Then I noticed that the only SSPB writeup in the mods directory is a converstion to gun-form. This writeup isn't anything original, new, or spectacular, but it's not there, so I figured it should be.
So, to re-barrel a Secret Strike Pocket Blaster...
Go and get ur toolz:
- Secret Strike Pocket Blaster
- CPVC barrel (I used 3")
- Hot Glue Gun
Doesn't that look like the base of a sword? I'm so doing that to one of my SSPBs
Anyway, lookie here: The pump is easy to locate, but where to cut along the barrel? I've labelled the parts of the blaster for you.
Now cut it like so:
If you can, leave as much of the little plastic ridge that connected the pump to the stock barrel as possible - you'll want it later.
And sand down the plastic stubble on the end of the air tank until it is flat. Before you continue, pump and fire it a few times to make sure it's not leaking and that it's working correctly - I think pieces of plastic that were sanded off caused mine to act up. I washed them out and it's fine now.
I did not plug the pump, and do not reccommend it, for three reasons:
- The whole thing is one piece, and would require sawing/dremeling and gluing back together to get at the pump
- The air tank is not a solid tank, but has a rubber membrane that bulges as you pump - which looks much harder to fix than a crack in a solid plastic tank, if not (near) impossible.
- It shoots 50-70 feet as-is. For something this small, that's more than sufficient for me.
Grab that barrel - I used 3" of CPVC, which is a bit much for the little gun. A dart placed all the way to the rear of the barrel will actually shoot out partway, and then retract on 4 or less pumps. However, the longer barrel allows me to fit my standard 3 shotgun stefans down the barrel with ease, and it's not long enough to get in the way. You can use ANY barrel material - PETG, Brass, CPVC, Aluminum, PVC, or Crayolas - and the procedure's the same.
According to the correct way to epoxy things, rough up the base of the barrel a bit, then glue it on.
Now, if you were to put pressue on the end of the barrel, it would probably snap right off... so you want something to keep it from moving, like that bit of plastic that was connected to the stock barrel that you just cut off. Never fear, just slather the gap with hot glue!
It may help to have some kind of cup or bucket of cold water nearby to dunk it into to cool the glue faster, as that much hot glue will take a good while to completely harden.
When the glue's done, put the case back on if you want, and now you're done. You may have to melt a little groove in the hot glue glob for the little yellow piece on the front of each half of the shell that goes between the pump and barrel - the two pieces want to touch, but excessively globbed hot glue will prevent them, and make the shell not close.
Shazam! I carry at least one with me everywhere now, and it's neither uncomfortable (I don't even feel them) nor noticeable. A nasty surprise more than once
And when you get tired of that, just take off the case and it's ready to integrate into almost anything. Gotta get more!