Nerf Retaliator Mod: Air Restrictor Removal and Barrel Extension

Introduction: Nerf Retaliator Mod: Air Restrictor Removal and Barrel Extension

Want a little more *bang* for your buck? Check out this detailed Instructable on air restrictor removal and barrel extension for a great way to revamp your Retaliator Nerf blaster. Removing the air restrictor increases the power and range of your blaster by a noticeable amount. It also makes it much louder when firing, which is very intimidating to others. Extending the barrel will increase the accuracy by a small amount, but will greatly decrease the blasters power because of natural friction on the dart. The barrel extension also adds +10 style points to your Nerf arsenal.

This Instructable requires very few tools and a minimal amount of skill level. Depending on your experience with Nerf blasters, this mod can take a varying amount of time. This was the third time I've removed an air restrictor and it took me about 30 minutes. However, my first experience took me about an hour and a half because of troubleshooting.

CAUTION: Modifying a Nerf product will void any warranty you may have, and will increase your chance of damaging the product. But the result of this instructable is wicked cool, yo. I should also caution you to keep the barrel extension away from water since we will be creating a paper inner barrel.

The materials required are:

  • Nerf Retaliator with barrel attachment
  • Hammer
  • A long screwdriver
  • Small philips head screwdriver
  • Screw holder (cup or lid works well)
  • Printer paper
  • Tape

I would also like to direct your attention to www.orangemodworks.com where you can order custom Nerf internal pieces. If you are serious about adding power to your blaster, check this website out.

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Step 1: Remove the Screws

This is the first step toward the rest of your non-air restricted life. Remove all exterior screws and place them in your screw holder. Conveniently, the screws are all located on the left side of the blaster. The cap on the end of the blaster must be unscrewed and taken off before we can open up the blaster.

Hint: There are two hidden screws underneath the cocking handle. See picture.

Step 2: Open Up the Blaster

Well, there's no turning back now. Slowly open the blaster up by separating the exterior shell. Do not worry if parts jump out, this is natural because of how many springs are used inside. Make a mental note of how all the pieces fit together and use these pictures for reference when you put the blaster back together later on.

Note: There are several pieces shown in the pictures above that are not needed for the operation of the blaster. Because they do not affect the scope of this Instructable, I will not be taking the time to explain their importance. You can decide whether you want to keep them or throw them out.

Step 3: Locate the Air Restrictor

Remove the spring and piston unit. This should be relatively easy, but be careful to not break anything. As you can see, the air restrictor does a good job of restricting air. It's kind of amazing that any air can pass through at all!

Step 4: Remove the Air Restrictor

This is where you get to be creative. Take your time with removing the air restrictor because the plastic is relatively fragile. My tools of choice are the long screwdriver and hammer combination. If you have a drill with a long bit, that would work well too. Basically, you want to remove everything within the shaft without damaging the shaft itself.

Trouble? If you do happen to break any of the internals, you can buy new and reinforced internals from Mod Works. http://www.orangemodworks.com/category_s/1845.htm

Step 5: Reassemble the Blaster

Put the pieces back in place and screw the blaster shut. Make sure to align the piston back into its grooves. See Step 2 for reference pictures of how the parts fit together. Be careful not to force the exterior shell closed, it should snap together with little difficulty. Pay attention to line up the exterior cocking mechanism with its internal counterpart.

Step 6: Open Up the Barrel

We are now ready to extend the barrel attachment. Extending the barrel on this blaster makes it look much cooler in my opinion. It also makes your weapon look much more unique and will set your blaster apart from others. It's true that this mod will decrease the power of your blaster, but the Retaliator's barrel attachment can be taken off when you need the extra power. Gather the materials shown in the picture and let's get started!

Remove all screws and separate the exterior shell of the barrel. Make sure to keep all of the screws in your holder. The inner barrel comes out very easily and you can see in the pictures where it will be placed once the mod is complete.

Step 7: Create the Paper Barrel

The paper barrel does not need to be super exact, you can just eyeball and tear the paper to length. If you are not great with tearing straight lines, grab a pair of scissors for a quick cut. Roll the paper into roughly the same size tube as the inner barrel and tape it in place. See the pictures for how the paper barrel will look and fit into the barrel.

Note: Getting the right paper barrel size may take a few attempts. I recommend reusing old pieces of paper since it can't be seen from the outside.

Step 8: Reassemble and Finish!

Close the barrel's exterior and screw it back together. You are now finished with your mod! Go shoot off a few darts to see how your blaster has improved!

Special thanks to Marteen "HH" Alanis (name has been altered for "reasons") for being my third hand in taking pictures.

Comments, questions and recommendations are always appreciated!

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43 Discussions

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robotlord2004
robotlord2004

Question 2 months ago

can this be done with an x-shot (the one that shoots 3 bullets and you have to turn manuelly)

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grant.herrman.1
grant.herrman.1

Answer 2 months ago

I am not familiar with the newer versions of Nerf toys, but you may try searching on YouTube. That is where I get a lot of my inspirations from. Most Nerf rifles have air restrictors built into them, but they are all different and each rifle is built unique.

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robotlord2004
robotlord2004

2 months ago

would you mind if I use this idea on an costume I am working on

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grant.herrman.1
grant.herrman.1

Reply 2 months ago

Not at all, that is the reason I made this a public instructable! Enjoy the project.

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MakerMan234
MakerMan234

2 years ago

The trigger wont work properly cause when I did this mod EVERY THING WAS OUT OF ALIGNMENT EVEN AFTER I PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER PROPERLY!

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benjamin.shelly04
benjamin.shelly04

9 months ago

Hey my retelator in side air compressor and trigger is blocking me from resealing my gun cans any body help

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Agent 567
Agent 567

4 years ago on Introduction

should I modify my nerf gun i'd rather to keep it in perfect condition my and I also have retaliator elite

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Reply 1 year ago

retaliator should be moduluose

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That0neGuy
That0neGuy

Reply 4 years ago

The only difference between the elite Retaliator and the one in the pre-mod picture is that they have different colors, the insides are all the same

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grant.herrman.1
grant.herrman.1

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

That's up to you. Keep in mind that there is always a risk of breaking the nerf gun when you take it apart. There are a lot of small plastics pieces that are easy to loose/break! I'd recommend having prior experience with this sort of work.

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DaChiefDog
DaChiefDog

3 years ago

it is a good mod and mine still fires. i also added an m4 iron sight onto it and it is great.

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Reply 1 year ago

awsome i quote you

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jddc
jddc

2 years ago

I cannot put my retailtor back together properly. Please help!!!

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Reply 1 year ago

same thing with me i couldn't get the long screw out

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Homer & LindaV
Homer & LindaV

Reply 1 year ago

Just look a google image of the retaliator too see where everything goes

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1 year ago on Step 2

your mod broke my flipping retaliator. that might be because my model is the blue version. if it only works on the wight version then tell people. but i did like the extended barrel mod. but i hated the air restrictor mod

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AjiQboiA
AjiQboiA

Question 1 year ago

Why cant the screw near the screw beside the trigger cant be opened? I am using the Sonic Ice version.

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Newazni16
Newazni16

3 years ago

I meant my screws

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Newazni16
Newazni16

Reply 2 years ago

yes, that happened to me. I just looked up “how to get out a stripped screw”. I know this isn’t helpful, but try that