Introduction: NERF Sniper Pistol!

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I have been 'NERFing' for about 4 months now and I finally got the hang of it. This is my first NERF mod and not the best write up for it so bear with me.

How many times have you bought a nerf gun and were disappointed by the range? I know I was. So I decided to modify the internals to make it work better. the entire thing was pretty cheap(if you already have some of the things), and it makes this thing a beast for NERF wars.

Now, I am sorry to say that I forgot to take pictures of me making the real gun(painted one) but I happened to have another Target Tech pistol(it was a two for one sale lol) so I made the instructable on that, but some stuff I did not have two of, so they differ by some.

WARNING: This modification is very complicated(well some what). This is not for people looking for a easy mod. You need to understand the theory of spring power in NERF guns. If you mess up and break your toy don't spam 'DSman told me to do this and now my gun is broke'.

Step 1: Get Your Materals!

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PVC: 3.00 $(10 foot long pipe)
"GOOP" glue: 3.00(I think)(Can you believe that you have to be 18 or older to buy this glue?!!?)
second spring: 6.00?(Depends on were you get the spring, I used one I had lying around, but the one from a NERF Nitefinder would also work)

All that is cheap, expect for the one odd part I used, the fake barrel from the stupid NERF Longshot pistol attachment. You could use coupler CPVC in place of it, that would be cheaper. Unless you really want this thing I would used the CPVC because it would be cheaper(3.00 as apposed to 30.00)

But, if you also want a long shot then I would recommended doing a sidearm integration to it(go to to find it), as you will have the barrel left over to use here.

One thing I forgot to add in was the gun! I used a Target Tech. I would go on ebay to get it, as you have to buy it with a NERF Target(hence the name) which makes the gun cost around 20.00$, you could also find a lone pistol from the long shot on ebay for around 6.00 making it cheaper.

If you buy everything from a store including buying the entire long shot it will cost 62.00(not including tax).

If your willing to blow 62.00 on a gun then lets go for it!

Step 2: Open Everything!

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ok, NERF guns are held togeather with lots of screws, and I mean a LOT.

first take apart the long shot pistol and salvage the fake barrel(top one that the long shot shot through), then take apart the Nitefinder and salvage the spring.

now be careful on the next one, you don't want to lose anything. pay attention to were that little spring lands(third picture) as it resets the trigger.

now, put all the back togeather so not to confuse screws. then finally take apart the Target Tech. throw the barrel away down to the air restricter plate.(second picture). now just remove the air restrictor(spring + spiky thinging, can't miss it).

thats it for this step, when thats done go to the next one.

Step 3: Add Spring

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ok, now take out the plunger(first picture) and take it apart(second picture). take off the screw holding the cap on(third picture). now take the spring off(forth picture). now, i did not have a spare spring but you should mesh the NF spring with the TT spring.

then put it back together and put it aside.

Step 4: New Barrel

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this is the hard part.

first, cut out about a 5' piece of CPVC. then cut the long shot barrel about a forth of a inch longer then the CPVC so none of it shows.(first picture)

now set the long shot barrel aside.

take out the restrictor plate. have your GOOP handy and press the CPVC onto the restrictor plate(it will be a tight fit and second picture) and then put lots of goop around it(make sure the CPVC is straight) and press it wall the GOOP dries. then glue the long shot barrel over that.(third picture)

you might want to drill through the forth picture to make more air flow. then glue it on to the rest of the barrel(make sure not to glue it shut!)(fifth picture)

now that you got the hard part done lets move on to the ammo holders.

Step 5: Ammo Holders

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now i hated the original ammo holders because they would not hold the ammo, they would just fall out.

i fixed this by gluing CPVC in place of the ammo holders.

i would recommend cutting the CPVC flush with the gun to make it look better.

Step 6: Optional: Paint

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if you want it to look like mine you should paint it.

i used painters tape to cover the orange part. i used model paints which was a bad idea on my part.

they worked good at first but there not made to be handled a lot. and i can see wear on it. mostly around the handle.

Step 7: Extra Mods:

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adding a rubber band to the plunger helps. i used a really thick rubber band to get the best range out of it.

if you sand the inside of the CPVC that makes the barrel the darts slide in and out of it easier making it more powerful.

you should also let the darts you use sit in the barrel for about a half hour to make the foam conform to the barrel.

Step 8: You're Done!

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now just put it back togeather and have fun. i got 107 feet of range out of this thing! i don't call it a sniper pistol for nothing!


milamber (author)2010-03-10

hay 4 all u n00bs using rubber bands try surgical tubing...sooooooooo much better

Danger_Dolan (author)milamber2017-12-06

yeah it is. but it is more expensive and harder to get ahold of.

dsman195276 (author)milamber2010-03-12

 Because we all have surgical tubing laying around our house...

SorryBarry (author)dsman1952762010-03-21

its called being prepared

dsman195276 (author)SorryBarry2010-03-21

Because surgical tubing comes in handy all the time...

Really, theres not much difference in surgical tubing and rubber bands on a NERF gun because surgical tubing needs a really long pull back for all it's power to be used, which nerf can't provide.

milamber (author)dsman1952762011-03-09

it can provide an exeptional increase in performance so long as it is pre tentioned / tight when the gun is not cocked so that when it is it is more tentioned than the length should otherwise allow

dsman195276 (author)milamber2011-03-10

This is true, having it pretensioned would defeat most of the problem of the length. I'd still say that it wouldn't do much more then a plain rubber band though (Big rubberband, mind you).

