However, now my older brother has gone back to college, and I am stuck with only my unsporting younger brother. So, I turn to improve my blaster to the best of my capabilites, so as to allow myself to crush my older brother upon his return.
I am, however a relative newb to the nerf community, and so have been trying to figure out the guts of the gun, and how to improve it.
I have made three minor mods to the gun.
Firstly I dremel'ed the two peices of plastic off, allowing the barrel to swing all the way out for easier reloading.
Secondly, I have removed the restrictors (or at least I THINK I have. I removed the springs, as well as the three-pronged orange plastic peices), as well as removed the... prong-thing in the back of the barrel that holds standard nerf ammo in. I than drilled a small hole in the back of each of the 'orange caps' that were part of the aforementioned peice, and glued them back on.
And lastly, I stretched the spring.
While the fully swinging barrel works like a dream, the removed air restrictor and pulled spring have had less spectacular success. The actual shots fire almost exactly the same distance as before (in the range of 18-25 feet I would imagine), and fire fairly inconsistantly. Some work great, some get barely 10 feet. I feel that from what I read removing the restrictors (which I understand to be the spring and three-pronged orange peice) should have noticeably improved the preformance, if only by a little. However, I cannot tell ANY difference with firing range.
Perhaps this is simply the downfall of the maverick... I am going to purchace a nitefinder ASAP, as the single-barrel should be considerably easier to work with. I don't want to botch my Maverick (I'm quite fond of twirling it Revolver Ocelot-style) so I don't think I want to try any barrel replacements quite yet.
My questions are as follows:
1. When the 'Restrictors' were removed, there is now a fair-sized gap between where the air shoots out, and where the dart is stuffed down. Could this be filled with, say a ring of foam or something, leaving a hole in the middle, so that the airflow would be more condensed? It seems as if it's just dead space. (Am I making sense?)
2. Does stretcing the spring really help? I didn't notice any real difference. Or did I just not stretch it far enough. I read that this compromises the stability of the gun... could I use a metal square for the back, and say... a thimble hot glued to the plunger to make it more stable/strong?
3. Does lubing the plunger really help that much? What kind of lube should be applied if so?
4. Does barrel modification really just boil down to dart-to-barrel friction? This IS the main thing to be worrying about, right?
I think that's all the questions I have. Please keep in mind that I am totally new to this nerf modding, so if I have asked a really stupid question, please be patient. Sorry!
Thanks in advance!
Edited by TheCheatIsNotDead, 17 January 2006 - 09:05 PM.