A plunger is a component of the internals of a Nerf blaster. It is the part that takes in the dart and pushes it into the barrel to launch it. The size and shape of a plunger varies depending on the blaster; there are only two mechanisms that plungers are incorporated into.
Many modders often pad plungers or replace plungers to make them last longer or perform better.
- Main article: Direct plunger
This type of plunger is the most powerful plunger type. It consists of the plunger tube directly launching the dart out of the barrel, usually by pushing it with enough force. Many single shot blasters use this mechanism, such as the Nite Finder EX-3. The only N-Strike clip system blasters to use this mechanism are the Longshot CS-6 and the Stampede ECS. Other blasters that use this mechanism include, but are not limited to, the Hyperfire, Vulcan EBF-25 and the Retaliator.
- Main article: Reverse plunger
This is the most common mechanism for most N-Strike blasters; it is also used in all clip system blasters, of said line, the exclusion being flywheel blasters, air blasters, the Longshot CS-6 and the Stampede ECS. The reason it is called a "reverse" plunger is because the plunger tube moves backward to grab the dart and then launches it through the barrel. Examples of reverse plunger blasters include the Recon CS-6, the Longstrike CS-6 and the Maverick REV-6. Reverse plungers began to be used less commonly following the release of the N-Strike Elite line. The most recent reverse plunger blaster released was the Centurion.
|Air restrictor • Barrel • Dart post • Flywheel • Jam door • Muzzle • Plunger (Direct • Motorized direct • Reverse) • Pusher mechanism • Spring (Torsion) • Trigger (Acceleration trigger • Firing trigger)|