Introduction: How to Silence AND Power Up a Nerf Maverick

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This is my first instructable, so plz don't get upset if it isn't "great". This will show you how to power up your Mav and also silence* it.

* You really can't completely silence a Nerf gun, but this comes pretty close.

Step 1: Supplies

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What You Need
1. A Nerf Maverick gun
2. A small Phillips- head screwdriver
3. Wire cutters (a small wrench will work too)
4. 3/8" Felt pads (used for moving furniture, can be found at Walmart or any hardware store)
5. A pair of scissors (not in picture, sorry)
6. 15- 20 minutes for both silencing and powering up the gun

Step 2: Disassembly

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Next, you need to disassemble your gun. Take the three screws out of the cocking mechanism and put this piece off to the side for later. BE SURE TO LEAVE THE OTHER SIDE ATTACHED TO THE GUN! There will be eight screws on the gun itself that you need to take out. Finally, you need to carefully separate the two halves of the gun.

Step 3: Barrel Removal

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First we will power up the gun. Pull back on the orange ring as shown in the picture. This will allow you to pull the whole barrel out of the gun without too much trouble. You can release the ring once the barrel has been removed.

Step 4: Power Up the Mav

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To power up the gun, you need to take the restrictors out of the barrel. Here is how you do this.
1. Pry the small orange ring off the orange side of the barrel with the wire cutters (or pliers).
2. Pull the entire rod out of the barrel.
3. There will be three screws on the black side of the barrel. Unscrew them and remove the end of the barrel.
4. Pull out the rod- looking things. Underneath them will be three-pinned restrictors and springs. Remove these and put the rod thingies back.
5. Screw the barrel back together and push the rod back through.
6. Use a hammer or mallet ( or just sheer force) to replace the orange ring on thr end of the rod. This may sound weird, but putting some saliva in the ring will make it go on easier.
7. Finally, reinsert the barrel the same way you took it out of the gun.

Step 5: Silence the Gun

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Your gun is now powered up! Now we will silence it. You will need about ten of the felt pads and the scissors.
1. Insert two pads into each side of the cocking mech. (as shown)
2. Stick 1/2 of a pad onto the pump where it touches the metal rod (as shown)
3. Place about three pads behind the large spring (as shown)
4. Cut a small piece of pad to place onto the trigger mount (as shown)

Step 6: Reassembly

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Now you need to reassemble your gun. Make sure everything is in its correct place and place the two gun halves together. Insert all the screws and reattach the cocking mech. If you have done everything correctly, you will have a more powerful, more quiet gun. Happy Nerfing!


MarcioWilges (author)2015-01-15

Thanks for sharing! I have been looking at hacks to see whether or not this process is ever possible. I guess it is with these simple steps. However, I am afraid I might just damage or totally ruin the gun once I reach the barrel removal step. I am really bad with DIY of stuff and my previous experiences have proven so. Well, I guess practice makes perfect so I would have to try a few times before accomplishing the desired results.

nerfnewbie (author)2014-12-11

Super cool

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peyton14 (author)2012-05-15

i cant get the revolver part apart!

Derpancakes (author)peyton142012-05-21

Do you mean the barrel?

peyton14 (author)Derpancakes2012-10-08

yes and ive painted it and its cool

book54321 (author)2011-08-28

the air pump brok in mine but I ficsit somhow

meburnfire (author)2010-09-03

Umm i need some help, as when i try to pry the gray piece offf the barrel it wont come off. I tried with a screwdriver, hammer, wire cutters, pliers, pencils and all manner of these funny little metal rods i have. WHAT CAN I DO

jwood7 (author)meburnfire2011-06-14

if its the grey bit on the black end i had the same problem, its screwed on from underneath. rather than take it off i just unscrewed the whole bottom bit and it comes off with the grey bit still attached :)

Derpancakes (author)meburnfire2010-09-03

I just use sheer force and thin wire cutters, like the ones in the pics. I'm not too strong, so it's not that hard if you do it right.

meburnfire (author)Derpancakes2010-09-04

That dosent work. I got my uncle to help me, hes REALLY strong, but he cant open it either with a hammer, wirecutters, pliers, NOTHING WORKS FOR EITHER OF US

