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#1 135th



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Posted 22 January 2006 - 11:15 PM

I bought a Maverick a couple days ago, went on a nostalgia trip and eventualy found this site. After reading some of your posts I went out tonight and bought a Nite Finder and Secret Target Shot. I was exited to break them out, but once I did I was very disappointed.

The nite finder bearly works. When it shoots, it shoots alright (around the same distance as the maverick), but it misfires at least 50% of the time. The pull goes in very slowly and the dart doesn't even leave the barrel. Is this normal, or should I try to exchange it?

The STS works ok, but leaks air bad. I'm going to open it and try to fix it; does any one have any tips? Thanks.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 11:19 PM

Let me guess. Your Night Finder is stock. If it is, this is most likely an air restrictor problem. Just take out the air restrictors and your NF(Night Finder) should be fine. Welcome to NerfHaven.


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Posted 22 January 2006 - 11:41 PM

If it is, this is most likely an air restrictor problem.

Yes, the restrictors on most guns nowadays are similar t othe new BBB, they are spring loaded so that the arrow/dart depresses the spring, opening the air valve, and allowing the air to escape. Make sure the dart is all the way in the barrel.

It could also be the type of NF. Is it the EX-3 with the rail on top? If so, this would also be the reason why the handle retracts slowly (this one I can't expalin) and why it sucks.

You seriously need to remove the restrictors either way.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 11:46 PM

Nowadays? They've been like that since at least the supermaxx series, and I remember those guns when I was like 8-10 years old.
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#5 Forsaken angel24

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 11:01 AM

If it is misfiring then I am assuming the dart doesnt even leave the barrel. This might be a possibility of your darts ripping down the middle. Check for large tears in the sides of your darts. Blow into the backend of your dart and if you hear air come out the dart is toast. If the dart was sentimental then grab some E-tape and patch it up lightly. Otherwise go out and buy more or preferably make more darts.
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#6 The Infinite Shindig

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:23 PM

Are you using stefans? I've experienced misfires with stefans, but that is do to incorrect sizing between the barrel and the dart. If you are having these problems with a stock gun, I would do my best to return the thing. A Nerf gun shouldn't do that with stock darts.

If you can't return it, try to increase the force behind the plunger by adding rubber bands or bungees. In addition, reinforce the plunger so any chances that it would wobble/break are minimized.
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 06:53 PM

My NF had gun farts like this when I first got it too. It's typical; my friends have had the same problem too. Your best bet is to do what everyone has said thus far. I thought the NF was gonna be crap before I modded it, but with a simple restrictor removal and a few bands, it completely transformed.

The step after that is an easy barrel replacement, as you probably know. After it's beefed up, the NiteFinder shouldn't disappoint you. If it does, let us know.

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