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Very Clean Nitefinder Coupler Mod 1/2" Coupler'd CPVC

#1 User is offline   Gengar003 

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:54 PM

This is what you'll be making:

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A standard 1/2" CPVC coupler'd nitefinder. The special thing about this modification is how clean and seamless it looks from outside. This cleanliness also contributes sturdiness - many of you, I'm sure, can relate to your Nitefinders shooting their barrels/etc off the front from the force of impact.

Range: 50'

First, get ur toolz:

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  • Dremel or
  • Power drill
  • Nitefinder
  • Epoxy
  • 1/2" CPVC Coupler
  • Screwdriver
  • Sharpie Marker (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Hacksaw
  • 1/2" CPVC Pipe
Now, unscrew all the screws on your Nitefinder, including the one on the black battery-holder-thing on the bottom of the grip.

Unscrew the two black screws that hold the large orange tube (the plunger tube) in place, and you'll have all these pieces loose.

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You only need these.
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Discard/save the rest somewhere if you want; this modification won't use them. The air restrictor's peg has been cut off. Do that to yours.

Now take a look at the two round pieces. Using a dremel or drill bit, drill out the centers, as shown by this before/after picture:

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Once that's done, cut a 1" section of CPVC, making sure that at least one end is as perfectly straight and level as you can make it. Epoxy that end to the air restrictor piece, like so:

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When the epoxy has dried/cured/hardened/set/etc, re-assemble the barrel assembly in your Nitefinder. The CPVC will stick a little bit into the little yellow thing that used to hold the barrel.

Now stick the coupler on the CPVC so that it fits right inside that little yellow area. It is almost a perfect fit.

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Now take it off, stick some epoxy inside the coupler, and put it back on.

That was the "clean" part. Now the "sturdy" part.

Get your hot glue gun, and GLOP it all over the insides, between the air restrictor piece, along the CPVC, and against the front of the gun. Fill the little yellow round piece up front, too.

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Every part of the Nitefinder shell that is near part of the barrel assembly has been filled with hot glue. When it dries, the barrel assembly will be immobile, because the hot glue will be occupying any space it might try to move into.

Close your gun back up. Something to keep in mind is that if you're modifying Nerf guns, if you open it once, you'll eventually have to open it again. With that and the ridiculous amount of screws found in guns today in mind, don't put all the screws back in. I rarely put all the screws back in, because it makes it SO much easier to re-open the gun. Here I only put screws in in roughly a circle around the gun, and/or at important parts. The screws I put in are circled.

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You could apply this to other guns as well, and it might make your life easier.

Also notice how you can hardly see anything out of the ordinary. If you wanted, you could cut off the little "sight" from the stock barrel, and put it back in top of the little yellow round thing in the front, and paint the 1" length of CPVC Nerf Gun Orange, and it would look even more stock/normal.

The normality ends when you add a barrel though. I've found that 4" works great for nitefinders, so cut yourself some barrels from that CPVC pipe you had at the beginning, and stick 'em in the coupler. Hot glue + Electrical tape two of them together to form a speedloader, if you want.

Either way, you're done now. Ain't she a beaut?

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This post has been edited by Gengar003: 03 June 2007 - 02:57 PM

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:59 PM

Very clean, just as the title implies. I would use plastic cement or Plumber's Goop to hold the pieces together if you do a spring replacement, though.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:17 PM

Wow, I was just planning on doing somthing like this to do to my Nf, Thanks Gengar nice mod.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:46 PM

Dude, this coupler mod is Clean! I love it. I sorta just cut away the prings on the 5th picture down on both of them. So I didn't have a plunger stopper. But now, with the mod I made up mty self, I do. But nonetheles, Yours very very clead and simplistic. I love it.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:50 PM

Thanks Gengar. And while you were away and working as was I. I have also completed a NF Coupler Mod. I will post a picture in here later.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:00 PM

Very clean and linear, easy to follow. I like! Maybe I'll do this to another Nite Finder...
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 10:50 AM

Vary nice mod.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:26 PM

Thanks for getting this one up! I mifht consider doing this.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 01:02 PM

Sweetness, very clean...
Only 50 ft.?
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 02:50 PM

View PostMaeric, on Jun 4 2007, 05:02 PM, said:

Only 50 ft.?

50's really good considering the NF's small size. You shouldn't need much more than that in a sidearm anyway.

I wish I could mod like that. I probably could but I'd fuck it up somehow. Perfectly done, and no Dremeling of the case required!
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 04:49 PM

I like it. Very Clean! :D

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:26 PM

View PostMaeric, on Jun 4 2007, 04:02 PM, said:

Sweetness, very clean...
Only 50 ft.?

No banding, same old spring, same old plunger seal, CPVC and not brass.

Just for kicks, I went and grabbed a bunch of rubber bands, slapped 'em on, and it cleared 80'.

If one were to extend this a bit and brass it, replace the spring, improve the seal, and band it, it would be much more beastly.

As would almost ANY gun with the same things done. I don't think I mentioned this in the original post, but this took 30 minutes, the first time. I could freakin' mass-produce these lil' buggers (and I am, to a degree; they make great gifts to potential new nerfers :))
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:15 PM

Thats increadibly clean and nicely done. Great Idea. I like how you explained it so carefuly it was easy to folow. Keep up the good work!

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:38 PM

View PostMaeric, on Jun 4 2007, 01:02 PM, said:

Sweetness, very clean...
Only 50 ft.?

Considering there has been no other mods, that's pretty good. A spring and O-ring mod would probably add 40' on there.
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  Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:44 AM

Very nice. I ought to do this. I just got an old edition NF, so this would be a good mod. :)
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