How to Make Various Types of Stefans

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this will tell you how to make a few different kinds of stefans, or homeade nerf darts. as usuall, if you don't want to make them yourself, i would be willing to sell you some.

Step 1: Materials

you will need:
1/2 inch foam backer rod. also called caulk saver. i use the frost king brand
hot glue
weight. i use bb's or 3/0 fishing weights.

hot glue gun

Step 2: Straightening

this can be done 2 ways. i do it by taping it to something straight, like a board or table. you can also use the hair dryer method, by putting them in a pillow case after youve cut it and blowdrying them straight. i have had no success with this, however, and prefer to use the first straightening method.

Step 3: Cutting

now take your scisors and cut the rod into 2 inch lenghts. make sure the cuts are straight.

Step 4: Finishing

now take your hot glue gun and burn a small hole for the weight in the top of the dart. now drop in your bb and cover with a dome of hot glue. hold the dart still for a little bit, then put it in some kind of a jig to hold it upright. after doing this a few times, you now have a batch of homeade nerf darts!

NOTE: to use these you will have to remove the barrel post from your gun. this is not hard, and will not affect performance. simply grab with pliers and pull.

Step 5: Shotgun Stefans

for these stefans, simply cut the rod into 1/4 to 1/2 inch length for your darts. there is no need to straighten. simply weight like normal darts. these darts have mediocre range but you can fit a couple of them into your barrell for a spray patern.



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    35 Discussions

     I have the long shot,the strike fire,the night finder and the switch shot..............................................................................................I WILL NOT MOD ANY cat hates nerf darts:I

    mc thumbsfishgish509

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I know my cat in New Jersey dosen't eat nerf darts because last night I had an AWSOME Nerf war with my cousins and we left Nerf darts outside so, this morning I checked outside and none were dead

    JustusCmc thumbs

    Reply 1 year ago

    Modifiying nerf weapons is not illegal, but you do have to rip out dart posts to begin using stefans.

    Pwagmc thumbs

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    If you won't mod em, you'll have to run stock darts or try and make a hole in the stefan darts, which is iffy.

    tinyhoomanmc thumbs

    Reply 2 years ago

    you probably could, you'd just need to drill a hole on the bottom of the dart.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I think the best method for straightening the foam is bobololo's method which is cutting the darts the putting them in a pillow case and tying a knot on the open end then putting them in the dryer for 15 minutes on medium heat. worked perfect for me.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    (Note: I'm not a Hater, in fact I rated 4*) The foam you're using is the worst foam you can be using because it's not dense and it breaks really easily. The way to test if it's good is if you hold it up to the light and if you could see light coming through it, then it's bad. Although I believe if you spray paint it, it'll probably work better (and look cooler). But in the end, you should really buy this online because not only is it cheaper, it's also better quality.

    4 replies

    ya i know its crap foam, but it works ok and is the only kind available to buy. my parents hate buying stuff online cuz they think hackers steal their credit card and whatnot. paranoid parents suck. it would be nice if i could get some good foam. good job catching that and thanks for the good rating

    I am two years too late, but you can buy "pre-paid credit cards" in some corner stores and such. Basically they're credit cards that have a limited amount of money on them, they're great for buying online, the cheapest I've seen was $50.

    look at the date this was posted. over a year ago. i was living at home at the time. i'm an engineering student now, and am free to order online if i do so please.