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Back in the late seventies and early eighties my parents had a policy to not buy my brother and I toy guns (remember the toy isles loaded with m16s, tommy guns, etc?) so instead my dad said he'd make my brother and I toy guns. As luck would have it, my dad ended up making some of the coolest and most durable toy guns ever. This gun is inspired by some of those early creations and couples it with current day Nerf products. This gun is intended for kids 8+ because it requires some good lungs to launch the Nerf darts. The range is very impressive (50ft + easy) and makes for a killer Nerf sniper weapon or a backup Nerf carbine. This is the perfect addition to you current Nerf armory. Similar to my last step-by-step, this is not a work of superior craftsmanship but more so an attempt by a Hero Dad* to make some cool stuff for my two sons.


*Hero Dad defined: any dad trying to impress his kids with some type of act or service

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Materials

1 piece of scrap wood preferably solid wood (I used an old un-used 10ply maple shelf from my last kitchen remodel)
8 tie wraps (8" - 10")
1 24" x 1/2" PVC pipe (these are usually found pre-cut at Home Depot)
1 1/2 x 1/2 PVC coupler (for the "flash suppressor"
Liquid Nails (love this stuff)
3/16" drill bit
1/2" drill bit
wood file
sand paper
electric drill
electric jig saw
one LED small flashight (if you want to add the tactical light to the flash suppressor)
Lego pieces (see step 7 & 8 for details)
 
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phiSHyM3 days ago

Ummm... be careful! I know I sound like the opposite of a hero dad (a screwy mom). But I have been working with PVC lately and have learned that pvc shouldn't be in the hands of children, especially since it contains a known carcinogen called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Put some type of polymer or safe rubber coating on the end your son blows on (twss). I don't want to sound like a pussy but also don't want your kid getting cancer off of a homemade blow gun...

These are some pictures I took of my wooden body I made at a wood fair. It is designed after a bull-pup assault rifle. I can't wait to add PVC and test it out.
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ostomesto3 years ago
I found this idea about a year ago. Nerf darts work great as blow dart guns but i just never posted it. I didnt think i 4 foot length of pvc and a nerf dart is enough to make an Instructable out of. But you took it to the next level. Great job
as a college student i play a game called HvZ in some of my spare time, and i must say the blowguns are more effective than any Nerf blaster. on one slide you stated that you think other darts will work too, from experience i ca say suction darts don't have many problems, but streamline darts will spin out or flip out. if you did want to use streamline darts, you would need to use a copper pipe rather than PVC.

as a high school swimmer i can truly say these things get some insane distances, at least they do if you have a large lung capacity and the ability to empty them really fast.

i am actually finding myself really liking the handle you made for it, the blowguns i use just have PVC cut into short pieces and glued to the side for ammo storage, yet this handle seems like it would make accuracy a little better to get.

overall great ible!
bgepp1 (author)  darknessfalls3 years ago
ya this thing can shoot those whistler darts at least 100 ft (not for accuracy just for distance mind you). thanx for your comments.