I’m perhaps a little late to the party on this one, but I only picked up my first Speedswarm the other week. Completely forgot about it even existing until I saw it on sale for $10. At that price I figured it was worth it, even if it was only to have a poke around inside.
With that in mind, today we’ll be running through an Air Restrictor (AR) removal.
Phillips head screwdrivers
Dremel with grinding wheel
Small round hand file
Small nose pliers
As you would expect, we’ll start off with the blaster in question.
Remove the battery cover.
Then the rest of the screws holding the shell together. They’re all the same so no concerns there.
Normally at this point I’d say to take a minute or two to try and get an understanding of how the blaster works, but in this case we really can’t see much yet as the whole firing mechanism is one sealed unit.
It’s held together by three screws. Remove those then open cover.
The bottoms half is then held in by a further two screws. After they’ve been removed we’ll be able to free it from the shell.
By lifting the plunger tube up and forward, it should come free.
This front end is the part we’re mostly interested in.
Here’s the AR closed.
And here’s what it looks like when open. Normally a dart would be pushing the orange nub back to open the AR.
We don’t want any of that so just go to town with your dremel and grind it all away. Be careful not to damage the foam as it forms the seal between the plunger tube and the turret.
Then we can pop it back in the blaster.
Next up is the turret itself. From the back, grab and twist with your pliers to snap off the pegs. I’ve done five here to show the before and after.
Then clean it up with your hand file.
And at this point I’m going to leave you to it. Reassembly is quite straightforward, it’s simply the opposite of how we pulled it apart.
Did we improve the blaster? Probably. I was testing with elite darts and didn’t notice much of a difference in range, maybe only a metre or two, but it sure makes a lot more noise.