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#1 BK201

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:21 AM

I have been trying to strengthen the catch for my Maverick, i tried epoxying pieces of plastic and even small pieces of metal, but they snapped off. Most recently I tried covering the sides with a small amount of epoxy puddy. The catch no longer bends under pressure, but when i put it back in the gun even with the stock spring the gun won't prime, it will just click and go sliding back into place. I have no idea what's going on and would appreciate some advice on this.

Edited by BK201, 09 June 2012 - 12:32 PM.

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#2 Bchamp22795

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:43 AM

Pictures would be helpful. I'd say you just epoxied in the way of the plunger rod or spring so it can't get back into catching position by less than a millimeter. It explains why you hear a click, because it starts to catch, but can't go the full length to finish.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:49 AM

Pictures would be helpful. I'd say you just epoxied in the way of the plunger rod or spring so it can't get back into catching position by less than a millimeter. It explains why you hear a click, because it starts to catch, but can't go the full length to finish.

The plunger moves past the catch just fine, the catch just won't hold the plunger tube.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:01 PM

I have identified the problem:

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:29 PM

 You should add a a stronger catch spring if you havne't yet.  I worry that the putty has displaced the position of the catch so that it no longer works due to friction from the sides of the shell.  Did you check that the catch can move up/down undhindered with the blaster open? 

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:41 PM

I have figured out what the problem is. The epoxy has made the inner diameter of the catch smaller than the outer diameter of the plunger tube. This is forcing the catch to bend despite the epoxy when the gun is primed. I might be able to fix this by sanding part of the plunger tube, and or some of the epoxy.
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#7 Blue

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:43 PM

I have identified the problem:


Quite helpful there. Not everyone makes or wants homemade blasters that shoot 100+ feet.

As for the catch... Why did you reinforce it to begin with? If the plastic hasn't cracked you should just scrape off all you the excess you put on it to begin with and see if that fixes the problem.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

[quote name='Blue' timestamp='1339267392' post='316765']

As for the catch... Why did you reinforce it to begin with? :
I was trying to make it so I could add a stronger spring. I wanted to make a stronger Maverick without making a Nite-Mav. Scraping the epoxy off would fix the problem, but it would put me back at square one with a catch that can't handle a stronger spring.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

The catches aren't that weak. The only reason people penny mod them instead of adding more springs is because they're lazy. The catch is fine, but you will need a stronger catch spring.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:47 PM

The catches aren't that weak. The only reason people penny mod them instead of adding more springs is because they're lazy. The catch is fine, but you will need a stronger catch spring.

I disagree with that statement. In my experience the catch bends under stress from a stronger catch spring. I could be wrong though, I'll try that again.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:26 PM

If you've seen that happen because you had the blaster open and primed it to see what would happen, yes it will bend, because it's not in the catch box on both sides, only one. Also, the catch engages at the bottom of the plungertube, so it's not likely to bend, unless you have something insanely powerful in there that is deforming the catch box.
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