N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster Nerf Gun
N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Triad
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to every guy’s favorite childhood toy: Nerf guns. These are gadgets you can use in the office (covertly, of course), or use to play with your kids. Either way, they’re still insanely fun, especially if you have reservations against using real firearms, but still want to sate your trigger finger. This was an insanely fun list to compile, and resulted in many darts hitting us in the eyes, so with much labor and love, here’s the best Nerf guns to unleash your inner child, and have a killer time.
The Best Nerf Guns
N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster Nerf Gun
This is the Nerf gun you can only get on Amazon. Live out your fantasy of being John Wayne with this revolver-style Nerf gun from the N-Strike series. Good thing is, you can buy kits of N-Strike or Elite darts, and just about every type will work with this blaster. You get six in the package, with a total of ninety feet to rapid fire at your target, but do keep in mind, the color you see may not be the color you get: it varies depending on current stock. That being said, this well-priced Amazon exclusive comes in frustration-free packaging, and is the ultimate sidearm to your next Nerf battle. Be sure to also check out our list of the best Lego Jurassic world sets for more great items like this.
Comes with six darts
Rapid fire from a ninety foot range
- Weight1.2 pounds
These darts work with any N-Strike model or Elite blaster
Blaster colors vary
Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Nerf Gun
Why didn’t they have these when we were kids? You get to shoot up to 100 rounds with this Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K, each weighted enough to move through the air, but soft enough on contact to not leave a mark. While you’re looking at a pretty penny to pay for this top-shelf Nerf gun, it’s super simple to load with the top hopper feed, and totally seamless to fire. You’ll need to purchase a 6D battery to operate the mechanical motion, allowing you to rapid fire out at your target. On top of that, there’s two equally-priced colors to pick from: red, or blue. Pick a team, grab one for your mate, and decimate each other with a volley of foam pellets. You may also like to check our guide to the best desk toys for more great toy ideas.
Battery-operated, motorized movement for rapid fire
Choose from red or blue for teams, and shoot up to 100 pellets per fill
- Weight8 pounds
Hopper-style feed to load up quickly
Pretty high cost
N-Strike Elite Retaliator Nerf Gun
The Retaliator in the N-Strike series comes ready to take all your N-Strike darts you already own, and propel them for up to 90 feet through the air. While they may make it that far, it won’t be a straight flight all the way through; they swerve about a third of the way there, lowering your accuracy. The stock and clip give you better handling, and if you purchase multiple stocks, you’ll be able to have some pre-loaded twelve-shot rounds ready to go at a moments notice. These are excellently priced, allowing you to checkout, strap in, and have the time of your life in one-on-one foam combat, or grab a whole bunch and some spare darts, and take to the makeshift range (your living room) to deal in all-out fun warfare. Our guide to Pop Vinyls offers more great toys so check it out.
Twelve dart clip (twelve darts included)
Fires up to 75 feet
- Weight2.58 pounds
Works with N-Strike blaster darts that already come with your preexisting Nerf guns
Darts swerve after about thirty feet, on average
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Blaster
As you can tell, we have a thing for the N-Strike series. Elite Rampage Blaster one comes with a barrel drum that stores up to twenty-five darts, and propels them seventy-five feet through the air. This keeps a mostly straight shot all the way through, but it’s a bit of a pain to reload the barrel when you’re in the middle of a dart fight. Accuracy is achieved through the stock handle, as well as the easy-to-pull trigger, so you’re able to hit your moving targets with relative ease. As with most N-Strike models, you can interchange darts from other blasters, so you can just dip into your reservoir of darts (you do have a reservoir of darts, right?) and load up for the foam fight. Our handy guide to the best water guns features more great products like this.
Good grip and easy trigger; excellent accuracy
25-dart drum mag
- Weight2.8 pounds
Darts shoot 75 feet
Reloading this is a pain in the neck
Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster
Now we’re talking. Ready to live out your childhood zombie apocalypse fantasy? This double capacity magnum-style blaster is designed to take on the hordes, while allowing you to quickly switch from one barrel to the next. As a word of the wise, don’t slam on the barrels or switch between them too quickly, or it might jam. Many users recommended grabbing two of these for double the awesomeness, and they were right. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blasters are lightweight enough to take place of your standard Nerf pistol models, and allow you to shoot twelve shots per blaster. They’re also simple as can be to reload, so take cover, load up your next round of shots, and get back in the fight. If you are looking for a gift for your kid, make sure you also read out kids Go-Karts guide.
