The Top 8 Baddest Nerf Gun Mods Ever

By Karl Hughes on July 23, 2012

You remember Nerf guns, right?  The bright orange and yellow guns that you used to fire tiny foam darts at your friends?  In case you haven’t kept up with the latest in Nerf warfare, the guns are still available, and people have now taken to “modding” them – replacing the standard parts with better parts and redecorating them to make the guns look more “real”.

Here are my top 10 favorite Nerf gun mods from across the internet.  If you have pics of your own Nerf gun mods, get in touch with me so I can share them in an update to this article.*

8. The Semi-Automatic Long Shot

The first gun on this list is an awesome long range powerhouse that started as a Nerf Long Shot dart rifle.  The original range is only around 35 feet, but with the added CO2 power in this mod, the range tested at almost 100 feet!  With upwards of 30 psi going straight to the darts, this bad boy will out-shoot any little “off the shelf” Nerf rifle with ease.

7. M16/M4 Cosmetic Mod

While modifying your Nerf gun to make it look like a real gun is generally not a good idea, the 16 year old who designed this realistic copy obviously didn’t worry too much about it. There aren’t any significant performance upgrades on this one except for the metal barrel, but I can bet it would scare most of your friends more than your average Nerf gun.

6. Alpha Trooper M4 Mod

This M4-looking version of Nerf’s Alpha Trooper model is a little more futuristic than the previous weapon, but still a pretty good copy.

5. The Maverick Steam Punk Pistol

This steam punk styled pistol may not really do much damage, but it sure is a great collection piece for addicts of the style.  With a completely repainted surface and a few added pieces, the gun that originally stuck out like a big yellow target now fits in any industrial sci-fi setting with panache.

4. The Halo Sniper Rifle

Fans of the Halo video game series will quickly recognize this custom Nerf sniper rifle complete with custom barrel, stock, and sight.  While this one was just a cosmetic mod for use in a costume, the designer did a really good job with the painting and design work.  The size of this rifle is impressive, and I’d be a little afraid to bring it out in public for fear of getting stopped by the police.

3. Gears of War “Lancer” Nerf Gun with Chainsaw

This mod really takes Nerf modifications to the next level.  Using a toy chainsaw and a Nerf rifle, the designer attempted a lifelike recreation of the Lancer – a gun used in the Gears of War video game series.

2. RC Nerf Gun Tank with Laser Targeting System

So if you want to fight a Nerf war, but you’d rather not go onto the battlefield yourself, this is the gun for you.  This mini remote controlled tank has a wireless camera and laser guided tracking system for hunting down your enemies from the safety and comfort of your own desk.  A word to the wise about this mod though: the gun is just held on with magnets, so you have to be careful not to let it get into enemy hands!

1. 500 RPM Vulcan Automatic Mod

This custom painted, high speed, fully-automatic Nerf gun is probably one of the most ambitious and awesomely frightening mods out there on the internet.  Starting with a $50 Nerf Vulcan EBF-25, and adding about $75 in parts, the designers came up with this high powered, rapid fire assault weapon.  By upping the voltage to the motor with some extra nine volt batteries, this thing fires at an impressive 500 rounds per minute!  Hold onto your hats, and check out this video for a demonstration.

*Disclaimer: Many of these modifications may be dangerous to perform yourself. Electrical and chemical mods should only be performed by professionals. Making a Nerf gun look more realistic may also get you into trouble, so don’t go waving it around in public.

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