This has to have been one of the most fun guides we have written at Parameter, testing out these Nerf Blaster guns has been an absolute laugh a minute, just showing that you don’t have to be a kid to have fun destroying your friends and work colleagues with a barrage of foam bullets.

Now, before we get into the guide, it has to be said – we didn’t know there was such a wide selection of Nerf guns these days. Honestly, there are loads of them! But as always we have taken our time to deep delve into the world of Nerf gun toys to bring you this guide to the best ones.

So, where to start?

Well for a start, you need to decide which ammo type you choose, there are 5 different types of ammunition. The standard NERF dart is a small rubber tipped foam projectile which comes in different colors and is sold under the Elite, Zombie Strike or Doomlands guns. There is the newer AccuStrike darts which will work in any gun which accepts the standard dart.

Next we have the Mega dart which is larger and makes an incoming noise as it flies through the air. Not as accurate, granted, but a lot of fun all the same.

Bigger? Next we have the missile which acts more as artillery and is used in the blaster models.

Finally, the Rival range are small round pellets which look like small yellow balls. These are only for kids 14 and up and can be fired with precision for accurate takedowns.

Our advice? Buy some extra ammo when you buy the gun, trust us, they are well worth the extra money.

Best NERF Guns

So, now we know the main types of ammo, let’s get on to the blasters themselves. We have picked our top 4 for all budgets, then we deep dive into the top 12 models.

At the end we have our buying guide and FAQ section, after that – please leave a comment and rating for your chosen mode.

Top Picks


Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is one of the first options that we have on this list and it is designed to be a small and portable option for children of all ages. The gun is lightweight and constructed with durable materials that should make any child want to start their own min war with some friends.

The gun can fire up to 6 darts and features a rotational barrel design that will automatically rotate as the darts are being shot.6 darts are included and according to the manufacturer, it has a range of around 90-feet. This should give you enough range to hit friends from a distance and also give an added edge to the player.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

The gun features 2 shooting modes and the first mode will allow you to shoot each dart independently. However, the rapid-fire mode enables the shooter to shoot much faster and more rapidly. One of the benefits is that when you shoot using this method, the gun generally does not jam, giving you the free motion of shooting.

The only real downside is the size of the grip. The grip might not really fit into the hands of younger children and they might need to use two hands to efficiently operate the weapon. However, kids generally grow into this Nerf gun and it is suitable to last you a couple of years until the child reaches the teenager phase and stops playing with toys.

While Nerf is an elite brand, their weapons and toys are generally not priced too high. This makes it an excellent option for all children that love playing war with one another. One thing you should keep in mind is that the blaster colors may vary. It is also worth noting that it only works with specific Nerf gun darts.

Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Includes 2 fire modes
  • 6 darts are also included
  • 90-foot range
  • Reasonably priced
Cons:
  • Might not fit everyone’s hands
  • Blaster colors may vary
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Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster

The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster is a slightly larger option that has been designed for children looking for something that looks similar to the Shotgun. It has a hammer-action that will allow you to reload the weapon with every shot, much like you have seen with some of the top Shotgun designs on the market today.

Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster

It is designed to fire 5 darts but does not include the rapid fire feature. Once the weapon has been loaded, it should easily fit into one hand and you can fire it whilst looking around you. The reloading is simple and easy, but the gun does have a limited range that might not allow you to hit your targets from afar.

As for the design, the gun itself is rather durable and makes it fun for children to shoot their darts all over the place. The gun used different darts from other Nerf guns, but this makes it possible to find your darts when playing amongst others. It does not work with all the other types of Nerf gun darts and you might need to find the specific darts if need extras.

While the weapon itself is actually free from most flaws, the most rampant problem we have found amongst many people is that it only holds 5 darts. This means you need to be precise with your shooting and the rapid-fire mode does not exist. Aside from this, the gun is really fun to play with and should make a great toy.

Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Close resemblance to the shotgun
  • Hammer-action design
  • Really affordable
Cons:
  • Only holds 5 darts
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Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster

Looking at the Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster we immediately see a gun that has been designed for children that are looking for something more than the average. This gun is slightly larger than the other Nerf guns and heavier as well. All this means is that you now have to use 2 hands when shooting.

The main feature is the fact that instead of only taking a limited number of darts, this gun can actually hold up to 25. It comes with a drum that will automatically reload the chamber to keep your firing for an extended period. The 25 darts that are needed are also included in this package when you do decide to buy this gun.

Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster

Once again, users will have a decent range of around 90-feet to play with when using this Nerf gun. The Slam-Fire mode is back and it allows you to shoot at a much faster pace, which can mimic the features of an automatic weapon. With the power behind each dart, this gun is also used by many people for humane pigeon control.

As for the price, it is a little more expensive than some of the other guns, but you need to keep in mind that it comes with many more darts. The gun does not jam at all and reloading the drum is simple and easy. We would definitely recommend it as one of the top options for children that enjoy playing with guns and darts.

Pros:
  • Comes with 25 darts
  • Includes the Slam-Fire mode
  • Easy to reload and use
  • 90-feet shooting distance
Cons:
  • Might be a little more expensive
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Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

Continuing the trend of the larger weapons that can fire multiple darts, we have the Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster. This blaster is also designed to fire multiple darts and it is much larger than any of the Nerf guns we have seen so far. You also need to use 2 hands if you are to effectively control it when shooting.

A drum for the darts have also been included to ensure you can carry them along and much like the previous option, it also feeds the chamber continuously with darts. It can reach up to 90-feet with excellent accuracy and includes the Slam-Fire mode. However, this can diminish the accuracy a little bit for shooters.

Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

What we love about this gun is that it can fire up to 5 darts per second when you have fresh batteries. However, it does chew through batteries quite rapidly and you might be better off having a few spare one around. It fits comfortably in your shoulder as well and you can actually shoot the weapon much like you would a real rifle.

With all these features, the gun is one of the most expensive that Nerf has ever made. However, all the darts you will need have been included and buying these separately can be a little expensive. We would recommend it for all-out war and to have some fun with your child around the yard. The range does allow for pigeon control as well.

Pros:
  • Includes 25 darts and a drum
  • Fires 5 darts per second
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Easy to reload
Cons:
  • A little expensive
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Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Toy Motorized Blaster

The Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Toy Motorized Blaster is one of the newer models that are currently making circles around the world. It is a slightly different option and looks like a gun that you will find in some sort of Sci-Fi movie. Once again, it is larger than average, but this does complement some of the features it has.

Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Toy Motorized Blaster

Instead of the smaller 25-dart barrel, Nerf has included a 30 dart barrel that will give even more ammunition to work with. The drum also loads the darts automatically and we have not seen any issues with it jamming. It works efficiently, even when you are using the Slam-Fire mode to shoot a heap of darts at your target.

It might be a little large for younger children to play with, but the durability will ensure that the gun does last long enough for your child to start shooting. It is also worth noting that this is the only Nerf gun that actually includes the speed-load technology, making it a great option for beating your friends with speed.

Unfortunately, it also comes with a hefty price tag for a Nerf gun. There are many smaller options out there for beginners to start with before deciding if this is the best option for you. We would recommend it for children who really like Nerf guns, but it can also be used by parents to have a little bit of fun around the house.

Pros:
  • Speed load technology
  • Comes with 30 darts
  • Really durable design
  • Ergonomic for children
  • Reaches up to 90-feet
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Bulky design
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Persuader Nerf Doomlands Toy Blaster

The Persuader Nerf Doomlands Toy Blaster is another Nerf gun that comes with the hammer-action motion. It looks much like you would think a modern cowboy gun would look, but slightly larger to hold the 4 darts that are included. The hammer-action is also easy to use and you simply need to pull it back and start shooting.

With this gun, you can decide to slowly fire the darts or to fire all 4 of them directly after one another. Since it comes with a unique design that allows you to look inside the blaster, you can constantly keep an eye on the firing mechanism. This does make it helpful to see if anything is wrong or if it has been damaged in any way.

