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#1 BendyStraw

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:39 PM

Hello again, Bendy here. This little mod turned a gun that's total crap into something that can fire crap 80 feet. So if you find this blaster at a garage sale or something, be sure to get it!

I present my second mod, the Loaner.

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Introduction
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We were sitting around after a game one night when the leader of the Nerf club I attend jokes with us about this little gun he got off of someone a while ago. He stuck a tagger in it, pumped it up, and watched it fart out and travel about a foot before hitting the floor. I felt sorry for it, so I asked to borrow it for some modification. I had no idea what this gun was, because I had never seen it before at the store, or online. Thankfully, there was a modification already in the directory, so I was able to identify it by looking at the pictures. Thanks, Baghead.
After reading Baghead's writeup, I decided to keep the "secret" barrel intact, because flipping it down after you snap off your first shot is darn cool, even if it doesn't fire the dart as far. Just like my earlier mod, this is really easy to do, so let's get started.

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Here is a list of what you need.

1) Secret Shot 2 Nerf Blaster
2) Dremel (Hacksaw, Sandpaper)
3) Hot glue gun
4) About a foot of 1/2" CPVC thin wall hot/cold pipe

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Instructions
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I didn't call it the Loaner for nothing. This was originally the gun that was given to the last person to show up that didn't bring a blaster with them. Let's give it some love, shall we?

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Blasters that don't have mod-resistant plastic crap make me happy. Open the gun right up, but be sure to do one thing in particular. In the top picture, you can see that the "secret" barrel spins around a screw. So, when you are pulling the screws out, do not ever unscrew the one that's on the side with all the other screws. Leave that one in, and instead unscrew the barrel rotation screw on the OTHER side. The metal spring that makes the barrel spin around is on the side with the screws, and if you remove the secret barrel, it is a big pain in the butt to get the metal tension spring back in so that it works right again. In other news, the tank is really big for a gun of this size. I liked the noise it made when I tested it, even if the darts never came out right. This is a good sign!

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To help you access the barrel itself, go ahead and take the whole thing out, once you unscrew the trigger screw inside the gun.

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Make a cut after the first part where the barrel begins to telescope in. Saving this piece will allow you to use both the normal barrel and the secret one. Set it aside for now.

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Cut off the rest of the barrel now, so that only the first part of the barrel sticks out of the tank, right before it would normally telescope out for the first time. Drill out the air restrictor inside the barrel, right before the tank. Be very careful not to damage the tank itself while you do this.

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Cut a piece of the CPVC so that it is flush with the normal barrel. Glue it in place, eyeballing it for straightness. As long as you sanded and cut well and aren't in a hurry, getting it straight should be a snap. Test it with a dart real quick to make sure, as the hot glue is hardly permanent at this point.

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Gotta love those air restrictors. This is a picture of the secret barrel, with the restrictor removed. Just drill that thing right out.

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Here is a picture of the barrels so that you have a good idea of how long to cut the second piece of CPVC. I can't give you the exact measurements because it will probably be a little different for you, but I'd say the main barrel was about six inches, and the secret barrel was about a centimeter shorter than that. Mainly, cut them so that they don't poke out over where the rubber part of the secret barrel meets the gun. This ensures a tight air seal when you're using the secret barrel.

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By happy coincidence, the smaller length of PVC that you cut fits snugly into the secret barrel.

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Glue all around it so air doesn't escape.

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Now that the barrel is done, you can handle the red part we set aside. Glue it to one of the shells so that its always in place. Stick the barrel inside that, and glue all around it to seal off excess air. If you do it right, there's nowhere for the air to go with the secret barrel in use except for through the barrel itself. Be sure to not overdo it, or the glue will stick out so much that the yellow rubber secret barrel end won't fit right onto the gun. We don't want that, do we?

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Close the gun up and give it a quick test. If the secret barrel fails to fire, make sure that you sealed the air hole that exists between the red piece you glued in and the main CPVC barrel. Air must not escape in that direction.

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The ranges are excellent. With the pump plugged, I hit the wall down an 80-foot hallway. This went a little farther than my modded AT2K! Needless to say, this thing gets great ranges, especially compared to stock. However, since it is a loaner gun, I was worried that someone might accidentally pump it up too far and bust a line, so I unplugged the pump hole for now.

