Finding the best nerf gun isn’t easy. One of the best things about Nerf is that they have a massive variety of different guns and blasters, but this can also make it really difficult to know where to begin. With so many different options available, which one should you choose?
It really depends on what you’re looking for. Some guns tend to appeal to those looking for something practical and small, whereas some people just want the biggest gun they can get their hands on to blast as many people as possible. And others like to collect as many as different varieties as they can, even if it means that they never use the gun itself.
All in all, you should take a little time and do some research to try and find out really what the best Nerf guns for you might be. They all have different functions and capacities, so this is definitely something you’ll want to consider. However, I’m going to walk you through what I think are the top options currently available, starting with a few of my favorites.
Here’s a quick list of some of my favorites. I’ll get into a bit more detail about why they’re top of the list below.
Now, generally what the ‘best’ is comes down to personal preference. So, if you disagree with my list of have any older Nerf gun models to add, then feel free to do so in the comments below. But lets take a deeper look at some of the options that I’ve mentioned below.
If you want something that’s battery powered, fully automatic and flywheel, the the Khaos is probably something that will interest you. Did I mention it can take 40 rounds, too? Whilst it can be a little difficult to reload (come on, it’s 40 rounds), this one offers possibly the most fun of any blaster. It’s super high capacity make it really fun to use. Plus, you can pick up a rechargeable charging pack too and not have to worry about the 6 batteries it would usually take to use.
The Khaos holds 40 rounds sure, but it’s a big and bulky gun. If you want to compromise your rounds slightly and get a gun that’s much smaller, then the Artemis would likely be your best option for this. It holds 30 rounds in 3 separate 10 clip mags, but they’re all built into the gun internally, which helps to minimize the size of the gun.
It’s really easy to reload, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best examples of what the Rival Series should be, which makes it an ideal Nerf gun.
In my opinion, the Disruptor & the Strongarm are quite similar. But, I prefer the Strong Arm Blaster. They’re both relatively decent guns, and they’re very inexpensive too.
One good thing about the Strongarm is that it’s particularly easy to reload. It only has a 6 dart reload clip, which is really easy to use and flip open. Like the Disruptor, it’s surprisingly powerful for it’s small size and can certainly hold it’s own with some of the bigger nerf guns. So if you’re looking for a smaller Nerf gun, then you’ll want to consider this one.
Nerf Elite Rampage
The Rampage is one of the better Elite models that holds more than single fire ammo. It holds 25 darts, which makes it great to fire. In terms of rapid fire blasting, it’s up there with the best of them. It’s actually one of the only large ammo guns that isn’t automatic – yep, this one is completely manual. So, you’ll need to keep sliding the handle up and down to ensure you’ve got enough pressure to fire as fast as you’re able to. It’s undoubtedly one of the fast guns out there that isn’t battery powered.
If you want a fully automatic Nerf gun, then you could decide to opt for the Rapidstrike. It’s one of the best fully automatic Nerf guns, second for me only to the Regulator (which I’ll get to a little later on), because with the Regulator, you get the option to switch to single fire. The Rapidstrike is a typical shoulder shot gun, and it comes with 18 darts to fit in the 18 dart clip that it holds. To use it, you will need to use it with batteries to get the automatic effect.
Released in 2015, the Modulus is ideal for anyone looking for a step up in quality of their Nerf guns. They’re very easy to upgrade and add accessories too, which make them awesome and a level up from the standard option.
If you’re looking for an awesome Nerf Sniper, then the Longstrike is going to be one of your best options for this. It’s got some awesome range on it, What really makes the Longstrike one of the best nerf snipers is the customization that you get with this selection.
Historically, the Longstrike didn’t really live up to it’s name in the past. But with this, it all changes. It’s actually accurate to around 30 feet – any longer than that and you’re going to struggle. But for a Nerf gun, this type of accuracy is awesome. You’re able to easily customise the Longstrike too, making it even better. You’re easily able to fire off 6 shots at a time with the Longstrike, making it an awesome choice for a long range nerf.