Persuader Nerf Doomlands Toy Blaster

The downside for us is the fact that it can only fire 4 shots. You might run out of ammunition a little too fast. However, the loading is really simple and easy and you can easily reload the weapon with additional darts that you might have purchased. It is worth noting that this gun does not require any batteries.

Since it is slightly smaller and does not include as many technical features that require batteries to power them, this gun is really affordable. It might not be the best when it comes to balance or weight distribution, but your child will figure out the most comfortable to use it in virtually no time at all. It is definitely recommended for beginners.

Pros:
  • Smaller more compact design
  • No batteries needed
  • Easy to reload
  • Really affordable
Cons:
  • Only shoots 4 darts
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Nerf Vagabond Doomlands Toy Blaster

The Nerf Vagabond Doomlands Toy Blaster is another one of the Doomsland collection. It features a blaster design that you expect to see in Hollywood movies but has a pump-action feature that will make it possible to shoot the darts. It is a great option since it does not require you to constantly have batteries around.

The rotating barrel means you will not need to constantly make sure you have a dart in the chamber to be fired. It can take up to 6 darts that can be fired one after the other once you have mastered the art of using the pump action design to your advantage. Once again, the design enables you to look inside the gun and see the firing mechanism.

Nerf Vagabond Doomlands Toy Blaster

Since the weapon is this large, it does not really make sense that it can only fire 6 darts. You might need to stock up on a few additional darts if you want to wage a war with friends. However, it is really easy to reload and it has a decent range of 90-feet that can be reached when you are firing. Many adults also love to play with it.

Compared to some of the other guns that also fire 6 darts, this Nerf gun might be seen as a little overpriced and not for everyone. However, a beginner might love the gun and since it does not require additional batteries, it is a great buy. We would recommend it for beginners and children with limited Nerf experience.

Pros:
  • Reasonable firing rate
  • Easy to reload
  • Includes the rapid-fire mode
  • Pump-action design
  • No batteries needed
Cons:
  • A little heavy
  • Overpriced for only 6 darts
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Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster

The Doomsland collection is definitely a great collection that has been started by Nerf and the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster is one of the favorites that we have seen many people currently choose. It is designed to look like your standard cowboy gun, but this all comes with a new and modern twist added.

The rotating barrel helps to keep you shooting at a rapid rate and there will always be a dart in the chamber. It can take up to 8 darts with a hollow point that could sting a little of they hit you at full speed. Since the gun also uses the hammer-action method, you don’t need to constantly worry about batteries running flat.

Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster

On the side of the weapon, it is clear and transparent, making it possible to view the shooting mechanism, especially if you have a few problems that need to be sorted. The gun is designed with attention to detail, but it might be a little too bulky for children. This does make it rather impossible to actually holster the weapon.

The price is one of the best parts and this is one of the cheapest models part of the Doomsland collection. It does not have any issues or glitches and children love using it to play around the house. much like the other guns part of the Doomsland collection, this one is highly recommended for beginner Nerf gun lovers.

Pros:
  • Functional and stylish design
  • Easy to load and reload
  • No batteries required
  • Reasonably priced
Cons:
  • It might be a little bulky
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Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor

Any gun that has been named the disruptor is definitely something to be taken seriously. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor is like a larger version of the Strongarm and it fires up to 6 darts at your target. According to the manufacturer, it should reach a decent range of around 90-feet when the batteries are fresh.

Yes, it does with batteries, but this enables you to use the rapid-fire mode. The rotating barrel will constantly move to ensure you are ready to fire and since it is larger, you need to hold it using 2 hands. However, we actually prefer this when playing with the gun, as it actually promotes accuracy and stability.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor

The gun comes in at just under 1-pound and it might be a little heavy for smaller children to start off with. However, they should grow into it rather quickly and it also helps a lot of adults when it comes to having fun. Aside from the weight and the batteries, the gun does not really have any other downsides worth mentioning.

