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#1 MAV13

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

I have a Doomsayer that I'm required to use stock darts with for HvZ. It has 17/32" brass barrels which are obviously the optimal springer fit around elite streamlines, however, most darts are slightly (maybe a mm or two) too large to push into the barrels from behind by hand. So, my question is, is there an established way to slightly shrink stock darts, or does anybody have a method for doing so?

Edited by MAV13, 20 February 2013 - 10:45 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

I have found that darts twisted into the size barrel you are using, and then left there for a while, will permanently shrink a bit. Might be enough for your purposes.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:40 AM

Are you allowed to use straw-insert streamlines? The extra rigidity should let you push them in all the way.
There's also a voodoo method where people freeze their darts over night, but that has a very low reported success rate.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

Rolling the dart between your palms will shrink it a bit.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

I agree with hero, but you can also stick the darts into something smaller than 17/32 for about five minutes, and you will have a shrunken dart. Just for future reference I would not use 17/32 because it is harder to taper, instead I would recommend something around that size, like: http://www.mcmaster....-tubing/=lkdgie or http://www.mcmaster....tubing/=lkdgr7. These are able to be reamed but still maintain a similar ID to 17/32.


EDIT: Sorry I ment to say 25 minutes.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

Spraying your darts with air duster (the can needs to be upside down),
will shrink your darts effectively and quickly.


Take serious precaution when your doing this.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

Spraying your darts with air duster (the can needs to be upside down),
will shrink your darts effectively and quickly.


Take serious precaution when your doing this.


I don't know how this works but it just does. ^_^


I work at Radioshack so I can get canned air cheap. I'll try this tomorrow!
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:49 AM

I don't know how this works but it just does. ^_^

Upside-down 'canned air' is a freeze spray. The air inside the cells of the foam, like all gases, shrinks when cooled.

I wouldn't really recommend using this method in a war or HvZ, though. It seems really unwieldy. Also, lots of canned air would get expensive, and it's a greenhouse gas about 1400 times stronger than carbon dioxide (although it no longer damages the ozone layer).
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

I was actually hoping they'd shrink permanently, I'll find out later today.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

Burr posted a thread quite a while ago doing something very similar to what you are trying to accomplish.
Here's the link to his writeup.
I hope this helps!
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