Vampire-Hunting Gun Prop With UV Bullets

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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.

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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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    75 Discussions


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 8

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


    7 years ago on Step 4

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


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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Step 6

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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


    8 years ago on Step 6

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


    8 years ago on Step 8

    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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