Nerf Modulus Accessories
The Nerf Modulus Series of one of the most popular currently, the main reason being is that you get the ability to actually customize your gun with several different accessories. Here’s just a few of those accessories, although there’s many more available.
- Day/Night Scope – This scope is ideal for any of the Modulus Nerf guns with long range, as it allows you up to 5x magnfication on what you’re already seeing. You can easily attach it to the tactical rails at the top of the scope that all Modulus models have – it has a cool infrared mode too.
- Stealth Ops Kit – The Stealth Ops Upgrade Kit is awesome if you want a cheap add on that gives you a ton of fun. It has a red dot sight, proximity barrel which helps to increase your accuracy and an additional pivot grip which makes it easier to keep your gun sturdy.
- Long Range Kit – This kit allows you the ability to shoot long distance, which is great for larger guns. It has a folding bipod, which really gives you the feeling that you’re going to be doing some real shooting.
- Flip Clip – If you’re tired of only having one round to fire on your enemies with, then a flip clip is ideal. It’s really easy to change the clips over, which prove useful for fast firing combat.
The Modulus is undoubtedly one of the best series that Nerf have released so far. There are other series for you to consider, however.
Nerf Mega Mastodon
The Nerf Mega Mastodon is one of the bulkier releases of the Mega series. It comes with a 24 dart rotating drum which is ideal for rapid fire. Although the gun itself is particularly bulky, it does come with a strap and it’s intended to be used like a minigun. It requires 6 batteries to work, which shows just how powerful the gun can be. It’s really a different class of gun that the majority that I’ve already mentioned – if you want to feel like Scarface, then this is a great gun for that.
Nerf Elite Mega Doublebreach Blaster
If you want to use a pump action blaster, then the Doublebreach is the best example of this. It was only released in 2017, so it is one of the newer models that’s become extremely popular. It’s really slow to reload (like any shotgun type of toy), but it’s actually quite long distance, even though it isn’t intended to be aimed in the same way as a regular Nerf gun. If you want to get a blaster that really has that shotgun feel, then the Doublebreach is undoubtedly a really good example of that.
Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw
The Nerf Roughcut Blaster was one of the more popular Nerf Elite Series guns when it was originally released. Now, the Brainsaw is essentially a Roughcut Blaster with a chainsaw style add on that makes it look super cool.
There’s nothing wrong with that, as Nerf have updated their guns often to give us more exciting options throughout the years. The Brainsaw actually has an awesome chainsaw mechanism that works well. Though if we’re completely honest, this gun is more for show than anything else. And whilst the chainsaw part of it is actually made from foam, it’s surrounded by plastic – meaning you’re likely just going to poke someone with a big hunk of plastic.
Nerf Zombie Strike Crosscut Blaster
Another zombie option like the Brainsaw is the Crosscut – it’s generally half the price of the Brainsaw, so it’s definitely worth thinking about this one instead. The saw isn’t particularly usable on either item and it’s more of a showpiece, but it is fun to play with for younger kids. For it’s relatively low price, the Crosscut represents a pretty good deal for what it’s worth.
The Zombie Strike selection are releasing new guns often, so it’s worth keeping your eyes on them. The other Nerf line I’m about to mention is also extremely popular – I’m talking of course, about the Nerf Rival series.
Nerf Rival Nemesis
If you have a bigger budget and want the ultimate option in capacity, then the Nemesis is the choice for you. It takes 100 rounds or more – yes, that’s right, 100 rounds. This is really what many Nerf fans had been waiting for for a while. It’s a gun where you can run into a crowd of opponents and really blow them all away. It’s fully automatic too, but it doesn’t use spring action. The balls naturally fall onto the flywheel, ready for firing. Aside from the expensive price, this is an undoubtable favorite option for a lot of people.
Nerf Rival Prometheus
Up until 2018, the Nemesis was the king amongst Nerf Rival guns. It had 100 round capacity, which means that you could easily run into a crowd of people and blow everyone away. It was the best Nerf rival gun on the market.. until the Prometheus showed up.
