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How about a working gun contest?
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I.e one that focus's more on the firing capability, reload time (mini guns beware) etc than looks.

I.e a properly semi-auto mag fed brick gun, like Thomas Coopers would score better than a single shot RB gun, or semi auto RBGs.

So instead of shooting being an optional feature, have looks as the optional feature, and firing capability required.
| June 22, 2009, 3:28 am
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What about having looks included in the judging? Cause look at some of my RBG's, they look good.
| June 22, 2009, 11:11 am
I think it's a great idea, judging a gun on it's mechanism is something totally different than all contests held before.
Point is, only a few members here have guns that shoot bricks, even less that shoot them semi-auto, like mine... so this contest would be less appealing to those with single shot RB's an stuff.
Maybe you should refine the scoring criteria. But I'd certainly enter if such a contest would be put up! :)
| June 22, 2009, 12:34 pm
i agree with thomas - you would only get a few actual entries, and then it would probably be me or him or another brickshooter maker winning. good idea though! id be keen to enter, but id just have a problem choosing which gun...
| June 22, 2009, 1:54 pm
@Above: The Criteria is just that it has to shoot. Judges or votes would also be better than "I like its", since "I like its" are not that good an indicator of mech quality.

It would be interesting to see if someone made a gun that used these newfangled cartridges to shoot, to see how that would go.
| June 23, 2009, 5:53 am
I built one :P And it works quite well, just a very slight press of the trigger is enough to shoot, just like a real gun :) However the range is still a little dissapointing, 8/9 feet or so and it also misfires sometimes. But I'm working on that :) Expect to see something this weekend.

PS: Arion, you mentioned that guns that shoot bricks should get a better score, consider scrapping that rule because it could discourage some people to join the contest (as Jack Streat said)
| June 23, 2009, 11:10 am
Then how about a separate brick comp and RBG comp. Allows different people to show off skills in either gun discipline.

On a side note, I made a properly semi-automatic brick gun, yay! It uses a rubber band as the form of propulsion. Magazine fed as well! Pretty much the bullet is pressed against a plate, when the trigger is pulled two prongs with a RB between them move forward, the bullet is pressed against a block and cannot move, tension builds until at the completetion of the triggers movement, the block is pulled upwards and bullet flies out. The prongs are pulled back , moving the next bullet awaywhich is then ejected like a cartridge. The cycle starts again. It shoots better than yours, Thomas, rubber bands seem to be stronger than springs.

I'm still working on the aesthetics.
| June 24, 2009, 4:18 am
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