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#1 Zypher

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:24 PM

Hey all, I just got an Alpha Trooper from Target, and I'm having some issues with the accuracy (and no, it's not just that I have bad aim :D )

I'm shooting at a deck of cards from 10 feet away, most of the time I hit it, not a problem. Then, I move back to 20 feet, and everything goes wrong. Darts are flying all over the place. I was able to hit it once in 20 shots. Sometimes the darts will fly up to 4 feet to the right or left. It appears to be totally random which direction the darts go in, and sometimes they fly straight.

Have others had this problem? Is it my gun, or the darts?

*No modifications to the gun or darts*
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:28 PM

It is most likely the darts. Streamlines have a small hole in the tip that makes them go crazy. You could snip of the head and fill it with hot glue for better performance.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:28 PM

Man, streamlines are frustrating, get used to it.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:48 PM

Dude, it's stock. Why do you think we spend so much time modifying guns? Stock guns shoot shitty.
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#5 Zypher

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:58 PM

Alright thanks, i figured it was the darts it was the only thing that made sense. Is there any way to load them that will minimize this effect? Such as with the hole in the dart facing downward?
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:17 PM

Alright thanks, i figured it was the darts it was the only thing that made sense. Is there any way to load them that will minimize this effect? Such as with the hole in the dart facing downward?

No, that will not even shoot most likely.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:20 PM

I'd recommend modifying the darts more for best accuracy. It's really quite simple, what you do is cut off half of the tip of the dart, where the hole is, then filling the tip with hotglue. Make sure the dome is as even and balanced as possible for best results. Wait 'till it dries and you've got a dead accurate streamline. Please not that I am not taking credit for this idea; someone else thought of it. Hope this helps!
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:35 PM

Alright thanks, i figured it was the darts it was the only thing that made sense. Is there any way to load them that will minimize this effect? Such as with the hole in the dart facing downward?

No, that will not even shoot most likely.



I think you misunderstood me, I meant rotating the dart in the clip so that the hole in the head of the streamline was facing a specific way. I didn't mean to like, jam the dart in upright or something strange like that.

I'd recommend modifying the darts more for best accuracy. It's really quite simple, what you do is cut off half of the tip of the dart, where the hole is, then filling the tip with hotglue. Make sure the dome is as even and balanced as possible for best results. Wait 'till it dries and you've got a dead accurate streamline. Please not that I am not taking credit for this idea; someone else thought of it. Hope this helps!


This seems to be the popular recommendation. I'll try it out, although couldn't you just fill the hole with glue and smooth it over, instead of having to cut off the head and do all that work?
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:43 PM

Its probibly not the gun itself. Streamlines can't fly strait for crap. Its all because of that little hole on the tip. This can be fixed by cutting off the hollow tip and putting hot glue of some other weight in there.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:48 PM

As Talio said, the gun is stock, and the darts are stock. You're not going to get too far in accuracy with stock guns...
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:50 PM

Alright thanks, i figured it was the darts it was the only thing that made sense. Is there any way to load them that will minimize this effect? Such as with the hole in the dart facing downward?


Yeah, just to answer you straight. No, this will not help. The gun is just shitty. That's why we mod them and make most of our shit homemade. Because we can do it right.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:58 PM

Yeah, they're streamlines, and yeah they suck in stock guns, but I think the new AR design is what is causing these issues. When a streamline is fired out of, say a Longshot, it will curve off in a random, but unchanging direction. But when it's fired out of a AT or Stampede, it will "float" and swerve through the air, changing it's trajectory as it goes.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 06:37 PM

It's definitely the stock darts. Streamlines have awful accuracy.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 04:56 AM

Its probibly not the gun itself. Streamlines can't fly strait for crap. Its all because of that little hole on the tip. This can be fixed by cutting off the hollow tip and putting hot glue of some other weight in there.


It has very little to do with the "whistler" hole in the tip at the velocities a stock blaster can produce. It does come into play however, with higher-powered blasters.

With stock(ish) blasters, the problem is the balance of Streamlines. Whereas most stock darts' weight is focused in the tip of the dart(Whistlers, Suction cups, Taggers), a Streamline has very little mass there. Hasbro designed them to be low profile, yet they needed some mass in order to fly. They did this by extending the "stem" back further into the dart, making them effectively stall constantly in flight, which is the effect we know as "fishtailing."

If you purchase one of the hot glue guns with a precision tip, you can fill the heads with hot glue without modifiying the tip whatsoever. Simply fill them via through the hole, trim any excess glue that seeps out after it cools.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 12:13 PM

If you want accuracy modify both the blaster and the darts. Stock blasters are usually pretty low on the accuracy factor.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 08:35 PM

I find that it's both the blaster and the darts that are problematic. Darts are weighted less near the head, which makes their accuracy nil in stock blasters.
But using streamlines on a homemade or other high powered blaster gets decent accuracy. At least with my darts, which have a pretty small hole as streamlines go.

At least mod the alpha trooper if you want accuracy. If you also stick hot glue in the darts, please note that hot glue is quite hard compared to the original tip.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 02:08 AM

We totally need to give ths guy more answers.
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