Dart Tag Snapfire 8 Modification Write up

Goals and aims

The aim of this modification is to increase the performances of the Snapfire to attain ranges of approximately 40ft flat. 40ft flat was chosen because it is the limit available to Semi-Automatic Pistols as per the rules of Foam Fortress: Sydney.

Tools required

  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Diagonal Cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Modification Guide

Step 1. Disassembling the Snapfire

There are two main parts to this step: The first is removing all the screws in the yellow cover, and then removing that yellow cover itself.

Get a load of those external internals!

Now take that grey piece out of the other half of the yellow cover.

And here we see a Snapfire in all its awkward looking shame!

Step 2. Opening the Snapfire internal shell

Same drill as last time: take out all of the screws in the internal shell to reveal the plunger tube, rotating mechanism and all.

It took two attempts to open her up, but we did it.

Take note of how all the internals line up here. It’s important because this thing was actually slightly troublesome to get back together.

Step 3. Removing the Air Restrictor

Now that we’ve got the shell open, you can take some of the internals out of the shell. Begin by removing the turret and placing it to the side for now (we’ll deal with that later!). Now take out the Plunger Tube, hopefully without knocking any of the other internals out of place. If you did knock some out of place, that’s fine. Just refer to the internals picture above for a reference point of how to put everything back in place correctly.

This is the piece we want! The big orange thing just in case you weren’t sure.

Upon inspection of the plunger tube, you’ll notice the Air Restrictor sticking out the end. We need to get rid of this, and fast!

Turn your plunger tube the other way around so you’re looking at it like in the picture below.

The Air Restrictor’s rear end

Use your diagonal cutters to snip the thin plastic ring and prongs. Then take your set of needle nosed pliers and yank them out. Then continue with your needle nosed pliers and break the rest of the Air Restrictor apart if it hasn’t completely come out yet. It should look like this afterwards:

Now we can see right through it!

Be sure to use your pliers to pull off any of the excess plastic pieces left over where your Air Restrictor was. These can potentially get in the way of your turret rotation, which isn’t in your Snapfire’s best interests.

Step 4. Removing the Dart Posts

Now it’s time to pay attention to the turret. Grab your turret and look at the back of it as per the picture below:

Ignore the fact I’ve started removing the barrel posts already. But this is exactly what you want to do!

Now take your needle nosed pliers and just PULL the dart posts out from the back. After you’re done, it’ll look like this:

So now we can see all the way through the turret as well!

Be sure to use your pliers to pull off any excess plastic bits that might get in the way of your Snapfire’s rotation as well.

Step 5. Reassembling your Snapfire

Now this was a step that I had some trouble with. The shell seemed to be very resistant to going back together. But with a lot of perseverance, it finally gave in. This part of the guide will show you what to look out for when reassembling your Snapfire.

First of all, you’ll want to replace your plunger tube back into the shell. The plunger head should fit inside of it. After replacing it, your Snapfire should look like this:

Plunger tube back in

Take note of the area highlighted by the blue box. This was one of the problem areas that refused to let the other side of the grey casing to fit back on top. It was the silver pin in particular. I found that just straight up forcing the case back together would work well enough, so long as everything else was lined up. But don’t do this until you have your turret back in place!

To put your turret back in place, you’ll need to align the rotating mechanisms back up. Refer to the pictures below:

These two parts fit into each other

Take note of the areas highlighted by the blue boxes. They fit into each other perfectly. Push them together and make sure your turret appears like how it did in the original internals picture that I told you to take note of.

Now screw the Snapfire back together!

Fits nicely together!

And there you have it. Your AR removed Snapfire is complete!

Final Thoughts

Overall, the difficulty level of this modification was quite low. I think modders of any skill level will be able to attempt and successfully complete this modification.

At this point, I’ve yet to determine what the actual ranges of this modified blaster is, but I believe it’s very close to the target 40ft flat. A firing video will be up soon.

Further modifications to the airseal (both plunger to turret and plunger head to plunger tube) aren’t necessary.I think the stock seals are more than adequate. Replacing the spring is not advised, as it will very likely make the trigger pull much, much harder than it already is.