Much like the Strongarm, it is one of the most affordable Nerf guns on the market today and you will definitely see many similarities to the Strongarm. We would recommend it to children above the age of 5 and the capability to actually hold it. If you want to simulate a war with your friends, this can be a great weapon.

Pros:
  • Includes rapid-fire
  • Reaches up to 90-feet
  • Quite accurate
  • Really affordable
Cons:
  • Might be a little too big for smaller children
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Nerf N-Strike Elite DoubleBreach Blaster

If you are not having fun already with your Nerf gun, the Nerf N-Strike Elite DoubleBreach Blaster is the gun that is sure to actually change this. Once again, it does not require any batteries and has been fitted with a pump action that will ensure you can constantly use it. This will save you money in the long run if you don’t like keeping batteries on hand.

It comes with 5 darts, which might not be much, but they can reach a staggering 90-feet, like most of the other Nerf guns. However, this will all be thanks to the great triggering mechanism. It looks almost identical to a shotgun and comes with a double barrel. You can actually fire two shots with only one pump.

Nerf N-Strike Elite DoubleBreach Blaster

As we have mentioned, it only takes 5 darts and this is too little for someone who needs a serious Nerf gun. The darts are also somewhat larger and considered to be Mega darts, making it ideal for doing serious damage to your target. Many adults also prefer to use the gun when it comes to pigeon control, but it can do some serious damage.

As for the price, it might be a little bit overpriced for only 5 darts and being a little on the slow side when it comes to firing. However, it can be used as the enforcer weapon and if you have a couple of smaller Nerf guns on hand, it is a great addition. We would recommend it to Nerf gun collectors as part of the collection.

Pros:
  • Looks like a shotgun
  • Pump-action design
  • Does not need batteries
  • Reaches up to 90-feet
Cons:
  • A little overpriced
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Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike

If accuracy has been your main concern, the Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike should be one of the best guns that you can choose for your kid. It is part of the AccuStrike series and features a rifle design that also includes bipod for promoting more accuracy. It is the closest to a sniper you will become as a kid.

The weapon features a bolt action and this is completely new to the Nerf Gun collection. The 18 darts that has been included need to be loaded one by one, but this adds to the fun of hitting your targets from a distance. Much like the other Nerf guns, you should be able to hit your target from a range of around 90-feet.

Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike

While the design is really something special, the reloading does take some time and many kids are mostly focused on speed. This could make the gun a little harder to sell to your kid. However, it is also the closest to a hunting rifle you will get. We also need to mention that it does not require any batteries to be fully functional.

As for the price, the gun is a little expensive off the bat, but when you look at the price of buying the darts, it is considered a bargain. If you and your child love the thrill of hunting or even sniper movies, this could be the ideal gun for them. We definitely recommend it for the unique bolt action design that has been implemented.

Pros:
  • Bolt action design
  • Comes with 18 darts
  • Incredibly accurate
  • Range of 90-feet
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Slow reloading
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Longstrike Nerf Modulus Toy Blaster

Last but certainly not least, we have the Longstrike Nerf Modulus Toy Blaster and this is the only Nerf gun that actually allows you to customize the weapon and add all the features that you feel the most comfortable with. It features a bipod that can be extended for shooting over objects and a scope for better accuracy.

Unlike the previous model, you don’t constantly need to struggle with the reloading. The gun features 3 clips that can each take 6 darts and to save you a couple of bucks, the deal also includes 18 darts. The bolt action design does mean that you don’t need to constantly worry about running out of batteries when you buy it.

Longstrike Nerf Modulus Toy Blaster

If you plan on being silent and walking around as a sniper, you might run into a couple of snags. The gun might have a good range, but once you conk the gun using the bolt, it does make a lot of noise, which might be frustrating. You definitely need to find somewhere out of harm’s way when cocking the gun to reduce the risk of being spotted.

Unfortunately, it is one of the most expensive Nerf guns currently on the market and this might not make it the best option. Children generally gravitate toward automatic weapons and this one is mostly for the experience Nerf gun enthusiasts. We would recommend it to teens who still love to play with their Nerf guns.

