Running around in the woods at the most recent NJ Nerf Outing I noticed a pattern in my actions: Run up, dump a clip, run back, reload, repeat. This may be a problem inherent to my play style, but the problem encountered is the constant need to reload and the inability to do so quickly. This simple mod using materials most people already have attempts to solve the problem. Inspired by the hopper/magazine system used on the Madsen LMG.
A few of you master builders probably already see how this works. For everybody else, here's the low down.
Take your desired length(s) of 1/2 PVC and cap them off. You can even use the usual ball valve set up if you like carrying heavy things in your pocket.
This is a piece of plastic milk carton (Canadians be jealous, eh?) Cut a strip out maybe nine inches and fold over the last few inches. This increases rigidity. Fold that portion in half to make a 45 degree bend inward, as shown.
Tape it to the end of your clip so the bent tooth blocks off the "exit" of the clip. The extra few inches of non-taped area allow the plastic arm to flex. These next super erotic photos will explain the function.
When at rest, the plastic arm holds the darts in place inside the clip.
Upon initial entry, the arm is pushed aside by the PVC wye.
When the clip is fully inserted, the arm is pushed all the way to the outside of the wye, and the darts flow freely.
Here it is on a rainbowpump. The black/gray stuff on top is skateboard tape. You're gonna have to twist these off when your done, so I find it gives you extra grip. Plus I already skate so it was within arms' length of my bench. You can see it on the rainbowpump as well.
I have not war tested this, so I don't want to be overly confident about this. But it works just as well as any other hopper and the darts do not shake out. Plus these are easy as hell to make. Took me like two minutes. And now, as suggested before, you can easily carry like five of these in a pouch or cargo pocket. Hell, you can probably make these snap into PVC couplers cut in half and carry them Mass Effect style.
Rip me apart, boys and girls.
Edited by Aeromech, 22 June 2014 - 02:28 PM.