Saturday, August 4, 2012

Nerf N-Strike Elite Clip - Mod Guide!

So you have got your new Elite clips, filled them with ammo and loaded them into your blasters. Ready for Nerf games!

But wait! Notice the clear part of the clip is facing the right side?

Its fine for left-handed users... but for right-handed users it means they cannot see how much ammo is in the clip, instead all their opponents can see the ammo count clearly!

Here is an example of the Elite 18-dart clip in a Longshot:

Right-handed users cannot see their ammo count...

...but their opponents can see it clearly!

Studies suggest that up to 80-90% of the world population is right-handed, which means alot of users (like me!) will have this common issue with their Elite clips.

So here is how to solve it, with some simple modding steps.

Step 1:

Cut or sand down the raised clip restriction areas at the top part of the clip.

Original clip (left) vs modded clip (right).

Make sure the raised areas are flattened and smooth.

Step 2:

Use a dremel or hobby knife to cut a clip-lock notch on the side of the clip. Mirror the exact notch position from the other side.

Ensure that the new clip-lock notch is cut at the correct position.

Final Step:

Clean up the notch cuts and test load it into blasters. Its done!

Original Elite 18-dart clip (left) vs Modded Elite 18-dart clip (right).

:: Results ::

Here is the modded Elite 18-dart clip loaded into a Longshot.

Right-handed users can now see their ammo count...

...but their opponents cannot! :)

Enjoy your improved Elite Clips!

Note: This mod can be done on any N-Strike clips or drum magazines too.


Additional Note:

For blasters like the Nerf Retaliator or Recon, the modded clips will get blocked by the casing part in front of the clip well (as shown below).

Therefore you'll need to also cut off the raised section on the clip, then it can fit into those particular blasters.

- Update! -

For blasters like the Nerf Stampede or Rayven, their clip detection pressure switches are in a position that will be affected by the unused notch, hence the system will "think" that there is no clip loaded. (Thanks to harpuia for this tip!)

Therefore modders will have to either tape down or bypass those pressure switches, or just use tape to seal the unused notch.


  1. Good guide, but IMO that problem of the window being on the wrong side can be solved by canting the blaster to check.

    But it's still annoying when everyone knows I'm out of ammo.

  2. Another thing most people don't know is if you this mod you can't use the magazines in a stock rayven, one of the locks is located where you cut meaning the flywheels will not rev up.

    1. harpuia,

      Thanks for the heads-up!

      I followed up on your tip by also checking the modded clip with a Stampede and its also affected by the Stampede's clip detection pressure switch too.

      Therefore modders will have to either tape down (or bypass) those pressure switches, or just use tape to seal the unused notch.

      I've updated my Mod Guide notes to reflect your tip. Thanks! :)

  3. hi
    where do you get the dremel cutter?

    1. Anonymous,

      You can get Dremel tools and their cutting/drilling accessory bits from hardware stores, just shop around to find them.

  4. I believe this design is to fit the Hailfire. If I'm not wrong, the Hailfire Clip carousel rotates in an anti clockwise direction. The clips clear side shows the user whether the next clip that is going to fire is empty or full. So yeah. Still it's a design fail...

  5. Anonymous, the good news is that even with SGNerf's mod guide, it seems that the clips would still be reversible back to original sides for the Hailfire. You're right in that it's still a design issue, but it's a good thing the above mods still seem to be reversible. Does anybody know why they wouldn't be (for use with a Hailfire)?

  6. Instead of cutting the clip, can't you just cut the notches (that don't allow backwards clips) in the Nerf blaster instead?

    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, that could be done too... just that if the clip is used in multiple blasters, they all have to be modded too. I guess it just depends on your usage preference.

  7. My stock Longshot will fire all Streamlines fine, but when I load Elite Darts, the tips will occasionally bend down and not fire. However, the Elite darts work fine with all of my other CS blasters. Is anyone else having this problem?

  8. Looks like a fun mod, but I'm lefty :P

    it ssucks with the spectre tho

  10. My old 18 dart clips have about 3/4 of a dart extra space when I push the 18 darts down into the bottom of the magazine.

    The new "elite" 18 dart clip (I have 2) barely even gets the 18th dart in. It seems like the bottom stops have been moved so that it really only comfortably holds 17.

    Is anyone else seeing this too?

    1. i noticed that when i was counting and marking the ammo amounts on the mags i use for HvZ, you can easily use a sharpie to make it easier to tell when you have 18, 9 or 6 darts in an 18 dart mag, as well as using drums

  11. clip clip clip clip

    They're magazines :)

    1. Josh Potter,

      Yes you're right, they are supposed to be magazines... but Nerf labels them as "clips" or "clip system" in their product packaging and instruction manuals, so we follow their naming convention. :)