have been done before. In my defense, for a common gun that's been modded to death by thousands of
people thanks to its' easy accessibility; how often are the chances of new original mods to show up?
Now that that's out of the way, here's a short list of some gun parts that I would highly recommend
you have or can get your hands on:
x1 Magstrike pump
x1 Hornet side button release valve (from underneath the big orange button on the sides of Hornet guns)
x2 Big Salvo air tanks
oh... and this one's kind of important...
x1 Big Bad Bow
(Please don't be mistaken, you'll need many other parts later on, but they can be easily substituted.)
Now before we start, I guess I should mention what it is we'll be building... Well I suppose you
could call it a Peasant's Guru (PG). It won't be built from expensive non-manufactured guns *cough* Guru
*cough-cough*, but rather from common; "easy to get your hands on" guns.
Okay lets get started!!
We'll begin by opening up the FRONT frames of the BBB.
Attach the sanding head piece to your dremel, and do you see those 2 "vein-like" sections on the upper area
of the frames? You'll need to sand roughly the bottom half of them down (until they are on the same level as
the rest of that area). Check out the pic to better understand what I mean.
After you are done sanding down that area, repeat the same thing on the opposite side frame. When you
are complete with that, test putting the Magstrike pump between them in that area, and close the frames
back up. The pump should fit PERFECTLY between the gun frames; not too loose or too super tight; but just
tight enough so that it'll grasp the pump pretty well and not allow it to wobble or slip around.
Now Krazy glue the pump to the "Right side" frame (the frame shown in the pic above), so that you'll have
a guarantee that the pump stays in place (while still being able to open the gun frame up to do repairs should
they be needed).
If you're wondering why I chose to recommend the Magstrike's pump... well... I didn't...
It... chose itself!! *crowd gasp!!*
That's right, of the many types of pumps out there, the Magstrike was of the few that had the perfect
dimensions to fit itself between the BBB frame, and also... it had something the rest didn't. Of the many
pumps, it has one of the highest resistance OPV (over pressurizing valve)... so high an OPV that you won't
even need to plug the pump; I think it's because it was meant to build up enough pressure to fire off an
entire Magstrike clip before needing to re-pump.
Oh... and the other reason I used the Magstrike pump was because it was the only pump I had
available on the floor.
Okay lets work on that plunger now~
First, you might want to slice off about 1/3" of the top section of the rubber plunger head piece (it'll make
life less complicated if you do it now rather then run into problems later...take my word on this).
Now grab the metal washer piece and place it on one side of the orange washer piece from the BBB plunger.
Hold the washer with a plier and saw the metal washer to match the orange plastic washer (obviously put the
orange piece down, you don't want to melt it by holding it right on the burning metal washer~).
When you are done, repeat it with the 2nd metal washer piece. Once both metal washers are sawed, glue it
to both sides of the plastic orange washer (melting hot glue works fine here).
Check the pic to see how it should come out to look like~
To make the BBB give a little bit more "oomph", you'll need to do 2 things.
First, take an 1/2" PVC coupler, and cut it to about 3/4" length. Then insert it into the plunger tube and that's
the end of step 1.
Now for step 2; adding an extra strong spring...
I'd recommend either a Recon or LS spring (I went with a Recon spring myself). BUT I WARN YOU NOW!!
Don't push your luck by adding a 3rd spring. If you do, things might seem better at first, and it might fire
stronger & harder... but over time, the plastic mech catch will weaken and eventually bend... and become
un-usable EVER AGAIN!! Take my word on it... I've had many experiences with this. So remember, just 2
springs at most.
Follow the pics' instructions if you don't quite understand~
Now take the BBB's AR's out (they come out with no resistance), and do the barrel mod you prefer.
If you want to do a breech mod like I did, then cleanly saw off the orange stock barrel and grab your
Making the breech is quite simple. You'll need an inner tube that'll fit perfectly into the ID of
the outer tube. I couldn't get tubing of such, so I had to make due with 1/2" thick walled PETG and
1/2" PVC sch 40 (from Home Depot). The PETG is to be the barrel that holds the stefans, but my stefans
would originally fall out of the tube if I ran (while aiming the gun barrel downward) or just bumped it too much.
To fix this small problem, I just cut a strip of E-tape about 2.5" long, and applied about 2" of it to the
inside wall of the PETG and it immediately helped in holding onto the stefans when I moved around. In case
you're wondering, I folded the rest of the E-tape to the outside wall of the PETG (this would prevent the
E-tape from peeling off from the inside wall that would have occurred from over-time/use).
