Steam-powered NERF Gun by Peter Sripol

Fascinated by steampunk culture? Like duh.. who doesn’t right? Fantasy aside, have you ever thought about if steam-powered devices are actually practical in real life? I mean, seriously, the time it takes for steam to muster enough power to execute a task or two, it will take need a lot of heat and time. Having said that, steampunk is probably a fantasy best left to anime and movie adaption of Around the World in 80 Days. It is hardly practical, but that does not stop garage inventor, tinkerer and YouTuber Peter Sripol from creating a steam-powered NERF Gun.

In between his busy work in creating an aircraft powered by hobby-grade electric motors, Peter took time to whip out a NERF gun-inspired gun powered solely by steam and it actually works. But only after several iterations. And when it finally worked, Peter’s steam-powered NERF gun is capable of spitting out a NERF standard foam dart at a speed of 100 feet-per-second, which is almost double of a regular battery-powered NERF gun. However, before it can do that, it steam has to be generated and that itself will take at least 3 minutes.

With Peter’s creation, water inside the custom water reservoir is heated by a Diesel engine glow plug, powered by a battery pack – a process that we can only describe as excruciating slow. Skip the painful process to proved that steam-powered NERF gun is possible, Peter uses a handheld blowtorch to heat the copper cylindrical water reservoir to quicken the process. As you already knew, it works and while it may be a one-shot wonder, the gratification was immense because, steam. As the foam projectile leaves the barrel, it comes with puffs of steam and that, my friends, is just about as cool as steampunk can gets. I mean, seriously, what’s steampunk without actual steam, right?

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And oh, it turns to be useful as steamer for garments too. Anyways, skip ahead to see the overview of the build process and the actual thing in action.

Image: YouTube.