The first SOCOM pistol I made was fat, heavy, and the light wiring came undone. The way it was built left me no way to repair it, so I figured I'd just start again. Started by searching for a plastic toy gun that was similar in look to a SOCOM, at which point I'd add the laser aiming module and silencer. I found an Imperial Toys 5-dart Clip Blaster at Walmart for $5. It was the right size and the sculpt was fairly realistic, and it had a good portion of plastic in front of the trigger that could be used as a basis for the Socom laser aiming module.
Took the gun apart and gutted the actual spring-powered firing/cocking mechanism from the gun. Hot glued it shut, as well as the trigger in place just to be safe. Glued some foamboard together for the LAM and slid it up into the opening from the clip, adding craft foam details. After covering the orange safety tip with masking tape, gun got a coat of matte black spraypaint.
For the silencer, I measured the barrel of the gun to be an inch wide. I placed a 1" threaded female connector in the barrel with hot glue. The silencer is a length of 1" pvc with the corresponding male connector, allowing me to go silenced or not as I please. Ends of both the gun and silencer will be painted orange to cover safety regulations at cons.
All in all, much sleeker and realistic than the foamboard v1 Socom. While I miss the light in the LAM, it's a small price to pay. Maybe I'll make another gun and put in the light and wiring inside the gun itself. I also want to make either a FAMAS, PSG1, or a Stinger missile launcher as a secondary weapon.
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