Whether it is for that upcoming birthday party, or the weekend boys campout every Nerf owner wants to maximize their range and unleash their inner sniper. Standard out-of-the-box Nerf guns often cap out at a range of about 50 feet.
While that may work for indoor battles or small yards, it leaves something to be desired if you want to host larger outdoor Nerf wars. The good news is there are a variety of easy tweaks and hacks you can do to increase the shooting distance of your Nerf arsenal. With some simple modifications, you can easily add 10-20+ feet to your blaster’s range.
In this article, we’ll explore 5 different mods to help you improve accuracy, target farther distances, and unleash your inner sniper up to 70+ feet. Let’s look at spring upgrades, air restrictor removals, barrel mods, weight additions, and more. We’ll also cover important safety tips when modding any Nerf gun.
With a few tools, supplies, and some patience, you’ll gain an advantage over your opponents in distance and precision.
One of the easiest ways to boost the power and range of your shots is to upgrade the main spring inside the blaster plunger system. Stronger springs add more force to each shot, resulting in increased speed and distance for darts and other ammunition.
Most Nerf guns use relatively weak stock springs, so upgrading to an aftermarket spring can drastically improve performance.
When choosing a replacement spring, select one about 1 to 1.5 times the strength of the original spring. Too drastic of a jump in spring strength can put excess stress on the blaster and cause it to wear out or break more quickly.
For most spring upgrade projects, you’ll need a screwdriver, replacement spring, and optionally some lubricant. Be sure to follow safe blaster disassembly and reassembly procedures.
Air Restrictor Removals
Many modern Nerf blasters include a plastic air restrictor inside the plunger mechanism to limit air flow and dart speed for safety purposes.
Removing this restrictor allows more air pressure to build up, increasing the energy transferred to the dart. This relatively simple mod noticeably bumps up muzzle velocity.
To remove the air restrictor, open up the blaster shell and locate the plunger tube. You should see a plastic restrictor piece behind the main spring with small holes or slots. Take this piece out and reassemble the blaster.
Be cautious during testing and avoid pointing directly at eyes or faces until you get a feel for the increased power.
Lengthening or improving the barrel can enhance air pressure behind the dart, resulting in higher muzzle velocities. Simple barrel mods like adding PVC pipes and couplings work great.
For the most efficient air flow, ensure the added barrel has a smooth interior bore the same diameter as the dart.
You can also polish and smooth out the stock barrel interior using very fine grit sandpaper to allow for unobstructed air flow. Just be careful not to damage the inner surface.
In addition, don’t glue barrels together to allow for dart jams – use couplers or duct tape instead for easy disassembly if needed.
A more advanced technique is adding weight inside the blaster body. The extra mass increases momentary spring compression when primed, allowing the spring to accelerate faster and impart more energy to the dart.
This requires some fabrication work to securely mount weights and may increase strain on certain blaster components.
Use fishing weights, wheel weights, or other small dense objects. Position them near the priming handle or at the muzzle for best results.
Go slowly and test frequently to avoid overloading internals. Significant increases in spring load and weight simultaneously can damage components.
When performing any mods, safety should be your top priority. Make sure to:
- Follow proper disassembly and reassembly steps for your blaster.
- Wear eye protection.
- Check for worn parts and replace as needed.
- Mod in small increments and test after each change.
- Do not point modded blasters directly at eyes, faces, or pets.
- Use darts only, not homemade projectiles.
- Avoid modding blasters to exceed 130fps.
- Check local laws – blasters above a certain fps may be restricted in your area.
With some basic tools, supplies, and modding skills, it’s easy to add significant range to many Nerf blasters. Start with simple spring swaps and air restrictor removals, then move up to more advanced barrel and weight mods as desired.
Just remember to emphasize safety, test thoroughly after each tweak, and mod responsibly.
Ready to shop for a brand new sniper-range Nerf gun? Don’t forget to check out our review of the top Nerf blasters of the year for our recommendations to help unleash your inner sniper. Happy modding!