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Old 11-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DT1 Dust Devil prototype (mechanical force feed loader)

So, here it is. ~2 years in the making, patent pending. It's just a touch longer than the APP with pod lid, but about the same height. It's as wide as a HALO at the widest point. Your head is still behind it, so it's not like you are losing anything with its width.

You have to ignore the pod lid, that was part of the prototyping because I didn't want to do a lid. With the pod lid it holds ~80, without it, about 65. It is powered by a clock spring, and is nowhere near the PITA that the Tippmann Factory F/A is to put back together. There isn't much reason to take it apart. A single full wind of the clock spring feeds 113 paintballs.

I designed this because I forgot my Revy one time when I was shooting my full bodied mech Cocker. I had a Winchester on it for the day and while it was so nice to have a lighter loader, the feeding was horrid. So, I made this.

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  • 65 ball capacity without the pod lid
  • Easily serviceable, but that isn't going to be often if ever
  • Keeps up with pumps, mechs, and electros






Anyone want to scale the pics and layer them onto each other?
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not bad; I like the use of the mechanical spring.

Question: what happens when you run down on paint? Does the clock spring go into free spin?

Given the way you're using it in this picture, it might be good to have a version that does away with the feed neck and clamps directly onto the gun's nub by itself. That's where some real gains in custom hopper work are going to come.
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Not bad; I like the use of the mechanical spring.

Question: what happens when you run down on paint? Does the clock spring go into free spin?

Given the way you're using it in this picture, it might be good to have a version that does away with the feed neck and clamps directly onto the gun's nub by itself. That's where some real gains in custom hopper work are going to come.
When the paint is gone, the cone will spin until the spring has been unwound. There isn't really an option to get around this that won't increase the size of the loader by a decent chunk.

Unique shells are possible, that's for sure.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Innovative to say the least. I definitely want one
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Fantastic idea... How many bps? Looking forward to seeing more info. Also, now I want a clockwork marker to go with it. Springs and cogs only, go!
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Fantastic idea... How many bps? Looking forward to seeing more info. Also, now I want a clockwork marker to go with it. Springs and cogs only, go!
Thanks. Not sure of the BPS, but here's a clip of it on semi at Decay of Nations 6: Decay of Nations 6 Overview - YouTube
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Awesome! Force feed and no batteries, I could kiss you. I will be watching this thread for sure.
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