Nerf N-Strike Maverick Teardown
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- Author: Miroslav Djuric
It got too dangerous. Shots were fired. Eyes were almost lost. It was time to downgrade.
One of our iFixit programmers was notorious for using his Nerf WMD randomly on co-workers, with no forewarning nor regard for their safety. On one of these occasions, said co-worker shot me in the eye with one of the darts. Thankfully I was wearing my glasses, and a full-on beatdown was avoided.
In retaliation I brought my never-used soft air handgun from home. We had a couple of laughs, a couple of stings, but it was largely fine up until one day, when I was aiming for the co-worker's arm and shot him in the neck instead.
I was quite disappointed by the lack of accuracy, and thought it hypocritical of me to compromise others' safety, when my own was so crucial to me. So I authorized a purchase of up to TEN DOLLARS with The Wife, and set out to find the best Nerf gun available.
This is it: The Nerf N-Strike Maverick.
Needless to say, the gun looks goofy and child-like in its original paint scheme. We all know that yellow is the color of cowards, so I decided to paint my new office weapon. I was also curious as to what was inside, and lazy (I wanted to paint both sides at the same time), so I torn'd this sucker down and took some pictures!
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Another Phillips screw hides beneath the cocking mechanism thing. Remove that one as well.
The cocking mechanism's quite simple. A metal lever pulls back on the air plunger and compresses the large spring. Another small spring returns the slider back into its original position once it's done doing the dirty business..