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Is K’nex Gunning Dead? Answered

I know there are some people still doing it (myself included). Much like potato cannons, k’nex guns have lost popularity over time. It’s really a shame that it’s lost so much popularity. Maybe someone could make a website dedicated to K’nex’ing as a kind of KI mark 2. I really hope that it starts up again (without all the block triggers!) sometime but it seems unlikely.

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Downunder35m

5 months ago

I think it is not sad or a shame, just a matter of time.
We had figet spinners, we had rubik's cubes, we had loom bands....
Some things get a hype for no reason at all, others because a lot of people just like it.
But there is always the day when people realise they can spend time on other things too.
They move on...

With tons of knex guns already out there it is hard to re-invent the wheel over and over again.
Small ones, big ones, simple or complex, some "replicas" too.
Most of them can be found as an Instructables as well.
Check what is already out there, think about what might be still missing and make an Ible.
Who know - you might give the spark to ignite the knew gun fire once more....

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PotatoDemonDownunder35m

Reply 5 months ago

Good point. All I’m saying is there was once a good community and now it’s mostly (not completely) gone.

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fred27

5 months ago

I've never heard of k'nex guns, but kids would love them. Any recommendations for simple ones that work well?

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Downunder35mfred27

Reply 5 months ago

No clue how good the search here is now but I do know there is quite a few Ibles about them.
Don't Knex myself, of little help here ;)

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PotatoDemonDownunder35m

Reply 5 months ago

Here are some good ones: this one is good if you don’t have too many pieces https://www.instructables.com/id/knex-pocket-pistol/ this is a good one if you want range, power, and reliability. The piece count is a tiny bit height but it is worth it: https://www.instructables.com/id/TR8-2013-last-updated-07192013/
These ones are good shotgun pistol things: https://www.instructables.com/id/Full-auto-knex-uzi-instructable/https://www.instructables.com/id/S10-Knex-Shotgun/
This one is a pretty fun one if you band the triggers and ram rods separately, if you do this, it allows you to fire two shots without having to pull the pin back each time (you still have to do it after though) https://www.instructables.com/id/Knexfreek-Hell-Slayer/
If you have a whole lot of k’nex, build this or the SRV2: https://www.instructables.com/id/SR-v1/
These are just some of my favourites, there are plenty of good k’nex guns I didn’t cover here because I don’t have time to find them all.