If there’s one toy that’s been able to stand the test of time amongst the classics, Nerf blasters would certainly be somewhere near the top of the list.
These days however, many kids (or manchildren) have taken dart blasting to new heights (and distances) with a number of hacking mods that include everything from over-pressurizing release valve plugs on pump-action blasters to creating optimized seals and barrels for spring-action blasters.
But for all of the customized barrel redesigns and hand-shaped darts, few of these mods could hold their own against Nerf mod master Caleb Kraft’s flying taser darts.
“I really needed some dangerous fun last weekend while I was visiting the Make: team in San Francisco,” explains Kraft on his blog.
“I was reminiscing about old projects when I remembered a failed attempt at making taser darts for Nerf guns. They’re just too weak to shoot the darts! Luckily Nerf has these new monstrocities that have massive darts and tons of power. The only logical thing to do next is to install a high voltage capacitor and shoot someone.”
To create the darts, Kraft used the capacitor from the flash of a disposable camera and molded it into the tip of the Nerf dart. Because the capacitors exhaust all of their energy when discharged, the resulting darts contain a charge capable of tasering an unsuspecting ‘friend’ or coworker.
Unsurprisingly, Kraft doesn’t recommend this mod for the average and sane Nerf user:
“It hurts for sure, but the anticipation is the real killer. This is stupid fun, but as usual I wouldn’t recommend any sane person replicate my antics.”