Modifying Your Equipment
Nerf Guns are still generally marketed/designed for kids, leaving them
lots of room for performance. Modifying your gun may seem daunting, but
it's actually quite simple and fun and can make a huge difference in your
survival rate. There are many
videos and documents online about
how to modify your gun, and it's worth looking at some of them. Keep
in mind that modifying your gun can damage/destroy it!
Here are some modifications to know about and consider
- Removing Safeties (highly recommended!)
Many of the guns (particularly the battery powered guns) have
safeties for the little kids. These safeties can get you killed
in an HvZ. As an example, the clip fed guns have "jam doors" that
you can open in case a dart gets jammed. When that jam door is open,
it opens a switch which turns the gun off. I've had a jam door pop
open in the midst of combat more than once, until I finally removed
the safeties on my gun. This can be as simple as taping the pushbuttons
so they are always closed or actually rewiring your gun around the safeties.
- Spring Guns: Spring Replacement
Some guns (such as the strongarm) have easy-to-find and cheap spring
replacements available (do a quick search) that can significantly improve
range. It's a pretty easy modification to do.
- Battery Guns: Overvolting (recommended!)
The battery powered guns generally use motors with flywheels to
shoot the darts. Increase the voltage and your motors will go
faster and generally shoot the darts further. Increase the voltage
too much and the darts start to fishtail (lose stability and hence
accuracy) or your motors burn up (though replacing motors is a reasonable
mod). Keep in mind that the overvoltage solutions generally involve
rechargeable Lithium batteries. These are the same batteries used in
laptops, but they need to be charged and discharged properly or they
can catch fire or explode! So treat them properly!
Regardless, overvolting your battery powered guns gives a great
advantage. The two main ways to overvolt are:
- Trustfire/Ultrafire Batteries
Trustfire batteries are Li-Ion rechargeable batteries that are
the size of a AA battery but run at just over twice the voltage (3.6V).
For example, take a Stryfe (which uses 4 AA batteries) and put in
two Trustfire batteries and two dummy batteries (just an electrical
short) (Do not mix Trustfire batteries and regular batteries!).
You'll run at just a bit more voltage than the stock 4 AA batteries
would, which means the motors spin up faster, meaning you can
shoot much quicker and further as well. It's a very easy mod
that makes a big difference in your gun. However, before
buying Trustfires, consider...
- LiPo Battery Packs
Voltage isn't everything. There's also a question of how much
current the battery can supply. And this is where LiPo battery
packs really win. LiPo batteries are reasonably cheap and can
be found in many sizes, these are the batteries used in remote
control planes and helicopters. A simple and slow charger can
be found cheap (~$25), though a more complicated charger that can take
better care of your batteries and charge much faster will get
expensive fast ($50 and up). LiPo takes a little more knowledge,
but it's worth it. Any "2S" LiPo battery pack will give you 7.2V
and can generally dump current very quickly, which will spin your
motors very fast. This is why I switched from Trustfires in all
of my guns to LiPo batteries. They can be found in online hobby
stores and on ebay.
- Spring Guns: Air Restrictor Removal
Most spring loaded guns have air restrictors on them that limit how
quickly air can come out of the spring piston. Whether this will help
you or not depends greatly on the gun. A tiny
Jolt doesn't seem
to be effected by it much by our tests. And a Strongarm with an
improved spring with air restrictors removed will probably break
if you dry-fire it (as mine did). Other guns seem to have power
improvements if the air restrictor is removed.
- Body Modification
Many people chop up and change the bodies of their guns, sometimes
simply for show. A very useful example of this is to cut down a
which is, in my opinion, too large of a gun. I chopped the stock off
of mine. Note that if you do this to a RapidStrike that still uses
the stock C batteries then the gun will be very front heavy and harder
to hold one handed. Some people have chopped both the stock and the
barrel off of a RapidStrike creating the "RapidPistol", which is like
a nerf submachine gun. Note that this requires replacing the battery
pack which is otherwise underneath the barrel.
- Battery Guns: Advanced Mods
Taking it a step further, consider:
- Replacing the flywheel motors (they are a standard hobby size)
- Adding internal LEDs and using glow darts
- Adding a dart counter
- etc.. etc..
- The Ultimate RapidStrike
Here's what I did to my current primary weapon shown in the photo above,
it shoots about 5 darts per second, though I can still single fire. It's
biggest problem is going through ammo too quickly.
I'm still tempted to chop the barrel off, though the current battery
compartment holds my LiPo perfectly. Incidentally, if you're doing LiPo
in a Stryfe, get the "Turnigy nano-tech 1000mAh 2S 20~40C AIRSOFT Pack" -
it fits inside the battery compartment after you remove the separators
with space still for the wires.
I run all my battery wires outside the battery compartment to
another connector that then runs inside the gun. Then I can just disconnect
to turn off the gun and connect the gun to the charger whenever I need to
charge. I don't need to open the battery compartments unless there's a
- Rewired to remove all safeties
- Replaced motors with Solarbotics RM2. Superfast and supercheap
- Replaced brushes in Solarbotics with carbon brushes (for longevity) (pulled out of Mabuchi FC-130 motors)
- Switched to LiPo battery: ZIPPY Compact 2700mAh 2S 35C.
It fits perfectly behind the battery cover if you detach the battery tray and drill a hole for the wires.
- Chopped off the stock