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Sonic Bazooka knock-off

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#1 Goggles

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:33 PM

I went to Big Lots this morning looking for the tiny Nitefinder-esque blaster recently shown in the general forum, and came home with two of these...
**These photos are all backwards because I'm using my Macbook's internal camera, and didn't figure out how to automatically flip new photos until after I was finished, and am too lazy to re-take them all**

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The "Super Air Blaster" appears to be, for all intents and purposes, a Big Blast. Internally, the trigger mechanism is slightly different, and the air tank appears to be somewhat smaller.

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I'm hoping that this hinged-trigger-pushing-a-button-system will prove more durable than the Big Blast's trigger, as less force will be placed on the trigger itself.

This modification is very basic. Here are all of the tools that you will need:

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(I lied, you will also need a pipe cutter to make a tiny piece of cpvc later)

Step 1: Cut off the stock barrel.

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Step 2: Assemble yourself a cpvc coupler with a tiny 1/2" cpvc stub sticking out the end of it.

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Step 3: Use your Super Glue to attach the stub end of the coupler to the place where the stock barrel used to be. After removing the stock barrel, I noticed that cpvc would fit perfectly inside the circle where the barrel used to reside, allowing you to glue not only to the base of the cpvc, but also to the sides, hopefully making it less likely that you'll knock the barrel off while you're running around like an idiot and have to redo everything. I also added some hot glue around the base of the coupler to further hold things together and hopefully make everything airtight.

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Step 4: Reassemble the blaster

You're finished! You can minimize the body in the same way that you would minimize a 4B, but I'm personally not going to, as I plan on using an inline clip like this:

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This is two pieces of petg from McMaster-Carr, with a stub of 1/2" cpvc in the base acting as a dart stop, and so that I can insert it into a cpvc coupler. As a note about this inline clip. The specific dimensions (length) of this clip might be too small to be used reliably. I have smaller ones I've been messing around with on my pistols, but this particular one was too small to be used on my +Bow. It just fired multiple darts because of the force of that big spring. If this blaster really is as powerful as a 4b, then this inline clip might prove too small, and I'll need to put together something larger.

As a note, I did NOT plug the pump, as I expect this thing to have close to the power of a 4B.

RANGES:
Finally got same range testing in, but I couldn't find my long measuring tape.
I fired this, singled with 10" of CPVC alongside my +bow, with an RSCB clip. The singled Air Blaster outshot the +bow by around 10 feet, but I don't typically get astronomical ranges from my +bow. I used Slug darts for this comparison, so take this information for whatever you really think it means. It's definitely primary worthy in my eyes, but if you're expecting over 100 feet, you'll probably be disappointed.


Overall, this thing feels a lot more durable than a Big Blast. The shell feels like much higher quality plastic, and I don't anticipate there being any problems with the trigger breaking, as there should be much less stress focused on the trigger as it is simply turning on a hinge to press a button, rather than pulling against the pressure in the tank.

*Thoughts from a few days later: I still like this blaster, but The handle and trigger are a bit awkward. They feel a bit small while you're pumping the blaster, and the angle of the grip could be better. Also, I don't think that these things are really going to hold up well to prolonged use, as the valves in my second one sound a bit funny now.

*Edited for grammar and to add information on ranges.

Edited by Goggles, 21 November 2009 - 09:46 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:38 PM

These are nice little guns, but they're really nothing like the BBBB. In fact, they're a knockoff of the Lanard Sonic Bazooka, and that tank is a back-pressure tank, with an integrated push-button firing valve. They do seem to have some reliability issues, though; with more than 6 pumps, the stock trigger valve doesn't carry enough air to reliably operate the valve.
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#3 Goggles

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:50 PM

...they're a knockoff of the Lanard Sonic Bazooka...



Before now, I had completely overlooked the existence of that blaster. Thanks for the information.

Checking a few of the write-ups for the blaster Rork mentioned, this thing will probably get less range than a 4b, but that's really ok by me, as I'm looking for something that's just easier to cart around than my +bow, and can use the inline clips I've been making. So this might turn out to be better for me than I had originally thought it would.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:56 PM

How much did you get that for? During last Christmas I was able to pick up two actual Lanard Sonic Bazooka's at my local grocery store. And they aren't bad with the right barrel.. I've intergrated a minimized double shot into one. :D

Pretty good find. :)

Edited by Galaxy613, 19 November 2009 - 05:59 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:58 PM

How much did you get that for?


$8.00
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:11 PM

How much did you get that for?


$8.00

For another $2 I think a BBBB is more worth it.
But this is smaller and probaly less time consuming to pump.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:17 PM

This is not unlike the Sonic Bazooka. It's almost pistol-sized.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:23 PM

I am a newb, if i makemistakes in my grammar forgive me.

so, that looks like a decent blastar do you have any ranges?
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:38 PM

First, I wouldn't say it's close to a big blast. It has a back pressure tank.

Next, DON'T PLUG THE PUMP. The piston in a back pressure tank will get misaligned with the tank and make the gun unusable.

Edited by dubcwill, 19 November 2009 - 08:57 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:14 PM

The blaster was quite powerful, but now the valves are stuck open, which seems like it might be because they are out of alignment, like Rork and dub suggested might happen eventually.
The pump was NOT plugged, and i pumped 7 times.

This happened immediately after I blew a stefan back down the barrel that was caught in the front portion of my inline clip. Could putting pressure on the front of the valve have caused this problem?
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:15 PM

You'll quickly find that inline clips don't work at all with air guns.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:47 PM

... but you'll find that RSCB's work wonderfully!
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:04 PM

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Neat find on the blaster, although cheaper made guns which use back pressure valves usually will suffer reliability issues, I mean heck you've got to be really lucky to get a working hornet and that's nerf made..

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#14 nerfkid01

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:08 AM

those blasters are pretty sweet
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:59 PM

You'll quickly find that inline clips don't work at all with air guns.


Inline clips work wonderfully on my Big Salvo. Its the only mod I did to it and it has become my gun of choice.

Great find on this gun, I like the chamber setup.
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#16 thaygor

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 04:51 PM

I bought one of these last Tuesday and it is quite nice. If you are about to buy one you can actually take the blaster out of the box and test it without breaking the twist ties. My big lots only had three that worked, out of the five I tested.
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:34 PM

I had to get two for if one breaks then I had a back up because i singled one and coupler the other with pvc
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