Alright, I have my Gobzooka. Initial observations:
1. The blaster is actually not that large, it's about the same size as a 4B.
2. The handle is incredibly tiny. I think it was designed for a three finger grip for small kids, so it's realistically a two finger grip for adults. One for the handle, one for the trigger, two underneath cupping it. In spite of that, it's not actually that uncomfortable. I will probably still replace it, but I'm going to give it a chance first. The pump foregrip is actually oversized, so it won't need a foregrip change.
3. The performance with the stock ammo is abysmal. Even with the slimeballs nested fully in it doesn't always want to pump up, and on the shots I managed to get the balls went about twenty feet angled. I know nobody is really getting this to shoot slimeballs but I wanted to mention it.
4. It looks like with very minor filework a maverick cylinder would fit into the 'barrel' as an absolver. Some hot glue around the edges and you have a simple shotgun mod. I might do this, or barrel it for rival. I'm thinking on it while the gasket seal sets on the safety valve (not the overpressure valve, there's a hole in the front that is supposed to seal with a peg when a slimeball is loaded.)
5. The little safety peg/ring assembly is a pain in the butt to get out, took me about 45 minutes with two pairs of needlenose pliers. I think if I do another one it will go faster but it's still annoying.
6. The slimeballs are fun, they're just a little sticky but seem durable. They're hollow and squishy, and when you squeeze them they bubble out. I'll keep an eye on them and see if they get covered in dust and lint.
7. The blaster isn't too heavy, since it's mostly empty space, even more so than most blasters. It's much lighter than, for example, a titan.
edit, further observations:
8. The shell comes off really easily, which is great for painting.
9. Everything else is solvent welded. EVERYTHING. You're not getting into the guts of this blaster without a real fight, so be careful what you do to it because fixing anything internal is going to be incredibly trying and tedious.
Edited by ToadBrews, 08 August 2017 - 11:34 PM.