Nerf Crossbow




        In this Instructable I will show you how to modify a toy crossbow into a powerful Nerf shooting weapon. It is low cost but very effective in the midst of a Nerf battle. Its single shot action and reload time are the only cons, but it makes up for it with its accuracy, power, distance, and mobility. It is a great overall gun, effective at both short and long range.

Step 1: Materials Needed

Here is what you need. If you have Nerf guns you will have most of the supplies.

-Crosman Bristol Jr. Toy Crossbow (around $15)
-Nerf Magstrike AS-10 clip
-Packing Tape
-Two rubber bands
-Nerf darts (whistle tip or suction cup)
-Nerf Recon CS-6 sight (optional)

Step 2: Taping the Crossbow

        In the middle of the gun at the back of the shooting chamber there will be a black plastic piece. Right below that is a latch to "catch" the string so it doesn't shoot off. You want to tape right before the latch. This will hold the dart in place snugly. Do not make the tape tight. Make it loose so the dart fits snug betwen the tape and black plastic piece.

Step 3: More Taping

This time you want to tape the piece of string in the chamber. This is so it can shoot the dart more effectively.

Step 4: Attaching the Ammo Holder

We took the clip from our broken Magstrike and used it as an ammo holder. First fill the clip with darts. Next, take the two rubber bands and double loop them so they are tighter. Attach the clip to the butt of the gun. If your trigger finger is your right hand, you should place the clip on the left side so it doesn't get in the way of your hand. For lefties, vice versa.

Step 5: Shoot Away

Have fun with this gun. It is easy to make and a very good gun, plus it is unique. I did some tests and it ranges up to an approximate average of 60 feet. You could probably spray paint it if yellow isn't your color. Watch the video below (The bullets are hard to see but they all hit the roof of the garage and rolled down). Something cool you could do is shoot a "Nerf Grenade", an Instructable made by Airsoft 007 Sniper . When shot, it is a bigger bullet, and sometimes, if you make it right, it will spray the bullets like a shotgun.

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P.S.  Sorry about the pictures and video, I had to use my iTouch, which doesn't have good picture quality.



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    8 Discussions

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    6 years ago on Step 5

    Nice job, although you might want to use some epoxy or glue next time, rather than tape.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i found that adding tape to the back of the darts help it survive longer


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You can find toy crossbows at most hunting/outdoors-man stores like Academy, Cabellas, and Bass Pro. They normally fire small hard plastic darts with suction cup tips.

    As for the Mod itself: It's a very good beginners mod. It uses things that most people have just lying around the house, and since it doesn't involve any cutting or gluing just about any one can do it.

    My only question is how many times can you fire a dart before it's destroyed? It just seems to me that the string would start to eat away at the ends of the darts after a while.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    At first, the string did detiorate, but in Step 3 I tape the string which helps a lot and prevents the string from breaking down.

    Sorry for not getting back to you earlier

    I'll post ranges once I get home because i'm on vacation, but you can probably get it a somewhere like K-mart or Walmart. Like Echosi said, you can get it at any outdoor store.