Why not stock barrel
Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:11 PM
I am new sorry if this topic has been covered I looked around and could not find it. I see a lot of people use custom barrels. What is wrong with stock barrels on most of the guns? Other than custom dart foam that might not fit. But if you found foam that fit stock barrel wouldn't that be better option than a custom barrel?
On a tangent: I tried 1/2 backer rod and some of the custom darts are not big enough in diameter for stock barrel. Wondering if 5/8" backer rod might fit stock better? Any insight on this would be nice to.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:36 PM
Second verse: Nope, sorry. 5/8ths is a large change from 1/2. It could be the foam you are using, or it could be your heating method. Some foam that's labeled 1/2" is wider than other foam. Generally, we don't use "Custom Darts" with "Stock Barrels". The barrel changes first for most users.
Slight tangential advice: There are a lot of material you can use for your barrels, but not as many choices for darts. We generally suggest that you obtain several different barrel materials, and whatever foam you can get your hands on, and see what barrel fits your foam. Check with nerfers in your local area to see what foam is the most popular, and what barrel material they usually use for that foam. This way, everyone's playing with the same foam/barrel combination.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:28 PM
The new Elite line probably changed this, but if you have an earlier blaster like a Nite Finder or Maverick you should take a look at the barrels closely. Only the bottom inch or less of the barrel forms a tight fit. That's why your foam is loose. There are also almost always air release holes in the stock barrel. In addition, even if the barrels were uniformly tight, the length is often too short to take advantage of the power... the dart will leave the barrel before the air behind it can propel it to it's "best." What blaster are you talking about in your post?
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