How to Make a Nerf Gun From Scratch

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How to Make a Nerf Gun From Scratch
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NERF guns have been popular toys for generations because they are simple guns using compressed air to shoot a projectile. You can make your own NERF-type gun with a few parts purchased from a hardware store. The NERF gun you make will be able to shoot a NERF dart a great distance and will have the individuality that a store-bought NERF gun can't have. Make sure to provide adult supervision for young children making or using the NERF gun.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2-liter soda bottle
  • Utility knife
  • Basketball pump
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 piece PVC pipe, 1/2 inch wide and 4 inches long
  • 1 PVC pipe valve, 1/2 inch wide
  • 1 piece PVC pipe, 1/2 inch wide and 2 feet long
  • 2 12-inch wooden rulers
  • NERF dart

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Empty the soda out of the 2 litre soda bottle, and let the soda bottle dry. Cut a hole in the side of the soda bottle with the utility knife.

  2. 2

    Insert the end of the basketball pump into the hole in the soda bottle. Hot-glue the end of the basketball pump to the soda bottle, and let the glue dry.

  3. 3

    Insert the 4-inch long PVC pipe into the spout of the 2 litre soda bottle. Hot-glue the PVC pipe to the soda bottle, and let the glue dry.

  4. 4

    Insert the other end of the PVC pipe into the PVC pipe valve. Hot-glue the PVC pipe to the PVC pipe valve, and let the glue dry.

  5. 5

    Insert one end of the 2-foot long PVC pipe into the PVC pipe valve. Hot-glue the end of the PVC pipe to the PVC pipe valve, and let the glue dry.

  6. 6

    Hot-glue the end of a wooden ruler to one side of the basketball pump with the free end pointing upward. Hot-glue the end of another wooden ruler to the other side of the basketball pump with the free end pointing upward.

  7. 7

    Hot-glue the top end of one of the wooden rulers to the side of the 2 litre soda bottle to keep the basketball pump from moving when being pumped. Hot-glue the top end of the other wooden ruler to the other side of the 2 litre soda bottle to keep the basketball pump from moving when being pumped. Let the glue set.

  8. 8

    Insert a NERF dart into the end of the PVC pipe. Pump the basketball pump five times. Aim the NERF gun at a target. and release the valve on the PVC pipe valve to fire the NERF dart.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with pumping the basketball pump more times to see how far you can shoot the NERF dart.
  • Never aim a gun of any kind at a person.

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