Intro: SA 3252 8.5 Final Photos
I did more work on this, but sadly, I can't get the range above 10 feet. The mechanism works great otherwise. The problem seems to be that the rotating mech is too heavy to get up to the necessary firing speed. And there's no way to make it lighter in this version. I've started working on new concepts for a super light version, but I think I'll give the 3252 project a rest for a while. The version you see here will be destroyed shortly.
On a lighter note, I am working on another (much simpler) type of semi-auto now. The plan is that it will have 16 barrels and fire yellow rods 50 feet. Shouldn't take me too long or pose too much difficulty (I hope). You can expect to be seeing it in the near future.
Oh, and I'm going to post all of the drawings that I've done for the 3252 at some point. I have 25 pages of them currently. I will also do some new drawings that break down and explain exactly how version 8.5 worked. The reason I want to do this is so that the knex gun community can share in the knowledge from this project. I did learn a lot from doing this and feel that it would be beneficial to report on it.