How does a Nerf Gun work?

July 31, 2019 posted by

– [Jared] The Nerf Gun
is an important part of every toy collection, good for target practice, Nerf battles, and reverse engineering them
so we can see how they work. Let’s get ready to have some fun. (electronic zapping)
(dramatic music) (cheerful electronic music) This specific Nerf Gun is
called the Nerf Elite Disruptor. Six darts can be loaded in at one time, pull back on the cocking mechanism, aim, and pull that trigger. (cheerful electronic music) You’ll see on the left side of the gun, a bunch of holes for the screws. If we take them all out, we can get a good look at what’s inside. (cheerful electronic music) Naturally, let’s start with the trigger. You can see it’s connected to a spring. You can pull the trigger back, but as soon as you let it go, it will spring back into
its original position. You can see a bunch of extra plastic here. This connects with another piece which I’m gonna call the vertical slider. This is normally held up by a spring. When the trigger gets pulled, the vertical slider comes down. I’m gonna come back to this in a second. This is the piston. It fits inside the tube
along with a powerful spring. The spring inside of here wants to keep the piston all the way forward. This is where the cocking
mechanism comes into place. Notice the small block sticking out here. When you pull it back,
the piston comes with it. You can definitely feel that the spring is resisting as you try and pull. Pull it back far enough and it engages with the vertical slider
and hooks in right here. Now your Nerf Gun is
loaded and ready to go. One thing I want to point out is that when your gun is loaded, this orange strip will
be visible from behind. Okay, here we go. Pull the trigger, the
vertical slider comes down, which then releases the piston, which quickly springs back into place, all of the air inside
the tube is immediately forced out the front onto the dart. Houston, we have ignition. Now after the dart fires, the cylinder rotates and the
next dart goes into place. Now how does that work? There’s a few more pieces below the piston to help this work. There’s some supporting black plastic, white rotating cam, and the cam bar. When the piston comes out far enough, it will latch on to the cam bar. When the trigger is pulled, the piston is released
and the dart is fired, just like we’ve seen before. Followed closely behind that, the cam bar comes forward
again which rotates the cam, which then rotates the
cylinder with all the darts. Let’s focus on just the
cam and the cam bar. You can see each time the
bar goes forward again, the cam rotates. The magic happens on the other side. (cheerful electronic music) the bar has a circular
tip at the end here. The tip fits right inside
these grooves here on the cam. As the bar goes back and forth, the tip will slide right through here. Now the bar is positioned in such a way that there’s a little bit of pressure. It wants to go into the cam. As the bar comes back, it
will pass over this edge and go further into the groove. When the bar goes forward again, instead of returning to
where it was straight ahead, it will follow along this side. When that happens, the
cam is forced to rotate. Let’s watch that again. Slides, back, pops down, comes forward again,
and follows the curve. Mechanical devices like this fascinate me. I can only imagine how much
work this must have been to design something like this and make sure it works correctly. Currently, you can get
one of these Nerf Guns off of Amazon for about 12 U.S. Dollars. I’ll put a link in the description below. My name’s Jared and I’m a
3-D animator here on YouTube. Check out my videos to
learn about how things work. If you’d like to help me
make more videos like this, then visit my Patreon page. Thanks everyone. I’ll see you next time. (cheerful electronic music)


100 Replies to “How does a Nerf Gun work?”

  1. Jan-Erik Vinje says:

    Tærningkast 6 for god forklaring av virkemåten til en basic nerf gun!

  2. TH3 PLA1NP1L0T says:

    Great! Now I have pretty good knowledge of how my Nerf gun works now…

    Thank you! You got yourself a new subscriber!

  3. mèo tom cover says:

    How does nerf gun full auto work

  4. Jackson van Bueren says:

    you rock

  5. Jackson van Bueren says:

    this is so cool

  6. XXX HARLEY says:


  7. Sergio Ceron says:


  8. B3n Gamer says:

    lol i have that nerf gun

  9. Oliver Titus says:

    You can explain everything! My iq before Jared Owen: 98 , my iq after Jared Owen: 1,000,000,000 / one billion! 💡👍🏻❤️

  10. N.Afrika Erwin Rommel says:

    It's a jolt reskin

  11. jack Pollock says:

    i took one apart

  12. Fachry Games says:

    Correction : Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor

  13. Eren jeager /berserk titan says:

    But how does a automatic nerf gun work?

