Homemade Nerf Shotgun

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Homemade Nerf Shotgun
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Using a spring to generate compressed air, a Nerf-brand weapon shoots a foam dart or pellet. Firing a larger foam projectile for a shorter distance in the manner of that of a real shotgun can be accomplished with a homemade Nerf-style shotgun. Using a few household tools, you can adapt a Nerf Recon or Longshot model into a shotgun. No disassembly of the Nerf-brand weapon is required. Adult supervision is necessary if you are underage as a cutting tool must be used.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Nerf Recon/Longshot
  • Foam darts
  • Utility knife
  • Bonding glue
  • Number 2 pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a sheet of newspaper on a table to protect the surface. Place a foam dart on the newspaper horizontally.

  2. 2

    Cut off a 1/2 inch from each end of the foam dart with the utility knife. Dispose of the cut off pieces in the trash.

  3. 3

    Cut another two foam darts in the same manner as was just done.

  4. 4

    Apply bonding glue to the right end of the first foam dart. Place the left end of the second foam dart against the right end of the first foam dart. Hold the two ends together for a minute so that the bonding glue adheres. Let the bonding glue set for an hour.

  5. 5

    Apply bonding glue to the left end of the first foam dart. Place the right end of the third foam dart against the left end of the first foam dart. Hold the two ends together for a minute so that the bonding glue adheres. Let the bonding glue set for an hour.

  6. 6

    Insert one end of the shotgun shell you have made into the barrel of the Nerf-brand Recon or Longshot. Push the shotgun shell all the way into the barrel with your fingers.

  7. 7

    Place the eraser end of a pencil against the end of the shotgun shell that is in the barrel. Push the pencil all the way into the barrel to ram the shotgun shell down the barrel. Remove the pencil.

Tips and warnings

  • A broken Nerf Recon or Longshot sold in a used bin or discount aisle will work fine for shooting the shotgun shell.
  • Don't get bonding glue on your hands as it will stick to the skin.

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