I wasn't talking about modifying the Stampede, I was referring to the Longshot.
Well, the Longshot's more expensive, and rarer at this point, than the Recon, anyway. And it doesn't seem to do as well in aesthetic modification. (Not since Angel's Lancer, anyway) Also, for Halo's tendency towards bullpup, the Recon's stock allows enough room to add stuff to make it look like an AR/BR mag receiver.
Also, You are correct about brass barrels being better, I was just stating what I used in my own Longshot mod. Range is not problem, replacing the O-rings and hollowing out the air passages allowed the spring to push much more air through, therefore increasing the range almost ten-fold.
That's not the result I got. I'm pullin' 70 at best with just a new spring and O-rings. Given, I'm using the original breech and barrel setup, but even still, replacing the barrel with a brass barrel would bring it up to 150 at most. That' s nowhere near 200 feet, tenfold of the 20 I got, stock.
Spring operated Nerf blasters can have range, just not with stock parts.
These springers use reverse-plungers, now. Instead of using a spring to push a plunger through an air-filled tube, propelling the dart, they move the whole plunger tube around the barrel, with an o-ring inside. Slows motion, and the tube is far smaller. I don't think 50 feet has ever been crested with a Recon.
And BTW, I've never had problems with my black painted Nerf Gun, I treat it like an airsoft gun, so I never take it out to public places. (in addition to the barrel extension still being orange).