Introduction: NES ZAPPER!!!

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How to turn a NES Zapper into a real laser pistol. After seeing Fun With Lasers by Stephanie Maks, I got inspired when playing Duck Hunt so here is my little project.This isn't a difficult project as long as you know some of the basics of soldering. Please be extremely careful, this laser is dangerous. This is my first instructable so I'll try my best.

Disclaimer: CAUTION! As you know...lasers can be dangerous. Never point them at any living object!T his is not a toy, and this should not be used like a conventional laser pointer. In other words, don't use it in presentations, or to play with pets, or allow children to use it. It should only be operated by responsible persons who understand and respect the potential laser safety hazards.

Step 1: What We Need-

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1) Hacked DVD laser from Fun With Lasers

2) NES Zapper

3) CR2 camera battery or comparable battery

4) Momentary Push button

5) Some extra wire, wire cutters, soldering tools, screwdrivers

Step 2: Zapper Tear Down

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First we need to open up the Zapper and basically gut it. When you have it open you can remove both counter balances ( one in the grip and the other in the barrel). Unscrew the three big screws on the trigger to remove the wiring harness. Next simply pull out the wiring harness but remember to desolder the black and red wires connecting the trigger to the circuitry, we'll need those for later. Remove the wires at the circuitry end.

Step 3: Improving the Trigger

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The trigger already has a switch inside but to use it we need to make a simple modification to the trigger which will keep it from releasing when fully squeezed. Unscrew all the little screws and right between the big spring and trigger you will see a little plastic protrusion. With a pair of needle nose pliers simply twist it out. Now your trigger wont release when it is squeezed all the way. Screw the little screws back and lets move on to the electrical.

Step 4: Setting Up the Trigger and Safety Button

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Okay, let me start out by saying that my friends aren't the brightest bulbs out there so I'm adding a safety button so it cant be fired without pushing both the trigger and the push button. I connected one end of the momentary button to the positive side of the battery and the other end to the red trigger wire. I later to switch the black trigger wire with matching red wire to stick with the whole positive thing.

Step 5: Almost There

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Okay, this is the last step basically. Make sure the wires are long enough. The push button fits perfectly in the bottom hole so I just placed it there. Next the battery fits good where the counter balance was in the handle, you might need to twist off these little plastic nubs on the other half of the pistol. You'll know what I'm talking about when you're closing it all up. Attach the laser module with some tape or hot glue where the other counter balance went in the barrel. Then just run the negative wire to the battery and the positive to the trigger. I've included a picture with all the wires outside so its easy to follow them.

Step 6: Enjoy!

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Put it all together and that's it people. It's really easy to do and you'll be the coolest nerd out there. I want to thank Stephanie Maks over at her website for making an in-depth tutorial on how to make these DVD-Lasers. Thanks to you all for taking a look at this. Hope you like it.


9bitstrider made it! (author)2016-06-16

Loved this mod. though instead of soldering the wire directly to the battery I carved out a battery compartment and attached a 9 volt battery port to it. this let's me swap out the battery without having to resolder anything.

JeffT19 (author)2015-12-03

I'm just waiting till someone makes a flame-thrower out of a zapper.

Maniac1212 (author)2015-04-12

Got a Zapper for free at garage sale. I dont think they even knew what it was!

ArtTech86 (author)2015-01-11

I love this and plan on making it soon once I'm able to get a working laser diode. I have a bunch of them but none seem to be working for me at the moment. The main reason I'm commenting other than to tell you what a great instructable this is, that the link to Fun With Lasers is sending me to a wiccan site called felesmagus. Not sure if you are aware of that or if I seem to missing something. Anyways, thank you.

devicemodder made it! (author)2014-11-30

I made one that runs off usb and has a 5mw green laser.

turtlejoe52210 (author)2014-11-14

It's been a wile since the last conment, but does any one know where to get a laser assembly like this? the fun with laser link seems to be out of date.

kyle.a.watts.9 (author)2014-11-08

My attempt is coming on nicely: waiting on a key switch on/off as a safety and a CR02 battery holder

masterzeb318 (author)2012-07-22

can I use this diode........

