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#1 flyingchicken

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 05:32 PM

I have a question about a difference between the old-style and new-style recons. When I completed my power stock while modding my new-style recon, the back of the plunger tube cleanly popped out because of the springs pressing on it. Now, I remember seeing a pic of an old-style recon's plunger tube. It seemed longer because of something screwed onto the back. My question is, because of that extension on an old-style, will the back of the plunger tube still pop out if I add strong springs to the stock?

Thanks, and sorry if this post sounds stupid.
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#2 SorrowX

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:19 PM

As far as I can remember, the only difference between 1st Gen and 2nd Gen recons is the cap the covers the plunger when primed. They replaced the old recons with this due to a few reported incidents of friction burns, etc. Other than that, maybe Hasbro put a weaker spring. Thats as many as I can think of.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:43 PM

I have heard that it is true if you put a spring in the plunger tube it will come out. If you are asking me I have to say that the plunger tube will come out. You will probally not have a problem with that.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:17 PM

As far as I can remember, the only difference between 1st Gen and 2nd Gen recons is the cap the covers the plunger when primed. They replaced the old recons with this due to a few reported incidents of friction burns, etc. Other than that, maybe Hasbro put a weaker spring. Thats as many as I can think of.


So will the cap that is screwed on prevent the springs in the stock from breaking the plunger tube?
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:30 PM

No, its just there to protect the user from friction burns. And for Hasbro to cover their own asses. I reccomend craft foam padding, and not using an overpowerful spring. If you wouldn't put it in a nitefinder, don't put it in a recon.
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#6 flyingchicken

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:59 PM

I don't mean the black part that covers the tube, I meant the extension on the actual plunger tube on the old-style.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 09:47 PM

Unfortunately from what I've heard the end of the plunger tube falls off on the new gen just from regular usage, I doubt the old version was much better, I'd think if you stuffed a spring in there it would definitely pop off after a few shots, but I've never touched that gun until a few months ago when I bought a new one so I really have no clue.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:51 PM

The answer is maybe.

The old style plunger tube is exactly the same as the new on in terms of actual usable space, but the "tube" part of the plunger extend out further, the "cap" of the plunger has a screw post, and then a plate is screwed on.

So if new plunger tubes are like:
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Then old ones are like:
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Theoretically the extra plastic would mean extra surface area to take shear force. Realistically, it would probably still break. However, the old style ones are much easier to reinforce along the back of the plunger tube.
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#9 flyingchicken

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 03:00 PM

Thanks Zorn. That's a good answer I wanted to hear.
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