Introduction: Vampire-Hunting Gun Prop With UV Bullets

For Halloween 2008, I was a vampire bounty hunter that specializes in killing my own kind. I traveled to New Orleans -- which is sort of vampire mecca -- and the hunting was spectacular. Here, I document how I made my Vampire-Hunting Handgun with UV bullets and cartridge prop, which was inspired by the UV-weapons in the movie Underworld.

Step 1: Start With a Suitable Toy Gun

I chose a Nerf N-Strike Maverick, which is quite an amazing toy for only $8.

Step 2: Disassemble the Gun

Disassemble the gun and figure out how to fit some lights inside.

Step 3: LEDs and a Battery in the Barrel

Putting the LEDs and a battery into the barrel allowed the barrel to still rotate and advance when you pulled the trigger. I cut slits in the side of the barrel with a Dremel to allow light come out of the sides, in addition to the front. I had to cut away portions of the barrel to get everything to fit.

I soldered six white LEDs in series with a resistor, switch, and a 9 volt battery clip. Each LED was then hot glued into position within the barrel.

Step 4: Cut the Gun to Fit a Glow-Stick

Cut holes in the handle so that a glow-stick fits into the gun like a cartridge.

Step 5: Spray Paint

Spray paint the body black and the trigger and other highlights silver. I also did a light coating on the inside, so no yellow would be visible along the seam of the body.

Step 6: Dry Brush Silver

Inspired by many of gmjhowe's paint-jobs, I dry-brushed silver to give the gun a worn look. I found it most effective to spray silver paint into a small puddle, dip a paintbrush in the puddle, then paint newspaper until I was barely transferring any further paint. Finally, I would use the almost-dry paintbrush to highlight the edges of the gun, and any other exposed surfaces that would likely be worn.

I also sanded off the Nerf logo on the gun's slide.

Step 7: Reassemble the Gun

Note how the barrel still rotates.

Step 8: Hunt Vampires

Crack the glow-stick, switch on the LEDs, and hunt down some vampires.

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BstnRedSox3312 made it! (author)2009-04-20

come find me!!! i am a vampire!!

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lasr1 made it! (author)lasr12009-07-10

You are a paranoid imp.

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Kindhamster made it! (author)Kindhamster2010-05-11

you are a paranoid chimp.

OH SNAP!!!

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eulaliaaaa! made it! (author)eulaliaaaa!2010-06-16

He calls everyone an imp. He called my friend and a bunch of other people imps.

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peyton14 made it! (author)peyton142012-10-01

hehe im just short

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Garrus made it! (author)2012-08-27

You got this from LordDraconial on youtube!!!!!


Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq3t_etZ8Og

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moviefreak54 made it! (author)moviefreak542012-09-30

No he didn't. This article was published in 2008, where as the video you linked was uploaded in 2011.

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Cyclone1764 made it! (author)2012-06-01

If you had glasses and darker hair then you would look like max from the lost boys

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clark981 made it! (author)2011-08-03

Imp!!!!! xD

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Crus5ver made it! (author)2011-07-19

my maverick just look like it execpt theres no light
i even paint the darts too!

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Crus5ver made it! (author)2011-07-19

wow
i have a nerf recon and it was broken and i fixed it somehow
then i have to paint it
it's colours just look like yours

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SteampunkManiac made it! (author)2011-06-24

totally going to get a Maveric and do half of this to it(no glow stick)

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tgriner1 made it! (author)2011-03-27

What I've got planned to do is modify a disposable camera flash below where the darts come out, and put a switch in the handle behind the trigger. That way when you pull the trigger the flash goes off as the dart comes out! Downside is that you have to wait for the flash to recharge before you fire again... May need a bigger battery.

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pieman12 made it! (author)pieman122011-06-10

they have a gun that does that already. its called the firefly.

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SHIFT! made it! (author)2011-05-17

Hahaha, Malarious photo boss!

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goatgirly made it! (author)2009-04-05

how did you make the awesome fangs?

