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How Did You Break Your Longshot?

What spring did the job?

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Poll: What broke your gun? (8 member(s) have cast votes)

What spring were you using?

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#1 Jimu RetroGuru

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:37 PM

A few weeks ago, I asked the 'Haven in general which spring combo would work best in my brand new-ish Longshot.

I wasn't being lazy, I just wanted to avoid reinventing the wheel. Between all the hardware & sporting goods stores in my area plus assorted Bow springs in my parts bin, I've got access to ALL the traditional Longshot replacement springs. I just wanted to avoid testing them all. Field-stripping a Longshot is NOT easy.

Now here's a related question that might just benefit every LS owner.

After reading so many posts about boltsleds breaking under stress, I wondered...

What spring combo is most likely to break the gun?

It seems to me that the BBB spring (longer than the actual plunger tube) would put CONSTANT stress on the gun internals, while an industrial NiteFinder spring from Ace or Home Depot wouldn't. Am I wrong?

-remove all air restrictors and pegs, seal holes in the barrel.
-replace or combine the springs in the main and front gun.
-replace the front gun barrel with CPVC.
-ditch all the safety junk in the gun so I can dry-fire, pop the clip, etc.
-sand-dremel the bolt tooth so it doesn't shave my darts.
-replace the stand by integrating the front gun with the main gun. The front gun's handle is missing, anyway.
-finish it with a new paintjob in Krylon Fusion Hammered Finish Metallic Black with trim in Krylon silver and copper, keeping the orange tip so the cops don't shoot me.

Edited by Jimu RetroGuru, 25 June 2009 - 05:55 PM.

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#2 umpshaplapa



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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:41 PM

Sounds like a plan. I would also recommend reinforcing the bolt sled with something.
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#3 navyseal849



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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:50 PM

I've never ever heard of a boltsled breaking under a NF spring but it is definetley a good idea to reinforce the boltsled with something, maybe make a metal one. I highly reccomend you reinforce it if you are going to be using something like a BBB/LS combo or stronger.
By the way your link doesn't work.
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#4 spartan062



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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:53 PM

Mine broke with a combo not listed: stock spring, nf spring, and a 10" spring from my mom's car (no clue what it was for). It took both hands to prime.
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#5 wingd man

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:04 PM

Lit it on fire and threw it off a cliff. Best sacrifice I ever made.
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