The Maverick Nerf gun is able to fire a number of projectiles one after another, but the speed is determined by how fast you are able to pull the trigger. You can make the Maverick into an automatic Nerf gun that will fire at much faster speeds when you pull the trigger. You will need to take the Maverick apart and modify the internal mechanism. A few hardware tools are all that is needed as is about a half-hour of your time.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips Jeweler’S Screwdriver
- Flat-Edge Jeweler’S Screwdriver
- Needle-Nose Pliers
- Beach Towel
- Machine Oil Lubricating Spray
Get a beach towel and smooth it out on a table. Get a Maverick Nerf gun and place it down on its right side on the beach towel, so that the barrel of the Maverick Nerf gun that is at the opposite end of where the trigger is can be seen facing to the left.
Remove the screws from the side of the Maverick Nerf gun at the top and bottom, by the barrel, and on the handle using a Phillips jeweler's screwdriver.
Insert a flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver into the gap at the top of the Maverick Nerf gun, just in front of the hammer, where a rod sticks out. Wiggle the tip of the flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver to separate the two halves of the loader cartridge from the body of the Maverick Nerf gun.
Insert the flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver into the seam between the top and bottom shells of the Maverick on each side and at the top and at the bottom. Wiggle the tip of the flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver to loosen the top shell from the bottom shell. Pull the top shell off of the bottom shell with your hands.
Remove the loader cartridge from the top of the bottom shell where the rod was and place it aside.
Pull off the white insert from below the barrel with your fingers. Repeat this with the white insert to the right of the first one. Place them aside.
Slide the barrel out of the bottom shell. Put the barrel down on the towel with the plastic rods facing up.
Insert the tip of the flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver beneath the black bracket that is positioned above where the first white insert was. Wiggle the tip of the flat-edge jeweler’s screwdriver to loosen the black bracket off of the hub it is resting on. Remove the black bracket with your fingers.
Pull off the small spring from the black bracket with needle-nose pliers. Spray the small spring with machine oil lubricating spray. Put the spring back onto the black bracket.
Pull off the large spring that is above where the black bracket was with needle-nose pliers. Hold the spring at the end with one hand and clamp the jaws of the needle-nose pliers on the other end. Stretch out the large spring.
Spray the large spring with machine oil lubricating spray. Put the large spring back into position on the bottom shell of the Maverick Nerf gun.
Pull the plastic rods off of the connectors that they are attached to that circle of the barrel using the pliers. Put the plastic rods down on the towel.
Hold a plastic rod in your left hand with the connector facing upward. (Use your right hand if you are a lefty.) Clamp the jaws of the pliers around the hub where it meets the plastic rod. Twist the pliers using your right hand to break the hub off of the plastic rod.
Repeat this process for all of the plastic rods. Discard the plastic rods. Put the hubs back onto the connectors on the barrel.
Lightly spray around the rim of the barrel with the machine oil lubricating spray.
Reverse the disassembly of the Maverick Nerf gun to put it back together again. The firing mechanism of the Maverick will now fire many times faster than before to allow for an automatic-like response when pulling the trigger.
Wear goggles when disassembling the Maverick Nerf gun to protect your eyes.
The edges of the springs are sharp and can cut skin.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."