I figured they might be an interesting bonus and even if they sucked that I'd still have the Big Blasts. I thought it might be fun to do a little writeup on them, so here it is.
3.5" of PETG or whatever you use
Epoxy/Goop/super glue/hot glue
Dremel with a sanding bit
Saw or a cutting wheel
Here's a closer look at the guns.
They've got some nice little ammo holders that fit my Stefans nicely, three on each gun:
Upon opening one of them I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pieces holding the pin that cocks the gun in place are much stronger than the Mav's, but the pin itself will still bend after use.
My first priority was getting the plunger tube out to see how the seal was and in doing so found that the barrel is connected to the tube and has a big fat restrictor in it, like most Buzz Bee guns.
So I made that look more like this:
That little plastic tab coming out the side of the barrel stub is a problem, so that needs to be gotten rid of with an exacto knife and a file of some sort. I used a pair of shitty toenail clippers and an emery board though, because they were close by.
Then I wrapped a thin layer of e-tape around the barrel stub and super glued my PETG on there like so:
With a new barrel the gun wouldn't fit back together, so I Dremeled the front of the case until it went from looking like this...
The seal in the plunger tube was pretty good already but just for good measure I added some e-tape around the plungerhead to make it perfect, using a paper clip to take off the o-ring and replacing it over the tape:
The mod was simple enough, but I struggled for two hours trying to put the thing back together. It uses an expansion spring just like the Scout or Mav to pull the slide back into its original position after it's cocked, so that needs to be stretched over two little tabs, one on the cocking slide and one in the shell:
And the orange catch mech needs to be in the right position, being pushed up against the toothed side of the plunger rod by the metal piece in the gun. This was what gave me trouble.
Once they're reassembled you can hardly tell they've been modded! I love the cleanness of PETG.
I haven't measured ranges and don't really plan to, but they're pretty decent for the guns' size, probably somewhere in the low 40s. The thing I love about these guns is how small and pocketable they are and how easy they are to cock. The only drawbacks are the little shitty handles and the fact that they shoot slightly upward at close ranges, but that can be lessened with a firm grip and completely alleviated by holding the gun with two hands.
I recommend these guns if you can find them for less than an NF, or if you're just looking for a cheap little pistol that is easily modded and can get decent ranges. They make decent stock guns too.
Edited by NerfMonkey, 03 November 2007 - 10:10 PM.