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You might ask yourself, "Why would anyone mount dual Nerf machine guns on a wheelchair, and hack it to fire them from the drive controls?"
I might ask you why you hate fun.
The guns can be fired by any drive control connected to the chair. Joystick, head array, chin/mouth stick, sip and puff, single switch, etc. Pick your poison.
I used an Invacare wheelchair with Mark VI electronics, but this can be done with any power wheelchair that can use an "ECU 1/2" or "ECU 3/4" box. (These connect to the chair's electronics and have two 9-pin D-sub ports for output. They are commonly used for controlling speech generating devices or computers.)
That's it! Now, tap your mode switch (or whatever you have to do with your brand of wheelchair) to switch into ECU mode, and move your joystick (or whatever drive control you use). You are now driving an AH-64 Apache attack wheelchair. Paint some shark teeth on that beast and show 'em who's boss!
A note on Nerf guns: Apparently, the Nerf Vulcan has been come rare and/or expensive these days, but there are other guns that will do the job. As you can see in this fantastic video, others have set up similar rigs with the N-Strike Stampede ECS and the Vortex Nitron. While I have not experimented with either of these myself, I expect that the Stampede can be adapted very similarly to the Vulcan. The Vortex Nitron might (or might not) be slightly more complicated to adapt, as it looks like it may have a secondary switch to turn on the motor, but you may be able to just turn it on and leave it. After a quick test, the Rapidstrike CS-18 and the Rayven CS-18 don't seem to be viable options, as they have a secondary trigger that must be held to power the motor, which complicates things. If I experiment with the Vortex Nitron, I'll post my findings here.
If you want to try this out, I will gladly provide more details.
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