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#1 Twitch

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:31 PM

During a recent trip to Toys'R Us, I found a few things. One will be featured here. (the 2nd probably around the start of next week.) I love using the SMDTB's as back-up weapons. It's fantastic having 3 extra shots from a blaster you don't even have to draw from a holster. Because my group only permits tag darts, they posed a problem for me; the tag darts in the barrels were constantly getting caught on dart bags, resulting in the barrels being unloaded every time I would go to reload my primary. I saw this at the TRU, and was intrigued.

Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Gauntlet Crossbow (With tag dart, for scale)
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While the box made no claims of range, (not a good sign, I admit) it was only $10, and I was delighted by the idea of a wrist-blaster mounted on top of the wrist, rather than below. (As such a location would prevent the problem I have with a SMDTB.)

It indeed has "action" which one could (poorly) describe as "blasting." Stock range was < 1 meter. I foolishly still held hope, as the spring seemed surprisingly strong for its size, and the stock barrel was very loose. So I of course opened her up.
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I saw the size of the plunger tube
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and cursed quietly to myself.

Even after replacing the barrel, (I tried cpvc, a crayola marker barrel, and finally PETG) ranges were entirely unacceptable. Though twisting out the peg did result in a massive, 100% increase in range.

I darts which came with the hunk of plastic were rather interesting.
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The gold dome, unlike a streamlined dart, is not hollow. While not exactly hard, the plastic dome is solid. I fired the 3 shiny darts out of my Recon (my Longshot lays ignored and disassembled, like C-3PO in Episode I) hoping the dense dart head would allow them to fly better than streamlined darts. Again I was disappointed. While they do not fishtail in the bizarre manner typical of streamlined darts, the range was decreased by what I estimate to be 1.5 meters.

So, why bother to even post anything about this device? 2 reasons:
1: Warn others to stay away. This thing is worthless. If I get really bored, I'll try and squeeze a Nitefinder plunger assembly in there.

2: It inspired me to build this;
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I decided I would gain at least some shred of benefit from this toy, and inspiration for a much larger gauntlet Crossbow seemed fitting enough.

To make your own Gauntlet Crossbow that has ranges in excess of 2 meters, here's what you'll need:
Air Zone Crossbow
hot glue/suitable applicator
string
metal loop
thin, flexible tubing.
drilling implement

This is such a simple project, I doubt many words are needed to supplement the pictures here.
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I used an archery bracer (more commonly known as an arm guard; can be found at most sporting goods stores) as the method of attaching the blaster to my forearm. While removing the crossbow limbs takes away from the aesthetics/coolness of having a wrist-mounted crossbow, it keeps the blaster from being troublesome in combat. Ranges are typical for an Air Zone crossbow, since this modification did nothing to the internals.

I plan on using the same trigger idea to make my SMDTB usable when mounted to the top of my wrist.


Thanks for your time.
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:35 PM

I picked up one of these just to see if there was any chance that it could be improved upon and I came to a similar conclusion, though I will be trying to incorporate extension springs into it to attempt to increase the forward force of the plunger, but in the end, I may just put it back together and put it into the collection, never to see it again.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:34 AM

I swear to god I am going to start smashing guns I am disappointed with.
More on this later.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:29 AM

So... I like your arm gauntlet but I'm interested in the narnia thing. How is it fired? Did anything hit your arm/hand when it was fired since it looks as if all internals are visible. I still might get one, along with the airzone crossbow.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:43 AM

I swear to god I am going to start smashing guns I am disappointed with.
More on this later.


Should I start registering domains like smashmypulsator or smashmyrecon.com?
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#6 Twitch

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:38 AM

So... I like your arm gauntlet but I'm interested in the narnia thing. How is it fired? Did anything hit your arm/hand when it was fired since it looks as if all internals are visible. I still might get one, along with the airzone crossbow.



In the first picture, you can see a small brown nub behind the handle used to prime the device. despressing this button fired the "blaster." Nothing hit my hand as long as I tuck my fist down, out of the Line of "fire." No, the internals are not exposed like that, I had already removed another piece, (sorry for the inaccurate dEffeminatetion)... I started disassembly after having a few liters, so I was pretty drunk and forgot to take pictures at every step.

I advise against the purchase of this device; at it's best ranges were less then 2 meters, fired level. While $10 isn't a huge chunk of change, it could be better spent on something else. (Blast Bazooka, the Air Zone crossbow, a pair of Nitefinders, et cetera.)
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:23 AM

Thanks for a heads up, and sweet crossbow-bracer you made. :lol:
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