One problem that I’ve found is that it’s very easy to push the darts too far into the turret, which will end up fouling the rotation. To prevent this, I’m considering using small brass inserts in the back of the turret that would block the darts from being pushed too far back.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Like, comment, follow!

Echoes.

Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire 8 Review

Overview

This little Pistol created quite the stir within the Sydney Nerf Wars community when we were informed of its existence. An 8 shot, auto advancing turret with semi-automatic fire capabilities is something to not be sneezed at. And to make it all the more attractive, it wasn’t a flywheel blaster! No need for batteries and no need to worry about it making all sorts of ugly roaring noises that would (theoretically) give away your position. There was a lot of speculation being thrown around among the members, speculation which is about to be ended (Urban Taggers and SGNerf have done it already, as always…) now that Echoes has nabbed one from Target at a cool $19. Is the Snapfire 8 all that it’s been cranked up to be? Let’s find out!

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Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Review

Overview

The Rampage was the second N-strike Elite blaster to be revealed, and also boasted the 75ft ranges that we were all looking forward to. From my initial review of the Retaliator, we know that these blasters are definitely capable of these sorts of ranges, but are somewhat lacking in the consistency department. Is the Rampage any better? Or was the Retaliator the Elite Series’ one shot wonder? (Again, we realise you saw the review on Urban Taggers and SGNerf already, but we’re building suspense anyway!) Echoes scored this one from Amazon.com as well for around $40, which he thought was a very reasonable price!

For the good parts of the review, keep reading!

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LiPo Batteries – I’m Chargin’ Mah Nerfz0rz!

Hello Nerfers! I’m here today to tell you about the wonders of Lithium Polymer batteries!

LiPo’s have a bad rap in our hobby due to perceived dangers of their usage – the manufacturing process of these power cells means they must be treated with care, but by following instructions and taking the right precautions, they are no more dangerous than that set of AA’s you have decomposing in a TV remote in your own living room!

What is a LiPO Battery?

According to wikipedia, a LiPo battery is this:

“Lithium-ion polymer batteries, polymer lithium ion, or more commonly lithium polymer batteries (abbreviated Li-poly, Li-Pol, LiPo, LIP, PLI or LiP) are rechargeable (secondary cell) batteries. LiPo batteries are usually composed of several identical secondary cells in parallel to increase the discharge current capability, and are often available in series “packs” to increase the total available voltage.”

Does that clear up everything? No? Oh, alright then… better keep reading!

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The Return of the Psycho

A few months ago, Sydney Nerf Wars said farewell to a highly valued member of the community. Known affectionately as the King of Air, he was to be sorely missed for both his personality and his passion for the hobby. He left us with his Widowmaker and his best wishes.

But now, he has finally returned home. The Sydney Nerf Wars Admin team would like to welcome Psychosis back into our ranks! We look forward to meeting you on the battlefield!

– Echoes, on behalf of the Sydney Nerf Wars Admin Team

Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Review

Overview

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the release of the new Nerf Elite lines, with Hasbro making outlandish promises of 75ft out of the box! This new line of Blasters sparked a lot of questions and quite a bit of controversy throughout the online Nerfing community. But thanks to Amazon.com (and a cool $40 shipped to Australia), Echoes (the Sydney Nerf Wars Admin who buys a lot of stuff…) has managed to procure a couple of units and is ready to give his thoughts! (I know we’re a little late on this, with blogs such as Urban Taggers, SGNerf, and Foam Dart Goodness already having reviews and/or modification guides on them, but we thought we’d do this anyway).

General Review

Immediately upon taking it out of the box, we can all tell where the Retaliator takes its design cues from – the good old Nerf N-strike Recon cs-6! But there are definitely some changes from the old model. Nerf has replaced the Tactical light with a Fore grip, and the original (albeit flimsy) stock with a sharp looking short one. They’ve also removed the Leaf sight and been so kind as to provide us with a very handy 12 shot clip system magazine. It’s an attractive blaster overall, but we aren’t just here for the aesthetics, are we?

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