"Pop Can" Silencer for Nerf Guns




Well, I had seen recently on Wikihow, a way to make a Nerf "silencer" from a can. It was very simple and took me only a little while. I figured I would make an instructable of this, complete with pics.

Here's what you'll need:

- A can (I used a Pepsi can for mine)
- A can opener or sharp knife
- Duct tape (optional but highly recommended)
- Acrylic paint (optional, purely for looks)

Also, a few notes before starting:

- This "silencer" is only aesthetic. It does not reduce the firing sound of a Nerf gun.
- This is not a typical barrel attachment found in guns like the Recon, Longstrike, or Longshot. This will not reduce range.
- If you fit the silencer to any of the Clip System blasters, it will universally fit all of them (excluding the Raider).


Step 1: Cutting Holes in the Can

This step is simple. First, all you have to do is cut out the metal on the top of the can using your can opener or sharp knife. Next cut a smaller hole in the other end (you'll have to use the knife for this part), roughly the same size as the barrel of the gun you're trying to fit it to so it will slide over.

Step 2: Preventing Scratches and Painting

It's most likely that if you cut a hole in the bottom part of the can that there's going to be sharp edges present. It is smart to get rid of them, and I did that by wrapping duct tape over them.

Next, you may want to paint the silencer. I used black acrylic paint for mine, but the color and type is completely up to you.

Step 3: The Final Product

When the silencer is done, it should look something like these pictures when fitted over the barrels. Note that if done well, the silencer will be hard to put on/take off, for a nice, snug fit.



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    11 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Looks great. Thinking I might make this today, contemplating adding bleeding holes and smaller barrel hole. Seems like it might cut the sound a tiny bit, and in stealth every bit counts.


    4 years ago on Step 3

    I would probably put an orange ring of paint at the end just in case because I made that mistake when I did a paint job/mod on my nerf gun other than that I like the idea!

    if you drill a few holes inside the nerf longshot on thebarrel and then place cotton buds or something like that around the hole would that silense the gun?

    1 reply

    No. The only way you can really silence the blaster is to line both sides of the shell with foam backer rod, or spray foam. Just make sure not to get any where the pieces rest.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    The reason these silencers don't work is because you don't give air a place to expand well. Also, the hole in front is too big, and might actually act as a megaphone of sorts. I've made one that actually cuts the sound by half, and it uses a small hole in the front, multiple air bleeding holes on the barrel itself, and a way to vent air out through the back in a more controlled manner. This won't work with nerf guns though, because you'd be better off trying to silence the guts.

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    Fractal ArtBatryn

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I know the basic science of suppressors. At the time I made this, it was purely for looks. Since then I have tried actually methods of silencing modified blasters by using FBR on the inside of the shell or cushioning the head of plungers.


    pretty cool! i personally like the papertowel roll one i made more, but thats only because im sure id cut my finger off working with the can though (LOL!)