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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.)

Best Nerf Guns For Sale 2016

The best Nerf guns in 2016 include blasters that are designed to shoot one shot at a time, and then there are guns that are designed to shoot automatically. Nerf is an acronym for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam. Let’s take a look at some of the best Nerf guns for sale. At the top of the list, there is the Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6.

N-Strike Longshot CS-6

The N-Strike Longshot CS-6 is considered by many experts to be the best Nerf gun on the market today. Thanks to its excellent design and ability to do many things, this Nerf cannot be beaten. It is perhaps the most accurate Nerf gun and it is also two blasters rolled into one.

Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6

The N-Strike Longshot CS-6 can shoot arrows to a distance of fifty feet and hit the target without deviations. When making an important shot you really do want to make sure that you do not miss your target. The good news is that this gun has a bi-pod that can be folded down to help ensure that you do not miss your target.


The ability to reload quickly is perhaps this Nerf gun’s most important USP. When engaged in battle your survival depends on quickly reloading and shooting. The Longshot CS-6 has a clip with as many as a dozen streamline darts that you can shoot and reload within two seconds.

Nerf Maverick

The Nerf Maverick is another Nerf gun that performs well under all conditions. It is able to shoot to a great distance. That’s not all because when you fire a dart it is going to make a nice whistling sound.

Nerf Maverick

The other nice thing about this gun is that it can be modified without too much fuss or bother. If you wish to reload quickly then you can do so by cutting off a pair of plastic pieces. When these pieces are cut off the barrel extends all the way out.

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan

The Nerf N-Strike Vulcan is a Nerf gun whose awesome firepower makes it a one of a kind Nerf gun. With this gun it is easy to lord it over others. To get the most out of the Vulcan  you must first familiarize yourself with the working of the gun. Once you get the hang of how to use the Vulcan, you will be able to shoot dart after dart.

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan

The Vulcan is easy to modify. Once modified it will provide greater range as well as firepower. The nice thing about this gun is that it does not make too much noise when shooting and it is probably the quietest Nerf gun.

When powered up by a fresh set of batteries, this Nerf gun is able to shoot two and even three darts in a single second. It also takes eight seconds for you to shoot all its twenty-five darts.

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS

This Nerf gun has just been introduced into the market. It certainly is an excellent gun and it could easily prove to be every Nerf gun lover’s favorite gun in the years to come. The Stampede is fully automatic and its magazine system can reload darts faster than any other Nerf gun. The Stampede is also the best Nerf gun for sale for indoor use.