)
The handle is immensely better, stronger, more comfortable, more usable should you need to pistol-whip someone, etc...

As per all k'nex guns, these are dangerous, so consider yourself warned. If you put an eye out, don't come crying to me, I disclaim any and all liability for any misuse of this item.

Due to the design of the barrel I believe it would not be difficult at all to modify the design to include a magazine for ammunition, or to extend the barrel or add a stock to make this into a rifle. I will be working on that at some point, but anyone is more than welcome to try their hand at it and show their work.

I apologize for the quality of some of the pictures, I am not a photographer, and my camera isn't the greatest. I may try to take some better pictures, but that is doubtful, I really don't want to take this thing apart or try to build another one again. Some of the things on it are there simply to make it look cooler, some are there to give it a little extra support, and I have no clue how many parts I used, so don't ask.

Also, don't ask me how far it will shoot, I lack the drive, equipment, or time to evaluate that, and it all depends on the rubberbands you use anyways. It works well, it seems to be fairly accurate, and it works, anything other than that you will need to figure out for yourself.

Apparently there was someone else copying my work, unsure of who that was, but this is the real deal, I am the person that made the original, so please, don't start slandering me because you think I am someone else. (You can go check the original if you like, you will see it was done by me.)

That being said, here she is. Enjoy!

Step 1: Construction - Barrel

Picture of Construction - Barrel

First off, look at all the pictures before you build, some of them are out of order to give you a better idea of how it should look or how the pieces go together. I have tried to show the easiest way to put this together, but no guarantees.

Anyways, the barrel is the first part, simply follow the pictures and cram it all together.

Step 2: Construction - Handle

Picture of Construction - Handle

Here we have the new and improved handle. I had figured out I wanted to use this as the handle many months ago, but had no sturdy way to connect it to the barrel I had designed. That particular problem was solved in the next step.

Step 3: Construction - Backend

Picture of Construction - Backend

Okay, this is the part that attaches everything together, and was the elusive missing piece I needed to make this gun work. It's fairly sturdy, and it allows the firing pin to go in without catching on other parts. Sorry for the picture quality, but hopefully there are enough that you can figure it out.

Step 4: Construction - Connecting the Barrel, Handle, and Backend

Picture of Construction - Connecting the Barrel, Handle, and Backend

Here we put the barrel, handle, and backend together. It isn't hard so long as you look closely at the picture, there are four points where the barrel connects to the backend, and four points where the handle connects to the backend.

Step 5: Construction - Trigger

Picture of Construction - Trigger

Here is the new and improved trigger, shorter than the previous one, and much more comfortable.

Step 6: Construction - Firing Pin

Picture of Construction - Firing Pin

Here's the firing pin. Make sure the little brown clips are put together the way it shows, otherwise it has a tendency to fly apart. When you are done with it, the blue rod should be on top (when you insert it into the barrel) and the little clip closest to the barrel should be on the top of the firing pin rod.

Step 7: Construction - Finalization

Picture of Construction - Finalization

This is pretty much it. You need to put in the piece that holds your rubberbands to the gun, and that is about it. Look at ALL the pictures first. When you are done, pulling the firing pin out should set the trigger, you load your ammo in the front, then point and pull the trigger. The last few pictures are just things I have done to make it look cooler or add a little stability, but whatever floats your boat. Anyways, enjoy!


ravilis (author)2009-12-02

Built! Modded! 5*s!!!!!!!

i <3 the range this thing gets, and it can fire odammo!


iundonei (author)2009-05-21

where do you get that white ram rod/grey/black cause i dont have any

J Moneyman (author)2009-03-18

i think the other one looks cooler, but i bet this one works better

mrbox (author)2008-11-06

This knex gun is more powerful than killerk's, what i mean by more powerful is that the ram doesnt bend due to its structure but i get more power from killerk's its just his ram bends, I prefer this gun more because it has a strong structure and it can hold lots of tension. Its my most powerful pistol =)! Besides some other guns

bullet-head (author)2008-10-05

THIS IS C-O-O-L 5 STAR lol sorry for da caps

sampson643 (author)2008-06-20

Where's v2.0??

mrbox (author)2008-05-16

What about If i make a winnoa version 4.0? =)

DerekH (author)mrbox2008-06-16

Do it.

mrbox (author)DerekH2008-06-18

All i can do is make it smaller... theres nothing more i can do to improve your gun ... Heres some ideas 1. Keep the barrel the same but reduce friction by taking out some red connectors 2. Make the gun smaller and into a more "compact version" (but still using a grey / black rod) 3. Using all the pieces from the gun tear the v3.0 apart and make a new gun out of it...

koolkidd (author)2008-04-17

i like this one better, but they're both really good. it's very powerful

DerekH (author)koolkidd2008-06-16


koolkidd (author)DerekH2008-06-16


Ghostsniper (author)2008-04-16

this looks much better than the first, +1, and im going to try and build it bringing the total of guns to , 3 pistols and 1 SCAR 11.01 (modded by me)

DerekH (author)Ghostsniper2008-06-16

What is this "SCAR" you speak of? Bring it to me.

