My hardware-store friendly OHPB: It works! Or at least... It worked. After a few shots the catch notch got worn down, and I decided I had already worked hard enough, so it'll be working perfectly soon enough.
•Hardware-store friendly, not a single bit of polycarb.And although I used a K25, any spring can be used. I even made a homemade washer out of gasket seal, and the wye is a homemade one I made a few months ago along with the homemade dart door.
•You prime it with one hand. It's awesome.
•The 2" plunger moves a massive amount of air. About 3 times as much as a Longshot, and about 1.3 times as much as the average SNAP.
•Besides the fact that my catch notch got worn down, pipe ring catches are awesome. I'll definitely be using them more in future homemades.
•Considering my homemade washer has a terribad seal compared what probably would have come from the skirt seal that Diamondback originally used, the ranges aren't that bad. I don't want to give official measurements yet though, since I haven't found a proper barrel length.
•Fast primes. It's only slightly slower than a well-made pump action blaster.
•The internals can be exposed by unscrewing 3 screws, and the blaster can be completely disassembled by unscrewing 2 more.
•Can be used to bludgeon people to death in the event it stops working properly.
•Solid despite only two screws hold the body together.
•Comfy, and can be trimmed up during creation for pretty much any-sized person.
•It's one-handed. You could theoretically dual-wield this.
•Even with a measly 4-inch draw, this blaster is still massive. Increasing the draw would make it less ergonomically-friendly, and due to the priming nature of this blaster, that's a no-no.
•Like I said, it's big. About 27" without a barrel (twss)
•I haven't found a proper barrel length yet, but I assume it's going to be long because of the plunger volume, which will make it the longest blaster I own.
•Kind of heavy. Dual-wielding two of these would slow you down significantly, even though you would probably be the most menacing-looking person on the field.
•Took about 4 hours total to make. Certainly that could be chopped in half with some practice, but it was still annoying.
With fields that are being dominated by PumpSNAPs, RevShots, RBP's, etc, I found Diamondback's design to be quirky and fun when I first read it, so being able to make it a more accessible to those of us without scrollsaws was a very fun experience. Props to him, Beaver for the pump-action design that I used on this, and Razgriz for his version of the Pipe-Ring Catch.
This post has been edited by CuppaSteve: 22 November 2011 - 10:03 AM