Things You'll Need
- Plastic straws
Supplying hours of fun for kids of all ages, Nerf blasters have been used in mock battlefields from the living room to backyard jungles and urban offices. Enterprising Nerf addicts, however, are always looking to gain an edge on their competition and often modify their blasters and darts. The main goal of such modifications is to improve the range and accuracy of these foam-shooters, a task often performed with small hand tools and a few new parts.
Disassemble your Nerf blaster by removing the small Phillips head screws in the plastic body of the blaster. Be sure to remove any screws that secure the blaster's cocking mechanism as well.
Place the blaster onto a clear work area with the screw holes facing up. Carefully separate the body of the blaster.
Remove the barrel and internal cocking mechanism. Locate the plastic air restricting post in the barrel and remove it by twisting it back and forth with a pair of pliers.
Remove the air limiter and limiter spring from the cocking mechanism. The air limiter is a plastic cap-type device with three prongs protruding from the top of the limiter and is held in place with a small metal spring.
Reassemble the blaster and tighten the Phillips head screws.
Cut a length of plastic straw to fit the interior channel of the dart. Use a dart as reference for accurate measurements.
Coat the first two-thirds of the straw in glue and press the straw down the center of the dart until it is completely seated.
Allow the glue to dry completely and repeat until you have completed as many darts as you need.
An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.