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#1 OfAllTheNerf

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:30 PM

So I think the last thing I actually contributed to NH was Finesse (in my signature), or the last thing that was actually original.

I just got the package including two Big Blasts and two Single Tek's and so I thought I might as well make a write-up, seeing as there's only one in the Directory.

So, first take off the slider. Be sure to take out the indicated screws which were under the slider.

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Then open her up. Beware of everything exploding on you. Everything that matters should look like it does in the picture (except that the spring should be around the plunger rod).

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Now take out the plunger assembly.

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Pull the peg out of the barrel; Before and After.

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Take the plunger chamber and cut as shown.

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Now take the cut-down barrel and pull the remainder of the peg out. Then take a dremel or drill and widen the hole a bit (I used a 1/8" cylindrical shank). Before and After.

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Go grab a CPVC coupler. It should have a nice fit already, but put some super glue on the stock barrel before shoving it on. You could also just do a barrel replacement by sanding the inside of the original barrel down, but this way you can have reversable barrels.

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Now take a look at the plunger head.

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It's got a pretty nice seal already, and has a piece of rubber at the front to provide some cushioning. This way it's still relatively quiet even with an added spring (we'll get to that later). I took the o-ring off with a flathead screwdriver and put some e-tape once around where the o-ring used to be. Replace the o-ring and lube it up (so pictures, sorry). The stock spring is okay, but wouldn't achieve anywhere near where one would want to be worthy as a sidearm. I twisted a CrossFire spring underneath the stock one, and it works well.

With the addition of the CF spring, I was worried about missfires. The catch spring is pretty strong, but I didn't want to take any chances. Take a pen spring (or an actual catch spring) and glue it as shown.





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That should do it.

Now put everything back in and glue the plunger chamber down so that it doesn't twist around while you're trying to flip the barrel. Right now there is alot more glue than there is shown because the original amount didn't hold up through range testing. Finished internals:

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Now close her up.

By now you should be wondering how you're going to cock it. I screwed up my slider, and have bad experiences with sliders in the past, so I opted for a different route.

Take a zip-tie and about four inches (give or take depending on how big you want your handle to be) of 1/4" vinyl tubing. Sheath the zip-tie as shown.

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Now insert the open end of the zip-type into the slot where the slider-rod used to be.

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And complete the loop by running the open end through the lock. Cut off the excess afterward, but be careful to leave enough so that you can grasp the end incase you need to tighten it later (it loosens up after some use).

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Yay! now you can cock it without being worried about screwing up your slider!

Now I know what you're all thinking: The 'ties will aventually get stressed and snap. Yes they probably will, but in the event that you're using this in a war I created a holder for extra zip-ties out of a piece of FBR with a hole through it.

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Done.

Ranges are decent, and this gun could be good as a loaner for wars.

Flat:
47'
47'
59'
45'
60'

I don't know what happened with the two long shots.

Average: 51.6'

Average without the weird shots: 46.3'

Angled:
54'
58'
57'
60'
56'

Average: 57'

All ranges were taken with the same dart and I used a 100' tape measure. It was windy (always is) and I was always shooting into the wind (if there was any). The angled shots were at an ~10degree angle.

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Edited by OfAllTheNerf, 16 February 2008 - 06:30 PM.

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#2 PC III

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:34 PM

Nice job, I like the idea with the Zip Ties, Do The Zip Ties bother your hand?

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Don't want to shove balls in tight spaces. Trust me, bad idea.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:44 PM

No, since the vinyl tubing is over it, it doesn't bother me at all. Sometimes I rub my finger on the hole on the top, but I've gotten used to it.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:56 PM

I meant the ones on the side.
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Don't want to shove balls in tight spaces. Trust me, bad idea.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:14 PM

in your post you say it is relatively quiet... i bought the double pack a while ago and both of my single teks are freakin loud. it sounds louder than an nf when all the ars are out of it. and thats just stock... with a cpvc barrel on mine its crazy.
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#6 OfAllTheNerf

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:16 PM

PC: The zip ties on the side do not bother me at all. They are above my entire hand while I handle the gun.

