The disappointing thing about modifying Nerf blasters for most of us is that, when all else is said and done, you’re still fundamentally going to be left with a toy that shoots foam darts. It’s not going to hurt anything and it’s useless for anything beyond playing a drinking-game version of Russian Roulette.
As you can see below though, some Nerf modders tackle these flaws head-on – one modder has even added a working crossbow to his Maverick that fires custom-made foam darts!
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This Nerf Longshot by Deviant Artist TigerSharkIV doesn't seem to be modded so much as just redecorated, but it's still a thing of beauty. The green and black finish gives it a futuristic edge and makes this look like something ripped straight out of Halo.
This Maverick might look similar to the plan Black Maverick above, but it’s actually inspired by a Warhammer stubgun. The details include a fine brushing effect on the paint, as well as Warhammer emblems on the barrel.
This is the single mod which had us most excited, as it features a working crossbow attached to the top of the barrel, though it only fires it’s own safe darts. It’s part of a series of Nerf mods by Shagnasty Labs, who have dubbed this model the ‘Virama Malum’ – or ‘Evil Killer’.
Another Shagnasty Nerf mod, the 666 Maverick includes a crucifix on the top barrel and includes custom foam darts. Shagnasty reckons this is the best weapon for killing the undead, though we’d rather stick with silver swords and stakes to be on the safe side!
With a chunky, though purely decorative, under-barrel attachment, the Fragmentiser is clearly meant to look like a more powerful Nerf model. We especially like the brass foregrip that’s been added to the side of the barrel to ensure a steady, stylish shot.
It may be smaller and simpler than some of Direct Threat's other mods, but this is still one of our favourite Maverick mods, purely because it reminds us of Judge Dredd's iconic Lawgiver pistol - something we suspect the original Nerf design was influenced by!
Created as part of a marketing stunt for Mana Energy Potions, this Nerf chaingun fires foam darts at a rate of 500 per minute and even includes an LED counter that ticks down the remaining shots! Alas, while it’s as fast as an M60, it’s not got the power to match.
Full build instructions for this Nerf chaingun are available - amazingly, it cost only $79 USD to make!