I hope you’re all having a good Wednesday!
Today I wanted to talk about the Longshot, and its most infamous part: the bolt sled. I’ve managed to get into contact with Roboman, who designs and manufactures metal bolt sleds that are absolutely gorgeous, and he was kind enough to tell me about the process.
More after the jump!
To start things off, I wanted to rant for a bit.
I love my Magshot, my Magnus-Longshot integration. It may be a royal pain in the ass to put together, but I really put a lot of work into that blaster.
So, when I put in an Orange Mod Works Solid Stage Kit, I thought I was doing good by it. Most of the OMW stuff I’ve installed before has worked well but there was an issue with the trigger catch that made the prime quite painful to listen to (see: 15:38 of my review of the Solid Stage Kit). The trigger catch acting the way it did expedited the destruction of my epoxy-reinforced stock bolt sled. I was just derping around my townhouse at school with my housemates when it bit the dust under a measly 8kg’s of spring load.
Now my Magshot sits dejected against a wall in my room, awaiting a new bolt sled.
Thankfully there’s hope for this poor blaster and many others who have suffered a similar fate, and it comes in the form of Roboman’s metal bolt sleds.
Roboman was nice enough to answer my questions regarding these beauties.
Basically these things are made out of 6061-T6511 aluminum due to its availability and the fact that it machines much better than most other aluminum alloys. Also, aluminum doesn’t rust, it oxidizes, meaning that if it’s exposed to the elements, it’ll start to fail. So, as long as you store them inside, they’ll last quite a long time. Not only that, but they’re incredibly strong, he’s stood on top of them without any problems. In fact, in simulations the factor of safety at a load of 85 lbs is around 2.5. After a cursory glance on the internet about the meaning of factor of safety, I discovered that this means that at 85 lbs, the structure can stand up to 2.5 times that weight before it fails. In other words, you’d break the shell of your blaster long before you’d get up to a spring load that could even stress these bolt sleds.
When asked, Roboman told me that the design was kept pretty much the same as the stock bolt sled with the exception of the removal of the long stem in the back, due to its lack of use other than as part of a locking mechanism.
This shaved off around 2 lbs from each finished bolt sled, less weight without compromising strength. A win-win!
Roboman saw that the NIC hasn’t had a reliable source of stronger bolt sleds due to various third-party producers either being too expensive or unavailable. So he decided to fill the gap himself, and I have to say he’s done a mighty fine job!
Roboman went all out in answering my questions, even providing me with a GoPro video of inside the machine that produces these.
It’s seriously neat to watch these things being produced!
“But Jay, how did he get those sweet colors? That just looks like a block of metal!” Well inquiring quote, he powder-coats them. What’s powder coating? I’m glad you asked! According to Roboman, “it’s a process used to color appliances, tools, and some cars. It’s a baked-on finish that’s applied with an electrostatic spray gun in a dry form and then baked at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes in a toaster oven.”
This isn’t your little sister’s Easy Bake Oven, this is industrial cooking!
For Roboman, the biggest challenge in producing these was time. Each sled takes about an hour to mill, then even more time to clean up and coat each sled and then package and ship it. It’s even more of a challenge considering he goes to school a rather large distance away from where he lives. So he’s really only able to produce the sleds over breaks and the summer. However he’s done a fantastic job of mass producing a replacement part that can stand up to anything you can throw at it.
Now for the price, it’s not exactly cheap however you’re paying for a quality you can’t get anywhere else. It clocks in at $100 USD. But this includes worldwide shipping. So when you see $100 dollars, that’s all your paying, nothing more, nothing less.
You can order your own Roboman bolt sled HERE
This is a part for those who want to get the most out of their Longshots. So if you want to slap a K26 in your LS, this is the sled for you!
here’s a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure
Have a good Wednesday everyone!