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Nerf Mods: A Beginner's Guide

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Beginners can be easily repelled from the world of Nerf gun modding by seeing a modification "write-up" that seems complicated. Many modification write-ups do seem confusing at first. However, modding a Nerf gun isn't very hard--It simply takes knowledge of how a Nerf gun works and how a mod should be executed. With this knowledge, modifying Nerf guns is quite simple.

This Instructable will introduce you to the vast world of Nerf gun modifications. It covers basic concepts of Nerf gun modifications written for complete beginners--those who are interested in Nerf guns but unsure of how or where to start.
 
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Step 1: Why Nerf?

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Since this question is probably the most common response to hearing about teenagers and adults shooting each other with modified Nerf guns, This will be the very first topic I address. Most people respond to the idea of Nerfing with comments like "Aren't you guys a little too old for Nerf guns?" or "Shouldn't you guys be playing Airsoft or Paintball?" However, I believe that Nerf is a completely different experience than Airsoft or Paintball. One notable aspect is that Nerfing is much cheaper than Airsoft or Paintball. Although Paintball and Airsoft do offer a variety of guns, Nerf offers a different kind of variety: the modification aspect of Nerfing allows for customization of weapons.  For instance, one Nerf gun may be modified to shoot one dart very far or seven darts for a buckshot effect.  Multiple guns may even be combined. For instance, a secondary weapon can be integrated into a primary weapon as a backup shot when you reload your primary.

But, in the end, it is really all a matter of preference.  If you really want to read a more in-depth article about this, here's an article from NerfHaven.com - Nerf Vs. Paintball

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Thanks! Just yesterday I was talking to my cousin about the nerf wars he goes to and hosts and he told me that they always modded their guns. Now from this, I will do the same, and it will be AWESOME!!!!!!!

heh made a nerf sly dart by making a dark tube out of a Kleenex and stuffing it with flour. It looked authentically shotgun!

geek27 (author)  mmaxwell92 months ago

Well, I'm glad you like modifying Nerf guns too!

briarhawk1792 months ago

To all of the people saying that (insert sport here) is better, let me just say that it is all up to personal preference. Airsoft, Nerf, and paintball each have different qualities that different people like. And to those who say "Nerf is for kids, real men use Airsoft", or that "Real men take the pain, or "Real men use real guns" why are you even here? This is a article about Nerf. If you feel like insulting something or someone, go somewhere else instead of a place for people to learn. All you are doing is proving that you are a simple minded jerk. Real men are kind, caring, positive people like the person who took time out of his life to make a guide for people new to Nerf mods.

geek27 (author)  briarhawk1792 months ago

Thanks so much, I don't feel inclined to disagree! :-)

pkmn3 years ago
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paint ball is also low accuracy(in gun styles and targeting). airsoft or nerf is better. plus you cant play airsoft or paint ball indoors

bro I agree

least to greatest in accuracy:
Airsoft, Paintball, Nerf.
I play Airsoft and paintball and have modded Nerf guns in the past. I know.
Sorry, but cqb.
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thom1998 pkmn3 years ago
have you ever played real paint-ball at an proper paint-ball place? it hurts like hell.
Hitman227 pkmn3 years ago
Hey why don't you go tell that to the vast airsoft comunity? Go insult some one elses sport.
1 i can buy a quality airsoft rifle for $15.2 i have modded many of my guns to spray and my pistols to shoot farther. and 3 in a pro airsoft war you better have a secondary that you can reach quickely or you die. summary...airsoft owns!
Airsoft is a way better sport because you don't have to go around picking up darts and the ammo is cheaper, plus it gives you more of an adrenaline rush.

ok nerf amo are only 5 bucks for thirty and 10 for 75 so no airsoft is way harder

 nerf for fun and not getting hurt




Paintball/airsoft for people who want to get hurt


Id choose nerf
Same here!
i choose paintball. lolz
okay, witht these mods you can poke people with thumbtack bullets. nerf can be just as painful but costs less!!!!!!!!!
you know you can make explosive airsoft buulets and if you know what your doing you can make a grenade launcher that actually explodes sending shrapnel in all directions. airsoft owns. you can bring your nerf guns back to kindergarden unlees your ready to be a man and take the pain of airsoft.

no u cant bro I put together real guns and I started of with nerf and airsoft geuss wat u cant do that to a airsoft and geuss wat u wanna be a real man with guns join the marines im enlisted right now so shut up

paintball?  nerf? aaahhhh i cant choose!!!!!lolz


(enters paintball match)  ooww ok screw this i choose nerf

(walks home and gets shot by nerf gun)  hhm  i miss the pain back too paintball
yeah
coolkidtn1 year ago
Sniperbeast, I agree. Nothing can beat airsoft.

ill tell u wat beats airsoft its called a 357 magnum ruger yeah a real gun better than airsoft by abou 400 mph faster so lol

spoocane3 months ago
real cool
Hi thanks that has really helped
geek27 (author)  The Nerflord 124 months ago
You're very welcome! I remember how lost I felt when I first began searching Nerf forums to learn about modding--and that's exactly why I wrote this Instructable :-)
Ravirar6 months ago
Could you just pull the air restrictor out of the barrel with some pliers, or would that break the plunger?
geek27 (author)  Ravirar6 months ago
Hi!

This probably depends on the specific Nerf gun that you're attempting to modify, but here's what I think applies to most Nerf guns:

If there's a barrel post, you could probably pull that out of the barrel without taking apart your Nerf gun at all. However, in order to remove other air-limiting devices (like the air restrictor itself, which is usually found with a spring), you will most likely need to take apart the Nerf gun. The plunger is usually found a little behind the barrel, so I don't think it's likely that you'll damage the plunger by attempting to remove air-restricting plastic from the barrel using pliers. If you want the most range from your Nerf gun, though, consider taking apart the gun!
nerf lover 9 months ago
Hey do you know if i can paint my nerf with acrylic pant???
nerf lover 9 months ago
Thanx a lot :)
nerf lover 9 months ago
Hi can i ask you something ? Does darts hurts ?sorry for ask you a simple thing its just that im new of this thing of nerf
geek27 (author)  nerf lover 9 months ago
Hi!

Unfortunately, I can't exactly measure how much darts "hurt"--to a great extent, it depends on the person who's getting hit! But, in my experience, I would say that Nerf darts don't hurt. Keep in mind: if you modify your Nerf guns, the darts will travel at higher speeds, and if you use stefans, then the darts may be less "soft" than stock Nerf darts (the stefans I use only have felt discs on the heads). However, as long as you're wearing clothing, you shouldn't feel much pain when you're hit.

Recommendation: if you want to play with modified Nerf guns, going outdoors will ensure that you and your friends are firing at each other over longer ranges (so the darts shouldn't hurt as much). Also, do not play with modified Nerf guns in the nude. That one might be a given.

No, loincloths shouldn't be allowed either.
peyton141 year ago
like nerf better beacuse i can mod esayer and you dont kill people if you hit them right.
I like when people use correct grammar and spelling.
Where do I get O-Rings?
geek27 (author)  rejectameric1 year ago
You can find o-rings at most hardware stores. If you're looking to replace the o-ring that came with your Nerf gun, it might be wise to bring the stock o-ring, plunger, and plunger tube with you. That way, you can compare the fit of the stock o-ring to the new o-ring (if it doesn't come in a bag).

If you have any trouble locating the o-rings at your local hardware store, be sure to ask around--I'm sure that one of the employees will be able to help you find them.

Hope it helps!
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