Yes, I know that old muzzle-loaders don't exactly fit in well with the typical Nerf styles. And these are ~NOT~ meant for Nerf wars! The goal of this project is two-fold: To eventually build replica black-powder firearms with fully functioning mechanisms that shoot Nerf darts... and additionally, to build less-than-replica weapons using foam and latex/plastidip to build fantasy and melee-friendly weapons.
NOTE: A few restrictions on this project~!!
1) Cannot ignite anything
2) Cannot resemble a modern firearm, including mechanisms
3) Needs to muzzle-load! Yes kids, that means shoving something down the barrel to compress the spring inside before loading the ammo.
4) As a replacement for requirement 3, I'm open to creative firing/loading.... but it can't break 'The Mood'. Some of these will be made specifically for SCA fencing
5) The mandatory ROF is about 2 per minute, regardless of how fast you can ACTUALLY reload it. The more realistic the reload (I mean... you've got nothing but time, right? Why not make it look nice too?) the better. That is a participation-requirement. Each barrel can fire once in 30 seconds.
Best that I understand the project, it can be broken down into two parts:
Small arms, and Big Guns
All of the small arms would be based on the same springs, pipe sizes, diameters, etc. Be it a single-barrel derringer or a 30-barrel pepperbox, it would all use the same modular bit. The only difference would be the mechanisms, number of barrels, and of course the nice shiny exterior.
On the large guns, things would get more flexible. But most (if not all) of the general requirements would need to be followed.
This is the project! For those who have deep and applicable knowledge of how to make the basic firing mechanics happen, these will eventually be sold. And I make sure to tack on a small 'commission' for each weapon sold that goes directly to the individuals who made the gun happen (One for the designer, one for the project manager, one for the actual builder (on top of their wage)).
You can reach me here (though I don't log on nearly as often as I should), or send me a business email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks ahead of time for your ideas and consideration. Hopefully by this time next year we can have a whole line of beautiful homemade guns.
~ Kaz the Mercenary
>_>.... Oh. Right. A few other things!
I'm not just expecting other people to do my work for me! *laughs* I have every intention of doing this project one way or another! However, I have a high respect for people who have far more knowledge about these sorts of hand-made systems than I do. I want to see a melding of technology, technique, and style.
Additionally, I have quite a few tools/people at my disposal. Including, but not limited to, mold-making and casting (for casting metal parts like triggers, hammers, trigger-guards, etc), woodworking, laser cutting and engraving, and potentially a home-made CnC machine (still being assembled and tested... please be patient!)
This is me reaching out as a business owner, inventor, and Project-oriented person to people who probably know a lot more about the spring/pipe proportions, general dimensions, and technical side of this sort of project.
I'm definitely prepared to pull my weight on my side of things as well.
Edited by dgchessman2, 20 September 2011 - 08:34 PM.