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How to Improve Accuracy with Nerf Guns

While madly firing off a Nerf blaster in a spray of foam bullets is fun in its own way, actually hitting a target you aimed for is usually considered a sign of skill. Snipers in Nerf wars definitely need to accurate, though all other roles should be able to hit targets as well.

This is especially true for Nerf guns that have low ammo capacity or can only fire a single shot (like the Nite Finder) before needing to be reloaded. For anyone using those types of guns, accuracy can mean the difference between getting a kill or being killed by the enemy.

For Nerf guns, shooting accurately has less to do with inherent physical skill and more to do with how familiar and attuned you are to your weapons. Even two of the exact same type of Nerf blaster will handle a little differently. Get used to how your specific gun performs.

Practice Makes Better

One good way to analyze your accuracy is to shoot at a stationary target. Don’t make it too far away at first so you can test the shooting range of your Nerf gun. With your target in decently close range, experiment and see if shooting slightly higher or lower makes you hit where you were aiming more often.

Make small adjustments until you’re fairly consistent with your shots before increasing how far away the target is. Practice at various distances until you’re comfortable hitting all targets within that particular Nerf gun’s range.

Technical Matters

On a basic level, the fact that Nerf guns are toys targeted to a younger age group naturally means that they were not designed to be super accurate to begin with. However, the following ideas can be helpful to keep in mind if you want to improve your accuracy.

  • Accuracy relies on consistency. Slight changes to your aim will impact your accuracy, so practicing is important to reduce the variation in your shots. If you plan on using accuracy boosting accessories like a sight or fore grips, practice with them attached so you get used to shooting with them and their added weight.
  • Similarly, your darts should be as uniform as possible so they fly the same way each time. If you make your own darts (like Stefans), make sure that they all are practically identical, with the same weight, shape, and size in relation to each other.
  • Darts also need to be stable for better accuracy. Often Nerf darts are too light and overturn or flip around in the air when shot. This makes them really difficult to be accurate with since factors like slight wind will change how they fly each time. Dart stability can be addressed in various ways, including adding weight to the dart fronts or increasing the weight of the darts overall.
  • Depending on the specific Nerf gun, there are a few modifications that can be made to help improve accuracy, such as increasing or decreasing barrel length.

How do you work on accuracy with your Nerf gun? Share your methods in the comments!

A grammar Nazi - July 2, 2014

A way I have increased my accuracy in the past is by adding a BB copper sphere to the front via the whistler holes. This makes the dart fly further and straighter.

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