How to Take the Air Flow Restrictor Out of a Nerf Longshot

Written by samantha volz
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Nerf toys are popular among children and adults alike as safe projectile toys with little power and intensity. This is great for knocking over soda cans or scaring away your little brother, but as children get older, Nerf gunning can become a competition. Removing certain parts of the Nerf guns, such as the air flow restrictor, can make the weapons shoot farther and faster. Disassembling the Nerf Longshot to remove the restrictor can be done with a screwdriver and some care.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Bowl or bag
  • Small hammer
  • Wire cutter

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  1. 1

    Remove all screws from the casing of the Nerf Longshot so that you can take the gun apart. There should be 21 screws on the body of the gun and seven on the shoulder stock. Keep the screws in a bowl or bag so that they do not roll away, and make note of where each length of screw goes, as they will be different.

  2. 2

    Pull the casing apart to reveal the inside of the Nerf Longshot. Pull out the bolt sled assembly, which is the long orange tube and all its attachments. This is where the air flow restrictor is housed.

  3. 3

    Knock loose the small metal pin that holds the bolt sled assembly together; you may be able to knock this out with just some taps from your hand, or you may need a small hammer to do so. Keep the metal pin with the screws so you do not lose it.

  4. 4

    Grab the plunger tube (the end of it looks like a plunger) and either unscrew the three sealing supports or simply cut them with a wire cutter. You will not need to reattach these pieces once the gun is modified. This will allow you to remove the top of the plunger.

  5. 5

    Tilt the plunger tube downward--with the opening you just made by removing the plunger head--toward the floor. The air flow restrictor will slide out.

  6. 6

    Reassemble the Longshot by screwing all the screws back into place on the casing.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing the air flow restrictor removes one of the safety regulations produced for the Nerf Longshot. The increased velocity of the gun can cause damage or injury, so always handle with care.

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