So after building my first bow, I decided I needed one with a trigger. And while I was at it, it might as well be pump action. So, I present to you, my most favorite blaster to date.
Thanks to Captain Slug for the +bow and thanks to Kane for the Aabow, and the original concept of this blaster.
The body is made up of 1 1/4" clear PVC. It's a bit expensive, but definitely worth it. I believe 4' of it costs $20 off of McMaster. The pump is a 6" piece of 2" OD x 1 3/4" ID Polyester tubing. The OD of 1 1/4" is 1.66", so pump grip fits over the PVC beautifully.
Of course I used a modified +bow style catch and trigger, with side plates bringing everything together. The pump grip merely pushes back the nylon bow string, until the catches, obviously. I'll probably add a return spring for the pump later.
I used the modified grip I've been using on my guns lately, with the solid wood handle. It feels very nice.
Picture of it while primed.
Close-up of awesomeness
The plunger head is a skirt seal, with a wood spacer I turned down on the lathe to hold the skirt.
The bow arms were the same as what Kane used in the original Aabow. Although, I used epoxy putty instead of hot glue.
I am very glad how this thing turned out. Only took me one day to build. I tested it out at Foam in the Fort this weekend and everyone who tried it out seemed to be very pleased. It gets 6" of draw, with a perfect seal, and gets around the same ranges as my Pumpbow, w/ slugs.
Edited by Ryan201821, 16 September 2010 - 03:50 AM.