3rd and final level of modification:
So I felt that the magstrike could still be improved. In this final set of of improvements we will be looking at the clip, the trigger, the piston and the O-ring at the end of the piston. Again I feel I have outdone myself on this last and final part of this mod. I hope you enjoy seeing the output of your new magstrike after doing these mods as much as I did.
We will start off with the clip.
If you put your mouth to one of the holes in the back and then take your finger and make an air tight seal on the front of the barrel and blow into it you will see there is a large amount of air loss. This is due to a lack of air seal between the plastic sheath and the air restrictor bases and the clip. To fix this we will be taking 10 2.5" peices of 17/32" brass.
After you have those precut just set them aside.
Now to open your clip you are going to take a flat head screw driver and poke it in the holes on an angle and slowly pop the sheath out of place. Do this part very carefully because if you dont you could ruin a clip. Then pop out all the air restrictors. Now take your sanding/cutting but and shred the inside of the bottom of the barrel untill the 17/32" brass sits tight inside the clip. Try and make the holes perfectly round. If not your barrels will be crooked and innacurate. In the third pic you will see the clip before and in the fourth you will see the clip after the shaving of the inside of the barrel. You will also see the dremel peice I used to shred the holes wider to hold the brass. It works wonders.
Now wrap E-tape around the end of the brass that is going to be closer to the front of the clip so it sits snug in the clip. You dont need much you only need to go about 3/4 around the brass.
Try to make it so the e-tape is on the bottom when you ram it into the clip. It will put your barrels at a miniscule upward angle. Might not make a big difference in range but you never want your barrels aiming down no matter how miniscule.
Now push your barrels all the way back into the clip. Also make sure that your barrels are in straight if they are not you can add a small peice of cardboard or something to keep it straight you can see it in one of my photos. Now put the back peice back on and look at it. Is it bumpy? Misshapened? Does it still glide smoothly up and down the clip? If not you need to push against the back of the clip on something hard and edgey like the end of a desk. This will force any barrels that were pushed too far back into place and it wont push them back to far because the clips edges wont allow you push them in any farther when the clip is being rubbed up and down the edge of a desk. (If this part doesnt make sense let me know and I will make a video.)
Now that your back peice is going to go on flush with the clip again it is time to take it off and apply silicone caulking all around the barrels. Don't skimp out on this stuff get sloppy. Make sure the caulking goes all around the barrel bases Do your best to not allow any caulking to get in the brass. Now add the back peice of the clip we took off earlier back onto the clip. Press down hard. You will see some caulking form in little O's inside the brass. Now take sheet of paper towel and twist it in fashion of thin as hell at one end and barely twisted at the other end. Stick it through the front of the barrels and pull it through the other end. This will clear out any silicone from becoming more air restriction. I would only reccomend using one peice per one or two barrels because it might muck up the insides of the barrels.
Now you are probably saying ok Angel it was fun in the beginning but now I and my clip are all sticky with caulking. If caulking does and probably will push out the seams at the sides simply take liquid lighter fluid and wipe it down with paper towel untill its gone. I used zippo lighter fluid. Keep the shit away from open flames since both the caulking and zippo fluid are flammable. Now you need to leave it alone to dry for the next 24 hours or so. when it was drying I took a 25 pound plate weight as used in body building and layed it flat across the back of the clip. This ensures the back is going to stay flat and it helps the cocking do its job.
Now we are going to look at a much easier mod. The trigger, I noticed the trigger valve could be pushed in farther. I cannot prove and have no idea if this works but I thought hey if there is a chance the valve can open wider than why not try it. I shaved down a small plastic peice that stopped the trigger from going in further and added a small orange plastic peice to the back of the trigger to help push the button in further. (The part I shaved is outlined in red.)
Now onto the pistons O-ring in the front.
This is the part that slides back and forth in the white winged peice.
I blew into the front of the white peice when it was on the end of the piston and not at all to my surprise I heard air leaking. To fix this I grabbed some e-tape and cut it really thing and wrapped it around the base under the O-ring then replaced the O-ring. It was then airtight. Don't use too much E-tape, the piston should still be able to advance and retract fairly easily if it cannot the gun will fail to function.
Now onto the piston.
(I must first warn you that the piston mod will take away your ability to use 3 clips. But gives a large increase in power.)
I wanted to make the gun build up more air pressure before it fires giving more kick to darts.
For this you only need two rubber bands. Take the rubber bands and make a single cut. Wrap one end around the first base that forms along the piston and wrap the second around the base of the arm that advances the clip. then take the other ends and make a small loop. stretch the other ends and wrap them around the screw base in the lower right part of the shell.
You dont want the elastics to be super tight because they will break sooner than later and the gun may not function.
I took some super glue and glued back on the green cap peice near the plunger that I took off when I first opened this gun in the first mod.
This modification is finished as I feel there is nothing left I can do to this gun.
However I encourage all of you to prove me wrong.
Finally the ranges:
I finished this mod two weeks ago but have been so busy so I couldn't go out and range test.
I went out today and there was a bit of rain and wind coming from the side. The wind was not brutal but brutal enough to send the darts 10 feet to the right of where I was shooting. These both unfortunately bring down the range but these conditions will have to do untill next weekend.
The dart tagger darts landed on average beyond the 70 foot mark!
A measuring tape was used and a witness (The Decommisioner) was standing at 60 feet down to see exactly where they drop. There is no doubt in my mind that this spitting beast can get upwads of 80 feet in good weather. If you guys need a video let me know and I will make one but keep in mind I don't want to wear my mask to the park.
Correct me if I am wrong but I think I may just have the farthest shooting automatic mod on the NIC now.
Questions? Comments? Praises? Donations?
Edited by Forsaken_angel24, 01 October 2006 - 04:28 PM.