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Electronic airsoft tracer system for under $5

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many of you familiar with airsoft are aware that you can purchase glow in the dark ammunition for your airsoft guns and while these bbs do glow in the dark they only do so for a few seconds it is obvious that they are intended to be used as tracer rounds but when they only glow for about 30 seconds max that just wont do so i started thinking what if i super charged them and hence my adaptation of a tracer unit was made 

WARNING:
this instructable involves 
1. taking your gun semi-apart 
2. a good basic knowledge of electronics 

IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS OR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS DO NOT PROCEED I WILL TAKE NO FORM OF RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU (A) INJURE YOURSELF OR OTHERS OR (B) RENDER YOUR AIRSOFT GUN INOPERABLE.

 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

Picture of tools and materials
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the items you will need to complete this project are as follows

1x airsoft gun with hop-up 

tools:

1. soldering iron
2.solder
3. drill
4. small ball vice
5. hot glue gun
6.wire strippers
7. small tweezers or equivalent
8.srewdriver set
9.3/16 drill bit
10.round file


materials
1. wire 
2. 1x switch (either momentary or on/off your preference) 
3.1x high intensity ultra violet LED (available at radio shack) 
4. glow in the dark bbs
5. electrical tape
6.battery (as close to 3.7 volts as possible)



 

Step 2: Part 1 the disassembly

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allright you have made it this far you have gathered the necessary materials and tools so here we go

first you will need to gain access to your gun's hop-up this can be done by first removing the upper guard
this can be done by pressing the button found in the pictures below

Step 3: The dissasembly part 2

Picture of the dissasembly part 2
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ok now that you have removed the gun's upper guard you should see the same as the pictures below what you now need to do is locate a small screw on the left side of the gun (barrel away from you) and remove it set that screw aside in a safe place
adamg162 years ago
nice job. I own three airsoft guns, a jg m4, aftermath m4, and a ak47 cqb. i might try this and add these to my guns.
adamg16 adamg162 years ago
also, does it actually work?
fidgety2 (author)  adamg162 years ago
it certinaly works i would post a video but the bbs move too fast and my camera is not the best at taking videos. to reassure you thought if you follow all the steps it will definently work with very satisfying results

thank you for your comments,
fidgety2
FoamboardRC2 years ago
Wow, this is an awesome idea- too bad my gun has to use heavier bbs than the glow in the dark!
fidgety2 (author)  FoamboardRC2 years ago
thank you for the comment i can also sympathize with your situation many of my guns are also too powerful for this mod
You should see my gas pistol shoot glow in the dark! They go in spirals in the general direction you aim at! It's just too bad they don't make glow in the dark .25! I'd be soo happy, I could have my M4 blasting out tracers! Actually, you know what would be a good idea? You could get an infrared sensor that could detect the BBs. Using an ATtiny 85, it would turn the light on for every 5 bbs that went through. Then you would have a tracer round every 5 bbs or so! Lolz, thanks for the instructable! I'm voting it a winner :P