Since I posted my Transformers inspired Walther P38 and the Nintendo Glock, there has been other toy inspired gun builds.

My friend Don N. tagged me in this photo on Instagram. @Midwest_cerakote painted this AR pistol for a client. Before some of you have knee jerk reactions remember we do not know what the owner plans to use this for. I like to be optimistic that he will be a responsible firearm owner. From a custom paint job perspective I think Midwest Cerakote nailed the Nerf blaster look. The accent orange color looks well chosen. The magazine is the only issue I have. It should be orange. Most Nerf “clips”ย  are orange. Hasbro calls then “clips” even though we all know better.

On the flip side there are people modifying Nerf guns to look like real guns. This post apocalyptic gun is actually a modified Nerf Blaster. They cobbled parts from a couple different blasters to get this look. Painted it and used a Chinese made Nerf compatible magazine that looks like a Magpul PMAG.



Here is one with just a few 3D printed accessories to make it look more like an AR15.



I know some of you will think the worst and that this is how someone gets shot. Well my response is simply that it is the responsibility of the person using the item. There is no problem painting a gun however you want it. As long as you use it responsibly. Same with realistic toy guns. Don’t point them at cops. Don’t use them in an area that could be seen and mistaken as a real gun. Or vice versa for toy painted guns. If people remember to not be morons, we would not have problems. Do what you want that makes you happy. Just do so safely and responsibly.


  • Gizmo

    It’s NERF or nothing

  • BearSlayer338

    A weapon is a serious tool and should never look like a toy. By making a gun like a toy you are not taking your weapon seriously, guns are not toys and should not look like them or be played with like a toy.

    • joshv06

      I don’t see it that way. Do you dislike the Nintendo Glock, too? An AR painted all red or blue? It’s fine.

      • Evan

        I disliked the Nintendo Glock for the exact same reason. I have no real problem (other than that I think it looks lame) with guns in various colors, but when you paint them deliberately to look like toys, including the brand name prominently displayed on the gun like in both this “NERF” AR and “Nintendo” Glock, you’re asking for trouble. Guns are guns, not toys.

        • Samael527

          How are people “asking for trouble?” What, is the owner of the Nintendo Glock gonna suddenly forget that it’s a real firearm because “muh colorscheme?” Get out of here with your stupidity.

          • Evan

            The owner likely won’t, but someone else might. There is no reason to do something like that; it doesn’t look cool and it creates the possibility of someone mistaking a real gun for a toy. This isn’t the same as painting a cammie scheme on a rifle or pink guns for women. This is a gun deliberately painted to mimic a toy. Just think about how irresponsible that is.

        • The Nintendo Glock was one thing, but the combination of “It’s a Toy Orange” + an actual “Nerf” logo on the side + the fact that many new generation Nerf guns look like orange + blue AR’s….

          15 U.S. Code ยง 5001 specifically mandates that all Toy guns sold in the US have orange tips, to clearly distinguish them from firearms, so that kids can play with toy guns without getting shot.

          The proliferation of real firearms that look like toys due to the incorporation of “It’s a Toy Orange” undermines the basic societal trust in the fact that an orange tipped gun is a toy.

          Guns should be painted any color available – except for this specific, societally and legally understood shade of “It’s a Toy Orange.”

          • RICH

            Guns that have had the extended barrels or fronts of the slides painted in the bright orange to ‘resemble toy guns’ have been taken from criminals on the street. There is no other purpose for this than attempting to use them illegally !

          • Nicks87

            Yeah I don’t like NERF being painted on the side (and neither will Nerf’s lawyers) but I do like the color scheme. What’s the difference between this and bear grylls signature knives made by gerber? They’re orange too.

          • Bert

            Safety orange survival knives are not the same, the color serves a specific purpose. I am with Mark on this, there is a legal and societal rule that orange on guns means fake or toy.

          • Nicks87

            Gang members have been painting their guns to look like toys since the 1990s. So when somebody wearing all red clothing points a glock, with an orange spray painted slide, at a cop, do you honestly think the cop is going to just assume it’s a toy?

          • Conversely, the next time a cop shoots a child holding an orange nerf gun, any halfway competent defense attorney will be able to cite this very AR15 pistol paint job as why the cop was “reasonably in fear for his life” and will likely skate in a civil suit.

          • Nicks87

            Total BS. Nice try though.

          • throwedoff

            I think the anti-gun trolls have shown up.