Double-drum feature w/ six shots per one
Inexpensive (many users buy two and go double-pistol into the zombie fight)
- Weight1.6 pounds
Accurate straight shots
Switching drums too quickly/pressing them too hard could jam it
Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFire
Become the commander of the living room fortress, and use the high-capacity fifteen shot rotating barrel drum to take down all your adversaries. The pump-action pull can get a bit jammed after you’ve been using it all day, but 99% of the time, it’s good to go and continues firing on through your entire mag. Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFire is one of Nerf’s best-quality guns, and loads of fun to use, all while staying at an excellent price. Darts will propel up to ninety feet, so whether you’re in the backyard or running through the hallway, you’ll have some serious range and top-notch power to land as many hits as possible. For more great gift ideas, check out our Lego Marvel sets review.
15-day rotating barrel drum
Shoots darts up to ninety feet
- Weight3 pounds
Low cost for a high-quality Nerf Gun
Pump-action pullback sticks a bit after long use
N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
Oh boy, get ready for a fun time with this one. The Rhino-Fire is how you get to live-out all those Call of Duty missions, but with Nerf guns instead. As always, this is compatible with other N-Strike darts, allowing you to grab for your enormous pack of darts and keep on moving. You get twenty-five shots per barrel, allowing you to pop off fifty rounds in a rapid firestorm. These barrels are relatively simple to reload, and run on a 6D battery to keep going. This does burn through that non-included battery fast, so be sure to have extras handy. It’s a bigger blaster with a seriously sturdy stand that’s ready to protect the front lines of your living room, or wherever you’re going to wage foam war. Love this product? Check out our review of the best coding toys for our top picks.
Double barrel actio nw/ 25 darts apiece
Durable tripod stance makes it sturdy and accurate
- Weight6 pounds
Compatible with all other N-Strike darts
Runs through the 6D battery very quickly (not included in purchase)
Nerf Modulus Regulator
All of your foam Rambo dreams are about to come true. Nerf Modulus Regulator is some serious fun, and if you’re the dad and you’re getting a slew of Nerf blasters for you and the kids, this is the heavy-duty barrage-style toy you’ll want to be in command of. Take control of three different firing modes from continuous, to burst, or single-fire for full control over how you do this. You’ll get to choose from two different scopes, and you’ve got ample additional clip/dart storage here. It’s a bit of a pain to reassemble all the components if you’re going to break it down, but a minor inconvenience at best. You get twenty-four darts with this, and a comfortable, far-reaching firing power in the palm of your hands. On the other hand, we have also reviewed the best educational toys, so check them out as well.
Comes with three modes: single, burst, and continuous
Extra clip storage for quick reloading
- Weight5 pounds
Two different barrels/scopes
More attachments mean more opportunities for something to go wrong
Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator
So it sounds like a cheesy 80’s cartoon, but it’s far from it. You can flip from one drum to the next to reload your shots, giving you twenty-four darts in the chamber to choose from. Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator is excellent for staying accurate above all else, partially due to the three different positions to hold this in, and the barrel grip to keep you steady, even when moving side to side. It is a bit of a pain to reload all for barrels before you can get going against, but once you’re mobile, this becomes one of the main forces of the battle. We used this against the Rhino-Fire (see product #7) to turn the kitchen space into all-out foam warfare. These don’t use the N-Strike, but you can get more darts with this big pack. Our Batman Lego sets guide offers more great toys.
Three positions to hold this
Stabilization and accuracy from the barrel grip
- Weight3.55 pounds
24-dart continuous blast without reloading
Your firing capacity is from four separate barrels, which are a pain to reload
Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike
Modulus doesn’t mess around with Tri-Strike. You get three ways to fire, whether it’s from the standard darts, four mega darts, or the enormous missile-style dart from the top. No matter which way you spin it, you’ll be able to conquer the battlefield. One of the best parts is that you don’t need a battery to keep the battle moving; it’s all pump-action, so you can save stress and cash on all those extra 6D batteries that some models need. If you’re daunted by the size of this blaster, don’t worry; you’ve got a stock on the back, and a horizontal grip along the barrel, giving you stability and control over where your darts are going to land. Find more great toys like this by checking out our guide to the best Lego City sets.
