Yes you said that, but you’re wrong. The valid options going forward are:
- Leave them alone.
- Transform them into something that makes sense, which probably means completely replacing them.
- Extract them to a M:LL mod and do whatever you want with them.
Not on this list is “make them act more like the guns from M:LL but leave them in mainline”.
I disagree, part of the reason you can’t make really well functioning things is that you have no ability to make precision parts to stitch everything together. You can have as high-pressure a pump as you like, but if there’s a duct tape patch anywhere in your system, that is what limits your pressure level.
Plus the examples are informative:
Too heavy for use in a gun, and requires extremely high torque to operate. So you’d be limited to it being attached to a vehicle.
These may or may not have the right pressure rating for a heavy duty pneumatic gun, if you’re pressurizing with ambient air it limits accuracy, they’re too big to mount on a gun, they don’t have hoses for pressurized air transport, they don’t have the kind of valves an airgun needs, which limits peak power and accuracy even more.
tl;dr, this kind of high-performance device is almost always made from 100% custom parts, if you can’t make all the individual custom parts, you’re not going to get the same results. The result is, “It’s survivor-crafted so it sucks”. Bows are a lot more forgiving, because they just have to hold up structurally instead of having to maintain crazy high tolerances to keep the magic smoke in. Likewise the spring-actuated airguns are also a lot more forgiving, lack of tight tolerances there just leads to power loss, not catastrophic system failure.
If someone wants to buckle down and seriously take a look at what kind of fabrication is needed for this kind of thing, yes I could see allowing a lot more to be manufactured once a machine shop gets bootstrapped, but I’ve yet to see someone interested in doing that, and I’m not going to cut you a lot of slack if your starting position is that, “we should hand-wave a bunch of stuff away”.