  14. Puppies pups and MORE says:

    I clicked this video because I own a disruptor and I am glad to know how it works now

  15. Anuj Shrestha says:

    I already have the blaster called the DISRUPTOR

  16. Damien Pirotte says:

    nice animation bro

  17. Ciaran Gaming 2.0 says:

    I opened up one of my nerf guns

  18. Sakil Ahmed says:

    Even I was thinking about this ok but you didn't explain how the slam fire action works

  19. Jackauzuro YT says:

    I got this gun

  20. Keenan Fehrenbacher says:

    How does an electric rival nerf gun work

  21. Daniel Gibbens says:

    this video would have been helpful like a month ago before I opened up my disruptor and lost a spring

  22. Razer Dude says:

    who disliked this vid? I didn't, great work man.

  23. Missioncrab says:

    Is it a coincidence that this guy has the same first name as one of the most well known nerf YouTubers

  24. BADRA GAMING says:

    Like my gun

  25. Jenna Harwood says:

    I have a Firestrike,captin america and surgfire


    *************************powerful************************ spring

  27. Nolan Pham says:

    Should do a video on the stryfe (semi) and rapidstrike (full auto pusher) or hyperfire (full auto conveyor)

  28. Supsterome says:

    My uncle has the same exact nerf gun

  29. THO-Scorpion says:

    Thank you!


    No one like

  31. Andrei 008 999 says:


  32. extra terrestrial says:

    Wow. Half of the time I wasted due in my childhood was for physics

  33. The_giraffe334 says:

    Nerf terminology
    Vertical slider= catch
    Piston= plunger tube and plunger

  34. Owen Williams says:

    my name is owen too

  35. Golden videos And vlogs says:

    At 2:37 he asked the same question I was about to

  36. Ajit V Gupta says:

    My god such wonderful animations and clear explanations .. why ain't this top viewed ?

  37. Dica Helmin says:

    Can you make a video for all nerf like nerf nitro mega

  38. Snaaaaaaaakkkkeee says:

    The 3d animation is what's really amazing about this video. Can't imagine how long it took the creator just to create the assets for this video. Very nice

  39. Lame Nig says:

    Nice and my favourite gun disruptor

  40. kin ming liu says:

    Crossbolt is my fav nerf gun

  41. Poke'fan Hi says:

    Nice video

  42. Terri Nguyen says:

    I broke the rotating thing in my gun. Oops.

  43. Fabian Tarnovietchi says:

    How does an electric nerf gun works

  44. Diego Lima says:

    Bought one for the kid,only shoots in Slam mode!! Any tips?

  45. DuckContent says:

    I didn’t know anything he said but…

    It was interesting

  46. Joey Stacks 97 says:

    I thought everything was a jolt reskin

  47. Marshmallo Gaming says:

    Thank you this method really helped i also wanted to fix my gun but it's a little bit different but i still fixed it…

  48. mocca ishere says:

    thank youuu please nerf automatic (nerf regulator). pleaseee….. 😊

  49. Mohammad Khattab says:

    the music is a annoying

  50. Daniswara Bagus Santosa says:

    Hey i have that!!!

  51. Ali Alsaedi says:

    well explained

  52. Fearofthemonster says:

    I am interested in nerf guns since 1 hour ago and base on my vast experience I can tell you these guns are not instantly designed from scratch. They keep improving the old models. This one is an improvement over Strongarm and strongarm is the improved version of Maverick REV-6

  53. Fearofthemonster says:

    Btw I heard that xd versions are advertised as having longer range but tests show that it is a lie. I wonder what happens in the insides of xd versions

  54. Videos4u Byme says:

    Very cool video!

  55. Isaac Choi says:

    1:22 it's called the CATCH

  56. Phantom Foxy Gaming YT says:

    Thats my gun0

  57. Raj Pawar says:

    This mechanism is based on actual weapons. That music was great.

