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#1 NevadaZielmeister

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 07:18 PM

I will get this straight out there: I am brand new to Nerf products after a hiatus of about 20 years. Getting back into it because of my two children. So technically, a "Nerf Dad". 

 

I was wondering if anyone knows of any companies out there that modifies Nerf Guns for you at a premium? I had read that Coop772 ("Frank") had a website that use to sell some, but he closed down in October of this year. My wish is to find somewhere that sells whole guns (i.e. Rapdistrike) already to go. If so, how much would these things run? 

 

My search via Google revealed nothing, so I am left to even wonder if any exist. Maybe there are liabilities involved? Which is hard for me to imagine, given that I am heavy in the firearm competitions realm and since those things kill, how could this steer companies away from modifying a foam dart blaster?

 

Any thoughts would be helpful. As usual, be gentle since I am so new. 


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 07:38 PM

I will get this straight out there: I am brand new to Nerf products after a hiatus of about 20 years. Getting back into it because of my two children. So technically, a "Nerf Dad". 
 
I was wondering if anyone knows of any companies out there that modifies Nerf Guns for you at a premium? I had read that Coop772 ("Frank") had a website that use to sell some, but he closed down in October of this year. My wish is to find somewhere that sells whole guns (i.e. Rapdistrike) already to go. If so, how much would these things run? 
 
My search via Google revealed nothing, so I am left to even wonder if any exist. Maybe there are liabilities involved? Which is hard for me to imagine, given that I am heavy in the firearm competitions realm and since those things kill, how could this steer companies away from modifying a foam dart blaster?
 
Any thoughts would be helpful. As usual, be gentle since I am so new.


I am not aware of any companies that do the work for you, but Orange Mod Works (et al) will send you parts that make the job easy. I doubt it is liability as much as it is lack of market. It's easy enough to do, and the time I'd have to put into doing it for you would make it not worthwhile for you or me.

 

Ed: While researching OMW's prices, I see that they offer a limited selection of modded blasters for $50-$100 each. So... Just buy from them.

 

If you want to mod something they don't make a kit for, the real basic things to do are:

*Rebarrel

*Add a spring

*Precompress the existing spring

*Paint

 

Any of those should be pretty easy individually if you can open a blaster without issue. Removing the air restrictions is one that is usually harder, but isn't really necessary unless you're planning to use homemade darts.

Individuals on this site might be enticed to do the work on the trading forum once you're allowed to post there. As an aside, *I* might be enticed (once you can post in the trading forum; it's against forum rules to skirt that) to do the work depending on what you want done and what you're offering per blaster.


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#3 shandsgator8

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 06:23 AM

I don't know of many companies, but there are many individuals that will do contract work or "commissions." Post what you want in the trading forum of NH and you'll get offers.

 

I think the reason you don't see more companies or advertising is that there is little room to make a decent profit. Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but a fully modded Rapidstrike with re-wiring, high voltage and current capable battery pack, upgraded motors, high current microswitches and charger will probably cost about $70-$80 just for parts. Then it will take an experienced modder probably at least 4 hours to do the work. Assuming the modder charges what his skills are worth, that's about $150-$160 shipped for a turnkey Rapidstrike, which is more than more people are willing to pay (I think $100 to $120 is the going price for something like that). Why is this so? My theory is that those incapable of doing the mods themselves generally don't have $150 to drop on a turnkey Rapidstrike. Those that have the money are generally willing to do the mods themselves. I don't know if this is true or not, but it's just a theory.

 

However, I do know there are plenty of people out there willing to pay good prices for well modded blasters. I just think the market is too small for there to be a company that does mods exclusively. I personally don't understand why it's so small. Someone with a reputation like Coop772 could probably charge what he wanted for a commission, such that he could probably make a decent living. but for whatever reason, he doesn't, I've figured it was due to either: liability (I bet he's received legal advice by now, given the money he's making and his popularity), the market won't bear prices he feels he needs to charge to do the work, and/or he can make more money working on his youtube channel or doing other stuff.


Edited by shandsgator8, 15 December 2015 - 06:25 AM.

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 03:42 PM

Xplorer sells premodded blasters on their website but they're rather expensive and you'll have to pay shipping from Singapore. http://www.xplorersg.com


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 12:06 PM

I don't know of many companies, but there are many individuals that will do contract work or "commissions." Post what you want in the trading forum of NH and you'll get offers.

 

Someone has already reached out to me based on this thread and we have already started talking. Thank you for the information. 


Xplorer sells premodded blasters on their website but they're rather expensive and you'll have to pay shipping from Singapore. http://www.xplorersg.com

 

Thank you for the post. It really seems just for spring loaded blasters. Not really what I looking for. What is funny is that my wife is from Singapore. If any of you ever get the chance to visit an Asian country, this would be the recommended place to go as the official language is English. Also, the people are super cool. 


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