i figured the batteries were in the rear, was worried that the plunger assembly went that far back as well. Since I havent had my hands on one yet my ideas are purely theoretical. it only takes 9v of power but Im wondering how much mAh this beast needs to run. Hiding behind a gun mounted shield seems strange, but we'll see how well they playtest. Nerf is definately heading in the right direction with the newer weapons. I'm glad they are taking some of their inspirations from the modding community.
cut it off just forward of where the darts clear the clip/breach, eliminate all plastic behind the grip not required for the main housing, relocate the batteries (on gun/off gun your pref) and i forsee mad dual wield pistol possibilities.
I have *never* understood why anyone would create a long 'barrel' for nerf darts when the get their force from leaving the chamber.