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    CWC - Firestrike Modification

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    clunk07
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    CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  clunk07 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:34 am

    Hi guys,

    Had a Firestrike arrive from Amazon the other week. It's a nice pistol, obviously very similar to the NF, except for the handle being signifcantly smaller. Apart from this, I'm rather impressed with it. A little more difficult to mod as compared to a NF, but I believe it has more potential.

    Mod's covered -

    * AR removal
    * Spring upgrade
    * Catch spring upgrade
    * Barrel replacement

    Tools:

    •Basic tool kit

    •Rotary tool


    Materials:

    •Black Tactical DTG spring or similar

    •Silicone Grease

    •Replacement springs

    •Teflon tape

    •Section of 17/32" brass tubing


    As always, start by opening up your blaster. This is what you should see:





    Remove the plunger assembly, barrel tip and slide the laser pointer out of the way.
    Next remove the plunger rod, and this is what you have...





    The plunger head - note the piece of rubber that acts as a buffer pad... nice work Hasbro!!





    Seeing as I only have 1 of these, I didn't want to mess around too much by trying to remove the plunger head from the rod. Solution - just wind your upgrade spring directly on to the rod. Not the easiest task, but less mucking around than cutting and re-gluing the head. Here I've used a Black Tactical DTG spring, which nests quite well inside the stock spring. The catch spring is quite weak, so I just replaced it with a beefier spring from my grab kit.





    You'll want to remove the head of the plunger tube, which is extremely simple to do. Once it's off, the AR should fall out, leaving you with these pieces.





    Cut the dart peg off, and cut the centre out of the large round piece, by slicing through the tri-wing connector pieces. Put this piece back underneath the dart post holder (image on far left). All the other pieces on the right can be trashed.





    Cut a piece of your brass around 7cm long. Ream the stock barrel out using a drill bit (13mm) until the brass is a snug fit. If done properly, you won't need to glue it in either.





    All that's left to do is put a little bit of teflon tape under the o-ring, and re-lube (the plunger tube appears to be tapered, and contact is only made by the PH for the last 3 cm's approx.

    Re-assemble the blaster, and you should be good to go. The plunger rod did scuff up a little when I wound the spring on, so once it was assembled, I primed the blaster, and gave the rod a light buff with some fine grit sandpaper to ensure it slides smoothly through the catch plate.

    Using heavy stinger darts (1.16 grams) I managed to get flat ranges between 85 and 90 feet.

    When I find a little more time, I'll put up exact ranges, and test the Elite darts as well.

    Cheers,


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    Eclipse

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    Re: CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  Eclipse on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:02 am

    That's actually really good then. I didn't know about the spring trick (winding it one). Definitely a good mod to do. If I minimise one and do this to it, it would be probably the best single shot sidearm out. Good job mate
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    Re: CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  clunk07 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:19 am

    Eclipse wrote:That's actually really good then. I didn't know about the spring trick (winding it one). Definitely a good mod to do. If I minimise one and do this to it, it would be probably the best single shot sidearm out. Good job mate

    Unless you've got a really small holster, you probably won't need to minimise it. The profile is a lot sleeker than the NF, and is quite aesthetically pleasing as well

    Cheers,


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    Re: CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  Angellus on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:57 am

    Hey Clunk

    I found this mod guide with improvments to the Venturi Effect.. dunno if it gives the gun much more range but it looks interesting.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Nerf-FIRESTRIKE-mod-Venturi-Effect/step3/How-the-Venturi-Effect-Looks/

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    Re: CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  lech on Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:32 am

    I'm sure the additional dead space would more than account for any gains from funnelling the air. Do we really want to take mod advice from someone who advocates stretching springs ?
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    Re: CWC - Firestrike Modification

    Post  Angellus on Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:34 am

    having done the mod, I belive filling the coupler with epoxy putty then dremelling out results in less dead space than if the centre of the coupler/AR was completely removed.

    Also removing the plunger head by opening up the clips and twisting does chew up the plunger head attachment( ive had mine off 4 or 5 times now ), but it seems to be able to stay on without glueing with 6-8kg's of spring load. I am going to glue it on once im happy with my springs as there is some air leakage around the plunger rod.

    I do need to mod another firestrike, so I will do some tests in a the next few weeks and just swap out the coupler. I'll let you guys know if the smoother air flow results in any noticable improvement.

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