You get three ways to engage in foam warfare without having to stop and frequently reload
Stock and horizontal barrel grip give you full control over where your darts land
- Weight3.9 pounds
No battery required for the multiple blaster styles
There’s a lot going on here, so it’s going to take a while to reload and learn to use properly
Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster
If you’re going all-out Zombie Strike from this list, you have to be ready to go into Last Stand mode if you’re taken down in battle. You’re out of darts, you’re up against a wall, so you reach in to grab your Hammershot Blaster, and carry on the mission with your five-dart capacity. While that’s not a ton to go off of, it’s a well-built blaster that’s going to last, and has a sturdy trigger so you don’t fire-off and waste darts that won’t hit your target. This is the perfect gift for boys and sidearm companion for an all-out Nerf battle, and comes with a convenient click hammer to reload it (which is super fun to use). If you are looking for more interesting toys, check out our transformer toys review.
Simple to reload and ready for another round
Sturdy trigger gives you certainty in every shot
- Weight1.15 pounds
Minimal parts give this a longer lasting life
Only holds five darts
Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster
Kudos to the marketing guy who thought of Brainsaw. You get eight darts, four on either side, and two different ways to hold this ultra fun Nerf blaster: top handle, or barrel grip. While it looks bulky, it’s actually lightweight and very simple to use. The spinning saw blade is a nice touch, and thankfully doesn’t take any batteries or use any power beside the ripcord on the top. This single-shot blaster is loads of fun, and adds a whole new element to the battle. You get a good distance, as well as quick, reloads continue waging war with your mates. Zombie Strike is definitely their most fun-oriented line of blasters. If you need more gift ideas, check out our Hot Wheels Tracks review.
Actual spinning saw blade
- Weight3.19 pounds
Hold it two ways; top handle, or barrel handle
Only has an eight dart supply
Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike
That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike is one of our favorites, giving you the power and distance of a big bolt-action foam rifle, without having to use any batteries. The bipod is didn’t really stick too well to smooth surfaces, which was a bit of a bummer. You do get some power behind this, allowing you to fire from an eighteen-dart reservoir. One of our favorite little add-ons is the multiple sights along the top, teaching you to account for distance and bowing when the dart eventually loses momentum. It’s the closest to a foam sniper rifle you’re going to get, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun to use. Pro tip: keep the secondary magazine handy for quick reloads. Make sure you also check our Lego Ninjago sets for more great gift ideas.
Bolt-action pull for accuracy
- Weight3 pounds
Comes with a convenient little sight
Stand kind of slips if you’re propping it up on a coffee table or smooth-topped surface
Nerf Doomlands “The Judge”
I think this is as post-apocalyptic as you can get with Nerf guns. If you’re getting Road Warrior flashbacks looking at this, you’re not alone. Nerf Doomlands “The Judge” isn’t the best for your little ones to use, but if you’re going to be king of the despots in this foam war, you’re good to go. This only shoots in burst fire mode, but the chambers are separated into three-dart slots, making this super simple to reload. You get up to thirty darts, and this focuses more on rapid fire than distance, so you’ll only get about thirty to forty-five feet before your darts hit the ground, but that’s plenty to rush in, and rain some foam fire down on the enemy. Our guide to the best Harry Potter Lego sets offers more great items like this.
Thirty dart capacity
Burst fire mode (three darts at a time)
- Weight6 pounds
Separate chambers make this very simple to reload
Very bulky, more difficult for little ones to use
Nerf N-Strike Triad
Last but not least, this impressive little bugger mimics the Mini Cricket from MIB, because it’s got far more power than you’d imagine. You can shoot up to ninety feet, thanks to the quick action of the plunger-style reload on the base of the hilt. While Nerf N-Strike Triad only holds three darts, these are super affordable if you’re looking to grab a few Nerf guns on the cheap to start the party. These work with all other N-Strike darts, so a handful of these and a pack of darts will give you (or the kids) immense hours of fun without having to burst the wallet wide open. These are also excellent additions to your Nerf gun collection to put a little bit of last stand power in your pocket, helping you when you run out of ammunition for your larger blasters. Make sure you also check our remote control cars review for more great gift ideas for your kids.
Simple plunger to reload
Inexpensive way to get the battle started
- Weight5.6 ounces
Impressive 90-foot range
Only has a three dart capacity