Now, the Prometheus is one of the the biggest, baddest Nerf guns around. Sure, it’s expensive. But with it, you’re getting the capability to fire 200+ Nerf balls at your opponent, making it the highest Nerf gun capacity ever by some distance. As you might have guessed, it’s a big gun and it’s extremely powerful and fires at 100 feet per second. This is a great choice for the serious Nerfer.
Nerf Rival Atlas
The Atlas is a good option if you’re looking for a Nerf shotgun. It’s actually a double fire Nerf gun, which in my opinion, doesn’t make ideal for the Nerf Rival Series. It only holds 12 in the clip, and as it’s double shot, that means you’re going to only get 6 shots. This isn’t enough in my opinion for a big gun like the Rival Atlas, so I’d look elsewhere. Unless you desperately want a shotgun however – then this might make a good choice.
What to Consider Before Buying A Nerf Gun
Before you go ahead and actually purchase a Nerf gun, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration before you do so.
Nerf guns can go from super big to super small. Personally, for practicality reasons I much prefer the smaller guns, though they tend to have a lower capacity. This means it’s going to take you a lot longer to reload with a small low capacity gun than a big one. But, the big ones have their drawbacks too. They can be heavy, harder to aim and they’re not great for quick sneak attacks.
For me, this is the most important thing that you’re going to have to consider. You’ll find Nerf guns with as little capacity as 1 dart, or you’ll find the Nemesis, which you can load over 100 Nerf balls into it.
The whole ‘more is better’ thing isn’t always the case with Nerf guns. Because with guns like the Nemesis, if you’re playing outside, you are going to lose balls. That’s just a fact of playing Nerf. Especially with the Rival Series, which I’ll talk more about now.
Darts vs Balls
Another thing that the Rival series brought in that might make your decision a little more difficult is the use of balls as opposed to darts. Whilst other Nerf guns still use darts, the Rival series uses small balls to fire at your opponent. These are great for velocity, but they do get lost a lot easier in my experience, so that’s something to bear in mind.
Price is another thing you’ll want to consider. If you’re new to Nerf, then make sure you do your research and you’re not paying too much for guns. There’s a lot of resellers online selling the older models that have been discontinued for two or even three times the price. That means you should try and stick to a model that hasn’t been discontinued yet, so that you can get it at it’s retail.
If you’re picking out Nerf guns for the whole family, then you might want to consider different colors so you can pick teams. For example, the Rival Series has blue and red colors, so you can easily differentiate between the two. Usually, these bright colors are used so that we don’t get them confused with real firearms.
Of course, something many people are concerned with is the firepower. Generally, Nerf guns tend to shoot around on average 60 feet per second (about 20 meters per second, or 40 miles per hour). There isn’t a ton of variance between the guns, but larger battery powered Nerfs do tend to have a faster shot.
Which Nerf Series is Best?
Depending on what you’re looking for, different Nerf Series offer different benefits and drawbacks. There are a few ranges that have stood the test of time, and a few that have died out over the years.
Nerf Rival Series
The Nerf Rival series is probably the best option for adults, as it’s designed with teenagers or older in mind. It isn’t really suitable for young kids, and was even banned in Australia because they didn’t meet toy requirements. Instead of firing darts, the Nerf Rival used small golf ball style (but not as hard as golf balls, obviously – this is good for firing long distances and using in more competitive Nerf matches.
Nerf N Strike Elite
The Nerf N Strike Elite collection is pretty awesome. The N Strike Series takes on the typical blue coloring, and when you think about what a Nerf gun should look like, the Elite is a pretty stereotypical example.
Out of the 35 guns that make up the Nerf N Strike Elite models, there are a few that stand out in comparison to the rest.
Nerf Zombie Strike
The Nerf Zombie Strike Series is exactly as it sounds. Nerf released this set so that you can attack the potential zombie hoard that might arrive at any moment. As well as these Nerf guns, they also released some melee weapons to be used alongside them.
Nerf Mega Series
The Nerf Mega Series are pretty much exactly as it sounds – they’re the evolution of Nerf guns, and they’re ultimately a more powerful option than the Elite. There aren’t as many options in the Mega range, though some of them are pretty awesome.