          • Bert

            No I do not. Making a gun look (this much) like a toy means toys look more like guns in turn. This is more likely to have a kid shot for playing with nerf blasters and wearing a chief’s jersey all because some cop saw this on the internet. Committing an act because criminals do it to make crimes easier is hardly a solid reasoning for the law abiding.

          • throwedoff

            There is nothing about this weapon that looks like a toy! Anybody that is into AR’s will recognize this immediately for what it is. It doesn’t matter if it is painted to look like a Nerf gun, Bedazzled, or sporting My Little Pony on it. It is still an AR pistol.

          • Because a knife is a knife, not a gun. There is no need to distinguish real knives from toy knives, as kids are not being shot playing with toy knives.

            Having toy guns painted bright orange serves a real and useful purpose – allowing kids to play outside with their toys without anyone mistaking them for having real guns.

            Meticulously painting real guns to look like toy guns undermines this societal expectation that a bright orange gun is a toy.

            Colored guns are fine, have at with any color of the rainbow – just not this specific, legally and societally understood shade or orange used to denote toy guns from real guns.

          • Nicks87

            “There is no need to distinguish real knives from toy knives,” By saying that you just made your whole point invalid. If somebody flashes a toy knife that looks real and says “I’m going to cut you” you are allowed to shoot them. If someone flashes a toy gun that looks real and threatens to shoot you, you can shoot them. It’s not about appearance, it’s about behavior, language and intention. The reason kids get shot with toy guns is because fear causes trigger happy cops with poor training to overreact to the situation. NOT because the weapons weren’t painted orange.

          • Typically kids are shot after playing in a park with their friends, using a toy gun that some 911 caller perceives to be real, or possibly real. This was the case in a few months back, but it’s been happening since around the late 80’s or so, which is why the orange marking law was enacted.

            The same issue has not occurred with toy knives; while there are many, many instances of kids shot for having toy guns, I was unable to find a single instance of this happening with toy knives.

            I don’t understand this deliberately obtuse, absolutist position people are taking here about the right to meticulously paint real guns so that they appear to be toys.

            If someone were painting bottles of sulphuric acid drain cleaner to appear nearly identical to Dr. Broners peppermint body wash, we would all agree that while an impressive artistic accomplishment, it is also a terrible idea.

          • Nicks87

            So wait, a law was enacted but kids with toy guns are still getting shot? Hmm, sounds familiar. Maybe next we should try to ban guns to keep people from getting shot. Do you think that will work?

          • throwedoff

            “Colored guns are fine, have at with any color of the rainbow – just not
            this specific, legally and societally understood shade or orange used
            to denote toy guns from real guns”

            Mark, “safety orange” is only specific for hunters’ vests and hats. There is no defined color of orange that as been assigned to the muzzles of the world’s toy makers toy guns. I have seen multiple shades of orange and red used. Every toy manufacturer in China seems to have a different shade of orange or red plastic for that purpose.

            I’ll say this though. If parents want to keep their kids from getting shot by cops for having toy guns, they can do one of two things: (1) Don’t buy your kids toy guns until they learn how to mind and learn respect. (2) Follow through. If they don’t mind or are disrespectful, punish them in a way that they learn that their behavior will not be tolerated. Don’t be all bark and no bite.

          • While there is no legally defined shade of orange, I would say that the same shade of orange used by Nerf to differentiate its products from real firearms is a well understood shade of toy gun coloring. Overall I would say any shade of orange is a poor choice for a real firearm, given the very strong, decades long association with orange colored guns being toys.

            Once again I bring up a similar example – painting a bottle of sulphuric acid drain cleaner to look like a well known brand of body wash. Impressive artistic achievement – yes. Good idea – no.

          • Repoman3737

            I think as long as he doesnt market it he can paint nerf on it and nothing can be done about it. I worked in the harley world for a long time and they were very sue happy but they never went after the clone motorcycles with harley emblems on them as long as they were not marketed as a harley. I think it comes down to personal use allows you to call it what you want. Once you profit from it you will be meeting some lawyers in the near future..

          • throwedoff

            The muzzle is required to be orange. Nothing else. The muzzle/flash hider of this Nerf/AR pistol is blue. No where near orange!

          • The barrel is orange.

      • RICH

        Just look back over the last few years at how many individuals have been killed for flashing a ‘TOY GUN’ around in a neighborhood or on the street…..

        • Nicks87

          I counted two. Out of over 300 million people in America. This is just like the transgender bathroom issue. People getting worked up about nonsense that effects 0.03 % of the population.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Bloomberg please go.

      • BearSlayer338

        Have some common sense and grow up.

