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#1 earl the bunny

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:06 PM

While searching for a barrel for nerf balls, I discovered this acrylic barrel material at Tap Plastics. I was in a rush and only bought 1 foot and so far it has worked great with my homemade. The price is extremely cheap compared to brass and PETG at only $2.50 for 6 feet! It has a 5/8" OD and 1/16" wall so that makes a perfect 1/2" ID. It is also much more strong and easy to cut than PETG. Like brass, the sizes fit perfectly together.

If you can't find a Tap Plastics near you, you can order online at http://www.tapplastics.com

The link to the acrylic tubes is here.

At the store the people are very friendly. They gave me a green, 4' peice of nerf ball barrel, 1' of micro fitting barrel, and 1' of mega fitting barrel, all for free.

Edited by earl_the_bunny, 13 May 2004 - 05:14 PM.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:42 PM

Nice. I'll have to look into it. (I live about 10 miles from one of their stores.)
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#3 cxwq

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 11:57 PM

Awesome link!

I'll be placing an order soon.

Many thanks, bwani.
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#4 IronRhino

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:11 AM

It has a 3/8" OD and 1/16" wall so that makes a perfect 1/2" ID

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#5 cxwq

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:14 AM

Simple typo. He's talking about the 5/8" OD tubing.
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Posted 13 May 2004 - 02:05 AM

That's a pretty nice find, I'll be very interested to see some range comparisons.

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:05 PM

I too was confused about the fractions, but I understand that you meant 5/8. Great find, I'll be looking into getting some of this.

EDIT: Maybe the molding materials could be of some help as well? Do you think they may have a material similar to vortex rings?

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#8 LDM

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 06:51 PM

Wow . . . Great find!

You said that you used it on your homemade. How were the results?

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#9 earl the bunny

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 09:42 PM

I think that the results were about as good as brass or PETG but I am not sure because I never measered the range of either of them. I could not see a real difference, but it sure is better than paying 1.25-2.50 a foot.

There is one downside to these barrels that i forgot to mention before. The barrels are very brittle and can crack easily. My friend's barrel cracked when he dropped it.

Edited by earl_the_bunny, 13 May 2004 - 09:44 PM.

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#10 Vintage

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 10:12 PM

Is the 5/8" OD small enough to fit in 1/2" PVC? That might help reinforce it.

I think clear barrels are awesome, but it helps the enemy to know when you have a dart loaded. Sometimes, I wave my gun at the enemy without even having a dart in the barrel, just to prevent him from charging before I can reload.

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#11 cxwq

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Posted 14 May 2004 - 01:55 AM

If it's too tight for SCH40 1/2" you could always go up to SCH80 3/4" which isn't much larger ID.

Or just give it a poly tubing condom like I do with some of my brass barrels.
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#12 Dan Wask

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Posted 14 May 2004 - 06:35 AM

I assume that condom would have a hole in the tip eh ?
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Posted 14 May 2004 - 11:49 AM

I have been using vinyl to reinforce my protruding brass barrels. It's nice but my vinyl comes tightly rolled up, so when I put it on, there is a curve in the vinyl, and even though the brass is not bending with the curve of the vinyl, it makes the optical illusion my whole barrel is curved. Thats the only real downside. I still like it though because it is easier than reinforcing it by wrapping in electrical tape, epoxy, and pvc.
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Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:22 PM

I used to use vinyl, but now I use pex tubing to attach my barrels.

I really want to try this new acrylic barrel material.
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Posted 15 May 2004 - 02:55 PM

I placed an order for 12' of tubing from the site. I was only going to buy 6' but the minimum shipping cost is $8.15 for UPS Ground, so if its good I don't want to have to place another order and waste another $8. Does this stuff weigh any more than petg?

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Edited by Formerly Sane, 15 May 2004 - 03:31 PM.

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 03:16 PM

Thanks,

I just ordered 18 Feet of this tubing for 14.50 including shipping using UPS Ground. Better than PETG I hope, and cheaper than Iron Rhino and other PETG companies.
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Posted 21 May 2004 - 09:04 AM

So thats what I found in my basment a few weeks ago, mine doesnt seem to brittle though. ^_^ :P :P
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