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#1 pinz321

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:41 PM

I was looking at the homemades section and saw accessories for the guns... then I said "Why isn't there as much actual homemade accessories as there used to be?". Then I saw my painter's tape. It popped an idea in my head. To make a uber-cheap-o ammo belt.

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So basically, you need the following:
-Wide tape, (preferably duct-tape)
-1/2 CPVC or 1/2 PVC
-Pipe cutters, hacksaw and miter-box, or anything that can get a nice cut.
-Scissors
-Hot glue and Glue gun
-A brain that doesn't include ignorance
-2 working hands

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So take your tape, and cut 2 pieces long enough to fit around your waist, and a little more, depending on how much CPVC/PVC you plan on using.

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Now take your CPVC/PVC and cut it maybe a 1/2 inch short of the width of your tape. If you are using CPVC, you might want to use a dremel to make the ID a little bit bigger so you can slide your dart in and out.

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With that done, you can take your pieces of pipe and lay them down on the tape (as you can see, my cuts were horrible). Leave maybe 1/4-1/2" between each piece so it's somewhat flexible unlike mine.

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Afterwards, take your other piece of tape and apply a little hot-glue and lay your piece of tape on top of the other segment as flush with the edges as possible.

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The last step is to fold the tape under the piece of pipe so your darts don't fall out.

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And you are done! You can personalize yours and unlike me, you can apply more pipe to hold more darts (just remember to leave space between the section and section so your pants' straps for belts are free.) Also, you might want to add some way to make a "buckle" of some sort.

Note: This is my first write-up, and I might have screwed up in someway, so if I did, please tell me, but don't throw me over for it.
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#2 Judging Eagle

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:58 PM

That's not bad.

I'm actually using a shoulder bag that was meant to be a cooler.

It has semi-rigid sides, and will remain open at all times.

My actual darts, I keep in a plastic ice cream container that I place into the bag. The bag is usually full with other, not as oftenly used, things that go underneath the ice cream container.

I debated making a 'belt'; but really, a well made bag will hold so much more ammo; and if you're using a singled gun anyway, you just need to pull out one round at a time anyway.

That's my thought on this though. I'd rather have 50+ rounds in a 1L ice cream tub that I carry in a shoulder bag; and can just reach inside to grab more rounds; than to reach for a belt, or a soft pouch, for more rounds.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:16 PM

Yeah I know, but its just for a belt. And don't take this as a big insult/flame, your comment supports your username.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:41 PM

Wow, this is even cheaper than my first attempt at a bandoleer (duct tape and an old belt).

Nice work.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:07 PM

If you want to make your pipe last longer, you can cut little rings of CPVC instead of entire tubes.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:28 PM

Might i recomend Gaffer's tape. It's a cloth based tape that's very strong and durable. I have a holster that i made entirely out of it that has held up for about a year, even washed it twice.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 05:33 PM

I use my pocket. Its the best way to carry darts I've come across because you can always feel how many are in there. As far as belts go though, this is pretty good.
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 10:05 PM

Zack the Mac makes a good point. By the way guys, this was a quick thing to do, so I just went into it carelessly. I'll make a good version of this, and post it.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:42 PM

Don't waste your time on ammo belts, they are not war practical. That will fall apart very easily, I know from experience.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:26 PM

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I did almost the same thing a while ago.... And belts are useful, though if I have the choice I would take the lanard ammo box in that belt/ box/ bigger box set. With belts not only can some be at your waste and hold your pants up as well, but some can be used Rambo style, but with a holster for your trusty sidearm as well.

Very nice job pinz321, that looks very functional in my opinion.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:50 PM

Actually SirTofu, I used this in a micro war with my friends (I always win because I'm the only one modding guns :P ) And it proved very helpful.

Also, I considered using my pockets, but since I normally wear jeans and skinny pants, I thought they would crumple in my pocket, and I would have to stand up to reach for it comfortably (I need to stand up to get stuff in my pockets for some reason)
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:32 PM

I like it, and the fact that it held up for a war. There's really nothing better than an improvised accessory that can be built upon and improved. I look forward to seeing the future belt. More on topic: If sticking with the same materials, I'd probably just suggest more consistent cutting of the cpvc so when you fold the tape underneath, it can flatten better. Also, if you don't want to make it flexible by spacing out the pipes, I like what you did in this one by having the pipe close together and the ammo holders rigid. (This is what I thought you were making at first:) Perhaps you could just make this as a sort of cartridge box with loops to slip onto your pants belt. It would be just as cheap and like so: (I got hung up on this idea for a bit for some reason.)
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It would be the same thing as what you made but solve the problem of a buckle made of tape etc. Regardless, I like the idea of your belt and what may become of it.

Also, IMHO, each nerfer has their own preferences for dart carrying (like every other aspect of nerf) whether it be pants pockets, cargo pockets, belts, bandoliers, satchels, cartridge boxes, and so on. There's really no point to say which method is better, practical, or the opposite because it depends on the person and each nerfer just wants to share what they like. There's always going to be someone with a different preference and that can't be changed. I myself use a combination of mag pouches, cargo pockets on my shorts, ammo belts, and of course a dart tag vest (sometimes all at once) and I love it.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:58 PM

jmwasko, That is a very good suggestion, seeing as I could probably make a holster around the same concept (although of course I will need stronger materials for it) but belt or no belt there should be space between each ammo holder, so they do not end up being a sort of tablet on you waist rather than them being according to your shape.
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