Its been a while, but I posted this this concept back in December, and I've finally reached a point where I'm happy to release what I've got now! So, improvements. There is no longer a mag-pusher hanging out the gun's rear end, and the mag is removable. That's cool. Sadly, as of now, it can only hold 2 ammo in each mag, as the bolt taks up a fair bit of space. Still, its a cool and unique concept, that also feels really nice to load into the gun. Unfortunately, the mag is 5 layers thick, meaning that the gun's stock had to be made 7 layers thick, which is a problem as we now have a load of yellow rods sticking out all over the stock. Not too pleasant for the holder. The top half of the gun is now 5 layers thick, and accommodates a ratchet mechanism that works very nicely, although the aesthetic is kinda ruined by the ungainly linkage to the trigger at the gun's end. I had considered making the top 3 layers thick, to save a chunk of weight and pieces, but I didn't want to sacrifice strength, which would be needed, as the ratchet where the bands' tension is held needs to be as strongly connected to the anchoring point at the front.
As we have established, the gun's main issues are:
- Ugly trigger mechanism
- Mag size
- Uncomfortable stock
An idea I had to fix all of these was thus: scale up the gun a fair bit, and elongate the magazine well, and leave the trigger on the top of the gun, and to slap a massive bow on the front, and plonk it all on a big tripod. This would give you a cool-looking ballista-type contraption, similar to IAC's cannon. I encourage people to go and try this out, as I unfortunately don't have either the time, pieces, or motivation to trial this, but it could be really cool.