Finding the perfect NERF gun can be a little tricky. Although these foam-dart guns seem simple on the surface there is a huge amount to consider. New ranges are being added to the blaster roster every month so we wouldn’t blame you if you’ve got lost in the detail; as an example, what is the difference between a Rival and Elite 2.0 blaster?
To help you navigate the ever expanding NERF universe, we’ve put together a list of the best NERF guns available today. Each blaster will be more suitable for one play-style than another so be sure to take a look through the complete list and pick out your favorite.
If you are looking for something in a specific range, check out the rest of of our series specific top 10s
1. NERF N-Strike Elite Infinus N-Strike
Includes 30 Elite darts
“Speed Load” Technology
30 round dart drum
Requires 4 D cell batteries
Every once and while Hasbro introduces some game changing Tech to turn your blasting game on it’s head. Not only is the NERF N-Strike Elite Infinus an impressive motorized blaster it’s own right (more on that later) but it features revolutionary “Speed-Load Technology” which means you can keep feeding the blaster darts without needing to remove the 30-dart drum to reload. If you hate having to stop the game to reload then this is definitely a blaster to consider.
The Infinus is a motorized fully automatic blaster and is small enough to give you excellent agility on the field. Trust us, the speed load feature is very handy as you will find yourself shooting darts at an alarming rate. If you have often looked at the larger motorized blasters and though them too bulky (*cough* Mastodon) we would recommend picking up an Infinus; an impressive innovative blaster.
The Infinus includes 2 tactical rails (front and back) located on top of the blaster which gives you a lot of options for customization.
We haven’t been so excited by a blaster in a long time, the speed load tech is truly game changing, we’ll no longer have nightmares of being caught in the middle of a firefight and realizing we have to reload!
2. NERF Modulus Longstrike
Includes barrel extension, distance scope, bi-pod stabilizer
Includes 3x 6 dart clips
3x Tactical rails
3x sling mounts
Includes 18 NERF Elite darts
What the hell! Hasbro went all out on the NERF Modulus Longstrike – unlike many of the blasters in the Modulus range, the Longstrike comes with oodles of attachments straight out the box. It may be a little more expensive than other guns but trust us, this is serious value for money.
The base blaster is a bolt action, single shot NERF gun which makes use of 6 dart clips (loaded at the bottom) – allowing for easy reloading and simple firing. What makes the Longstrike an absolute winner (at least in our eyes) is the bundles attachments. If you are after a little more stability you can attach the included blaster stock – which will not only steady your aim but also has space for you to store 2 entire (included) six dart clips; no need to return to the ammo dump, you’ll always have clips to spare. Next on the attachment list is the (included) barrel extension, the extension won’t enhance your range but it will allow you to slot of the (included) flip down, bi-pod stabilizer. Once you have loaded on all the extras, the only thing left to do is decide where you want to attach the (included) distance site (either on the front or back of the blaster).
The Longstrike is tremendous fun and the fact that you get all of the attachments out of the box is a real treat. The thing we like most about the Longstrike is that if you remove all of the attachments you have a very compact blaster on your hands meaning you can tweak and customize your blaster to any situation – 10 out of 10 must have for any customization fans.
3. NERF N-Strike MEGA Motostryke
10 dart, transparent clip
1x Tactical rail
Integrated shoulder stock
Includes 10 NERF Mega darts
Requires 4 “C” batteries
Well, doesn’t the NERF Mega Motostryke look awesome? We’re not sure if it’s the dabbled red textures painted across the blaster or the serious chonky size but we are in love with this gun – throw in the fact this is a motorized semi-auto with a transparent clip and you may never look at another NERF gun in the same way.
The Motostryke is a solid blaster, weighing just over 5 pounds, everything on the blaster is big – there is an oversized blaster stock to help you keep stability in your shots, a chunky fore-grip and even an hook for a sling (in case it gets too heavy). To get shooting you will need to load up your 10 dart clip, slot it into the bottom of the blaster and hold down the motor-acceleration button. The Motostryke is a semi-automatic NERF gun so you will need to pull the trigger for each shot but if you have a quick finger you won’t lose too much time on opponents touting full-autos – you’ll also be able to keep an eye on how much ammo you have left thanks to the transparent clip!