        • Audie Bakerson

          Telling me to “grow up” because I’m not offended by speech?

          You really are a Bloomberg goon.

    • Eric Tinker

      “A weapon is a serious tool and should never look like a toy.”
      Implying a firearm is a weapon.
      A weapon is a knife, something with the sole purpose of damaging.
      Making a firearm look like a “toy” is exercising creativity, not insanity, or irresponsibility. Whose team are you on?

      • BearSlayer338

        I’m pro 2nd A but a firearm is 100% a weapon it is intended to do harm which is why they are great for hunting and self defense,a knife has many uses a gun doesn’t.

      • Evan

        A firearm IS a weapon. Were it not, it wouldn’t be protected by the Second Amendment. Remember that.

      • RICH

        “A weapon is a knife, something with the sole purpose of damaging.”… I use a steak knife to cut my serloin….. are you saying that I’m using the ‘weapon’ in the wrong way ?? I’ve carried a knife for 50 years and I use it everyday… it’s a tool ! I open packages , mail, cut fishing line, etc., etc. with it ! How can you say a knife is a weapon ?
        If you run over a pedestrian with your vehicle and injure him should your vehicle be considered a ‘WEAPON’ ?
        Think a bit beyond yourself…….

      • iksnilol

        Are you honestly arguing that a firearm isn’t a weapon?

        I’m too sober/sane for this discussion.

    • RICH


    • Trevor

      My biggest problem is that the more you blur the line between real guns and toy guns the harder it is for police to distinguish between them. We don’t need more police shootings where somebody with a toy gun is killed.

      • Nicks87

        If a police officer cant tell the difference between a Nerf gun and a real gun painted like a Nerf gun, then they have no business being a cop. Also, if parents are too stupid to teach their kids not to point things resembling guns at police officers then maybe they should be prepared to deal with the consequences.

      • noob

        somebody could mistake this jauntily painted real car for a toy car!

      • throwedoff

        I’m still waiting to hear of someone being shot by law enforcement for pointing a Nerf Blaster at a cop. Don’t think it’s going to happen. This guy just may have an AR pistol that gets the least amount of attention from law enforcement.

    • throwedoff

      So all my AR’s have to be black and EVIL looking so the anti-gunners can zero in on it and identify easily and decry it for its evilness? Lighten up. Do you drive a black Model T? When Henry Ford built the Model T, he said customers could have it in any color as long as it was black. The color and or decoration of my weapons in no way detracts from my weapons safety, or responsibilities associated with handling any of my weapons. My weapons are not creatures that have minds of their own. They are tools/implements waiting to do my bidding. If I want to dress them up and personalize them, that is my prerogative. I know all to well what damage I can do with my weapons, and I can do that damage with a plain, bone stock, black AR15, or one that is personalized to look like a Nerf gun. Neither reduces my adherence to strict weapons safety practices or compromises my ability to be mature.

  • Evan

    If you want a NERF gun, get one. If you want an AR, get one of those. Don’t paint your rifle (I know this is a “pistol” in the legal fiction sense, but still) to look like a toy.

    • Lew Siffer

      I don’t understand where you get your authority to give me orders about how I choose to paint or not paint my rifle.

      • Evan

        I’m not giving orders. I’m saying “use common sense and follow basic safety rules”. I don’t advocate any bans, I’m solely suggesting people not do something so prima facie stupid as painting guns to look like toys. I understand that people, myself included, are very wary of anything sounding even remotely like gun control, but seriously, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that disguising a gun as a toy has the potential to end in tears.

        • Lew Siffer

          Common sense says that owning a gun has the potential to end in tears. You should get rid of yours.

          • Evan

            That’s ridiculous. There’s a huge distance between “you shouldn’t do stupid things with guns” and “you shouldn’t own guns”. Along with the right to keep and bear arms comes the responsibility to do so in a safe and intelligent manner.

            By the way, “gun ownership increases suicides” is a gun control trope as well. Should we commit suicide with our guns because Bloomberg says we shouldn’t?

  • Edeco

    Meh, it’s just a matter of degree, I mean some toys look like guns, some guns are anodized red or spray painted with snake scales or leopard, erm, florettes etc. Long as one can use it in accordance with the 4 rules*.

    *or some other safety system, I personally chose Cooper’s 4 rules.

  • Trey

    I think Bear Slayer338 makes the best statement. How about TFB take a better stance on the subject and quit posting these stupid articles about “toy” guns, ie. Transformers gun, Neft gun, and Nintendo guns.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I like it because Bloomberg and co. say I can’t have one like that.

