Intro: Semi Automatic Knex Gun
This is a semi automatic gun that uses cartridges which can be loaded from the top. After one cartridge is fired it falls out the bottom and the next one falls into the chamber. The gun is gravity fed so it can only fire as fast as the cartridges can fall, but it will shoot almost as fast as you can pull the trigger . This gun shoots hard so if you build it be careful.
Step 1: The Chamber
The chamber is essintially a set of rails which the cartridges will slide down and a firing bar which will hold them until they are fired.
Step 2: Trigger
The trigger, when pulled, will break the orange part off the cartridge and release the bullet.
Step 3: Trigger Handle
The construction of the handle.
Step 4: Deflector
The deflector will keep the orange piece from shooting to the ceiling after it breaks off.
Step 5: Barrel
The barrel is for looks and so you can hold the gun, it has no effect on the bullet what so ever.
Step 6: Handle
Just a hand hold.
Step 7: Magazine
After this is installed the gun will be able to hold five shots.
Step 8: Cartridge
You will need to have these orange pieces which come from the old roller coaster set. If you don't have them you will need to just add the little blue spacers to keep the white end from sliding. The gun will be able to hold five of the cartridges. Once you have built a cartridge you may want to slide it through the gun before you load it to make sure it falls freely. It should fall all the way through the gun without you pushing on it.
Step 9: Loading and Firing
You load the cartridges like in the picture. Hook the bullet through the rubber band, pull it back through the hole in the white end and attach the orange piece to it. Once you have it loaded, drop it into the rails at the top and let it slide down to the firing bar. When you pull the trigger, the orange piece will break off, releasing the bullet and letting the empty cartridge fall out of the bottom of the gun.