As you have probably worked out, we really like the Motostryke – it’s big, mean and has everything included.
4. NERF Rival Takedown XX-800
Includes 8 High Impact rounds
The Rival Takedown is a down and dirty one shot beauty. With inbuilt 8 round capacity, breech loading and pump action priming mechanism and relatively low asking price, the Takedown is one of our favorite Rival blasters to date.
As a breech loaded blaster, the Takedown is exceptionally easy to reload and doesn’t require any fiddly drum changes or break chambers. Even as you sprint around the field you can pop more rounds into the breech and be good to go for another shot.
Though this is a single shot blaster, the pump action priming means you can get shots off in rapid succession and it is light enough to be fired from one hand (duel wielding anyone?!).
Like all Rival blasters, the Takedown includes a trigger guard for added safety. Throw in two tactical rails located on the top of the blaster and you have a very neat package indeed.
We absolutely love the simplicity of this blaster – a must have.
5. NERF Elite 2.0 Phoenix CS-6
Includes 12 Elite darts
Includes 6 dart clip
Includes removal scope
5 tactical rails
Requires 4 AA batteries
Well, well well, Hasbro has got a lot of things right with the Elite 2.0 Phoenix – perhaps it is symbolic that the best 2.0 has to offer is named after the bird of rebirth but then again, perhaps we are just trying to stretch a metaphor…
The blaster is a small, lightweight, motorized marvel – sporting 5 tactical rails and stock attachment slots you can customize this blaster in pretty much every way imaginable. Pair the customization options with a lovely 6 dart clip and large targeting scope and you have found a match made in heaven.
Note that this is a semi-automatic blaster so even though it is fully motorized you will need to pull the trigger for each shot. Though The Phoenix may not max out ammo capacity or fire as many darts as a full-auto it is perfect for agile players want to keep mobile when blasting.
6. NERF Fortnite AR-L Blaster
10 dart clip
Includes 20 NERF Elite Fortnite darts
1x Tactical rail
2x Flip up sights
Requires 4 AA batteries
The NERF Fortnite AR-L is a semi-automatic, motorized blaster modelled on the legendary skinned Fortnite AR. If the canary yellow color style doesn’t quite do it for you there are a few choices available (our favorite being the Durrr-Burger).
Aside from our foaming excitement that we can now recreate some of our favorite Fortnite moments in real life the AR-L is a tidy NERFing machine. Hasbro hasn’t just phoned it in for a quick cash grab here, the AR-L has all of the features that you have come to love from other ranges.
The generous inclusion of 20 darts combined with a 10 dart clip means that not only can you stay on the field longer but you’ll also have enough darts to fill an entire clip for easy reloading. Trust us, you are going to need those extra darts as the inbuilt motor means you are going to be popping off shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. To make sure you aren’t firing to blind, the AR-L features two flip up sites and a long tactical rail located on top of the blaster; so even if the sights don’t help you can always pop on an additional scope for added accuracy. If in your NERFing furry one of your darts does get jammed, there is a jam door located on the barrel so you can quickly unclog and get back to firing.
The Fortnite AR-L is a great entry into the NERF universe and proves that just because it’s a collab doesn’t mean it has to suck. If you do run out of Fortnite darts, don’t worry, the AR-L fires standard Elite darts as well (phew).
7. MEGA DoubleBreach Blaster
Fires 1 dart at a time (two in a row)
Up to 90 feet (27 meters) range
Barrel mounted 4 dart storage
Includes 6 MEGA Whistler darts
The MEGA DoubleBreach may not have all the bells and whistles found on other blasters but its simplicity secures it a healthy position place in our best blaster guide.
As the name would suggest, the DoubleBreach is a breach loaded, double barreled, pump action blaster. Eeasy to use and a pleasure to shoot. With no motors or tricky customization slots, all you need to focus on is shooting your opponents.
