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Lock N' Load Returning Priming Slide Mod

Modded LnL shell and plunger pull latch to enable slider auto return

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#1 jellogiant

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

I recently was lucky enough to come into a pair of Lock N' Loads and I'm excited to mod this blaster in my first write-up.

We'll be modding the Lock N' Load so that the (really cool) yellow jet ski-looking priming slide on top will return to its rest position after prime but before firing. I've found that this increases accuracy, reduces recoil, and maintains the stock-look of the blaster. You will need only to remove the yellow shell - we will not be opening the main shell for this mod.

This photo here is what we're aiming for:
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The blaster is primed using the slide but now it auto returns before firing

Tools:

Sandpaper/file
Dremel/power drill
Small flathead/phillips head screwdriver
small drill/dremel drilling bit
sanding bit for dremel


Materials:

Spare blaster shell screw (or any tiny screw/bolt/pin)
Super glue


Procedure:

Use you screwdriver to remove the three screws on the priming slide shell. I use a flat head screwdriver for these phillips head screws because there is less risk of stripping them. The screws are all the same size - save them.

First we'll make room for the plunger rod to extend out behind the gun. The priming slide shell is what keeps the slider from returning after the prime so we'll cut out a hole large enough for the plunger rod to stick out. See above photo and be careful not to cut so far up that you ruin the screw hole/plunger rod latch hook post. The photo below also show how far you need to cut to allow the rod to poke out. This step must be done first as you also cannot perform the other steps without the added work space that cutting the shell adds. I did a rough job with these cuts at first and cleaned it up later.

We'll now work on shaving down the plunger rod latch. You see it here running left to right hooked on the left to the plunger rod and rotating on the right to a screw post.
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We want a nice transition for the plunger rod hook end as it snaps back into position so we'll sand down that latch and flatten out the bottom - use your sandpaper/dremel/file. I used some super glue on the rod/latch so it would stay put while I worked on it. Next I opened up the plunger rod hook area so that there would be no contact with the latch when the rod snaps back. You can see in the photo that there's more wiggle room between the plunger rod hook and the latch hook.

All that's left is securing the rod latch in its position. The superglue is not strong enough to secure the latch for normal usage and without it being secured the latch will disengage and you won't be able to prime your LnL. We're going to screw that latch in place.
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First, make a pilot hole with the appropriately-sized drill bit then screw in your bolt/screw. I had to really wrench the screwdriver in there as it's an unfortunate angle.

Put your blaster back together and now you have a stock-looking Lock N' Load whose recoil won't hinder your accuracy. Here's a shot of the rear with an unmodded LnL.
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#2 ShaNayNay

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

Though I am against modifying vintage blasters still in stock form, I do think that this is a really cool mod. I do like how you improved things like recoil and accuracy yet kept this looking stock. I can't stand when people minimize these things and take off the slides. Nice writeup for a first post, and welcome to Nerfhaven.
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#3 andtheherois

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

Though I am against modifying vintage blasters still in stock form, I do think that this is a really cool mod. I do like how you improved things like recoil and accuracy yet kept this looking stock. I can't stand when people minimize these things and take off the slides. Nice writeup for a first post, and welcome to Nerfhaven.


It's people like you that make me wish I still had my LnL so I could record a video of myself pissing all over it. This is a modders forum, not a
Collectors forum.

On topic: good job on this mod. I had a similar idea when I first found my LpL but never brought it together. I do like how clean this is.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

Very clean and great alternative to a key ring. Nice job!
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#5 quertyman

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I have never had a lock n load but are those priming areas prone to breaking at all with stronger springs put in it? Also a little off topic but how big is the plunger tube compared to a nite finder?
And does the slide have a return spring or is it possible to put one in?

Edited by quertyman, 28 December 2012 - 06:00 PM.

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#6 popatachi

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

The replacement springs for a LnL are pretty limited, so nothing on this blaster will really be stressed to the point of breaking. The plunger tube is smaller than a nite finder's in both length and diameter. And yes, I believe the green slide already has a spot for a return spring.
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#7 ShaNayNay

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:40 AM

It's people like you that make me wish I still had my LnL so I could record a video of myself pissing all over it. This is a modders forum, not a
Collectors forum.


I would find that to be fairly sexually enticing; I eagerly await this.

But perhaps I sounded too against it. I also despise the people that flock to threads who try to dictate whether or not someone mods their own gun. I'm just generally against it, but overall I'm not about that life.

On topic, like popatachi I must also commend you for finding a great alternative to placing a key ring or other type of grip there. I've seen some crazy things put on the end of that, and finding yet another way around that problem while maintaining its stock look is definitely commendable.

Edited by ShaNayNay, 29 December 2012 - 12:11 PM.

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#8 Daniel Beaver

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:51 AM

i I must also commend you for finding a great alternative to placing a key ring or other type of grip there. I've seen some crazy things put on the end of that, and being able to solve that problem while maintaining its stock look is definitely commendable.

Key rings are fucking awful, almost anything is better.
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#9 jellogiant

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

Thanks, all. I hope to contribute more in the future.

To clarify: there already is a functioning return spring that operates normally once this mod is done.

Now that I think of it the existing return spring could be upgraded and it would allow it to act as a bungee pulling the whole slide assembly forward at firing to add power.
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