Ok so i have been a nerf fan for about 8 years now but i have never really moded my guns before (today i did the maverick extended revolver mod and it truned out alright so I'm pretty confident with my mod abilities) and i have now learned how completely non-hardcore i have been over the last years. Even though im still too young (Jr. Year) to play this on a college campus, which will probably be Penn State, i still like the idea of the game and want to be on top of the nerf world when i get to college so i can begin my zombie slaying immediately.
What are all the effects of removing the air restricter? good and bad
i have seen a lot of people on youtube removing the air restricter and it seems like it makes the gun better but it also looks as if it wears the gun out faster. Does the mod have a bad effect on the gun or does the gun hold up to it just fine.
what darts are the best? i see most people using the streamline darts so im guessing that those work well but does anybody use anythign else? does the type of dart even have an effect on the guns accuracy/range?
Recon or Longshot?
I have seen the post and i have not been able to make a decision. I dont want this to become anotehr recon v longshot thread so i put this last in the hopes that my other questions will be the priority since i can read all i want about both. The youtubevideos are all over the place and inconsistant so if you woulc just say something short and simple about your favorite of the 2 (or another recommended gun except for vulcan i will probably get that just because its cool).
Thanks and may you either feast on brains or blow them out of a zombie. ^^
1) An air restrictor is a design feature of all stock NERF guns to... you guessed it, restrict air output. The effects of which result in decreased range for any given spring load and plunger volume. Basically, by removing the restrictor you remove this limitation and gain some measurable increase in performance. If your weapon is completely stock otherwise, you can expect to see an increase in absolute range of something like 5-8 feet. However, removing an air restrictor means that you should no longer dry fire (aka, shooting with no darts loaded) as this results in your plunger striking the face of the plunger tube at full speed, accelerating wear.
2) The most accurate darts you can potentially use are stefans. Stefans come in all sorts of variations from hot glue domes, to a felt / washer combination known as a slug. These darts are generally used in highly modified guns in more lax HvZ settings and all throughout the NIC. Keep in mind that your ability to use these darts is completely dependent on what your school will allow you to use. Many schools flat out ban anything besides a stock dart - mine for instance will allow slugs.
IF you must use stock darts, then Whistlers, Taggers, and Suction Cups will be the most accurate... provided your weapon can use a necked dart. However, if your weapon uses a removable / detachable magazine (examples: Alpha Trooper, Rampage, etc) then you MUST use a dart without a large diameter tip. In this case, the most accurate dart you can use is likely an Elite Streamline dart. Keep in mind that various letter codes and foam densities will modify this general rule in every which way - so pay attention to it.
3) Whichever is better is completely dependent on your style of play and the "culture" of your game. I know that doesn't really give an answer, but it's really something you need to find out yourself through use. If you focus on mobility, or have heavy restrictions on modifications, then something like a Recon (although, if you can - buy a Retaliator instead) is preferable. On the other hand, a player who likes to sit back, and who plays in a setting where standoffs are frequent may prefer the Longshot - provided your school allows heavy modifications required to make it into a DMR.
Oh, and a quick note about stefans. They are generally
made with solid foam, which means you CANNOT have a dart peg inside your barrel. If you do, it must be removed. Stefans are also usually of shorter length than stock darts, which has a detrimental impact in traditional magazine fed weapons because you effectively reduce your useable barrel length.