Have you missed the rush of declaring a Nerf war on your neighbors when you were a kid? You’re not the only one. It may be difficult to hold a Nerf match this winter 2021 as most people may choose to sip a warm cup of mulled wine or cocoa in their loungewear at home. Besides, it’s too cold to hold a match — some may also be busy hunting for the best Lego sets for adults or the best toy deals to beat the winter blues.
However, if you want to fire up the season and get your nostalgia fix with an action-packed Nerf battle at home (or outdoors in winter attire, if you dare), we’ve rounded up the best Nerf guns to help you defeat even the most formidable of foes.
Megalodon Nerf N-Strike Blaster
You may have a sniper in your squad, but how about a machine gunner? Be ready to be the squad’s indomitable machine gunner with the Megalodon Blaster. The Megalodon Blaster’s drum can hold a whopping 20 whistler darts. That is more than enough to power through your battles. To use the Megalodon, press and hold the trigger and crank the handle forward and back to release all 20 darts, making a whistling sound as they zip their way to your foes. You can also release one dart at a time if you don’t want to fire everything at once.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Trilogy DS-15 Blaster
Ready to level up your Nerf warfare? Bring the N-Strike Elite Trilogy DS-15 Blaster with you it can fire three darts from each shell to make your foes cower in fear. The DS-15 Blaster’s stock can hold five shells, which eject from the gun after it has been emptied, allowing you to chamber another round faster and retain your laser-like focus during the match.
Nerf Elite 2-in-1 Demolisher
Annihilate your enemies and destroy their defenses with the high-impact Nerf Elite 2-in-1 Demolisher, a motorized Nerf gun that can fire 10 darts or two missiles at 90 feet away for all-out action. If you want to use darts as your primary ammunition, place the rounds in the banana clip, fire up the motor by squeezing the acceleration trigger, and pull the trigger to fire at your opponents. For missiles, insert a missile into the launcher barrel, slide the pump handle, and pull the trigger to send your opponents scurrying for cover. The 2-in-1 Demolisher comes with a detachable storage space for your missiles.
Nerf Strike Elite Strongarm
Overwhelm your enemies with foamed ammunition at 90 feet away with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm, which includes six darts for continuous firing. This model includes a rotating barrel that you can flip for hassle-free reloading. The N-Strike Elite Strongarm is the ideal Nerf gun for users who want to attack from afar or those who are new to Nerf warfare.
Nerf Rival Knockout XX-100 Blaster
Compact and powerful, the single-shot Nerf Rival Knockout XX-100 Blaster can fire darts at unsuspecting enemies at 85 feet per second— perfect for expert marksmen who love executing stealth kills at close quarters. Bundled with two Nerf Rival Rounds, the Knockout XX-100 Blaster also has an easy-to-reach storage space for efficient reloading so you don’t have to worry about anyone exploiting this opportunity to defeat you. This Nerf gun is engineered with a trigger lock system in case you accidentally fire a round.
Nerf Zombie Strike Flipbury Blaster
“Reloading! Cover me,” you yell at your friend as you desperately chamber another round in your Nerf gun. Reloading can be a hassle sometimes so we suggest getting the Nerf Zombie Strike Flipbury Blaster for more efficient shooting as you can fire 12 darts in succession, with two flipping dart drums holding six darts each. Once you’ve used up the first drum, quickly switch with the bottom drum by pulling the secondary trigger and you’re all set to save humankind from hordes of zombies.
Nerf Fortnite RL Blaster
We recommend equipping the RL Blaster if you’re a Fortnite fan who wants to unleash devastating barrages of foam rockets at sturdy forts and helpless foes. You don’t need batteries to operate the gun, fortunately. All you have to do is load a foam rocket, prime the gun, and pull the trigger to show your opponents who’s boss. The Fortnite RL Blasters comes bundled with two genuine Nerf rockets and a handy storage stock in case you ran out of ammunition in the middle of war.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
One of the best modern Nerf models, the N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster is an intense, double-barrel blaster with a removable tripod that hits from a whopping 90 feet (or longer if you modify it). FYI: If your Nerf is prefaced with “N-Strike Elite” that means the gun is a tactical dart blaster that comes with customizable accessories and is more badass than standard “N-Strike” blasters. These ain’t your 1990s Seth Green Slingshots to “hit on babes” with (more on the Slingshots in a bit).
Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus
This was the first Elite blaster (remember what we learned about “No-Strike Elite” above) to use speed-load technology. On top of the 30-dart drum that comes with the Infinus, you can shove any and all Elite N-Strike darts into the top funnel and they automatically load into the clip. This is a brilliant function because it means you never have to pause to manually reload. Plus, the Infinus is on the lighter side and easy to maneuver if you’re playing with Nerf IRL.
Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader
We want this blaster now, 1) because the shell is transparent so you can see the skeleton of the semi-automatic mechanism, 2) there’s an LED light activation button for night missions., and 3) the customization is nearly endless with 1,000 combinations possible through Ghost Ops series accessories, including barrel upgrades and reflective targeting. The 12-dart load isn’t massive, but with rapid-fire capabilities, 12 shots are all you should need to peg your roommate on his way to the toilet.
Nerf Doomlands 2169 Lawbringer Blaster
With a 12-dart manual-load cylinder and standard spring trigger, theDoomlands 2169 Lawbringer is super easy to understand operationally but gives off a futuristic, doomsday, cowboy image that is daunting to anyone on the other side of your barrel. As Devon Sawa says in the ’90s Nerf commercials, “If you don’t have one, you’re just the target.” Shooting the Lawbringer is somewhat awkward, in which case we’d rather use the Doomlands Vagabond, but if you’re going for looks alone or using a Nerf to decorate your mantle, the Lawbringer is wily.
Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond Blaster
Read the instructions because you don’t load darts through the front. Instead, slide your darts into the side cylinders and use the smooth pump-action primer to ready fire. The pump grip is big, as is the actual blaster grip, so you can fire with one hand like The Man With No Name. If you want rapid-fire, you’ll want to keep one hand on the pump and another on the trigger. Honestly, the Doomlands 2169 Vagabond looks more aggressive than it fires but still shoots Elite darts so your distance will be anywhere between 70-90 feet.
Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster
The Hammershot is a quick-draw, five-dart blaster that can be easily modified (here’s a guide) to shoot farther, faster, and harder. This is your go-to, one-hander revolver. It’s trustworthy, smooth, and easy to maneuver. You’ll surely enjoy kicking undead butt all day with your friends as the Hammershot comes with different eye-catching designs to express your sense of style during the apocalypse (more like playtime).
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