Steampunk Nerf Guns




Introduction: Steampunk Nerf Guns

About: I tinker, therefor I am!

There are more than enough instructions out there on how to mod and paint Nerf guns for Steampunk. Instead here are some pictures of my guns to give you your own ideas. Both guns are functional and still shoot Nerf darts. After all, a functioning costume gun is always better!

Gun 1 is the original Nerf Secret Shot. It's hallmark was that it had a secret dart in the handle that could also be fired by switching the sight/dart holder down. I cut a hole on the top of the gun to move the "secret" launcher to the front. It might not be so secret now, but with some cut piping, it adds a bit more flare to the gun. On the other side I screwed some scrap metal to the side and screwed the read/write head from a broken computer hard drive to it. The metal piece on the handle is a Rare Earth magnet I took from a broken hard drive. It is for my Magnet gun holder Instructable here: I eventually plan to wrap it in leather.
Since this was my first modded/painted gun, it didn't occur to me to paint the trigger or pressure arm until after I had put it all back together. Though, I might eventually do it later.

Gun 2 is everyone's favorite N-Strike Maverick. The stock gun already has a lot of relief markings that, when painted right, make it look pretty good as is. So the only modifications I did was remove the Nerf and N-Strike logo's from the gun. If you are going to do any Steampunk mod to a Nerf gun, you really should remove those logos! I left the words "MAVERICK REV-6" on the sides because I thought it still fit the look of the gun. And after all, Steampunk stuff had to come from something new in the first place. So my gun is just an unmodded new version of what other people might have!
Inside the handle of the gun I have placed a Rare Earth magnet from a broken hard drive. This is for my Magnetic Gun Holder instructable here:

My hope here is to give some ideas for others and show that care and thought in painting can make a big difference in Steampunk mods.



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    that's awesome. I just painted mine (a modified shotgun version of the maverick) with a copper plastic safe spraypaint and then touched it up with flat black to weather it a little so far I love it. I want to add gears and some mods but i don't how to actually do that without glueing it.

    A dermal tool with a sanding head works best. But if you don't have one, you can use sandpaper to sand it down.

    instead of removing the logo, you could build it up into something else. Sculpey clay or plastic putty or bondo or...

    You know, you don't HAVE to remove the NERF logo. It can stand for "New England Rifle & Firearms" (actually it's just the NEF but it's so darn close.) Google it and see.

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    That is an interesting idea. However, the Nerf logo on their guns is kinda unique in design, and easily recognizable as the foam dart gun company

    I mostly put that remark in because too often I see the same gun for sale on ebay or etsy and they never bothered to remove the Nerf logo. And to me it kinda takes away from the look when the logo is glaringly present.

    I just used Rustoleum spray paint and then covered it in a clear coat so it won't rub/scratch off easily.

    I know they make paints just for plastic, but is usually more expensive and harder to find in metallic colors. Whereas spray paint is cheap and works just as good as long as you seal it with a clear coat.

    As for never seeing brass or copper screws, in my line of work I see both all the time. The wooden boat industry still uses both.

    As the magnet is already glued to a metal bracket, I just screwed it to the gun through the holes in the bracket. Additionally I have wrapped the handle in leather to hide it... I should add a photo of that sometime soon

    I have indeed seen brass screws. they are often used for things like securing brass looking door knobs, hinges, locks and other peices of hardware.

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    Also I think i'm right in saying that brass screws are often used in oak as the resin in the wood can corrode steel over time

    Well then I guess I stand corrected. But at any rate it does still look better to paint them a different color, as when you splash the same color over everything, it quickly becomes obvious it's only plastic.

    hey im working on turning my nerf maverick into a turret pistol i was wondering if you could maybe give me some pointers, it works mostly i just have a small problem with the barrel rotation....
    if you, or anyone that reads this post for that matter, can help it would be greatly appreciated

    That little part you questioned is tensioner/keeper for nerf tactical accessories. Each accessories has a triangular bump that fits in that nub.

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    and again, they are included in with some guns, like the recon cs-6, and other clip guns from nerf, but i wouldnt reccomend them on the maverick, i tried it, but it looks goofy, and by the way, you are right about the barrel, it should be orange, but this thing doesnt look realistic at all,

    they are being sold in packages of a green tactical light, with a clip and six darts, i dont know what they cost, but i hear everyone buying them in toysrus, wallmart, or something else, didnt remember. anyway, i always use spray paint for the undercoat, then i start adding citadel metallic paints, from the games workshop, i now have three steampunk guns, the two revolvers and a double barreled shotgun wich i turned into a sawnoff

    if i might add, i did remove all of the irritating logo's, and i glued the recon barrel on it, so it now looks like a giant revolver, can't say anything further about my guns, but your's look very nice, what paints did you use?