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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:13 am

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Interchangeable barrel and volume chamber system. 40mm belt fed radial receiver.


Available in June.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:19 am

Putting it in this section would imply you built it...
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:24 am

Designed, built and tested.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:29 am

So it is an advertisement??
You are hoping to make some money on a site where everybody builds their own guns???


Well...it does seem to have some features we'll never be able to build ourselves...


Can you give us some more info??
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:30 am

That looks pretty sick, you should get some more pics though and a description, considering you built and tested it all ready.
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:36 am

I just emailed Bill at warpig about the fact that I am just now going from home laboratory to home factory and how I should make the transition in regards to posting on the boards. I don't want to be a walking ad, but I think the gun speaks for itself and I want to share. I have considered selling parts kits as well since it solves a lot of problems that homebuilders have. I won't be able to post detailed pics for a few more weeks, but I will have a video of it operating posted this weekend over at warpig. I'd love to make a donation here for some advertising too.
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:44 am

Some details..

50-300 psi operating range

Upgradeable from a breech loader to a semi-auto radial or belt feeder.

6 inch 40mm shells

positive force piston valve

I've had it firing at 1 round per .75 seconds

Considering using the AR-15 style stock mount

There are a few more items that are really cool, but I have to wait a bit longer to share.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:52 am

Can we have some real pictures of the gun please and not some graphic poster?
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:11 am

Turns out the video is done and is being uploaded right now. I will post a site when I find out where it is.
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:03 am

ok, I have it posted over at warpig, but it isn't up on pigtv yet I don't think.

You can access the main page now though with a video.

http://www.eclipselauncher.com
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Unread postAuthor: imablackskater » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:24 am

that thing is insane and is that wadding coming out and is it a revolver
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Unread postAuthor: ArticWolf » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:31 am

What do you use to pressurize it? Looks like co2 but I could be wrong.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:34 am

Interesting stuff.

Looks well made and certainly seems to work flawlessly in the demo.

I know it's designed for sale but would you mind discussing how it works?

Nothing top secret, just some basics:

What does it run off? (I'm half sure I saw an airline coming off the back as it was lowered)

Clockwork drum?
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Unread postAuthor: joannaardway » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:03 am

I love it. If I did paintball regularly enough, then it looks like it would be a great secondary weapon, for making people put their heads down pretty sharpish.

But at 20 paintballs a shot, that could be £1 (about $2) a shot at the prices that some fields charge for paintballs. At internet prices, it's still 20p a go, but that's not excessively bad going.

You'll probably get flak from the mods for advertising though.
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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:23 am

It runs off of HPA. I am going to try it with CO2 as well. I have been firing it between 50-300 psi. With 15-20 paintballs and simple paper towel sabots I get 150fps at 125psi and 395fps at 275psi. Using better sabots would be more efficient. I have had little nerf balls up to 495 fps. I really need to find some good operating ranges for firing at 225 fps for paintballs and finned nerf type rounds. I haven't tried any of the larger air chambers yet, so it has been less than a 1:1 ratio for the volume. The valve works wonders.

It is pneumatically driven so there is never any need to wind it. I will go into greater detail and post pictures of the parts as soon as the attorney give me the ok. I am told it will only be a few more weeks. At that point I will be happy to go over the fine details and reveal a couple other neat things about the launcher that isn't apparent from the video or pictures.

Just a few small tweaks and a few materials that need to arrive before production begins on the first fifty. I have been approached for it to be used in a number of different applications, but I would love to see it used for paintball scenario games and also speedball games against other shotgun style weapons.

As far as flak from the mods, even though this is going to be a commercial venture, I designed and built this launcher from my garage and living room over the last few years in the exact same way you guys are building yours. That being said I'd be glad to pay for some advertising space. It's not like I have some massive war chest, but I'm going to make an honest run at this. It's time that we have a decent base to work from that is safer than what we are all used to with pneumatic launchers. I wish I could make them for as little as a sprinkler valve launcher, but it just isn't so.

I might make the parts available in the near future for guys who like to experiment with things but don't have the time to start from scratch. It's all still in it's infancy as far as marketing goes. I'm just curious as to what people think of it.

-Rory

oh, and it's a radial belt feeder.
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