Spring Loaded Target for NERF Gun Fun!

by muzz64, published

Spring Loaded Target for NERF Gun Fun! by muzz64 Jan 2, 2016
7 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps

Design Tools


Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

12151Views 2054Downloads Found in Sport & Outdoors


NERF Guns are popular all over the world and used for a bit of harmless fun at home, around the office / workplace and outdoors. It provides a new sporting / competitive dimension to NERF Gun fun.

The target itself is a moving one piece print with hinges. The second part is a small flat strip of PLA that is used as a return spring. Both parts only uses a bit over 60gm of PLA at recommended setting (including Raft). As an alternative to printing a PLA spring you can cut a similar size strip of flexi / springy plastic from an old plastic container of some sort.

Allocate a specific number of NERF darts to each competitor and score their hits. This target makes it easy to see hits as it is spring loaded. You can hear a hit and see it spring back... then it pops back up and into place ready for the next shot.

The target is easy to mount. Either use a couple of screws into a block of wood, a wooden bench, shelf or fence then slot into place. This makes it easily removable if you want. The alternative is to clip it onto a bench, table or shelf using a large bulldog clip.

This is a great fun alternative to the usual 'human targets' NERF Guns are commonly used for... and it can become very competitive.

Please refer to the print settings and images for additional information.

Note: If you like this check out the rest of my fun and practical designs.

Print Settings

Printer Brand:








Standard / 0.20mm


2 Shells / 20% infill minimum / PLA


2 Shells / 20% infill makes the target adequately strong but, if you're happy to use a bit more filament (because you expect you'll use it a lot) increase to 3 shells and 30% infill to make it really strong... PLA is tough so it stands up to hits very well.

Raft is recommended for easy removal from the build plate.

Do not scale this down as it will affect the internal clearances used for the hinges. At standard scale the target measures 172.50mm x 116.50mm.


Remove the raft, insert the flexi spring and mount....

After Raft removal you need to insert the PLA flexi spring. This should easily slide into the thin slot in the lower centre of the target. Once installed just fold the target upright, mount it and you're good to go.

You can use a strip of flexi plastic cut from an old plastic container as an alternative to using a printed PLA flat spring. This will change how springy / flexi the target is and its rate of return. Other plastics may in fact be better (PLA is hard so it snaps back quickly. Other types like polypropylene are softer so still return well but slower).

More from Sport & Outdoors

view more

All Apps

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Treatstock is an online platform that offers decentralized manufacturing services such as 3D printing and CNC machining for clients all over the world. We offer free and instant access to comparati...

App Info Launch App

3D print your favourite design with NinjaPrototype, a professional 3D manufacture with consistent quality and speed.

App Info Launch App

I looks great, I´m printing one at this moment. Thank you for your good work.

great design, works in different sizes to if you scale both parts to the same scale