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stefan stampede clip chopping not required

#1 User is offline   popatachi 

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

This may be more or less common knowledge, so excuse me if I'm late to the party. Here's how I thought about creating a stampede clip that will allow you to use stefans and still have it able to use stock darts without opening up the clip. This is essentially a slight variation on the same mod as done by WicketTheModder619.

NOTE: This method can work on a 6-dart clip, but you need to determine where the center coil is located and put the post on the other side of the clip. This may mean that you must reverse the clip (cut off the top tab and add a clip lock slot on the opposite side of the clip) in order to use the clip in your blasters.

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MATERIALS:
  • 7/32" brass tube or compatible rod/tube (longer than a stampede clip ~ 11")
  • ~1/2" length of a pen (this will act as a sleeve to the above tube)
  • paper clip
  • stampede clip
  • #6 or #8 washer or something compatible


TOOLS:
  • drill or drill press
  • round file
  • 7/32" bit or one that will fit the size you have
  • pin vice or bit that is small enough for a paper clip
  • glue


ANOTHER NOTE: long ago when placing an order for brass tube, I accidentally ordered 7/32" tubes instead of 17/32". Years later, I'm glad that I kept them around.

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Step 1: Prepare the clip

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You will want something to slide and hold the dart pusher all the way down at the bottom of the clip. I had a piece of plastic tubing, but anything will do. With that securely in place, drill a tiny hole through the shell and dart pusher. For this I use a pin vice or a hobby hand-drill with a small bit. Either way, the hole should only be wide enough to allow a straightened paper clip through. This will lock the dart pusher in place.

Alternatively, if you have a method to secure the dart pusher in place without having to drill the hole, you can do that too.

Step 2: Drill it!

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Mark the location for the post. The location would be the same spot where you would normally glue the side rails allowing for your darts to rest comfortably. Make sure to use the same diameter bit as your rod/tube. You will want the shell hole to have a snug fit where the dart pusher hole will need to be widened to accept the sleeve. Either way, drill through the shell and dart pusher.

Step 3: Add a sleeve

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(This sleeve is fairly clear and a little hard to make out)

Release the dart pusher and insert the rod through the bottom of the shell and prop up the dart pusher so that it cannot slip down. With this secured, widen the hole in the dart pusher to accept the sleeve. Make sure that the sleeve that you choose will allow the rod/tube to easily slide. This should not be a snug fit at all. Once the sleeve is in place, secure it will glue and file/sand the top of the dart pusher.

Step 4: Cutting of the tube

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Set the dart pusher to the lowest point with the side of the clip. This is where you will want to set the top of the tube/rod. Since this is the point where the dart tooth/barrel will be resting (hence why you need the sleeve). Once that location is set, mark the tube where the excess is sticking out of the bottom of the clip. Cut this excess off and glue a washer on.

Step 5: All Done!

Insert the rod and now you have a stefan/stock stampede clip all without having to chop the clip open. Enjoy!

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This post has been edited by popatachi: 17 April 2012 - 11:37 AM


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Very nice! I'll need to do this!

So, anyone has any Stampede clips they want to sell? :)
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:12 PM

I'm a bit lost on this one, is the brass glued into the clip? How does it become stock compatible if so? If not, what is holding it there?

Other then that this is pretty well done, definitely a fan of not having to deal with the tabs on the clip.

Edit: That just makes this so much better, thanks for the clarification.

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View PostCollective, on 27 June 2012 - 08:18 AM, said:

Beaver's post claiming Kane's post claiming Demon Lord's post is correct is correct is correct.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:16 PM

The brass is not glued to the clip. The hole at the bottom of the clip is the same size as the brass so is a very tight fit and the tube doesn't move or slide out. Essentially, pressure fit.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

Nice guide!

I've also recently been using a similar method to quickly create stefan compatible clips too (a quick guide was posted up by local modder hanzo at the NerfSG forum a while back)... we also use 5mm brass for the guide rods and 6mm brass for the sleeves. I agree that its definitely much simpler using this method than having to tediously cut open all the clips! :)

View Postcheyner, on 15 April 2012 - 08:12 PM, said:

I'm a bit lost on this one, is the brass glued into the clip? How does it become stock compatible if so? If not, what is holding it there?

If the hole at the bottom of the clip was drilled abit too wide or happens to become loose (i've experienced it occasionally after some usage, especially when used in Stampedes which tend to rattle the clips alot), instead of resorting to gluing it permanently, you could also just use a length of duct tape to keep the rod and washer supported against the bottom of the clip, so it can still be reversible if required.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:23 AM

Excellent sgNerf!

And good point about tape! Although there must be a simple mechanical way to hold everything together... I'll have to think on that more.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:45 AM

Drill a paper-clip sized hole across clip + brass tube at bottom, then shove a paper-clip? You'll still need to cover the bare ends with tape, lest it scratch / catch / etc.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:55 PM

Nicely done! Super clean :)

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:33 AM

View Postpopatachi, on 16 April 2012 - 04:23 AM, said:

Excellent sgNerf!

And good point about tape! Although there must be a simple mechanical way to hold everything together... I'll have to think on that more.

you could do cotter pin. just take a look at 1:10 scale rc cars. the way they hold on their bodyshells is these pins:
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