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How to Make a Nerf Gun From Scratch

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tip

Experiment with pumping the basketball pump more times to see how far you can shoot the NERF dart.

Warning

Never aim a gun of any kind at a person.

Things You'll 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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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."