I figure a pic says a thousand words... so 3 pics must say... a thousand+ words? *insert small laughter*
This first pic shows how the breech itself is made. BTW the gray stick is metal stick that you insert
at the rear of the PVC tube; it's to prevent the stefan from going any further back when the PETG is pushing
itself to insert the stefan into it. And the thumb tack; make sure that after you remove the needle piece
from the thumb tack, you gently sand the bottom section of the thumb tack so that it can fit perfectly onto
the wall of the PETG later on.
PS... the pieces on the red & blue pic aren't to size/scale... so do the measuring yourself~
If your inside tube/PETG is a bit too loose while inside the PVC tube, then just wrap some E-tape until any
or all of the areas where air would have been lost (during firing) is sealed. And do some measuring before
you apply the E-tape, so you can figure out if you can keep the E-tape hidden when in or not in use; because
lets face it... we all want our guns to not only fire well, but also to look good. (Exposed E-tape = eewww)
Here's how mine came out after I used a bunch of E-tape to seal the gaps and help stabilize the front
section of the barrel (by wrapping a few layers of E-tape on the front section of the PETG, it helped
prevent the PETG from being crooked while inside the PVC).
And now, no more visible E-tape
BTW, for anyone who thinks a thumb tack being Krazy glued onto the wall of a PETG is not going to be
very secure, and would easily snap off at any moment... A few weeks ago, I needed to do a small repair
on one of my breeches. It was the same type as the one I just posted, but to make the repairs, I had to
get the PETG out of the PVC. To do that, I had to get the thumb tack off of it. So I gently and slowly
tried to snap it off... it didn't work, so then I applied some force; I ended up hurting my thumb, splitting
the PETG down the middle, and cracking a small chunk of it off.
So the lesson here is... Krazy glue = crazy strong... and thumb tacks makes great sliding breech handles.
Okay, the basic BBB mods are done, now to do something that most experienced modders never do.
ATTACH THE ORANGE ARROW CLAMPS!! (The orange clamps that came with the BBB; that holds the
spare arrows on the sides of the BBB; the normally pointless accessories that many modders just toss
out... yep, those clamps...)
When you're done with that part, let's work on the air-pump integration part of the gun.
Take a thumb tack, and saw off the pointed tip of the needle, and the plastic grasping part of the thumb
tack. Then Krazy glue what's left of the needle part into the center hole of the button release valve (the
valve obtained from the sides of the Hornet gun). Once the glue's settled, and the thumb tack is firmly
glued into place, sand off the 4 areas shown in the picture below. This will allow the air flow to be released
in a quicker speed which is much better then if you hadn't (again, I've ran dozens of tests doing this over
and over again, it will work more efficiently if you do it).
This next part is very simple and you'll enjoy it a lot because it means YOU'RE ALMOST DONE!!
*tears of joy*
Grab your 1/4" vinyl tubes and Tee joint connectors and start Krazy gluing them together!!
(After you've done the proper measurements for each part of course~) Glue a short strip of vinyl tubing
to the Button Release Valve. About the Big Salvo air tanks, one must have a shorter vinyl tubing then the
other (I'll explain in the pic later). This part of the tutorial will be for if you're "right handed" and hold
the BBB gun trigger handle with your right hand. Take the BS air tank (the one with the shorter tubing)
and connect it to the Tee-joint, then connect the tubing from the Button Release Valve and connect it
to the same Tee-joint. Now connect the 2 Tee-joints together with another strip of vinyl tubing. Finally
connect the other BS air tank and the Magstrike pump to the Tee-joint.
Connect the BS air tank (the one with the Button Release Valve) onto the left clamp, and the other
BS air tank onto the other clamp. Then drill 2 tiny holes on the left side of the BBB frame so that you
may screw the Button Release Valve onto it (with tiny screws). Whatever you do DON'T GLUE THE
BS AIR TANKS ONTO THE CLAMPS!! The reason should be obvious, it's so that if you ever need to make
repairs on the inside of the BBB, you can easily detach the BS air tanks and unscrew the Button Release
Valve. As always, here's a few pics to help you understand what I said~
For the final step, you will need about 2 tubes; 1/2" ID about 4" long each. (The tubes you would
normally use to make breeches) They will be inserted into the black barrels of the Big Salvo air tanks,
and don't glue them in; this way they can be removed and allow you to shoot 5/8" stefans or even
STOCK FOAM ARROWS!!
Here it how mine looks for shooting 1/2" stefans
and here it is when shooting stock foam arrows
So there it is... my tutorial~
BTW, the gun is very comfortable to hold, and the Button Release Valve is very well positioned...
just see for yourself~
(In these pics, I didn't move my arms or the gun; I just rotated my body 90 degrees clockwise while my
lil sis helped take the pics)
Lastly, here's my video review of "Peasant's Guru" (Hey, it's my mod, so I get to name it~!!)
<-- Click here~
(And yes, I did draw that with colored pencils)
Edited by b00m13, 28 April 2009 - 03:35 PM.