wow this thread blew up in under a day...
what I am considering, is gathering some collective knowledge and designing a blaster specifically for competition, and releasing the design to anyone who wants to work on it or make it a reality. I certainly don't have the capital right now, but I do have some contacts for rapid prototyping, but they'd still be costly.
here's what I'm thinking, and anyone with input is encouraged to do so:
1: the blaster must have compatibility, both in the respect that it accepts Nerf clips and darts, and in the respect that certain parts are compatible with future models (perhaps a set of internals that you just drop in to whatever shell and tighten up?)
2: need to find knowledge of legal stuff. e.g:how powerful can it be before it's classed as illegal/ a firearm etc.
3: need to find out design limitations, and best/cheapest ways to construct parts (injection molding, 3D printing, CNC etc...)
4: must be built STRONG. that's the key here. we've all seen the limitations of "toy" blasters, we need to exceed that to progress.