Nerf Longshot CS-6 – Custom Edition

July 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm (Informative) (, , , , )

This should be the last post I make for a while on my customised Nerf Guns. (Until I have my Titan up and running at least… finding hobby supplies in Sydney has proved difficult…)

Anyway, here’s another one of those “I’ve always wanted to do that” mods .

I still frequent department stores like Big W, KMart and Target et al to see what their Nerf range has to offer, and once in a while it comes up with some pretty tempting stuff. If you’ve been paying attention, you’d know most of those Department stores are coming up to Sales time for their Toy departments, and the representation for Nerf is the best it’s ever been.

Recons and Barricades for $25

Vulcans for $50

Stampedes for $55

and of course… the venerable Longshot for $45

If you’re reading this post and it’s still current, last I checked (on the weekend) There was still plenty of stock of all of the aforementioned guns.

Funnily enough the Longshot has sat at that price for quite a long time, and I actually picked mine up a few months prior to the sales.

And this is what I ended up doing to it.

I’d always disliked the treatment of the handgrip cum bipod of the Longshot the way it came out of the Hasbro design office. It’s just far too large, and somehow makes the user look like they’re compensating for a lack of something or other… so OFF WITH IT’S err… handgrip

So first, you need to dismantle the gun, if you are planning to mod your gun too, this is the time to do it. There are plenty of guides elsewhere so I won’t cover it here. Unscrew the halves of the bipod and you should be able to easily slide them out. These screws make for good spares!

Next you need to chop off the extraneous plastic used to hold the Bipod arms. I used a cutting wheel on a dremel, but you could easily use a grinding die too depending on what you’re used to. Cut the plastic until it’s flush with the Longshot handgrip and then cut an extra mm recess. You’ll need it to mount a cover to alleviate the big gap the deletion of the bipod brings.

(I realise at this point that pictures may help explain what is being done, but I hadn’t really documented it)

You now need to cover up this hole. The method I used is probably more along the lines of resourceful than what an actual hobbyist would do… as you can see the results sort of reflect. But it makes good use of what you have lying around at least.

What I did was cut out a paper template matching the gap left behind by the deletion of the bipod, then trace that onto a suitable piece of plastic. Thin sheet will be your best bet, the stuff you find on the bottom of reusable shopping bags is what I used, but use your imagination.

After trimming this to shape, I glued it on with hot glue, then sanded it back to make a flat(ish) surface. If I were doing this again, I would use a modeller’s putty or epoxy on the gap to achieve a better surface finish.

The last step is just to paint it whatever colour you like. Here I used Tamiya’s Metallic Grey – XF56 which is a pretty good match for the grey they use elsewhere on the Longshot.

I also used a mix of Metallic Grey and Flat Aluminium (XF11) to pick out the details on the body of the gun. If you’re the type to constantly update your collection of Nerf guns, you’d have noticed how nice the detailing is on some of the newer guns. The Longshot looks positively barren in comparison.

Next up a really simple one.

When I physically picked up the Longshot, the first thing I noticed was that, fully retracted, my hand can’t hold the gun comfortably. But fully extend it, and it starts looking pretty dorky with that huge box section out the back.

Simple solution… add a stop somewhere in between!

The Longshot stock adjustment works via a springloaded nub,  and it’s pretty easy to add another notch of adjustment. You only have to drill one hole as it only operates on one side.

It helps if the gun is still in pieces, but you can do this without pulling apart the whole gun if you don’t want. However, it will help if you take off the stock.

Really you can add as many adjustment holes as you like, just keep them in line between the two original points. If you drill accurately in between the two original spots you won’t have any trouble cutting into any structures behind. But if you do decide to add more, make sure you don’t drill into anything crucial.

So for those holes you’ll need a 6mm drill bit, but you’ll find if you just drill the holes and leave it at that, the stock is prone to sliding out if it’s jiggled. The little nub isn’t seating properly. To fix this, sand around the hole slightly to give it a chamfer. Enlarge the hole if you’re still having trouble, but do this with a round needle file, avoid a larger drill bit. If the hole gets too big the stock will sit very loose…

And that’s it, you now have a Longshot that’s exactly the same as mine… sort of…

Happy Modding!

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