Hilt later went on to say that homemades are different that normal nerf guns. When you design your own, you get attached to it unlike normal nerf guns. That gave me motivation to go and build one after the college year ended.
During my last few weeks I researched homemades on these forums and I came across many designs that were amazingly simple, yet smart and effective. I think we all know who I'm talking about. This gun wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for Carbon. I don't take any credit for this pistol, it goes to Nerfhaven. I give you the Tec 9:
The clip and silencer are purely cosmetic to try and make it look like an actual Tec 9
The gun isn't like any other I've seen in the way it shoots. I incorporated 2 of my powerful NF springs to power it. The one thing I haven't liked about other springers is that the rod sticks out of the back of the gun. This, to me, makes it harder to aim especially when the rod is long, in the case of the Tec 9.
The other problem I was facing was loading the dart into the back of the barrel. I don't like couplers because they aren't consistantly placed the same when reloading. Ramrods are fine, but when your plunger makes a great seal and causes a vaccum, you have to cock the gun with the dart in the barrel and ramrod it down the same distance each time to maximize velocity. I've never really been a fan of breeches either because they fairly complicated and need a lot of fine tuning to get the proper seal.
On top of all of this, all of the ways to load darts that I have said take up a lot of room. You have the length of the gun and the length of the barrel on top of that. With this gun, I fixed that. I have a reverse action plunger that pushes the dart out through the actual plunger rod.
Here is the gun fully cocked:
Everything is machined on a metal lathe and a mill. That's how I get everything to fit tightly. No bulky encaps here. The beauty of the gun lies in the back of it: (uncocked)
Here you can see how you would load the dart. Push the dart into the plunger, cock the gun, and plug the back with an endcap with about a one inch piece of cpvc pressed into it. It loads the dart in the very back of the barrel and maximizes plunger pressure. And boy, with those two powerful NF springs, it has some major kick.
Speaking of which, I'm having trouble keeping the handle and clip on from the vibration this thing puts out. I've used pvc cement twice and it's still vibrating loose. Anyone have an indestructable adhesive that might keep the handle on?
I won't be around for the next three days, but questions, comments and criticizms are welcome. All that's left is to paint it black!
Edited by Carrtoon, 14 May 2007 - 02:04 PM.