    • Bill

      That’s some second-level thinking right there.

      • Lew Siffer

        Yeah, I thought he was pretty smart too…

  • Lew Siffer

    This could be dangerous. But so could lots of things. Carrying a pistol with a round in the chamber could be dangerous, you could have an accidental discharge. Carrying a pistol without a round in the chamber could be dangerous, you might be too slow to defend yourself. Freedom means we make our own decisions on these things.

    • Evan

      I don’t believe it should be illegal to paint your gun stupidly, but I also think that common sense should prevent you from doing so.

      • Lew Siffer

        The most evil people in the world are always arguing “common sense.” My common sense says that even though I hate to do it, I must paint my gun to look like a squirt gun because I must resist Bloomberg at every possible point or he will bulldoze every freedom I have in the name of protecting me from myself.

        • Evan

          There’s a difference between taking pictures of yourself smoking cigarettes and drinking large sodas while shooting ARs and then sending the pictures to his office and doing something stupid just because Bloomberg doesn’t like it. Making guns look like toys is foolish. That Bloomberg was accidentally right on this issue doesn’t make it any less so. This doesn’t mean Duracoat should be banned (Bloomberg’s response), it means that we should police our own and discourage people from doing stupid things like this.

          • Lew Siffer

            I’m discouraged.

          • SignalFromTheRim

            It doesn’t look like a toy, it looks like a gun with a strange paint job.

          • throwedoff

            On the contrary. I think making toys look so realistic as to not be able to distinguish them from real weapons is foolish and countless individuals have paid the price for it. How many people have been shot by the police for waving a Nerf Blaster around? None, that have been reported. If I am a responsible law abiding gun owner, why does it matter what any of my guns look like. If this person chooses to carry this as his open carry weapon, a person that might freak out seeing a black AR pistol may not even offer a second glance after seeing the Nerf paint job and the word Nerf painted on it. It may not even register as an evil AR to that person.

  • David

    Other than being incredibly stupid and lame, it is what it is.

  • Easy does it everyone is entitled to an opinion.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    i was okay with the Nintendo Glock but this is too far, this ACTUALLY looks like a toy

  • I’m filing this one under “evidence at trial.”

  • Dracon1201

    What creativity! I love seeing one-offs like that. Too bad there are too many killjoys around… ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Austin

    Why can’t we just make guns look like fictional guns instead

  • flashoverride

    This oughtta be fun when Nerf sues the crap out of this company. It’s one thing if you paint the gun yourself – and this particular color scheme, with that shade of orange, could probably get you charged – but quite another when you accept payment to infringe on someone else’s trademarks. If I was Hasbro, I’d be warming up the lawyers.

    And folks, this is stupid. I don’t care about your stupid “but but but mah rights!”, this is asking to get shot – and even worse, asking cops to shoot kids. Putting a cop in a situation where he or she has a split second decision on shooting or not shooting a teenager with what could be a toy or a brightly colored real firearm is just dumb as hell.

    And if you think cops don’t get routinely called on people with “firearms” at a school or park,etc. and it turning out to be airsofting teens or nerf guns, well, Google or Bing is your friend. Happens often enough.

    • Lew Siffer

      How often? I’ve never once heard or read of an incident caused by a gun painted to look like a toy. Just give me one incident. Just one.

      • Evan

        That Tamir Rice thing in Cleveland springs immediately to mind. Other side of the same coin. When you blur the line between guns and toys, you’re creating a situation where people will get shot.

        • Nicholas C

          The solution is to not bring to gun/toy into a scenario where cops would be called. Pretty simple stuff.

  • Badwolf

    It’s a free country. You wana disguise your guns as toys, cellphones, or whatever, that’s your right. I just hope there are no others around. The owner knows the difference, but others might not. No question you need to be aware and are expected to be aware of guns. But there is no such expectation when it comes to toys, toys are meant to be toyed with.

  • RICH

    Apparently you are not thinking much beyond yourself ! There have already been several incidents in which criminals have painted / disguised real firearms to look like ‘toys’ in an attempt to keep themselves from being caught by Law Enforcement Officers.
    Try to think ‘in the big picture’…… ! !

    • RocketScientist

      So the argument, then, is that we should restrict what legal law-abiding gun-owners are allowed to do with their guns, based on (and in an effort to curtail) what illegal law-breaking criminals do with THEIR guns? Where have I heard that argument before…..

    • throwedoff

      Provide some details.

