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How Nerf Guns Work? – From Spring-loaded to Flywheel

You will find 4 main Nerf gun designs that are being used for the answer to how Nerf guns work.

1. Spring-loaded

It really is easy to make these semi-auto or auto using a motor to draw back and release the spring, but I haven’t seen this done except by companies like Nerf (eg. Stampede, Vulcan).

2. Air pressured

air pressured nerf guns
air pressured nerf guns

Air pressured, not used just as much anymore. Basically it really works just like a mini spud gun. You pump air to the pressure chamber, then pull the trigger/flip a ball valve/press the button on the solenoid to fire.

3. Flywheels

Flywheels, they are fairly new. There are two spinning flywheels on motors, and also you pull the trigger to push the dart in to the flywheel. It is then semi-auto.

By motorizing the trigger, it can be made fully automatic (eg. Rapidstrike).

4. Blowgun

Blowgun is definitely the easiest to build; take several feet of schedule 80 pvc pipe and you’re done. (Needless to say, there are lots of actions you can take to create your blowgun better.) Surprisingly, blowguns often have much better range and accuracy than stock nerf guns.

Flywheel is the hardest to be made

It is probably next easiest to build an air-pressured gun, but there are several drawbacks: safety (pvc pipe will not be entirely safe to get a pressure chamber despite the fact that people use it anyway), slow fire rate (you have to pump air way back in up to a certain psi), bulky (you want a long barrel for air guns), etc.

how nerf guns are made
how nerf guns are made

Next, is spring-loaded Nerf guns. You can search online for tutorials. The trigger may be sort of tricky. I suggest a SNAP or PumpSNAP (google for pictures); this is the very first Nerf gun I built, employing a tutorial online.

how nerf guns work

Flywheel has become the most challenging to build except if you have access to a bunch of tools, can solder, etc. For those who have a laser cutter and SolidWorks it can be ok; you design the gun in SolidWorks, laser cut everything, glue everything together, then carry out the wiring. (It takes a lot more than that sounds.)

Two Most Powerful Nerf Guns : Rhino-Fire and Vulcan EBF-25

If you are a kid or a “big kid” who likes having fun shooting a Nerf gun then you are in the right place. I’m not talking about just any Nerf gun, but the big bad boy Nerf blasters. If you like them scary big and powerful then listen up, here is a secret for you. There are many toy manufactures who have managed to come up with some pretty cool stuff. The competition for best range, power, versatility and accuracy has really come far.

Recently, a few blasters made by different toy companies have achieved near perfection in some of their models. Let us look at one or two examples by category. The following are based on firepower, performance, reload time, and ease of combat handling.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster

When you need to weaken their first line of defense before your other troops go in then the Rhino Fire is your weapon. This bad boy will make you feel like the Terminator when in battle.

The blaster has two 25-dart drum magazines that slide in and attach to its sides giving you a total of 50 darts. This means you don’t need to keep reloading during combat if only you can control your trigger finger.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster

When mounted using the detachable tripod at a strategic position, you can ensure the safety of your troop by giving them sufficient cover as they go in for closer attacks.


You can also modify it and put a strap on it (it doesn’t come with a strap). The twin barrels give you twice the chance to hit a target but this also means you can run out of ammo faster.

Just be careful how you spend ammo, it could mean the end of you. This monster runs on 6 D-cell batteries to give you the ultimate automatic firepower.

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster

You want a machine gun that can be moved and set up easily on the battle field? This is it. The Vulcan is a magnificent gun. It can send 25 darts raining on your enemies for total domination.

Get this; it can shoot 3 darts in a second. This means you can empty out on your opponents in 8 seconds and reload before they even comprehend what just went on! Another good thing about this battery powered blaster is the way you can pick it up and fold the mounting tripod in a flash then switch position without compromising yourself or your new position.

The launching system is piston powered and it is possible to switch between a single-shot and automatic mode. The precision is higher in single-shot mode.