Nerf-brand guns shoot safe foam darts that are designed not to hurt anyone or anything. You can modify the built-in restriction that keeps an N-Strike Maverick Nerf-brand gun from firing a foam dart with full power. The modification requires disassembling the Maverick, voiding any warranty that might be in place. You will need a few household tools to modify the Maverick, but no special skills or mechanical abilities.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Two pennies
Place the N-Strike Maverick on a table with the barrel pointing to the right. Remove the two screws from the top of the Maverick on both sides of the rotating cylinder with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the three screws from the bottom of the Maverick on both sides of the rotating cylinder with the Phillips screwdriver.
Remove the three screws from each side of the handle with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the screw from beneath the hammer with the Phillips screwdriver. Pull the cover plate off the Maverick with your fingers.
Pull the orange tip off the front end of the rotating cylinder with your fingers. Pull the orange disc hugging the left middle side of the cylinder towards the hammer with your fingers. Pull the cylinder out of the Maverick.
Stand the rotating barrel on the table with the light grey locking plate that's on the nub at the end of the rotating cylinder facing up.
Place the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver into the nub at the end of the rotating cylinder. Lift up on the tip of the screwdriver to pull the light grey locking plate off the nub. Pull the nub off with the needle-nosed pliers. Remove the spring from inside of the space the nub was occupying with your fingers.
Turn the rotating cylinder over. Remove the screws from the cover plate on the end of the rotating cylinder with the Phillips screwdriver. Pull off the cover plate. Remove the springs from the restrictor rods that are now revealed. Remove the rods from the barrel.
Clamp the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers around the base of one of the restrictor rods. Twist the pliers to break the rod off of the base of the rod. Repeat this procedure with the other rods. Dispose of the broken off pieces of plastic in the trash.
Place the restrictor rod bases back into their original position on the rotating cylinder. Put the cover plate back onto the cylinder. Reattach the screws.
Stand the rotating cylinder on the table so that the end that held the light grey locking plate is facing up. Place one of the springs that was removed from the restrictor rods into the hole at the top where the nub was removed. Place the nub back into the hole. Place the locking plate back over the nub in the same position it originally occupied. Push down on the plate to secure it to the nub.
Pull back on the orange disc. Place the rotating cylinder back into the Maverick in its original position and release the orange disc. Place the orange tip back onto the right end of the cylinder.
Place two pennies between the spring and the hammer at the top left corner of the Maverick. Place the cover plate back onto the Maverick and reattach the screws.
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