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ewilhelm made it! (author)ewilhelm2009-04-06

Christy's Dad, Bob Canida, is a dentist, and he made them for us. More pictures here:
http://www.8-legs.org/ewilhelm/events/2003%20events/2003-10-17%20haunted%20dentist%20office/

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lil larry made it! (author)lil larry2011-02-02

how are we suposed to know "Cristy's Dad" >:(

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imrobot made it! (author)2009-03-31

oddly enough your fangs look real.....

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ewilhelm made it! (author)ewilhelm2009-04-01

They are real.

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lasr1 made it! (author)lasr12009-07-10

If that's true, what do people say to you when they see them?

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ewilhelm made it! (author)ewilhelm2009-07-10

Mostly, "oddly enough your fangs look real..... "

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imrobot made it! (author)imrobot2009-07-10

Haha! that cracked me up! clearly those aren't the cheap dollar store fangs so how did you make them? now to paste up those cracks...

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will421 made it! (author)will4212010-10-03

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Dude he said they are real.

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lil larry made it! (author)lil larry2011-02-02

your like a tech freak

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JBZG made it! (author)JBZG2010-12-22

impressive!

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Madrias357 made it! (author)Madrias3572010-10-11

If only there was a way to thumbs-up comments.

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imrobot made it! (author)imrobot2010-10-03

holy crap... that... is... amazing!

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Madrias357 made it! (author)Madrias3572009-11-11

Not the only one, I see, then to have fangs in human form, though mine are very much shorter.  And I have four to your 2.

Though, on a more serious note, I do like your trickery with the Maverick.  Personally wouldn't destroy mine (though I'd not refuse stuffing a AAA battery and LED into the dart slots on occasion), but that's just me.

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lasr1 made it! (author)lasr12009-08-22

lol

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imrobot made it! (author)imrobot2009-04-05

how... (i sense a instructable) (write it !!!)

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-04-02

Robot-man.

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juneapaluna made it! (author)juneapaluna2009-04-01

April fools?

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salazam made it! (author)2010-10-28

this is the only part I don't like, I find it unnecessary.

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skimmo made it! (author)2010-07-21

it doesnt apair to fire?

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mg0930mg made it! (author)mg0930mg2010-08-04

It's a prop.

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Mplinnc made it! (author)2010-02-09

And that was a nerf gun

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meat grinder made it! (author)2010-01-25

post an instructable on how to modify the gimp suit you had lying around from last nights boy night in

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animeaddict519 made it! (author)2009-10-12

This is really awesome.  I hav that gun so im gonna mak this just cuz it's that awesome.  For anyone who doesnt have a dentist friend,  Scarecrow fangs are a rlly good brand, they're what i use as a lifestyler.  U can find them for about 15 bucks at Hot Topic or pretty much any Halloween store like Spirit or Johnny Brocks.  They also have a website.

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tanis9319 made it! (author)2009-10-08

dude you need to get laid and quick arnt you a little old to go trick or treating?????????

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FrozenStar made it! (author)2009-09-15

Reminds me of blade :D

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Foaly7 made it! (author)2009-08-15

you need to make an instructable on making a vampire bounty hunter costume.

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Ward_Nox made it! (author)2009-07-14

how the HELL did you disasemple the ammo chamber i'm planing to paint up my 2 mavericks steampunk style and is REALLY like to know how you took that apart

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ewilhelm made it! (author)ewilhelm2009-07-15

It's a steel rod press-fit into a plastic bushing. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull it apart.

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Ward_Nox made it! (author)Ward_Nox2009-07-15

AHHHH thx

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ry25920 made it! (author)2009-05-17

Hey Eric, you could replace the Glo- stick with Electrician's
https://www.instructables.com/id/led-glow-stick/.
ry25920

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sharlston made it! (author)2009-05-03

where are the uv bullets?

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Articas made it! (author)2009-05-02

who is christy

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SniperNinja made it! (author)2009-04-09

Gun looks cool, but with the glow stick there needs to be a modification. Cut the top or bottom of the glowstick off. Empty the stick. Then get a yellow or green LED and use button batteries with any form of switch. Its hard for me to describe since I personally haven't done it. But my friend has. Ill ask him about it. But with that approach to the glowstick, you want have to open the gun up every time you use the glowstick. Just a suggestion.

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WhiteTigerTails made it! (author)WhiteTigerTails2009-04-20

Nice! I'll try that if I make this!

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