I’m somewhat surprised that it’s taken me this long to get around to doing a Vulcan, but also not in many ways. Back when I first started Nerfing back in 2009, the Vulcan was the daddy of them all. It was bigger, badder and meaner than the rest of the available blasters, but for some reason I just didn’t care. I had my Tommy’s and I was pretty happy. However, I finally picked up a Vulcan as part of a bulk purchase I grabbed a few months back. Ergo, time to do some mods!
Today we’ll be running through a basic AR removal, but since it’s a Vulcan it’s not going to be all that basic. There are a lot of parts to this blaster and this wouldn’t be something I’d recommend to the beginning modder. With that, I mind I won’t be doing a full walk through this week; there will be full disassembly and pointing out of the parts you need to modify, but there will be no reassembly. If you aren’t confident in your skills yet, this isn’t the blaster to try them out on.
Phillips head screwdriver
Flat head screwdriver
Claw hammer/small crow bar
Drill and assortment of drill bits
Small round hand file
As always, we’ll start with the blaster in question
Remove the battery tray.
Pry the sides off the top handle.
And the rest of the handle will just come off on its own.
Using your hammer/crow bar, pry the priming handle apart.
Remove the screws holding the belt cover in place.
Then pry the locating pin out.
The whole belt cover will then be able to get lifted off.
Ok, now on to the boat load of screws.
Two very small ones go here, the rest are all the same.
Once they’re all removed you’ll be able to open up the shell.
As always, take a good while to look around the internals and get an understanding of how it works.
This is particularly important in something as complicated as the Vulcan.
Remove this small black screw here.
Then the whole front can come off.
Remove this bottom tray thing.
Move to the back and remove this top cover and the catch.
Under here you can see the micro-switch used as the trigger.
Remove the trigger itself.
Then the internal trigger mechanism.
Remove the priming bar cover.
Revealing the main cog.
Remove this small roller above the main priming bar.
Now we can get on to the main cover. There’s 6 screws holding it in place.
Then this orange piece.
There’s also a screw hiding at the bottom of this hole.
All right, most of the covers gone.
Flip the blaster over and you’ll find another screw hiding just in-front of the priming bar hole. Remove it.
You should now be able to finally remove the priming bar itself.
Then remove the motorised priming bar.
Remove this front clip and spring.
Two small screws live here, remove them.
Then we’ll be able to remove the whole clutch assembly.
It will have to go back together like this once you get back to re-assembly.
Grab the plunger tube and turn it about 90 degrees.
This will allow us to pull it forward.
And out of the blaster.
All this time, this is actually the piece we’re after.
Have a look down there and you’ll find an air restrictor.
Grab your drill and go to town on it.
Then clean it up with a small round hand file.
There we have it. Re-assemble it and you have yourself an AR’d Nerf Vulcan.