Derpancakes (author)meburnfire2010-09-12

OK... If he can't do it then it probably won't come apart. If you have to, you can drill out the barrels to get rid of the prong things

meburnfire (author)meburnfire2010-09-04

If possible, could you please tell me how you "do it right"

ctavolazzi (author)2011-05-09

If you're having trouble getting the orange ring off, try hitting the metal rod out of the back of the barrel with a screwdriver. Flip the barrel over to the black side, not the orange side, and position a small screwdriver or equivalently sized thing on the metal rod inside the other orange ring. Hit it out using a hammer to drive the screwdriver. Mine came out very easily this way.

Derpancakes (author)ctavolazzi2011-05-15

nice!! That's a good way of solving the problem of getting the ring off.

King Julien (author)2010-07-12

Does the silencing work? It would seen so. I will try this with my mav.

THECHINABOY (author)King Julien2011-04-02

it hardly sileces it. but now plastic dont hit plastic as much.

aj69 (author)2011-01-19

i undone the un only with a knife.

aj69 (author)2011-01-19

ok thanx now i no wat to do.

aj69 (author)2011-01-18

can somebody please tell me wat the rod thingies r im not much of a moder so could u explain a little bit easier.

Derpancakes (author)aj692011-01-18

the six "prongs" that go inside the dart... pull them out once the barrel is apart

Famoosh (author)2010-12-31

I had the same problems as well. Im wondering if new versions have the metal rod glued or melted to the plastic. In any case, just a penny mod still bumps the range up hugely, so I dont need to take the Air Restrictors out yet.

Derpancakes (author)Famoosh2011-01-10

yah... I think my version just had the cross-hatch pattern on the rod that makes the piece tough to get off... penny mods are pretty easy and can usually work well

Famoosh (author)Derpancakes2011-01-16

I actually got it out, after I had my dad over and he kept badgering me that it wasnt going to come out, yadda yadda yadda. Anyway, had to use a vice, but got it out. Maverick now shoots Clip System Darts 60feet, whistlers at 50 and suction at 45, and all I did was penny mod (four of em) and AR removal.

manuel846 (author)2011-01-15

My maverick lost power when I did it.What should I do?

Derpancakes (author)manuel8462011-01-16

Yeah... I have had problems with my Mav... If you're having problems, i would just recommend putting it back to normal....

taowyman (author)2010-12-23

when i took my gun apart i lost all my screws except for one before i read this

taowyman (author)2010-12-23

hey that silence thing really works THANKS!

[corosive] (author)2010-08-16

very cool power up. does anyone know if there is a way to silence it after powering it up? after the power up, mine just makes a loud bang when firing.

Derpancakes (author)[corosive]2010-12-20

Yeah... I did this sort of powerup on my Recon, and it does the same thing, only it doesn't fire...

Derpancakes (author)2010-08-29

:-( i tried to remove the prongs from mine and now it doesn't work.....

Pat_Maroney (author)2010-08-02

I've heard replacing the spring with a stronger one also increases power. anyone know if this is true?

craig3 (author)Pat_Maroney2010-08-14

yes very, but if you put one in that is to string, the plastic holding the metal rod in the cocking mech will break

darknessfalls (author)2010-07-11

when i removed the prongs from my mav i got a snapping sound... does the "silencing" help with that issue?

I recently read that when you remove the restrictors, the air pump is not cushioned enough, and you can break the pump if you don't fix the problem....

What exactly do you mean? The only snapping sound I have heard from my modded gun was when there were no darts.

hmmm well mine did it about half the time there was darts so i reassembled it with the prongs....

Saturn V (author)2010-07-11

Does removing the air restrictors really work? I have seen on many sites that this mod doesn't work, and it makes the gun worse.

Derpancakes (author)Saturn V2010-07-11

Yes. It increases the amount of air pushing on the dart, which, in turn, makes the dart go farther and faster.

ubcrazy2 (author)2010-07-10

the silencing works. I went to this guys house and he did this silencing mod and it works.

APunchInTheTeeth (author)2010-07-09

I recently did a power mod on my Maverick, the only problem was that it made it ridiculously loud. So i'll definitely try the silencing. Great I'ble!

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