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-11-03

hmm. sure thats cool but i need a nes pistol, plus 1 to keep :-P. Idk i think finding one of these may be a little pricey (a lil.) so mabe use something els, like mabe a cheap airsoft pistol instead of the nes pistol?

eromeo (author)!Andrew_Modder!2011-10-29

naw man, these things are dirt cheap, i got one in really good condition for 4 bucks

Late reply! Ebay

just go to a pawnshop,game store or a yard sale they shouldnt cost too much after all they are pretty old.

yeah. just one thing about old awesome things, is the quantity of working things is limited, but lol i could probably find a couple :-)

You could also get a nes zapper from for $6, with shipping and handeling, it will be like $11.

deancp1 (author)!Andrew_Modder!2007-11-18

I just got a couple from eBay so I can do this. There are hundreds of them for sale there for about $10 including S/H. I'm going to use a green laser pointer so that I can use it for presentations. Good luck,

NetReaper (author)deancp12008-06-10

red would match the nes color scheme better.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)deancp12007-11-18

ok. thx

Braeburn (author)!Andrew_Modder!2007-11-24

you could use a paper one fromhere

put an extra barrel on top of gun w/ laser inside then it will have an airsoft gun and a burning laser. ):D

aflacpyro267 (author)2011-06-16

Hi this instructable was very easy to follow thx!!!! :P

builderkidj (author)2011-04-19

I wish I had a zapper.

t3hkender (author)2010-11-05

The obvious progression from this is to do the same project using a Super Scope... And MULTIPLE LASERS. Bwahahahaha.

seabananers (author)t3hkender2010-12-30

any one who says this isn't in the caegory of people he described

thalass (author)2010-12-29

Awesome! It'd be great with a fancy blu-ray burner laser diode.

frawg96 (author)2008-01-16

how do you make the laser burn stuff? :D

Wicky777 (author)frawg962008-09-30

read the Instructable lol :D

hellstudios (author)Wicky7772009-03-31

Late reply lol :D

even later reply to that lol :D


Darkeru (author)frawg962008-01-16

you need a high power laser and a lens to help focus the beam.

corey11 (author)2010-06-08

I think it may without one but id add one just to be safe

floryzzz (author)2010-04-09

Realy cool
Maybe you can ad a sound effect?

dragoon2681 (author)2010-02-06

 nice this is a great idea

noler (author)2009-11-11

do you just need the diode module and the diode? cuz it looks like that from the picture or do you need the whole DVD laser?

Colonel88 (author)2009-10-29

the "Fun with Lasers" thing doesnt say how to extract lasers

mokojean (author)2009-07-22

could this project instructable be used for the same for a LED light instead of a laser?

Darkeru (author)2007-11-06

Please people, if you like this design and duplicate it at least try to mention this instructable. Thank you

Madrias357 (author)Darkeru2009-07-09

I'm working on a Laser Pistol made from a broken airsoft gun. You say it needs the diode from the burner drive, right? My friend stiffed me, then, when he gave me a reader. Crap! Now I gotta buy a bloody burner.

cantrell8 (author)2009-06-03

Will this work with any DVD player?

cantrell8 (author)cantrell82009-06-03

Will it also work with a mouse to?

Marble of Doom (author)cantrell82009-06-10

mouse laser? no, it's just a bright led, not powerful enough

Marble of Doom (author)cantrell82009-06-10

any DVD burner laser should work

crazyhalofreak (author)2009-04-11

have you tried mirroring the barrel to get it to burn more stuff?

JacobAziza (author)2009-04-08

If you left in the infra red LED instead of the laser, but did the battery mods, you would have a really cool gun to use in "lazer" tag, which usually actually use infrared LEDs, not real lasers.

Oroka (author)2009-03-22

whoa! I have a Zapper AND a blu-ray laser :D This will be a possible project in the near future!

Ducky511 (author)2009-02-26

This is amazing, me and a friend are trying to put this together right now. My friend and I are trying to use green diodes to give the thing a little more kick. We still need to gather all the parts but I'll post again once its complete with our minor deviation from the plans to see what kind of results we get.

StevenMcFlyJr (author)2009-01-26

I have 2 of these in our kitchen closet. And a old dvd burner besides my PC on the floor in a box. I am sooo on this! :-D

abadfart (author)2008-08-08

u should make it rechargeable

abadfart (author)2008-08-08

how powerful can u make this

mymilkshakes118 (author)2008-05-11

do i need the hacked dvd laser im not great with tools so im not sure about it i dont want to mess up and have to buy like 5 dvd players

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