Having it pretensioned is also bad for the gun, since the force pushing on the plunger won't stop when the plunger head impacts the front of the gun(The surgical tubing will keep pulling) and the plunger won't rebound as much, causing the front of the gun to absorb more of the impact... I think lol, I'm no physics major :P

We'd have to test to be sure, I don't have any surgical tubing on hand at the moment though. Quite honestly I don't think that with NERF guns tubing Vs. Rubber bands makes such a difference. It's all about pull strength, and I'm sure I could load on enough rubber bands/tubing to cause the gun body to fail lol, and at that point, the tubing/rubber bands are offering the same amount of pull strength.


stinkbomb (author)2010-03-25
nerf is AWESOME!!!! have u seen the 500 rounds-per-minute vulcan? (someone has also gotten 600 rounds per minute also....)

Danger_Dolan (author)stinkbomb2017-12-06

fake news

mp45halo (author)stinkbomb2011-09-20

i dought that unless i see it with my own eyes

stinkbomb (author)mp45halo2011-10-22
not mine, but still awesome

MAVREV13 (author)stinkbomb2010-03-25

i know nerf is awsome i was being sarcastic ok stinkbomb i never dised nerf i punched my cuz squar in the face for dising nerf read below the argument below and you will find out who is dising nerf just read below and you will find out who is calling nerf stupid and it isnt me trust me i respect nerf i dont cheat in nerf i use stratage but never cheating.

16kuokhc1 (author)2012-08-11

Couldn't you use a nitefinder instead since both guns are very similar

Nerf_nub15 (author)2009-04-04

I cant get the screw out... iv never seen a triangle screw. isit jsut mine or is every1 elses a triangle screw and do you need a special screwdriver?

mrwaffles2 (author)Nerf_nub152011-09-22

my screw was philips

mr.guy (author)Nerf_nub152009-04-20

there should be a triangular head screw diver cause i have one eh!

lowe (author)Nerf_nub152009-04-04

do they even sell triangle screw drivers?

Nerf_nub15 (author)lowe2009-04-08

I just found a triangle drill bit... hopefully it will work. As far as i was aware they only used these screws in game consoles but i guess in the target tech. Also i think the difference is that mine is a new one (Blue) and yours is probably one of the original ones (green).

dsman195276 (author)Nerf_nub152009-04-07

my screw was normal, i don't see why yours would be a triangle.

1990cujo (author)2011-06-21

you should use clear coat 2 layers and the paint should not come off

dsman195276 (author)1990cujo2011-06-24

I agree, I honestly just messed up on this one. I should have really just spray-painted the entire thing.


James368 (author)2011-05-22

how do you add the yellow boxes to tell you more

joey99 (author)2010-12-14

i made a add on for my longshot and now it can shoot knex or mabey bbs, should i post inst.?

mettaurlover (author)joey992011-01-22

No, for two reasons. The first reason is that addons that allow you to do that have been posted. The second is that your comment is entirely off topic and shameless spam.

Thejellybellyguy (author)2010-12-05

whats the diameter of the cpvc pipe?

also, is the air ristrictor that thing with the pice of plastic that extends out of it?

The CPVC is a 1/2 inch. That's usually what's used for stock nerf darts.

As for the air restrictor, goto step 2. The air restrictor is hidden inside the barrel, where the Yellow box is in the first picture. Just pull the barrel apart at that point, and the air restrictor will pop right out.


thanks also, how do you glue the long shot barrel over the cpvc?

The CPVC should already fit inside the long shot barrel. Just put glue around the CPVC and slide it in side :-)


ok my cpvc is too big, where can i get some

You can buy CPVC at any hardware store. It will be labeled '1/2' inch CPVC.


Air_Assassin (author)2010-11-24

you dont need to open the nerf gun you just need to put the rubber band on the cocking mechinisem

dsman195276 (author)Air_Assassin2010-11-24

I do a full barrel replacement in the instructions. That requires the opening of the gun to take out the old barrel, and position the new one. Putting the rubber band on isn't even half of the mod I did. Not to mention, just putting a rubber band on the pin isn't even a Mod.

Air_Assassin (author)dsman1952762010-12-04

Oh Thank you Ive never new that

(YOUR N (author)2010-11-22

dis gun is an old 1

james4 (author)2010-10-25

my best friend has a nerf gun like this but it only shoots suction darts why plz reply

dsman195276 (author)james42010-10-26

...I don't understand the problem?

james4 (author)dsman1952762010-11-07

i try to put any type of darts in it but then it doesn't shoot maybe because he broke it or something though his mom said ti only took suction darts

mabster (author)2010-06-27

For this instructable do you need the longshot pistol or the target tech, or both?

dsman195276 (author)mabster2010-06-27

Well, since the main gun we mod is the target tech, it's needed for the mod. As for the longshot pistol it's not needed, but if you want a gun that looks like mine, you will need the barrel from it. So you do need both if you want to do the full mod, but you HAVE to have the target tech for any part of this mod.

mabster (author)dsman1952762010-06-29

Thank you

dsman195276 (author)mabster2010-06-29

No problem, I'm always happy to help.

benfoxg (author)2008-10-18

You will bow down to my longshot!

benfoxg (author)benfoxg2008-10-18

heres a better pic

dsman195276 (author)benfoxg2008-10-18

cool, but why did you single it?

benfoxg (author)dsman1952762008-10-18

oh and ps I'm also getting a nerf crossbow =)=)=)=) and I paid $152! =)=)

crinal123 (author)benfoxg2008-10-19

That's crazy man! (No offense) You should have just made a +bow! BTW,Are you guys part of nerfhaven?

benfoxg (author)crinal1232008-10-19

yea, my name is struck by stefan, but i'm still valadating =(

crazyboy007 (author)benfoxg2010-02-13

 how long does it take to validate?

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