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The Tommy 20

(AKA Double Shot's brother)

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#1 Carrtoon



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Posted 07 July 2006 - 04:06 PM

I popped into TRU and was hoping to see the Magstrike on the shelves. Big suprise, it wasn't there, but Buzz Bee's Tommy 20 was. One look at this beast made me wan't to get it and at $15, the price was right:

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I got in the car and opened this thing up. I loaded the darts in and added 3 AA batteries (not included with the gun.) I turned on the gun by pressing the switch that was conveniently located by my right pointer finger. With a whirr the gun came to life. I shot it and it went a measily 10' if that. I had some work to do.

At home, I opened up the gun and looked at my options. This is what I saw:

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The trigger mechanism:

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The plastic firing wheels:

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The gun had seemed to atleast fire nicely thanks to the good engineering by Buzz Bee. But like it's brother the Double Shot, it had distance issues. The motors on this gun were just pitiful.

I changed this by adding two 30k Xmods motors to it that I had lying around. The motors were not the same size and it took some doing to get them to fit right. Of course, Murphy was standing over my shoulder when I was soldering the new motors on. I wired one of the motors backwards so it went the same direction as the other one. This meant that the darts wouldn't shoot out do to the wheels spinning the same way. They need to spin opposite ways to fire the darts out. I re-soldered the wires and added an extra line to the outside of the gun just in case I wanted to add more power later. I put the gun back together and turned it on. It whirred to life again, only this time, much louder. I was pleasantly suprised when it shot 40' flat. This may not seem like a lot, but after shooting 10' stock, I was happy with the results.

All in all, the Tommy 20 is not the best gun on the market. The weak distances will confine you to indoor wars only. The loud noise will then cancel any chance of stealth, but there are also a few pluses to this gun. The adjustable stock feels nice along with the grip. The best part about this gun is the semi-auto feature. This gives you a chance to conserve your shots until when you need them, something the RF20 lacks. There is no pumping and the 3 AA batteries will give you some nice power with a motor replacement.

To conclude, I would not recommend this gun to anyone that can't solder. A motor replacement is a must if you want this gun to shoot over 10'. The accuracy is somewhat lacking, and this will not be used in many wars effectively. Get this gun if you like your Double Shot, but not if you want a practical gun.

The vids if you missed them above:

The mechanisms: http://media.putfile.com/Tommy-20-guts

Firing: http://media.putfile...Tommy-20-firing

Edited by Carrtoon, 07 July 2006 - 04:46 PM.

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#2 LordoftheRing434



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Posted 07 July 2006 - 05:41 PM

Very industrious. This is the kind of stuff I like reading on these boards; someone willing to step outside the box and try something without asking first.

Upon first sight of the gun, I didn't expect much from it, so I never picked one up. The motor exchange was a really clever idea though. Still, I think I'm going to stick with my PC and maybe a Magstrike when I pick one up.

Nice work though. I'm impressed with what you could do with it.

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#3 Forsaken angel24

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:29 PM

Kudos, Cartoon on being the first person to take a wheel spinning gun and modifiying it to shoot over 40 feet.
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