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If you’ve ever owned a Nerf dart gun, you’re aware that you’ll eventually lose a majority of the darts after a couple of epic battles or some lazy day target practice. Nothing a trip to the store can’t handle, right? Well, if you’re like me, you’ll have a hard time shelling out the not so insignificant funds for what is essentially little pieces of foam that you can pick up in a spool at the local hardware store for a fraction of the price. Follow along with YouTuber freeridemtb2 shows us how to assemble Nerf Stefan darts using some poly foam caulk saver and a hot glue gun. [via YouTube]

Adam Flaherty

Adam Flaherty

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TimGray4 Timothy Gray

    Why cant you guys disable the trackback ping spam that fills the comments on stories?  it ruins the comment section.

  • http://profiles.google.com/anne.speck anne speck

    Nice! Lots of steps, but being able to crank out batches of replacements for little more than labor makes the guns conceivable around my house

  • http://twitter.com/kennedy2 kennedy2

    Stick that straw on a drill bit, and the hard part becomes almost automatic!

  • http://twitter.com/kennedy2 kennedy2

    Stick that straw on a drill bit, and the hard part becomes almost automatic!

  • http://twitter.com/kennedy2 kennedy2

    Stick that straw on a drill bit, and the hard part becomes almost automatic!

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnl1fDfusItc1UPJeDlaUb77AQoD15u5Zc LDM

    Seems like mounting the straw with a centering rod in my drill press and making a template to center the hole would make it go much easier/faster.  I suppose doing it by hand would work fine if you have lots of time and don’t have the tools already.

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnl1fDfusItc1UPJeDlaUb77AQoD15u5Zc LDM

    Seems like mounting the straw with a centering rod in my drill press and making a template to center the hole would make it go much easier/faster.  I suppose doing it by hand would work fine if you have lots of time and don’t have the tools already.

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnl1fDfusItc1UPJeDlaUb77AQoD15u5Zc LDM

    Seems like mounting the straw with a centering rod in my drill press and making a template to center the hole would make it go much easier/faster.  I suppose doing it by hand would work fine if you have lots of time and don’t have the tools already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=412988 Andrew Dodd

    Careful with Stefans – since the hot glue tip is a bit harder than the soft rubber of factory Nerf darts, they can really hurt.  I put a small dent into a wooden door from 30-40 feet using a Stefan in a modded gun around a decade ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.tepper James Tepper

    First off, if you remove the silly pegs from the Nerf blasters, then you don’t need to bore holes in each dart, which will save you a LOT of time, and actually makes the darts fly much better.  Second, standard  stefan darts are pretty much the bottom rung of do it yourself darts.  Current accepted technology darts for big wars are generally based around the “Slug” style darts, named for one Captain Slug, the originator of the design.  Essentially, Slug darts use a flat washer for the weight, capped with a thick felt or foam tip, adhered to the foam blank with hot glue, silicone, or some other durable adhesive.  The community has moved to this style partially because of some issues with safety.  Some of the imbecilic teens from the Chicago and Boston areas were using stefans with 1/4″ – 3/8″ ball bearings as weights.  Many injuries were had, and morons banned from play.  Some of us are working on molded silicone domes as well.  The group of nerfers from Australia has actually commissioned a batch of commercially made silicone tips, but do end up being a little expensive (comparitively) once shipped overseas.  If anyone is interested, head over to http://www.nerfhaven.com for the latest in blaster modifications, news, and community event planning.

      -Draconis-

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.tepper James Tepper

    First off, if you remove the silly pegs from the Nerf blasters, then you don’t need to bore holes in each dart, which will save you a LOT of time, and actually makes the darts fly much better.  Second, standard  stefan darts are pretty much the bottom rung of do it yourself darts.  Current accepted technology darts for big wars are generally based around the “Slug” style darts, named for one Captain Slug, the originator of the design.  Essentially, Slug darts use a flat washer for the weight, capped with a thick felt or foam tip, adhered to the foam blank with hot glue, silicone, or some other durable adhesive.  The community has moved to this style partially because of some issues with safety.  Some of the imbecilic teens from the Chicago and Boston areas were using stefans with 1/4″ – 3/8″ ball bearings as weights.  Many injuries were had, and morons banned from play.  Some of us are working on molded silicone domes as well.  The group of nerfers from Australia has actually commissioned a batch of commercially made silicone tips, but do end up being a little expensive (comparitively) once shipped overseas.  If anyone is interested, head over to http://www.nerfhaven.com for the latest in blaster modifications, news, and community event planning.

      -Draconis-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D2ECZV6HELBGKYGEHBU7JZMNRE Nathan

    If the straw is not stiff enough, or you plan on making many batches, you may try a cork cutter:
    http://www.sciplus.com/p/CORK-BORER_3954

  • http://spunkydiy.com Becca

    Great article and also some great info in the comments!

  • random1234

    hey,i really need to know how to make a nerf gun do you know how?

  • http://www.trainersonsite.com/our-services/in-home-personal-training Rob

    An Excellent Tutorial! great job on showing step by step instructions on how to make these inexpensive darts for the nerf gun. Thanks much. My nephew will love this!

  • Jollyweb

    I just love your contribution. Got 7 nerf guns for free, will make bullets for my girlfriend’s son
    this way. thanks

  • Tabitha

    Thank you for the information about them hurting more. I watched the whole thing and was ready to go out and try making them for my son and his friends. But since they’re only age 7-9 I decided against using this method if it “hurts” even a little.

  • Molly Blue

    I have a bunch of replacement darts on eBay cheap. Check them out if you can’t DIY!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/201077403699?var=&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

  • Tj Liberty

    genius!!! you just saved me sooo much money!! My kids will be so impressed that i can make darts for the zillion nerf guns they have laying around. 2 THUMBS UP !!!

  • reader51

    the links don’t work and I can’t find it on YouTube….any hints?