Pros:
  • Includes numerous accessories
  • 3 clips are added that take 6 darts each
  • Really accurate
  • Can be customized
  • No batteries required
Cons:
  • Really expensive
  • Cocking makes a lot of noise
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Buyer's Guide

The best Nerf guns are easy to find and you can spot them by their popularity. However, you might need to have a good checklist before buying one since there are many of them available. Here are a few pointers that you can definitely use to ensure the Nerf gun you buy is the right one for your child’s unique personality.

  • Type: Nerf guns are available in multiple different types and each of these guns have their own benefits and drawbacks to the user. This will be the first important decision you need to make before buying a Nerf gun. Here is a small breakdown of each Nerf gun type and how it could benefit you:
  • Automatic: The automatic Nerf gun is the most popular and these guns are battery-powered. They include the rapid-fire mode to shoot multiple darts, but you constantly need to have a few batteries on stand by.
  • Bolt-action: The bolt-action guns are not as popular, but they are great for shooting one dart at a time. They are mostly found in the rifle designs to emulate that of a hunting rifle.
  • Pump-action: If your kid loves being the enforcer and using a shotgun, the pump-action Nerf guns could be a great option. They generally have larger darts that can inflict a little more damage.
  • Hammer-action: The hammer action guns are a little slower to use and they require some practice, but they will save you a lot of money in the long run without any batteries.
  • No matter which one you choose all of the Nerf guns is made with the same quality standard. The only difference will be the rate at which they fire and if the weapon is actually functional to compete with your friends.
  • Comfort: Since they are available in different sizes, you need to find something that is comfortable enough for your child to play with. If the gun is too large, your child might not be able to use it. Similarly, Nerf guns that are too small might phase out quickly, especially when all the friend are upgrading to the rifles and the shotgun models.
  • Darts: Nerf darts are sold separately, but they can be a little expensive and this is why having a couple of darts that are already included can actually be a bargain. Some of the top Nerf guns actually come with 25 darts already included. However, it does make the initial price a little steep, especially if you don’t know if the kid will be using the gun a lot.
  • Price: With so many Nerf guns actually available on the market today, you don’t need to go overboard on your budget. You can find some great Nerf guns for really affordable prices if you go through this entire list. If your kid is only a beginner, we recommend finding something cheaper to see if they are actually interested in playing with it.
Frequently Asked Questions

Finding information about Nerf guns is not that hard and since they are really popular, you should be able to find everything with a simple internet search. We have done this and compiled a list of all the most common questions that people have on their mind. Here are a few questions that you might also have when it comes to Nerf guns:

  • Are They Safe? This is the most common question that is on the mind of many people and the Nerf gun is designed to help children play with guns while remaining safe. The darts are constructed with foam and feature a hardened plastic tip. While a shot up close can definitely sting a little, these guns won’t do any serious damage to your kids.
  • At What Age Can My Child Play With A Nerf Gun? The Nerf gun is designed to accommodate children of all ages and while you can start buying them at a very young age, we have also seen many teens that still play with them. The Nerf gun can actually be considered an evergreen product and since there will always be a demand, it will never go out of fashion. It can also be passed down through generations.
  • Are These Guns Durable? To be honest, the durability is right around the same as you would expect to find in most plastic toys. The company is upgrading the guns as technology is upgrading, but they can’t be compared to metal toys. The guns will work for a couple of years, but much like anything in life, they will eventually break and need to be replaced.

Conclusion

When it comes to a brand like Nerf, it is not about the best gun, but more about the most popular gun. All of the Nerf guns are made from the same quality materials and their features are also quite similar. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is probably the best option for children just starting out and it is also one of the most affordable options.

We understand that there are many Nerf guns and we have only included 12. We would love to see some of your comments on the other Nerf guns and which ones you feel are the very best. Let us know in the comment section if you really think we should have included any of the other Nerf guns in this list.

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