Ghostsniper (author)DerekH2008-06-16

just type in SCAR in the search bar and check out the origonal by The_Burrito_Master and then check out my mods for it. (The SCAR is a gun from Battlefield 2142)

wingchangwow (author)2008-06-15

is this block triger design?

DerekH (author)wingchangwow2008-06-16

No idea.

James_Lawrence (author)2008-04-16

good gun really big great work +1

DerekH (author)James_Lawrence2008-06-16

Tis big. Glad you like it though.

Ghostsniper (author)2008-04-16

judt finished and im pleased and will be a great addition to my guns

DerekH (author)Ghostsniper2008-06-16


crestind (author)2008-04-21

Nice!! Winona series is great!

DerekH (author)crestind2008-06-16


mettaurlover (author)2008-05-11

if this is 3.0, and the other one posted is 1.0, what happened to 2.0 and everything in between? more failures?

DerekH (author)mettaurlover2008-06-16

Horrible, abysmal failure. 2.0 was possibly the worst, flimsiest, knex gun ever. In it's defence, it did look neat, sorta like an mp5. But in the end, it wasn't worth the time nor parts it was made of.

mrbox (author)2008-03-12


knexster (author)mrbox2008-03-14

That has nothing to do with knex.....

popomaster (author)knexster2008-03-30

he means if someone made it into knex form

gijo91 (author)2008-03-28

i put a knife in the handle

Sypran (author)2008-03-27

i dont know if its a ful improvment, but the handle dosent fall off as easly so... good enough for me =)

gijo91 (author)2008-03-27

i put gun maniac's knife on the end of mine

extreme builder (author)2008-03-22

i really like ur gun
tell me what you think of mine?

JOE1903 (author)2008-03-21

Strangely, I actually preferred the original Winona. The new design seems to bend oddly and the firing pin just slides straight over the trigger block because of the curved top and the red connector just above the trigger blocks it from going into a secure cocked position. Although I do like the new trigger, TWO THUMBS UP!!

mrbox (author)2008-03-20

Parts list pwease =))? cause im running low on knex =( well.... lets say i am running out on yellows AND EVERYTHING!!!

mrbox (author)2008-03-20

Wait.... is the barrel the same from the other one or just immensly over sized now....?

mrbox (author)2008-03-17

well should I rephrase the contest / challenge? Make this "disintegrator" outta knex so that we can all have our own disentigrator to play with ;D the concept of the gun is basic but hard to put together if you dont have the time, pieces or motors.

knexster (author)2008-03-14

Looks awesome i might build. By the way it can only be improved, if it was new that means there was nothing before it improved means added on or made better.

DerekH (author)knexster2008-03-14

First off, while it may share many a similarity with v1.0, it is a new design, which also happens to be an improvement over the old design. Second, that saying has endured fairly well in our culture, so if you wish to change that, you have your work cut out for you. Good luck and godspeed.

PineapplebobTheGreat (author)2008-03-13

Oh, see how there are = signs ahead. well, this is how it should be.


how are you doing

why am I acting so weird

i am sorry, how do you do that?


then this

then this

then this?

never mind:p

Vynash (author)2008-03-13

my o my another awesome gun sweat loved the first now love the second im building! (right away.)

dsman195276 (author)2008-03-11

o and i forgot to add,

a instructable has to be finished before it is published! you should unplibish it and repost it when they are done

CelloMan (author)dsman1952762008-03-12

i beleive it is "an" not "a"

dsman195276 (author)CelloMan2008-03-12

does it really matter?

Baron A (author)dsman1952762008-03-13

Yeah It does. Grammer is important.

anshuvio2 (author)Baron A2008-03-13

"I am the King of Rome and above grammar!" -Emperor Sigismund of the Holy Roman Empire

dsman195276 (author)Baron A2008-03-13

fine what ever.

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)2008-03-13

sweet! cant wait to build!

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