- Range test the gun using a parking lot at a local high school that has been marked with football field measurements for absolute range accuracy.
- Do 20 shots using the ammo you supply in addition to 20 shots using my own ammo that also uses Forsaken's FBR to eliminate any possibility of the results being rigged.
- Fire the gun an extra 50-100 times to confirm durability.
- Verfiy that the ranges are correct by pitting it against my modded Max Shot that has gotten ranges above 100 feet to also prove it can or can't reach 100 feet consistently.
- I'll even, if you agree to this evaluation, take it with me to DCNO to verify how well it handles at a war in a real Nerf environment, not just in controlled testing.
Now for the warning.
I am posting this, as promised, to show the results of everything I did to this gun. I chose to offer my help as to stop the constant flaming and bullshit that I was seeing constantly on the forums anytime he posted about the NF mod. I DO NOT want to see anymore bashing here in this thread! It took alot of guts for him to agree to this testing knowing that there could be a chance that his gun would not perform as he described. He went into this with the knowledge that if it did not perform as he thought it did, that he would either have to explain himself, or to alter his testing parameters to get more accurate data for the future, if he even decided to stay on NH. I commend him for taking this course of action to end all of the bullshit. Anyone that thinks of flaming PN after this should think about the gamble that he took here. He could have very well just said no to my offer and stuck by his results, but he didn't. I wonder if anyone who pounded on him in the past would do the same thing if they were in his shoes?
Here are the results.
(1)---I fired each shot level, using two hands to steady the gun and to reduce any chance of the gun's recoil from forcing the gun to fire high and skew the results. The darts that he provided were CDTS with an additional modification to the back of the darts. His darts flew an average of 72 feet. The stefans that I used next were made from FA_24's Red FBR, 1/4" Sling Shot ammo from OMC, and had a small divot bored into the back of each dart with a hot glue gun. These darts averaged about 70 feet. The distance was measured at the point of impact with the floor with a spotter to ensure accuracy. There is about a +/- of about 3 feet in the measurements.
The difference in your CDTS, PN, will actually hinder their range, not help it. You are creating more dead space between the tip of the dart, which is the ram point that the airflow of the plunger's forward motion impacts to propel the dart. It was a good idea, but it is better served when used in stefans, not CDTS. If anyone wants more information on what he did, ask him. He did not disclose the design of his CDTS anywhere on NH to my knowledge, so it is up to him to divulge it.
(2)---The gun is definitely durable to repeated firing, but there isn't much cushioning between the plunger rod and the plunger shaft, leading me to believe that it will eventually fail. It can be heard just when you dry-fire it. I have seen this issue with alot of modded guns and I don't know how to avoid it myself at this time. There is one issue though that makes for repairing the gun next to impossible. You glued the entire gun shut. You must have had your reasons, but it you need to repair it, you need a chisel.
(3)---My MaxShot outperforemd it consistently. Each shot of my gun was done with both the CDTS taht you provided and my stefans. The CDTS averaged about 95 feet, whilst the stefans averaged about 106 feet. The MaxShot uses a brass coupler with a removeable brass and PETG (OMC's supply) dogbone styled barrel. The NF makes for a good sidearm and actually has good ranges for pistol-only and Gunslinger rounds, but it is not suitable to be used as a primary.
(4)---I took the gun to DCNO with me and only used my stefans as I didn't want to lose any of the darts that were supplied to me before I finished my testing. It was good for use in both the pistol rounds and for playing Gunslinger's Heaven as it got pretty good ranges, but the suction loading doesn't always work, depending on the dart that is being used. One thing to remember, when you were selling the NFs on ebay, you have to realize that the people that were buying them probably would be using their own darts. The suction isn't going to work on all darts, as I had seen at DCNO. I had to use a ramrod from time to time to load the gun. As stated before, it makes for a great sidearm, but not a primary.
(5)---This testing was not on the list, but I felt that it needed to be done. I tested the gun to see how it performed under sharp temperature changes. When I was at HCNO early this year, many of the people that were using springers noticed a decrease in range with their guns due to the cold temps. I think it was about 35-40 deg F that day. I was using a BBB spring modded LS. After a few hours outside, the gun was firing stock ranges. I took the NF and placed it in a refridgeration unit that is at my job that has an adjustable guage for temperature. It was kept at 40 deg F for about 5 hours. I then fired 10 shots with the CDTS and got a significant range loss. The average was only about 47 feet. This was to be expected though as the spring was cold and its flexibility would be reduced. I then placed the gun in a heater case that we use for drying circuit boards after they have been washed. The maximum temperature for the dryer is 90 deg F ( thank the gods I don't use the dryer anymore as it took about 4 hours to dry 20 boards) which would be a good example of playing on a hot summer day, like at Deal War or Apoc. The gun's ranges increased by about 7 feet. The wide gap between the cold ranges and the warm ranges is due to the fact that the spring would have to reach much higher temps to get a more substantial increase in distance.
The gun was modified quite well, but it does not produce the 100 feet ranges as advertised. It is well suited as a gun for any type of pistol match and it makes for a great sidearm in a pinch situation, but it is only sutiable as a primary in a war location where the field's play area is restricted significantly. It is not viable as a primary in any of the locations that any major wars that I have attended have been held. The gun can't be maintained as it is glued shut, so if the gun fails, it is garbage. I am impressed that it is getting the average range for any modded NF considering it uses no rubber bands or bungees and it may get further ranges if one was used, but there is no way it can get 100 feet unless, and this isn't to be sarcastic, you play up in the mountains (well above 2000 feet) on a very hot and dry day.
I applaud your efforts PN with this gun, as well as your choice to let me test the gun for you to get some solid data. You mentioned to me that this evaluation would be a factor in your deciding to stay at NH or not. I say stay anyways. Use this post as a learning tool, not a report card. Stick around and learn what you can do to improve your modding skills. I'm sure there is more you can offer to the NIC, so don't be discouraged by this setback.