I'm not sure how common this Nerf blaster is, but I am very pleasantly surprised by its performance, and I highly recommend it.

Edited by BendyStraw, 24 February 2008 - 10:43 PM.

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#2 baghead

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:02 PM

*e-Five for bendy*

Nice Mod, nice write-up. I wish I had had access to CPVC back in the day... the lighter material should help you keep that secret barrel durable longer.

This, Naturally earns:
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I'm amazed that so many have decided to not use the "secret" barrel. I can't tell the number of times it's helped me counter a rush, or lead one because it really ups the ROF in tight situations. SS2s perform great and if you're lucky enough to get one that's still able to use it's secret barrel, TAKE advantage of it. My first one has served me well for almost three years now, and it's still a major part of my arsenal, I use it at least one round at every war I go to.

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#3 Forsaken angel24

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:09 PM

Nice write up and video. We don't see to many write ups on this gun. Good work!

Edited by Forsaken_angel24, 24 February 2008 - 11:10 PM.

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#4 Cannonball

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:23 PM

Nice job. I have two SS2s myself and I am very much pleased with them. Although I took the secret barrels off, I kept all of their pieces together and intact if/when I decide to put them back on. I don't think that gun is going to stay a loaner for much longer.
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#5 imaseoulman

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:35 PM

These are great little guns. I've got a bunch of these and they may be the best pistols NERF has ever made. You can, though, get MUCH better range out of it you want to. 80' isn't bad at all, but if you're a range whore like me, then 120' is even better. You'll need a much longer barrel, which without a coupler would ruin your flip-down ability. Just take off your barrel and replace it with 1/2" PVC.

Then use brass or PETG as your barrel material (I think about 12" to maximize dart acceleration). Just push the barrel inside of the PVC (it helps to have a hot glue ring at the base of the PVC or something else there to fit snugly around your brass/PETG). When you want to use the flip-down barrel, just pull out your brass/PETG barrel and pull the flip trigger. This will slightly decrease the range of the secondary shot because the ID of the PVC is greater than that of the CPVC, but the primary shot will be several times better. If you'd like I could post a more detailed write up with pictures on how to do this.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:06 AM

Nice mod and write-up. I wish I had an SSII, that would be my absolute secondary. And sweet music on the vid.
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It's not like that. I put lube on it and its the same. Its just stuck. And when I cock it back it goes farther back then usual. Also I push as hard as I can and it wont go back in. I've tried the methods and they wont work. Also pics are up.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:01 AM

I wish I had an SSII


The Secret Shot 2 is generally abbreviated as the SS2. The Sharpshooter II gets the abbreviation as SSII. I'm not trying to be a dick, but wanted to clarify.

As far as the mod goes, great job. My friend had an SS2 back in the day and it was a beastly gun. Such a large airtank in such a small package. I'm glad that you modified it well.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 06:28 AM

The SS2 is a great gun! I'm still trying to get my SS2 in working order as it can't hold air pressure right now. Once I do, it's gonna be great (a worthwhile gun to pair up with my chainblazer).

Also, the reason why it did not fire a tagger well is because you used the wrong type of ammunition. This gun, and countless older guns, fire larger diameter darts called Mega Darts. You won't get any range at all with Micro Darts unless you do a barrel modification. Just a heads up before you pass up any Mega Dart classics.

Great write-up. I also wouldn't leave my secret barrel off--it's good shit!
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#9 BendyStraw

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:53 AM

The SS2 is a great gun! I'm still trying to get my SS2 in working order as it can't hold air pressure right now. Once I do, it's gonna be great (a worthwhile gun to pair up with my chainblazer).

Also, the reason why it did not fire a tagger well is because you used the wrong type of ammunition. This gun, and countless older guns, fire larger diameter darts called Mega Darts. You won't get any range at all with Micro Darts unless you do a barrel modification. Just a heads up before you pass up any Mega Dart classics.

Great write-up. I also wouldn't leave my secret barrel off--it's good shit!

Oh, that explains it! I was wondering why the barrels were so loose. Now I know. Funny, we had a mega dart or two lying around, I should have thought to try one. Oh well.
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:44 AM

Yep. It's a shame that mega dart guns are virtually nonexistant now. I've got a lot of 5/8" FBR laying around that doesn't get much use anymore.
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