I bought a pack of Energizer C batteries and will see if there is ANY increase in performance in the Rapidstrike. I honestly doubt it...I don't really think there's that much difference between Duracells and Energizers but then again, I never did a science experiment in school for that! Other battery types, from my light study of them on YouTube for Nerf guns, may put out too much voltage. You CAN use them but at the risk of burning out motors earlier or melting wiring. If you can't do the full job, don't just go halfsies I am thinking. If the Energizers do nothing great, then I think I may go full non-scrub with the Rapidstrike and do the entire mod of it...or get somebody else to do it on commission/trade or something, since it's not exactly a first-time modders gun. I have many Nerf guns now, and a few flywheel blasters that perform well right out of the box (hello Stryfe and Desolator!), unlike this one. I don't NEED the Rapidstrike, so I can turn it into something more.
I found an ideal walk-through guide on it right here:
If I do this, which I am now very tempted to do because why go through the trouble if not to go all out...I will need to decide on the paint job. It's either be themed Boondock Saints, Deadpool, or Evolve.
I think Deadpool would be fun...look at this custom I found:
Deadpool has been done, amusingly, before...while Boondocks Saints maybe not, since I can't find any images of a custom on Google. I already do plan to repaint a Sledgefire for Evolve so...hmm, what to do.