Slide back the breach cover located on the side of the blaster to load up two darts, prime with a pump action, and that’s it – nice and easy. There really is nothing to shooting the DoubleBreach and thanks to two barrels you can get off two shots without having reload. To make things even easier, the blaster has space for 4 MEGA darts next to the breach cover meaning your next dart is never far away.
With an impressive 95ft range, thanks to the use of larger MEGA Whistler darts, the DoubleBreach is a must have for veterans and newbies alike.
8. NERF Rival Charger MXX-1200
Includes 24 High Impact rounds
12 round magazine
Requires 6 “C” batteries
Ok, so we might be showing our age here but the NERF Rival Charger conjures memories of the infamous SBP90 machine guns in TimeSplitters – the resemblance is uncanny! The similarities don’t just stop with look either, the Charger is a compact semi-automatic blasting meany! Whoever cooked this motorized NERF gun up must be a fan of the classic from Free Radical.
The Charger is a neat little blaster which packs a mean punch. There aren’t two many moving parts here so if you are looking for a quick and easy semi-automatic Rival gun this isn’t a bad place to start. Though smaller (and with less capacity) than the Nemesis and not a full auto like the Perses, the Charger’s price point and compact design mean it is a no brainer for anyone looking to jump in with the Rival range.
Doing away with magazines, clips or hoppers – the Charger makes use of an integrated 12 round magazine which is loaded at the top of the blaster. Hasbro have thrown in 12 additional High Impact rounds so you even have spare for an extra reload before you need to high-tail it back to your ammo dump. You don’t need to worry about rapid movement either as there is a magazine guard which slips over the loading slot to stop any wayward rounds escaping.
As a semi-automatic blaster, you will need to hold down the acceleration button (located under the trigger) and squeeze off each shot to fire but thanks to the 100 FPS fire rate, your enemies won’t know what hit them!
We really like the NERF Rival Charger. It’s simple, compact and reminds us of fond memories of dual wielding SBP90’s in TS2 (which is very doable if you fancied picking up two Chargers). If you fancy getting the Charger into your arsenal be sure to pick up 6 “C” batteries as they don’t come in the box.
9. NERF ULTRA TWO
6 dart rotating barrel
2x Tactical rails
Includes 6 ULTRA darts
Requires 6 AA batteries
Here is something a little different – introducing the NERF ULTRA TWO. A nifty one-handed revolver that is packing some serious firepower. If you’re a newcomer to the ULTRA series there are a few things you need to know 1) They fire special ULTRA darts 2) They have a range of over 125ft!
The ULTRA TWO is 6 shot revolver that abandons front-loading and instead is loaded from the back of the blaster. This may seem like a small change but it works incredibly well and shaves off the vital few seconds it takes to reload; meaning you can get back to blasting.
Not only does the ULTRA TWO get top marks for being a one-hander it’s also a motorized semi-automatic blaster which is damn impressive when you consider it’s size! People aren’t going to know what hit them when you rock up with two of these strapped to your hip.
As a semi-auto you’ll need to pull the trigger for each shot but as an eagle-eyed gunslinger, you don’t need hundreds of darts to defeat your enemies, do you?
To top (and bottom) it off the ULTRA TWO includes two tactical rails – one above and below the barrel so if you do need a bit more target practice why not slot on a red dot sight or maybe even a long-range scope!?
10. Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster
1 dart fire rate
Pump Action reload
Rip-Cord Spinning saw blade
Includes 8 Zombie Strike darts
The Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster may not be the ultimate dart firing machine but damn it is good fun and deserves a mention in our top 10.
The Brainsaw is a front loaded, single shot, pump-action blaster which holds up to 8 Zombie Strike darts at a time. Simply load up your darts, pump and fire. Overall not a bad blaster and the dart capacity is actually quite impressive.
The main selling point of the Brainsaw is the huge spinning saw blade located on the front! Terrify your enemies by revving the blade (with the attached rip-cord) and running into battle. When you have a spinning saw on your blaster, who needs to be accurate?!