@Daniel - Sure. PM me a shipping address, please.
@landstricker - Yep, they're hopper compatible. I'm in the middle of a move right now, so my only hoppered blaster is a 4B. However, as Langley points out below, 4Bs are not a representative blaster (read: test platform.) They tend to be the 'diesel' of Nerf - they'll take just about anything as input.
@Langley - Sorry, I actually don't have any gumdrop heads. For all that I've pushed to help dream them up, I still haven't made any.
Re: Slugs & McMaster, et. al.: I actually don't hate slugs. I just love experimenting with stuff. I -do- hate making glue domes - mine are total fails. I have about 1K slug heads waiting to be glued onto blanks and probably another two 500 rolls of felt discs waiting to be mated to #6 washers for the next batch.
Depending on where you are, McMaster shipping is pretty speedy. I've found that it is here two business days after I ship, Based on local prices for washers and felt discs, making slugs, making these, McMaster is a must - local washers are $0.03 each, and the felt discs are slightly more, plus they're approximately half the thickness.
In other words, if you're a serious slug-maker, chances are you already have a McMaster account. Or you are damned lucky in local sources (so please share!
At current time these really don't make sense for the average Nerfer:
- Unless you're in Canuckistan, slugs are always accepted in any stefan-using war. These will be banned if glue-domes are banned, and the war organizer may ban them separately because they're not field-tested.
- A snap-cap head is 4x the cost of a slug head, if the materials are bought at McMaster: $0.08 for a snap-cap head vs. $0.02 for a slug head.
- These take more time. They probably take as much time as a dome (that's an assumption, seeing as I can't make a dome.) I'm guessing a minute a head, plus another 0:30 to glue the head on the blank.
- Slugs are brain-free. These take a certain amount of eyeballing to get the glue right. Sure, you can get the washer off-centered, but if you fail at slug-making... oy.
That said, here are what I think are possible reasons to try these:
- If you're a mad scientist, here's something new to try. That's me.
- If you are a range whore but fail at dome-making, here's an alternative. That's also me.
- Even if you're a so-so dome-maker, these are much more consistent. The shape will be constant and radially symmetric, and the weight will almost certainly be centered.
- If you're the only one using these at a war, which is likely right now, there'll be no question which dart is yours.
- Even if others use these at a war, these screw caps take to Sharpies much better than felt, so you can easily mark your heads.
- Thanks to an FB Nerfer (I think he's mysterio@NH, but am not sure), I've been referred to Ark-Plas. They have over 100 colours. I have an RFQ in to see if we can beat McM's pricing, too.
- Oh, and Ark-Plas does ship samples! http://www.ark-plas....il.php?UID=3614
, then click on 'Sample Request'. You'll need to create an account, first.
- Finally (for now), as I said before, these may be easier to get a dome with crap foam.
Edit: Just got my RFQ response back from Ark-Plas: $20.80 (+S&H, I'm sure) for 1000. That brings the price down to 150% of a slug-head, well worth it for performance whores like me!
Edited by taerKitty, 18 April 2012 - 11:39 AM.
Fugly is a feature.