Dan Scott, 25, said residents pick up all the stray bullets following the foam dart wars, which occur once or twice a week across the street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire
A care worker was left stunned after a neighbour called the police over his friendly ‘Nerf gun wars’ – so he bought more just to annoy them.
Dan Scott moved into his new home with his girlfriend last November and hi-jinks swiftly ensued with his new neighbours.
Within weeks the self-professed ‘big kid’ got four other households on his road involved in the Nerf gun wars, where they ambush each other with foam darts.
But the 25-year-old was stunned to find two police officers on his doorstep last month following reports of a ‘weapon being fired’.
Dan, from Winslow, Buckinghamshire, said: “One night one of the neighbours messaged me to say they were round at one of their houses.
“I sent a photo of a Nerf gun and said ‘shall we get them?’ and then we ended up having a Nerf gun fight for like an hour at ten o’clock at night and it went from there.
“Now we have Nerf wars about once or twice a week – it can happen randomly when people are getting home from work and most Friday nights we go round ambushing people.
“Then one morning on my day off I got a bang on the door – I just thought it would be one of the neighbours but it was two police officers.
“They said apparently a gun was involved so they had to come round. I said ‘you do know it’s a Nerf gun don’t you?’ I think they did know but they had to double-check.
“That was quite funny really but it did come as a shock.”
The households involved have shared out Dan’s collection of four Nerf guns and around 1,000 bullets for the game.
They all launch sneak attacks as residents come home from work or relax on weekends, a lot of which has been captured by the homeowner’s doorbell camera.
Dan said: “I used to work with children so I have lots of random stuff like costumes and Nerf guns and I’m used to being a child.
“Half of the neighbours have my Nerf guns at their houses now ready and we try to get the kids on the estate involved as well, it’s just a laugh.
“Once I lay in a bush in a camouflage outfit and my girlfriend showed the neighbours me leaving the house on the doorbell camera.
“They knew I was hiding somewhere but they couldn’t find me, it was funny.”
Despite the police visit, Dan has ordered more toy guns to carry on the neighbourhood shoot-outs.
He insists that everyone involved picks up the fallen foam bullets and dubs the game ‘harmless’.
Dan said: “I was shooting at a friend so it must have been one of the other neighbours who gets fed up by the bullets landing on their garden that reported me.
“But we go round and pick them up, we’re nice about it – they’re 2p a bullet anyway so we wouldn’t just leave them.
“I cracked up laughing when the police came. We’ve not done anything wrong.
“The police said ‘you don’t want to annoy all your neighbours, you’ve just moved in’, but said they play with Nerf guns with their kids as well.
“It hasn’t stopped our fun. We’ve bought more Nerf guns because of it – I’ve got another eight on the way.”
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Officers from Thames Valley Police attended an address in Winslow on 14 August following reports of a weapon, believed to be an air rifle, being fired.
“This was a routine response and words of advice were given to the individual and no further action was taken as there were no offences reported.”