1/4" Slingshot - AT3K
135,140,150, 150, 150, 133, 142,148, 150, 130
1/4" Slingshot - Plusbow
125, 150, 142, 135, 128, 138, 139, 123, 150, 144
1/4" Slingshot - Nitefinder
62, 55, 60, 69, 55
Copper BB - AT3K
117, 122, 132, 130, 121, 132, 118, 127, 124, 115
Copper BB - Plusbow
108, 113, 102, 117, 122, 130, 120, 116, 121, 105
Copper BB - Nitefinder
50, 52, 56, 53, 54
Washer + Felt Disc - AT3K
112, 113, 115, 117, 118, 115, 116, 111, 113, 119
Washer + Felt Disc - Plusbow
100, 100, 104, 105, 107, 109, 115, 109, 110, 103
Washer+ Felt Disc - Nitefinder
52, 50, 52, 44, 49
Single BB - AT3K
60 (No idea), 108, 140 (WTF?), 109, 126, 115, 125, 111, 108, 130
Single BB - Plusbow
68, 102, 106, 116, 123, 108, 113, 118, 122, 108
Single BB - Nitefinder
Conclusions from range tests
This data turned out beautiful. The 3k and the Plusbow were pretty close in range for all different weights. The 3k seems to be just a bit more powerful than the Plusbow. From slingshot ammo to copper BB's, the 3k and the +bow lose roughly 20' in range. The Nitefinder only loses about 7' in range. The next furthest darts were Slug darts. Plusbows with good barrel/dart fit are now only hitting a little over 100'. Nitefinders only lose ~4' from copper BB's. Single BB's were very close to all the Slug darts. The Plusbow actually shot further with single BB's as opposed to Slug darts. Nitefinders lose another couple feet in range.
As you can see, the less the weight, dramatically effects the super higher powered blasters and makes them a lot safer. This way we wouldn't have to impose bans on blasters due to safety issues. One interesting thing in the data was the range results from the Slug darts. All of them seemed to land within a couple feet of each other. Probably because each dart is weighted exactly the same, where some darts may have more hot glue than others in a traditional stefan. But there are two more aspects of the darts other than just range. I wanted to see how much they hurt, and how accurate they were.
I was willing enough to let my co-worker shoot me from 50' away with the 3k and the Plusbow. We tested all four dart weights. I let him shoot me first with the slingshot weights to get it out of the way. Shots from both the 3k and Plusbow left nice welts on my back. I'd say they equally hurt the same, which is a great deal of pain. Then I let him shoot me with the copper BB's. Hurt almost just as much as the slingshot weights. I noticed a bigger decrease in pain from the 3k though, but it was still quite painful. These shots didn't leave welts, but made the skin very red. Next were Slug darts. Wow, what a difference. The felt tips and the flat surface instead of a hard dome, is much better. They still hurt from only 50' away, but they feel a lot better than having to be shot with a slingshot weight. I let him shoot me a few extra times with the felt discs and tried shooting against bare skin. Not to my surprise they didn't leave any welts from point blank ranges. Single BB darts had basically the same results although they were more damaging to skin compared to Slug darts. This is most likely due to the hot glue dome. A point blank shot left a welt on my arm.
1/4" Slingshot weights are just ridiculously accurate darts if you make them right. I don't think I need to go in detail there. Copper BB's were equally as accurate, but there were a couple shots that curved to the side. The BB's are so small, it's difficult to get the weight perfectly centered. Since slingshot weights are so large, they are easier to center in the foam, and usually are more accurate. Single BB darts had pretty much the same results as the Copper BB's. They are hard to get the weight centered and a few shots went in strange directions. Slug darts were the most accurate next to slingshot weights. Since they are effortless to make, they usually fly perfectly straight with ease. Even ones where the washer aren't perfectly centered fly straight.
Final thoughts and comments
Slug darts seem the way to go. They have so many upsides. They are cheap, easy to make, hurt significantly less that traditional hot glue stefans, and only get ranges similar to a single BB weighted dart. If people didn't have the materials, or couldn't get the supplies for making Slug darts, I think single BB darts should be also allowed. And obviously we would still allow stock darts. Basically banning slingshot weights, and copper BB's. I'm not sure why copper BB's shoot so much further. I thought to believe they were the same weight as single BBs, but I believe these might be the heavier variants of copper BB's that weigh 0.45g as opposed to 0.33 grams a steel BB weighs. Although I'm not entirely sure. These BB's were jacked from someone else's darts from my community bucket. But the copper weighted darts definitely out ranged Slug darts and steel BBs. Slingshot weights are something around 1.2 or 1.3 grams I believe.
This also proves that lowered powered blasters become more effective with lighter darts. High powered blasters are losing 30-40' off of their max range, while pistols are losing 10'.
I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks.
Edited by Ryan201821, 18 November 2009 - 02:24 PM.