  58. JustAnahad says:

    thank u friends . the video is most helpful to understand the niro guns. your method to explain is simple amazing.

  59. Conner Brown says:

    Is it just me or why do I have this same nerf gun in my hand

  60. Judy James says:

    That gun is Cooler then the other wather gun. From Hyrum willeto.

  61. Hot choco Yum yum says:

    I have the disruptor nerf gun

  62. MartianTripodWOTW Gamer says:

    Make Another Nerf Gun Works How About The Rival. This Is so Cool!

  63. Δ Delta says:

    What about semi auto guns

  64. Audie Bavington says:

    This is excellent! Thank you!… Why would anyone give this a thumbs down?

  65. Exis Reales says:

    Me and the boys when we play nerf


  66. Stef says:

    That's great work man!

  67. adnan s says:

    The animation s are amazing

  68. pew pan says:

    i like the Strongarm better as it's more realistic (The Strongarm isnt as practical though)

  69. Kayraaa2 says:

    1:22 The correct gun word would be sear

  70. Tobias Dow says:

    That nerf gun That i have Broke. >:(

  71. ThatOneDude Marcus says:

    This nerf gun was the first nerf gun I modded, and this video is very well made for somebody who hasn’t modded the disruptor before, or at least taken it apart.

  72. Tyler Kimchi says:

    You said an orange part is visible when it is primed in the video. But, in the intro showing the blaster, you prime it, but the orange never showed. Welp

  73. Obsidian Prime says:

    Hmm, now this is a good step towards a proper nerf minigun.

  74. T-MAN 2001 says:

    One thing you missed. With Nerf guns like this, the plunger tube is able to slide back and fourth slightly. When you fire, the pressure in the plunger tube forces it forward against the back of the cylinder, forming a seal. Once the plunger is in it’s forward position the pressure in the tube drops and it moves back with the help of a spring.

  75. Clio Aspinade says:

    America: Let's start them young in lovin' guns.

  76. Sam_ Universe says:

    it wouldve been better ifit was the strongarm tho

  77. Antonio Gutierrez says:

    Hello, can you share the CAD model?
    Thank you

  78. USA 101 says:

    At 50 seconds the screws turn clockwise and pull out. I enjoy all his videos

  79. Live Tahoe says:

    Holly hecc I was right

  80. Lilypad 44 says:

    My cousins eye got shot out with a Nerf gun.🔫👁️📤

  81. Márk Miló says:

    Your videos are cool.
    But can you make a video about how an alphahawk blaster works? It could be epic

  82. Diamond The Fox says:

    What bothers me is that this only covers how a spring powered blaster like a strongarm works yet there are other nerf guns that work differently like a Mega Magnus or a Elite Stryfe that is a flywheel powered nerf gun but other than that this does do a good job at explaining how one type of blaster works

  83. Mangalex28 says:

    Yo what the hell? I was watching this video with loud volume, why does the music sounds like some 80s porn?
    12 US dollars?? They cost like 16 euros in France, roughly 18-20 dollars!
    Anyway, have a like, good video.

  84. CubeCraftGalaxy says:

    0:50 did those screws just turn the wrong way?

  85. Cyndi Moden says:

    dude your 3d animation is INCREDIBLE

  86. WeAsOne NL says:

    cool stuff.. 1 tip tho, a screw comes out turning anti-clockwise 😉

  87. nutsackmania says:


  88. Aditya Achmal says:

    Nice work!

  89. khaled amerol says:

    There not as accurate as they look

  90. San Pol says:

    Video about how to see a masterpiece of engineering behind a toy.

  91. Legit Turbo Gaming says:

    I find this video very disruptive

  92. Loli4lyf says:

    Hoe does a airsoft gun work

  93. Nicktheprick _yt says:

    This is crazy

  94. Anton Korchev says:

    Now we gotta reverse-engineer the Nerf Mega Centurion

  95. sparrow boi says:

    Like a normal gun but with some improved assets

  96. krishna Agarwal says:

    Give this explanation of rapid fire

  97. MartianTripodWOTW Gamer says:

    And What is this Music? It is So Good!

  98. Fooboy LT says:

    Now I know,can you dot the same with nerf n strike jolt

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