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#1 Starbuck

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 05:38 PM

It's been a good while since I've posted anything productive, so here it goes.

These are just some custom Nite Finders that different people have contracted Artemis Arms to build for them. All guns were built by me to the exact specs that the customer gives.

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This gun was ordered by ucdk9. It was built by his specifications. I installed a Mini Mag-Lite in the old laser box, I mounted a laser pointer to the left side, installed a new heavy duty industrial spring with reinforcement and a 1/2" CPVC barrel nested into 1/2" PVC. The Mag-Lite is activated by pulling the trigger like on a stock Nite Finder. He requested the whole gun to be painted black. He was quite pleased with his gun.

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This is three that I did for several friends. Allow me to tell you about each.

The very top gun is a very unique pistol. It started life as my original Bulldog Mk. 1 Nite Finder, an upgraded mega firing Nite Finder. I did extensive work on the body with bondo. I filled in the grooves on the back of the grip and sanded it even to give a much better feel. After seeing Piney's EX-3 with the extended sight plane, I decided to give it a complete sight plane and build out the end. I also put some lead .44 caliber bullets into the grip where the batteries go to help balance the weight. It fires mega darts with freakish accuracy and gets superb ranges for what it is. This new model has been named the Artemis Arms Bulldog Mk. 2 "Contender." The paintjob looks much better up close and it real life... the chrome looks funky with the camera. Whoever ends up the owner of this one will be a lucky person.

The middle pistol is a very simple one. It has all unecessary shenanigans removed. It has a new industrial strength spring with reinforcement on the plunger head. The barrel is 1/2" CPVC nested in 1/2" PVC and then a 1/2" coupler added to that. This is so that different attachments that the customer wants such as a detachable flashlight, silencer, ect. can be secured and removed easily.

The last is a rather nifty little pistol. One of my Nerfing buddies contracted me for this one. He wanted a good pistol for indoors, but wanted me to come up with something new. I built this Nite Finder on the original NF body. I upgraded his spring and removed the laser components. I then wanted to use my creative freedom. I installed the 1/2" CPVC barrel and installed a ported 3/4" CPVC shroud over it and it crossed my mind that it looked in a funny way like an Intratec Tec 9. I then wanted to install something to mimick the magazine like the Tec 9. I took a piece of 1/2" PVC and cut out a hole in the bottom of the Nite Finder so that it would fit inside where the former laser was housed. This fake "magazine" would be used a forward grip and after accuracy testing, there was enough data to suggest that the forward grip increased accuracy. However, personally I do not like to put on things that are unecessary such as fake magazines, laser lights, ect so I looked to make it into more than a vertical forward hand grip. I then remembered the style Nerf we play around here now. It was moved indoors into a church, so it's close quarters combat. One thing that really will get you killed in these conditions is reloading. I wear a bandolier across my chest so that ammo is easy to reach, but many just keep ammo in their pockets. My friend who contracted me is one who uses his pockets. I got the idea to make this grip into a tube magazine for dart storage. But then arose the question of how to keep the darts in the tube without falling out, but are easy to access when needed. I came up with putting a piece of string across the bottom with a fishing sinker attached in the middle. The darts are stacked vertical in the pipe and are held in place by the sinker/string. To access a round, merely hit the sinker with your finger and a round pops out. The sinker's weight returns the string to its original place in time to catch the next dart that falls down the pipe. Here's a close up of the magazine:
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The magazine holds 7 stefans or 4 stock rounds. It is surprisingly useful, especially if you don't have time to reach down in pockets/pouches/ect. It is detachable so it can be removed to be holstered or to use as a standard sized sidearm. And yes... I don't condone painting guns solid black. It was done at his request.

Let me know what you all think about those. If you're interested in custom gun work, PM me and we shall talk. As always, feel free to ask questions. I hope you've enjoyed another Starbuck/Noid modification.

Edited by Starbuck, 21 May 2006 - 05:39 PM.

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#2 Forsaken angel24

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 06:01 PM

I don't reccomend painting guns black either but damn that is a sexy job you did on the top one.
I love the tube fed mag you got sticking under the one nightfinder but it looks too long. The fishing weight on a string is awesome as well. Can a person comfortably run with this gun without the darts swinging out from underneath. I am sure stock darts would be fine but stefans with rounds tips may not be as stable.

