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#1 Sibrexis

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 04:18 PM

Hello! I'm brand new to this wonderful world of Nerf and I just finished modding my first Stryfe to take out all of he locks and upgrade the junk wire. At first, all was well, but I noticed after a short time that my gun was jamming... a lot. It seems that the springs in the 18 dart N-Strike Elite magazines are a known issue and I seem to have some really bad ones. Even just a few hours loaded and they're not springing back to lift the next dart into place. I was using fresh darts and they had been loaded maybe an hour or two in advance of the game. Most of my jamming started in the early afternoon/evening when they had been loaded for about 6-8 hours.

My question is in two parts:

1. Is there a way to modify this spring to be more "springy" to stop this from happening again?

or

2. Is there a better brand of knock-off magazines that doesn't have this issue? I've been looking at the Taobao or Blasterparts banana magazines. Is one of these more reliable? I don't really want to run stock Nerf 12's, but if that's the best answer - let me know.

Thank you!
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#2 Lunas

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 06:26 PM

Hello! I'm brand new to this wonderful world of Nerf and I just finished modding my first Stryfe to take out all of he locks and upgrade the junk wire. At first, all was well, but I noticed after a short time that my gun was jamming... a lot. It seems that the springs in the 18 dart N-Strike Elite magazines are a known issue and I seem to have some really bad ones. Even just a few hours loaded and they're not springing back to lift the next dart into place. I was using fresh darts and they had been loaded maybe an hour or two in advance of the game. Most of my jamming started in the early afternoon/evening when they had been loaded for about 6-8 hours.

My question is in two parts:

1. Is there a way to modify this spring to be more "springy" to stop this from happening again?

or

2. Is there a better brand of knock-off magazines that doesn't have this issue? I've been looking at the Taobao or Blasterparts banana magazines. Is one of these more reliable? I don't really want to run stock Nerf 12's, but if that's the best answer - let me know.

Thank you!

as far as i know there is no replacements or alternates for standard darts only stefans. you can try using some talc on the mag as the issue is the rubber part catching on the smooth plastic.
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#3 The lord of fish

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 08:57 PM

Hello! I'm brand new to this wonderful world of Nerf and I just finished modding my first Stryfe to take out all of he locks and upgrade the junk wire. At first, all was well, but I noticed after a short time that my gun was jamming... a lot. It seems that the springs in the 18 dart N-Strike Elite magazines are a known issue and I seem to have some really bad ones. Even just a few hours loaded and they're not springing back to lift the next dart into place. I was using fresh darts and they had been loaded maybe an hour or two in advance of the game. Most of my jamming started in the early afternoon/evening when they had been loaded for about 6-8 hours.

My question is in two parts:

1. Is there a way to modify this spring to be more "springy" to stop this from happening again?

or

2. Is there a better brand of knock-off magazines that doesn't have this issue? I've been looking at the Taobao or Blasterparts banana magazines. Is one of these more reliable? I don't really want to run stock Nerf 12's, but if that's the best answer - let me know.

Thank you!


Since you can typically squeeze 19-20 darts in an 18 round mag, try moving the bottom of the spring up with a small spacer to add some pre-compression.
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Posted 22 September 2015 - 10:21 PM

Since you can typically squeeze 19-20 darts in an 18 round mag, try moving the bottom of the spring up with a small spacer to add some pre-compression.

that is what causes the issue if you stick only 17 or 15 in the clips have less issue. Also make sure you get them loaded in the middle so they don't touch the front or back of the clip banging the back side of the clip to keep the tacky rubber from touching the front has helped prevent jams in mine. The only other way to fix this that I can think of is to lightly sand inside the front and back of the clip so it is textured rather than smooth so the darts don't get traction on the plastic.


http://black-tactica...azine-v2-p-3343 these are the only alternative i know of.
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Posted 23 September 2015 - 02:51 PM

as far as i know there is no replacements or alternates for standard darts only stefans. you can try using some talc on the mag as the issue is the rubber part catching on the smooth plastic.



There are other options, and they are mostly on taobao as Sibrexis said; he's not an idiot.

Sibrexis, I don't know if those options are more reliable than Hasbro's offerings but I do know that other people have bought them and been satisfied.
Here's talk about one made by F10555 (the PMAG?) and I know there's also a Worker version. Don't ask me how to buy from Buychina though...

Edited by jwasko, 23 September 2015 - 02:53 PM.

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#6 East21

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 06:11 PM

Hey couldn't help but noticing this but I figured I might as well give a hand. The magazine/clip jamming isn't due to any spring or anything not having enough power but rather the end of the dart foam or head scaffolding on each other thus jamming it up. Give it a good whack on the ground on the side of the magazine/clip in both directions. This usually frees up any jams and if you're looking for a better alternative I really don't have much to say other than to load your darts extremely meticulously. Hope I helped!


(edit) sorry, I just realized that this was said already in an earlier comment, but I will keep mine here just for further elaboration.

Edited by East21, 25 September 2015 - 06:13 PM.

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#7 Sibrexis

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 01:29 PM

I think that I'll have to try purchasing one each of the German/Chinese mags to see if they work better. We're not allowed to run stefans in the game I play and the darts did not appear to be catching on the clip itself as they were well centered in the clip. The spring just seemed to loose its ability to spring back due to the compression of the darts over time. I had heard this could happen if they were left in for extended periods of time, but I didn't think it would happen so quick.

Silly that no one makes a replacement spring as this seems like a great product to make for any aftermarket store. I know I'm not the only one that has this issue! Oh well, I wanted a worker stock anyhow. Now to go figure out Taobao.
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