Aimed for success |

Aimed for success

Sebastian Merrick created NerfTech and its product is the NH1, a device designed to mount items onto a series of Nerf guns. Merrick's creation is show here in blue, clasping a flashlight.
Photo provided to The Union by Chris Merrick |

A young Nevada County inventor has launched a new company and is looking for investors.

Sebastian Merrick, 12, created NerfTech; its product is the NH1, a device designed to mount items onto a series of Nerf guns.

Nerf is a Hasbro toy brand that develops mostly foam-based weaponry, as well as
sporting equipment.

“It’s an attachment for a Nerf gun that allows you to customize it however you want to,” Merrick said.

Merrick enjoys playing with the Nerf weapons with his friends, but grew tired of rigging attachments with tape. His NH1 enables the attachment of laser pointers, flashlights, and other accessories to a line Nerf weapons called N-Strike that have tactical mounting rails on them.

“There is so much potential. … You could do so much with them,” Merrick said.

The pre-teen launched the company through Sierra Commons, a nonprofit small business education and incubation organization in Nevada City, where he has been visiting with his father, Chris Merrick.

The NH1 Nerf Gun accessory holder is targeted toward the millions of kids who use the popular toys.

“I think starting company is a good learning experience,” the younger Merrick said. “I’m probably going to release some more stuff. I have some ideas floating around.”

NerfTech is launching a campaign to help take the company to the next level. The Merricks’ hope to raise $8,500 to pay for the mold of the attachment.

Visit to see a video of Sebastian’s patent-pending invention.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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