Kid Flash: I just shot it again, and it is very quiet. It might be because I did a spring addition (the added force keeps it at the front of the plunger and doesn't let the spring jiggle around). I'll go compare it to my stock one.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:19 PM

Kid Flash: I just shot it again, and it is very quiet. It might be because I did a spring addition (the added force keeps it at the front of the plunger and doesn't let the spring jiggle around). I'll go compare it to my stock one.

if anybody knows where i could host a video id show you guys how loud mine is...
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:22 PM

Kid Flash: I just shot it again, and it is very quiet. It might be because I did a spring addition (the added force keeps it at the front of the plunger and doesn't let the spring jiggle around). I'll go compare it to my stock one.

if anybody knows where i could host a video id show you guys how loud mine is...


It wouldn't really matter because the intensity of the noise would depend on how high our speakers were turned up to.

Please try to keep the hi-jacking posts to a minimum (no offence).
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:32 PM

Kid Flash: I just shot it again, and it is very quiet. It might be because I did a spring addition (the added force keeps it at the front of the plunger and doesn't let the spring jiggle around). I'll go compare it to my stock one.

if anybody knows where i could host a video id show you guys how loud mine is...


It wouldn't really matter because the intensity of the noise would depend on how high our speakers were turned up to.

Please try to keep the hi-jacking posts to a minimum (no offence).

oh... sorry. back on topic: does the big ziptie get in the way? with the slide it can fit in pockets but it seems the zip tie might bulge you pocket a lot.
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#10 OfAllTheNerf

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:39 PM

I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you mean the cocking handle then no, it doesn't fit all the way in, but it goes far enough in to stay there. As for the zip ties on the side I haven't tried fitting it in my pocket with them, but if I was going to use this in a war I'd make a holster (or just stuff the zip ties farther into the holder).
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:58 PM

Great job, I can't wait to go and try this out. One question though, couldn't you just put the slider back on?
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:38 PM

Great job, I can't wait to go and try this out. One question though, couldn't you just put the slider back on?


Yeah, I could. But I don't trust the strenght of the metal rods that go in the sliders (I have had bad experiences with Cross Fires). And I screwed up my slider anyways.

Another plus is that (atleast to me, and people tell me I have a weird mind) it looks cleaner like this, especially if I painted it black.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:54 AM

Pretty sweet write up. Very clean and thorough.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:41 AM

Wow, what an improvement! I have a Single Tek that I loan out, and this would really help it. Thanks for the careful instructions.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 10:50 AM

Where can one buy a Single Tek?

I think that these are nice little guns and I can't mod a NiteFinder worth crap so...stop laughing...ouch my feelings...I'm going to the corner to have a blood letting contest with NerfEmo...(cocks CrossFire) *POP* (cries)...

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:26 AM

Very nice write up. I REALLY want to pick that 2x BBBB and 2x Single tek pack now. Too bad my dad probably doesn't want me to buy 4 nerf guns in one outing...
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:13 PM

i like it but i just cant find that gun anywere! oh well..
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 09:31 AM

Very nice write up. I REALLY want to pick that 2x BBBB and 2x Single tek pack now. Too bad my dad probably doesn't want me to buy 4 nerf guns in one outing...

but its only 30 dollars... such a good deal.

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#19 OfAllTheNerf

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:15 AM

Yes, it's at Toys B We, and it's completely worth it.

I just did the same thing to my other Single Tek, but kept the slider on. There are no signs of stress on the rod after 50 shots.

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I would also suggest that everyone who does this put the additional spring as close to the plunger head as possible, that's what I did on my latest one and it sounds a bit more powerful. Ranges will be up as soon as it stops raining.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:38 AM

what type of spring would you reccomend if we dont have a spare cf spring?
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:53 AM

An LS Front gun spring would probably work, or just completely replacing the spring with something stronger (I don't know what exactly, because an NF-sized spring wouldn't fit). Maybe a Mav spring? I don't know; I don't current have one to compare size with.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:55 AM

what type of spring would you reccomend if we dont have a spare cf spring?


Kid Flash: Anything that fits inside the stock spring should work well, a Scout or Longshot Frontgun spring should also do the trick.

EDIT: Doh, OfAllTheNerf beat me to it. A Maverick spring isn't stronger than the stock spring by the way, neither is an NF spring, a Disk Shot spring, or a Dart Dag Blaster spring, a Firefly spring, however, is about the same strength. But, you could replace the spring with a Handyman #9712 spring from Home Depot.

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#23 OfAllTheNerf

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, actually a Maverick spring would be a bad idea. The stock spring is pretty strong already. Maybe a Tek Six spring would fit in the stock one, but a door spring from Home Dee-pot should work.
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