This guide assumes that you are opening your Clipfire with the intent to modify it - after all, there aren't many other reasons why someone would want to open a blaster, and if you have it open anyway, you may as well modify it while you're in there. The Clipfire is the only blaster that I've worked on that is easier to open, modify, and close than to reassemble in its stock configuration.
One convention that I follow consistently in this guide is that the text underneath each picture corresponds to that picture. I've erred on the side of too many rather than too few pictures, as a Clipfire can be tricky to work with.
The blaster depicted in this guide has had the front of the barrel shroud cut off. As this makes it possible to open the shell completely, this makes the pictures clearer. If you leave the front of your barrel shroud in place, everything here still applies. Also note that the rest of my barrel shroud has been slightly warped in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the glue holding on the front of the shroud with boiling water, so yours won't look exactly the same if you cut off the front.
Opening the blaster
A Clipfire has 5 screws on the shell, including one in the grip, all of which are the same size. The front of the barrel shroud is solvent welded on. You cannot remove it except by cutting it off. It is possible to cut of the front of the barrel shroud in such a way that it looks sorta clean-ish when you put it back on, if you squint . . . OK, it's ugly, but it works. If you do decide to cut it, be careful not to saw through the barrel as well.
Alternatively, if you want to retain the stock appearance of your Clipfire, the shell can be opened wide enough to access the internals with the front of the barrel shroud in place, but this does make working inside the blaster a bit tricky.
As soon as you open the shell (either with or without the front of the barrel shroud), lots of tiny pieces will spew out. That's OK. About half of them can be put back with a reasonable amount of finicky fiddling, and about half you'll probably want to discard anyway.
Opening the blaster inside of a bag of some sort might be a good idea - there are some tiny springs in there that are very easy to lose.
Folding grip latches
One piece of the latches that hold the folding grips in place falls out easily. The rest can sometimes fall out. Here's how to put them back.
The plunger tube comes out easily enough.
The dart lock prevents the trigger from being pulled when there is no dart in the barrel. Removing the dart lock is highly recommended as it allows for the hole in the barrel to be sealed, which improves performance significantly. (If you decide to remove the dart lock, sure to not neglect the rearmost piece - leaving this in while removing the rest of the lock will result in a blaster that can't fire!) Also, re-assembling the dart lock would be darn tricky (perhaps impossibly so) if you haven't cut the shell to allow it to open completely. However, if for some reason you want to replace the dart lock (or are just curious as to how it works), here's how:
Trigger and catch
- Put the folding grip latches back (or not let them fall out in the first place)?
- Seal the hole in the plunger tube?
- Ensure that the dart lock is gone, including the rearmost piece?
- Install the trigger and catch?
- Remember the dart holder on the top?
- Refer to the last picture in the above section to double-check that everything is in place?
- Laugh manically?
- Taunt the prisoners?
- Appease the dark one?