Introduction: Camo Snapbow

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This is a Nerf Snapbow I made, and it shoots micros and stefans through the breech. I painted it with Rustoleum flat black and camo taped the body. Ranges: 100 feet, effective range about 50-70.

Please rate and comment if you like it! :)

EDIT: It now has an RSCB magazine!!! No pics yet, sorry. Also, forgot to say before, but it has a removable shoulder stock that is insertable by the modified 90 degree elbow you see by the rear of the gun. Complete clearance from the moving plunger handle.

BIG EDIT *PLEASE READ*: I DO NOT take credit for the basic mechanism of this gun. Rork on deserves the glory. Now, I built this about 2 years ago and since then there's been an updated, extremely easy to build (if you got a dremel, a few common tools, and a hardware store, you're good) new version on Nerfhaven right here.
It works like a nerf nitefinder, only large scale. You pull back the plunger to prime the spring piston inside, then press the trigger and the rubber plunger head springs forward, pushing out a volume of air, to the barrel and the dart, which flies out. JUST GO TO THE LINKED SITE.
I just added my own mods to it - the foregrip, black paintjob with camo tape, slightly modified plunger rod just using what i had, and iron sights. You can do whatever you like to make it look how you want it to. Just so long as it works.


ilpug (author)2011-04-05

this is awesome. i am trying to design and build something like this, but i need ideas for a trigger mechanism.

MadBricoleur (author)ilpug2011-04-10

This uses something called a clothespin trigger. Search it up on nerfhaven.

ilpug (author)MadBricoleur2011-04-11


boomboy123 (author)2011-03-01

its epic

MadBricoleur (author)boomboy1232011-03-05

hehehe, yeah i know. Thanks!

MAVREV13 (author)2010-03-13

sick mod dude nice mp40 dude that had to have taken a long time did you do that yourself

MadBricoleur (author)MAVREV132010-12-12

its not a mod. It's homemade. like from scratch.

MAVREV13 (author)MadBricoleur2011-01-22

ok, i got you, i maade a snap handgun and its great, hits about 60 ft, sorry if it sounded like i was bugging you

MadBricoleur (author)MAVREV132011-01-29

pics? how do you make a snap "handgun"?

knexsniper123 (author)2010-12-12

please make a tutoriol please its beast dude!

edited. :) enjoy.

MAVREV13 (author)2010-03-23

please make an instructibe. PLEASE that is beast i dude.

its super simple to make go to in the homemades directory there are some tuts for different snaps

bounty1012 (author)2010-04-08

Looks like an MP40.

MAVREV13 (author)2010-03-16

hey dude im wondering what does the gun look like WITH the stock?????

MAVREV13 (author)2010-03-14

that is in my idea of homemade that is 2nd the 1st is the +bow but still nice mod man nice mod do u only have 1 or do u have more also did the 1st one look like this or was it going to be different looking.

xbox1kid (author)2009-12-24


maxxxem (author)2009-11-23

Is your foregrip handle stable, you used zipties? What kind of spring did you use?

MadBricoleur (author)maxxxem2009-11-25

Yeah, the foregrip handle is really stable. In addition to two big zip ties, it's also got hot glue. So it's stable enough for use, definitely. And as far as I tried, I could cock the gun while holding the foregrip instead of the rear handle, so it's definitely stable enough.
Also, the spring I'm not sure what company it was, but it has the spring names that start with C-xxxxx (x being numbers) and come in packages with yellow tops. I used two springs about .5 inch OD, .080 wire thickness, and 6 inches long - total 12 inches long uncompressed. The springs were bought at OSH.

Jimpiedepimpie (author)2009-10-31

Please make an instructable?
It looks awesum!

Thanks :D
In a comment below by me, I gave the site for building the gun (not on instructables, but clear enough). My addons were just the camo tape, which was wrapped around parts of the gun and then trimmed with a hobby knife to fit the nooks and crannies exactly.The front handle was a modified pvc tee zip-tied on... Basically, all the special parts you see (muzzle sight, front/rear gun body sights, front handle) are modified PVC - be it fittings or the pipe itself. If you still want some specific pictures of certain parts of the gun after looking at the instructional nerfhaven thread below, PM me.Sometimes my answers take a while though, sorry ;)

Does it fires the stock tagger dart thingies?

With a corresponding barrel - not pictured here.
I basically made it by using a dremel sanding drum to sand away some of the inside of a small section of 1/2" PVC, then I get a 3 -1/2" (or however you need to fit a stock dart with a head that's bigger than its body in there) piece of CPVC or crayola barrel or some other barrel material and stick it in the newly widened end of the PVC. It's important that that cpvc is snug and tight in there and straight so it won't fall out. But yeah, that's how I made a stock dart barrel for a snapbow. (then, of course, you just remove the barrel shown in my pics and stick in the stock dart barrel)

teh_noob (author)2009-09-27

I absolutely love it! Maybe you could gimmie some simple instructions and a part list ? ;)

MadBricoleur (author)teh_noob2009-09-30

At nerfhaven, a member named Rork designed it.
I just modified a few parts to fit what I could find.
I thought of front and back sights (out of heatened + flattened PVC pipe, basically crude PVC sheets), the barrel is based on Zero's "unknown breech" (look it up) but I added the muzzle sight part, and my own removable stock and front handle ideas, and I thought a black paintjob and camo tape would look niiice. :D
If you want the thread on nerfhaven, here it is:

hope that helped :D good luck with building it.

S1L3N7 SWAT (author)2009-09-22

Looks like an MP-40! I was surprised to see that it was a NERF gun!

MadBricoleur (author)S1L3N7 SWAT2009-09-22

YEah! I had to put on an orange tip because my parents thought it looked too realistic. Risk of getting shot in the car by police on my way to a nerf war. :D It's a little bit more real-looking than an average snapbow. But these pics don't even include the removable stock. THAT makes it look like an MP-40.

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