Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Really the only tools I need are a screwdriver and a hand-drill," Collins said. "Typically I crack [the blasters] open and there's this thing inside called an air-restrictor… I drill it right out."Even in our TTAGS Chicago outings, we run into a lot of modifications. Most of these are simple, involving simply removing the air restrictor, or rebarreling a blaster. My personal Secret Shot I (SS1) has been modified to be able to use the current darts. When the SS1 came out, the darts used at the time were different sized. I rebarreled my blaster using a bit of CPVC piping to make it useable. However, I did not modify my blaster to shoot further, but to make it more reliable and able use all the darts available today.
The air restrictor is a part of a Nerf blaster added to slow down air flow, and according to Collins it should be the first thing to go.
"The air restrictor is something that virtually every Nerf [blaster] has," Michael Ramos, a junior in human biology and an owner of a Nerf Raider Collins has modified, said. "It restricts the air coming inside so that if you're a child… it keeps the [velocity of the dart] very low."
Other optional modifications include spring compression or replacements, jam door removals and replacement of the internals. However, according to Collins, the modification that improves blasters most is a spring replacement.
|A Secret Shot I in all its beauty!|
Modifying a blaster with more power presents a whole new challenge. The internals were only meant to handle a certain power load. By overloading it, you can break the fragile parts like the plunger tube on a raider, recon, or alpha trooper. Using drop in kits from other companies will give you ranges of 100 feet or more. But they carry a price tag of $60 plus the cost of the blaster, and darts. Additionally you'll need to install it yourself which can present its own problems.
Let's think about what we're doing for a minute. Modifying a toy blaster to make it shoot as far as what? an airsoft gun? a paintball gun? Any modifications that breaks 50', can become hurtful at close range. Launching a soft foam dart with accuracy at that distance is very difficult. Most darts are so unbalanced, they spiral and loop through the air when used. If I want extreme range and accuracy, I'll paintball. When I play HvZ I'm there to have fun, not to win at all costs by having the most uber-modded blaster than can snipe people 100 feet away.
The TL;DR version: Modify at your own risk. Soft foam blasters should be fun and safe, anything done to a toy to make it even the slightest bit dangerous should be banned from events. HvZ is about having fun, not showing off who can shoot a dart the furthest!
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