A stock Longshot retails for over $30 now, and they only come with one clip.
2. Difficult to modify well.
Angel Breeches are not simple modifications. Brass can be expensive depending on where you are, and that cost can add quickly if you are buying your Longshot at retail price. Even with a well-done Angel Breech, Longshots still don't have the range of some of the other blasters that are popular primaries. You are also limited by your clips (or clip, if you buy one NIB).
Then you have to reinforce the bolt sled, strengthen the catch spring, and mod the stock to keep it from spontaneously collapsing, just to make it work properly. And even then, it still runs the risk of something going wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if someone's Longshot suddenly burst into flames for no reason.
Singled Longshots are worse. They're like bear traps for your fingers. Trying to salvage a Longshot with a broken bolt sled is one thing, but taking a $35 blaster and removing the only upside it has makes no sense to me.
3. Uncomfortable as snot.
The priming motion of the Longshot is awkward. Admit it. Remedying the awkward priming motion means putting in a shotgun grip, but that involves removing the integration potential that you referenced.
1. To do all the things like AssassinNF said, it wouldn't take more effort/money than some other primaries. Sure you could make four BBBB's with the money, but it probably costs less than making a Doomsayer. Also, I always see LS's on ebay and for sale here, and they're cheaper than NIB.
2. The modification process of an LS can be difficult indeed, but if you want to make any gun have its performance tripled from stock, it will be difficult and expensive. It's like some old saying "If you want something good you have to work for it" or something. Well anyway, the same would be like Nerf guns. If you want to mod a gun so it is a good reliable primary, there may have to be some sacrifice. If you don't want to spend that kind of money on a plastic toy, like I said buy a Big Blast.
3. It is possible to machine a shotgun grip that will not interfere with the usual LSFG integration (even if you don't use the internals of it, as long as it's the shell (e.g. I have an at2k in mine)). And for smaller people, with the extended stock it is pretty easy to prime. Personally, I don't even think the shell is uncomfortable.
Edited by Lt. Stefan, 13 June 2009 - 10:55 AM.