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#1 Twitch

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:33 PM

I found this at the Toy's R Us near my house. It seemed like such a simple device; I think it has some potential.

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It's meant to shoot water. One submerges the muzzle (the tiny hole in the front, shown below.)
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Then pulls back the handle.
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The seal is perfect, and it holds 175ml's (about 6 ounces).

So I glued a 1/2" PVC coupler to the front...
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and after trying different barrels, settled on a cpvc barrel.
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It's entirely manual powered, and due to the seal, the device cannot be primed if it's loaded (a simple matter to slide back the handle before a dart is loaded.)

Just aim, and shove the handle. I'm only getting about 35feet flat, using tag darts. (I'm not exceptionally strong). I suspect a stefan and PETG barrel combination will get better ranges, but I think the biggest improvement is going to come from slapping a spring inside. (I have not yet opened up the device, it is glued at every joint and does not have screws, near as I can discern.)

It strikes me as an amusing alternative to other simple blasters, and has some potential. With the foam layer removed it has a rather slim profile, which may make it quite fitting for integrations into a primary wth the addition of a notch or other catch mechanism, and a simple trigger.

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If anyone else goes in search of one, they were with the pool toys (which at the location near me was separate from water guns, for what that's worth.)
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:52 PM

Expand the hole for better air(-)flow.
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Don't want to shove balls in tight spaces. Trust me, bad idea.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:54 PM

Good find, how much did it cost?
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:56 PM

What I'd be most worried about is the construction. Those types of water guns don't seem to need to put up with a lot of force, and therefore, the plastic used may not be strong enough to deal with the force of a spring smacking into it again and again. I may be wrong, but it'd be something to consider before putting any sort of a beefy spring in there.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:49 PM

These are available at the CVS near me. I modded one but it broke. Now I just use them to squirt the neighbors. :P
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:04 AM

Dude I was at fred meyers yesterday I saw that exact same thing and said thats not nerf, but I picked it up just for fun then tried it out and it made the funniest noise I had ever heard.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:37 AM

Depending on how long its taking you to compress the whole tube fully, you need a longer barrel.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:25 PM

I have played with these at the local pool when the little kids were not looking. They are pretty fun. But that doesn't look like that will withstand what you are doing. Those are very easy to break, they are made out of foam and some thin plastic.

Edit: I was playing with one and it broke from just using water. If it works for you good luck. Hope it works.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:37 PM

You could probably get better ranges if you mounted some grips or handles on it. I've used these before, and they suck because it can sometimes be difficult to get a firm grip on them.
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