The BigShock sounds like it’s going to be some big, two foot behemoth of a gun that’s going to be fully automatic. But the reality? It’s a small, one shot pistol blaster that’s relatively simple and unique. It has a one up top, one down below clip – meaning there’s one in the chamber you can fire, and one extra bullet than you can quickly reload with placed on top of the gun.
This is a great gun for doing cowboy duels with, which is one of my favorite Nerf war games to play. It’s also really cheap, making it a pretty good first Nerf gun.
Nerf Rebelle Series
Now discontinued, when it was released the Rebelle line caused some controversy due to the fact that it was pink and for girls. Whilst Nerf guns are generally gender neutral anyway, Hasbro decided to release some pink fluffy ones that girls might prefer. Whilst the line wasn’t too successful, they did release some cool guns.
What about BOOMco?
BOOMco are generally considered as the second in command to Nerf guns. Whilst Nerf are the originally foam dart brand and always will be, there’s no denying that BOOMco have also released some super cool guns over the last couple of years.
The coolest, in my opinion, of the BOOMco selection is their released of the Halo gun replicas. They’re surprisingly accurate to the real thing, and it’s worth looking at them if you’re fed up with Nerf.
The Reality is with the Halo line is that the majority of the weapons work better as show pieces. They’re really cool to hold and look at, but most of them aren’t that practical. I’ll give you my opinion on what I think the most practical Halo guns are.
The Needler in game compared to the replica Needler made by BOOMco. Pretty cool, and the ammo on top of the gun lights up as well.[/caption]
Halo Brute Spiker Blaster
- Halo powered by BOOMco. brings the intimidating Brute Spiker to life!
- Featured in Halo Wars 2
- Brute Spiker can blast multiple darts before needing to reload
As a pistol, the Brute Spiker blaster is one of the better options from the BOOMco Halo set. It’s relatively cheap too, which makes it a no brainer for me. The Spiker Blaster uses a 6 dart clip system, all you need to do is prime the blaster by pulling back the handle on the top. Of all the Halo guns, I think that this one provides the best value for money.
BOOMco Halo Assault Rifle
- Halo powered by BOOMco. brings to life one of the most iconic Halo blasters ever—the MA5
- Pump the front handle to prime air pressure and then fire a barrage of darts in seconds
- MA5 can blast multiple darts before needing to reload
This is another good example of a relatively decent gun. It isn’t the most practical, and it probably isn’t as good as most other Nerf and BOOMco guns if we’re talking about firepower. But because it’s a replica of the Halo Assault Rifle, it does look really like the Halo Assault Rifle. So, it’s worth purchasing if you’re an avid Halo fan.
Halo UNSC M6 Blaster
- Epic accuracy and shooting distances up to 70 feet. Firing distances are approximations only
- HALO-inspired UNSC Red Team deco and design
- Brings the HALO in-game experience to life
It seemed like with this series, the smaller guns were the more practical. Whereas the larger guns were really just for show purposes. The M6 Blaster is a good example of a cheap blaster that still carries the Halo name and it true to the in game version of the gun.
Other Halo guns worth mentioning;
- Covenant Needler – Undoubtedly the coolest looking in my opinion, the Needler holds pretty close to the game. The gun itself isn’t the most practical however, and for such a big gun, it doesn’t have great capacity.
- Plasma Gun – Again, one of the best guns to use in the game itself and the replica does feel really good too. However in terms of firepower, it’s pretty lacklustre.
- Covenant Carbine – For some reason, BOOMco made the Cov Carbine really, really small in comparison to what most fans thought it should be. Firing, it isn’t bad but it’s not up there with the best.
Overall, this is just my opinion on some of the best Nerf guns that have been released over the years. It’s really down to you to decide on what may suit you. If you aren’t entirely sure, it’s probably a good idea to pick up a good mid size gun along with a cheap pistol gun. This way, you can get a feel for the guns and you’ll be able to tell which one is going to be most suited to your needs.
There are a ton of different Nerf guns that have been released, and even some this year, so don’t be afraid to wait to find one that you really like. And remember; it’s Nerf or Nothin!
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