  • Evan

    You can’t do whatever you want with your guns. You can’t set up a range and shoot in the backyard of a crowded urban/suburban neighborhood. You can’t point them at anyone you dislike or disagree with. You can’t play William Tell and try to shoot the apple off someone’s head – no matter how good of a shot you think you are. You have the right to keep and bear arms, and with that right comes the ethical, moral, and legal responsibility to use those arms safely and intelligently.

    • throwedoff

      I’m not sure if it’s all of Florida or just some parts, but yes you can set up a range in your backyard in an urban/suburban neighborhood as long as you meet the proper requirements.

  • Repoman3737

    I fail to see the problem as long as the owner is a responsible gun owner. I tried to think of any situation I was using the gun legaly and responsibly that the paint job would cause me a problem and I can’t think of none. Every one that would cause me a problem would 1st require me to be doing something else stupid and probably illegal 1st. That’s not the type of gun one usually carries on their hip or walks down the street with so if I use it for target shooting at the range or on private property or even for home defense as long as you follow safe handling rules I fail to see the problem. I’m not saying I want one but to each his own. The thing that will get you in trouble is playing with a toy real looking gun out in public. That will get a visit from the police and if your an idiot maybe shot. It’s not often a responsible gun owner will be twirling a real gun like this around in public.

  • BearSlayer338

    Why don’t you lead by example then and jump first,after all it your idea.

  • Tassiebush

    It’s a little known fact that here in Australia you can own an AR15 only if it is done up like this one and it is received by mail in convincing nerf packaging. So if someone approaches you to buy one in this form it’s totally legit okay ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cal S.

    Que the internet blowing up over a gun that’s painted like a toy…

  • noob

    If you live in the wilderness where there is 0.00001 people per square mile this would be something to look at and plink with to give you a smile. If you lived in a crowded city full of paranoid people this is a dumb and possibly antisocial idea.

    When thinking about common sense, remember that not everyone comes from the same local culture as you do. The context matters. There’s an appropriate context for almost everything, that increases enjoyment without hurting anybody. Not paying attention to the context eventually leads to unpleasantness.

  • Repoman3737

    One real gun that is painted like a toy out of 300 million real guns is not going to cause a problem most people wont know it even exists. No one has been killed by having a real gun that looks like a toy. Fake guns that look real are what get people killed when they wave them around in public. Who knows this gun may be a wall hanger or some other display piece. No responsible gun owner that owns this is going to wave it around in public or strap it to their hip. People are getting worked up over nothing. Its almost like banning ar15s because they are scary and black. Its just a cosmetic feature…

    • Nicks87

      You’re right, it’s more about what you do with the firearm, toy or real, that gets you shot. Not the appearance or color scheme.

      • Nicholas C

        All colored ARs matter? LOL

  • Repoman3737

    I think it comes down to 2 things with a gun painted like this. Either you are a law abiding gun owner and you are going to use this at the range maybe hang it on your wall and show it to your buddies. If that’s the case it will never be a problem or cause anyone harm. The other option is you are a criminal who paints their gun to disguise it to commit a crime and the large number of toy guns gives the criminal cover to do this. If you are the criminal you get what’s coming to you if you get shot. In either case 2 things should happen all children given toy guns need to be taught not to point them at police officers or anyone else not playing guns with them. 2nd police of officers need to take into account if they happen upon a child with a gun call realize it could be a toy. I’m sure most do. You can’t blame the police when a kid is pointing a real looking gun at them and won’t put it down which is what happens in most mistaken shootings. The rarity of these real guns painted like toys are so rare they are not even a blip on the radar. It’s the fake ones that look real that cause the problems.

  • Doug

    I kinda feel it should be illegal to paint a real gun to make it look fake if it’s “illegal” to paint a fake gun to look real…

    Honestly, neither should be illegal, as most others here agree…common sense.

    That and don’t do criminal acts (real criminal acts).

  • RickOAA .

    Kind of like.

  • MP

    I am 45 and have a 23 yo son. No children enter my home. Spare me the “what about the children?!?!” argument. F-ing lock it up and don’t let children play with it unsupervised.

  • Bloody Bucket

    There have been cases of criminals painting the muzzles of real guns orange. When a cop sees it, he hasitates thinking it’s a toy. I also saw a guy at a gun show in Niles Ohio that had converted a Glock 17T (Blue frame used for sims rounds in Force-on-force training), to a .22 with aconversion kit. This is dangerous and foolish. THINK, and many of life problems will be solved.