Former NASA engineer builds the world's largest NERF gun, and it is glorious

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Jun 24, 2016, 12:45 PM EDT

Battling it out with NERF guns is a rite of passage for most kids, but one former NASA engineer decided to take things to the next level. Then keep going a few more levels beyond that.

Mark Rober, acclaimed geek inventor, set out to build the world’s biggest NERF gun, and it took a bit of creativity to pull it off. To make the gigantic rig work, Rober built a custom body (it kinda resembles the BFG from Doom) with an air compressor and some paintball gun tech making up the innards. Since this thing is way too big for a regular NERF bullet, Rober loaded the gun with something of his own design — darts made of pool noodles and plungers.

Rober shows off the uber NERF gun in the video below, and it has enough juice to fire those homemade darts off at 40 mph. They test it out on a football field to illustrate the point. But the best part comes at the end — Rober picks a NERF gun fight with his nieces and nephews, but forgets to tell them about his little creation.

Check out the footage below and let us know what you think:


(Via Mark Rober)