You mention industrial strength springs throughout your post. Where do you get your springs? Home depot,Rona,Candian tire,home hardware is all I know of in my area and they dont carry much at all.
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#3 Sqiggs89

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 06:31 PM

My Tec-9 looked very similiar to that, but your other two guns look superb. Great job.
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Posted 21 May 2006 - 06:42 PM

My Tec-9 looked very similiar to that, but your other two guns look superb. Great job.


So he had the same idea as you, big deal.

Nice NFs, I like the last one the most because it's not an EX-3. I miss mine.
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Posted 21 May 2006 - 07:42 PM

Hey Starbuck. I must say, those NFs really look great. I've sent you a PM over at tinhnerf about modding one of these, so check it out. Once again, great mods.

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 09:49 PM

All very very nice, but the top one in the second pic is absolutley beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of your work, as always.
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#7 Starbuck

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 12:14 AM

Much thanks, gentlemen.

To answer a couple questions:

The magazine is flawless. The darts have not fallen out once when he or I have carried it in several different expeditions. It turned out 110% better than I could have imagined.

The industrial springs I use are purchased at my Home Depot. I think the pack (two springs) is $3.90ish. I've put those springs in all customs Nite Finders I've done thus far and all I hear is positive results as far as performance goes. Most of my customers tell me that my guns shoot where you point them, so if a target is missed, it's the shooter's fault... not the gun. :P
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#8 nerfer34

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:52 AM

NIce first NF. Looks very proffesional. Also I have PMed you.
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#9 pat 1st Lt

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:37 PM

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This is three that I did for several friends. Allow me to tell you about each.

The very top gun is a very unique pistol. It started life as my original Bulldog Mk. 1 Nite Finder, an upgraded mega firing Nite Finder. I did extensive work on the body with bondo. I filled in the grooves on the back of the grip and sanded it even to give a much better feel. After seeing Piney's EX-3 with the extended sight plane, I decided to give it a complete sight plane and build out the end. I also put some lead .44 caliber bullets into the grip where the batteries go to help balance the weight. It fires mega darts with freakish accuracy and gets superb ranges for what it is. This new model has been named the Artemis Arms Bulldog Mk. 2 "Contender." The paintjob looks much better up close and it real life... the chrome looks funky with the camera. Whoever ends up the owner of this one will be a lucky person.


Starbuck,

The Contender certainly looks like it'll live up to it's name! It is simply an amazing sight. Chrome almost never shows up well in pictures, but even without the full detail I can tell that is one amazing looking gun. Excellent work, as always. I very much enjoy the extended sight rail like Piney did on his. Does it function, or was it just sculpted out of this 'Bondo' stuff? From what I can see, it looks very cleanly done. I also like the rounded trigger guard and the smoothed out handle. Was that just sanded out, or was it this 'Bondo" stuff?

By the way, what is 'bondo'? I've heard the name before, but I always thought it was just a kind of epoxy, or something. Apperantly, it's moldable/sculptable. Sounds interesting.


If you keep up such amazing work I may have to send up a couple of our Nite-Mav's up there for some facelifts (The ugly little things!). Well, more likley, I may pick up some Bondo and do it myself. Our SCAR's certainly are ugly unpainted and with no clean bonds or constant angles. And flat black looks stupid, in my oppinion. I may just pick up a couple pounds of this stuff and give 'em all a big makeover. I also should look into fixing the ejector's, but that's for another day.

You've now inspired me to take up a more cosmetic point of view when it comes to modding, seeing how ugly some of my mods have turned out.


As always, very, very nicely done work here. I love that you don't just make mod's for yourself, but that you use you ingenuity to help out others, even if it's not something you'd like for yourself.


EDIT: Forgot to ask: When you say 'for balance', do you mean to added the .44's to counterweight the bondo in the front, or just to add more weight overall?

Also, when you say "Whoever ends up the owner of this one will be a lucky person." Does that mean you're selling it, or does that mean you haven't decided whichof your friends to give it to yet?




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Edited by {SF3G}pat 2nd Lt., 22 May 2006 - 05:55 PM.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 10:13 PM

Bondo is used alot in automotive projects. It's a putty type filler.
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