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Nerf Guns in rain/snow/mud etc

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#1 AbstractSociety

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 02:21 AM

How well do Nerf guns preform in those kind of conditions? Do they preform the same? Well this ruin the condition of the gun?
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 02:38 AM

Hotglue can become brittle in the cold, so I guess watch out for that/
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:19 AM

they're not "guns"

they're toys.

I say a video of some people playing Humans vs Zombies in the rain so I figured rain wouldn't really affect the guns. But I just had to ask to confirm.

Thanks for the hot glue tip!

So looks like this stuff won't affect the guns?
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:20 AM

Well..Your blasters should perform just fine as long as you don't have any mud jammed in the internals.
I have nerfed in both the rain and snow, and the worst that can happen is that your blaster gets wet and some screws start to rust. Also, in the cold, your blaster become more brittle, but it shouldn't break unless it's held together by hot glue.

Basically, have fun with your blasters, but don't be an idiot.
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#5 wardrive

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:40 AM

As long as you keep the mud, sand, dirt, and water out of your internals you should be fine..

Highly technical blasters (the Vulcan comes to mind) are more vulnerable due to the complexity, highly robust blasters (such as the Homemade SNAP-Series) can shoot even if you fill them with water.

Edited by wardrive, 28 July 2010 - 03:42 AM.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:18 AM

You're going to have mild problems with rust with any part that's not stainless, and any lube or other sort of fluid in the gun is going to catch dirt or mix with water, diluting or gumming it up after a while. Regarding rain or any wet condition (including dry snow that would liquefy later, so snow in/on darts that gets into the gun and then melts for instance), it's going to be very tough to keep water out of the internals at all. However what I would say is that provided your blasters are well-modded or stock they shouldn't be very hard to clean and maintenance afterward; simply taking them apart sufficiently and letting them air dry a few hours should solve the problem, along with re-lubing, etc.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:11 PM

they're not "guns"

they're toys.


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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:02 PM

Don't leave hot glued blasters in the heat. The glue will melt and couplers or other glue parts will shift. Springs, screws and stuff will rust so don't let water in to long (already covered by other nerfers). I am not really sure if the blasters plastic will get brittle and break if you let it in the cold air too long, best if you just not find out. I will throw some scrap plastic in the freezer and fridge later and let it go over night to let you know what happens under frozen and low cold temps.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:04 PM

Extreme cold can be problematic for airguns. The o-rings and rubber components will shrink just a tad, and as a result they may leak. Hot glue fails hard in cold weather.

Snow shouldn't be an issue during the war. Water can be a problem afterwards - be sure to open up your blasters and dry them out after playing in the snow.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:09 PM

A powerfull spring and no AR's in the cold could mean you blaster's innards will shatter.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:28 PM

A powerfull spring and no AR's in the cold could mean you blaster's innards will shatter.


My Maxshot, veteran of numerous fun wars in the frozen north, pooh-pooh's your warning!

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More pictures of blasters being frozen, thrown in the snow, and generally abused. I don't think anything broke. These toys are tougher than we give them credit for.

Edited by Daniel Beaver, 28 July 2010 - 10:38 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:10 PM

A powerfull spring and no AR's in the cold could mean you blaster's innards will shatter.


My Maxshot, veteran of numerous fun wars in the frozen north, pooh-pooh's your warning!


More pictures of blasters being frozen, thrown in the snow, and generally abused. I don't think anything broke. These toys are tougher than we give them credit for.



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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:26 PM

Unless you bury it in mud or snow, let it sit for 2 months and dig it back up, I think you'll be alright.
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:49 PM

Some brands of foam backer rod, can deteiriorate (did i spell that right?) in wet or humid conditions.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 12:09 AM

I'll reiterate what Daniel Beaver said. I spent a few years up in the Rockies and didn't have many problems. I was always worried that something would shatter due to the cold, but nothing ever did. The dry dirt was a far bigger problem- with seals on pumps and plungers- than anything you've mentioned. The only problem with mud is that it might line your barrel, but that can even be washed out.

The biggest thing to worry about is rust, but it's not a problem if you dry your blaster afterward.
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:34 AM

I'm not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but currently we are having what could be considered a heat wave in Beijing, and I've noticed that some of the adhesive connections have begin to fail on my homemade blasters. This generally has occurred where rubber tubing is attached to solid plastic via epoxy, but the leaks are minor enough only to make a difference in air or pressure powered blasters (not springers).

The other time I've seen weather conditions effect my creations have been regarding the rubber washer used on my pumps. Several of the rubber washers from the cheap water gun pumps I use (at least that is what I believe they are made of) have begun to swell in the summer heat, in one case making the pump of a blaster (Tiny tim, my air powered eliminator, writeup soon to come) unusable.

Both of these problems have set back a couple of my projects, and seem to come down to the temperature sensitivity of rubbers (and/or adhesives).

In the case of the pump, I have found that sticking the washer in the freezer for a few minutes helps shrink it back down to usable sizes, and leaving it for a few days in the refrigerator for a few days seems to return it to its original form.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:43 AM

I just want to add one thing about cold weather affecting airguns.

I put my 3k in the fridge for five minutes, and when I took it out it wouldn't hold air. When I pushed the pump in, it went in really fast which usually happens when the dump valve in the tank is open. I don't know if this happens with all airguns, but when my 3k gets cold the seal on the valve doesn't work well.
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