11 Best Nerf Guns to Buy in 2021


Editor’s Choice

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10KOpens in a new tab.

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Best Value

NERF Rival Artemis XVII-3000

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Nerf guns are lots of fun. There is something insanely satisfying about firing these darts and rounds at rapid speeds. Compared to things like paintball markersOpens in a new tab., nerf guns are definitely a safer option. Asides from that, they don’t cause the same mess, which makes them more convenient to use in different places. Like with any popular item, there are plenty of mediocre nerf guns out there. And that’s why we’ve created this list, to help you choose the perfect nerf blasterOpens in a new tab.. Let’s have a look at the best nerf guns that you can get.

1. Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20KOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. Ladies and gentlemen, the Father of All Nerf Guns! If you’re serious about the firepower of your nerf gun, this is a model that you would love to own. This is not a “kids’ nerf gun” by any means. It’s for grownups who haven’t grown up yet (yay!). With a 200 high-impact round capacity, you’ll never have to reload during a nerf match with this model. These 200 rounds can easily keep you going for a full match. In addition to the insane capacity, this model has an advanced acceleration system that allows you to fire 8 rounds/second at a whopping 100ft/second (30 meters per second) speed. The battery of the fully-motorized acceleration systems is rechargeable and the charger is included. So, you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries with this nerf gun. The loading process is super-easy and the overall quality is superb. We also like how this gun is held and the innovative trigger, which can’t be found in any other model. Overall, this Rival Nerf Gun is the best option for adult nerf gun fans. If you’re passionate about nerf guns with a flexible budget, we highly recommend this model.

2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm BlasterOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. This is one of the most popular nerf guns right now, and for good reasons. First of all, this nerf gun has insane features at this price point. It has a 90 feet (27 meters) range and an easy-to-use reloading mechanism that’ll never jam. To reload this nerf gun, all you have to do is insert the dart into the rotating barrel. Since each dart has a dedicated slot, it’s almost impossible to jam such a nerf gun. You can fire the dart one by one or using the Slam-Fire Blasting Mode, which allows you to blast darts at a high speed. The only downside with this model is that its 6-dart capacity. Since it doesn’t have a removable magazine, you can’t swipe the barrel out. You need to reload every time you fire those 6 darts. With such excellent performance and the budget-friendly price, this nerf gun has earned a spot on our list.

3. Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFireOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. If you like the rotating barrel mechanism from the Strongarm blaster bus want something with more dart capacity, you should check this blaster out. Instead of 6 darts, you get 15 with this model. While you still can’t switch magazines, 15 darts are enough to keep you going for a while. Also, once you get used to the loading mechanism, you’ll be able to reload this nerf gun fast. In addition to the bigger darts capacity, this nerf gun has excellent ergonomics. The front handle has an excellent grip and provides you with an excellent aim and control over the gun. The range of the SurgeFire is also 90 feet (27 meters), which is pretty decent.

4. Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000Opens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. This is another model that’s intended for serious nerf guns fans. Instead of darts, this model has ball-shaped rounds. Plenty of them! You can fit up to 30 rounds in this nerf gun and fire them at 100 fps (30 mps), which makes nerf gun battles much more intense. The high-impact rounds are also pretty easy to load into the magazine. While you also can’t swipe the magazine of this model, it won’t be necessary at a 30-round capacity. You also don’t “stuff” darts so, the chances of jamming this thing are close to non-existing. Another thing we like about this model is the transparent magazine. You can tell how many of these 30 rounds you have left just by looking at it. This will prevent some embarrassing losses in a nerf gun shootout!

5. Infinus Nerf N-Strike EliteOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. While most dart-based nerf guns have low capacity, this certainly isn’t an issue with this model. The massive round magazine of this gun fit up to 30 darts, which means that you won’t have to reload that often in your Nerf battles. In addition to the darts capacity, this nerf gun has an innovative loading system. The fully-motorized Speed-Load technology allows you to load the darts into the drum without removing it. In other words, you can reload your magazine while it’s still attached to the blaster. You can even reload while firing the gun. This allows for a nonstop barrage of darts that’ll give you an edge over the competition in any Nerf battle. If you like dart-based nerf guns, you should check this model out.

6. Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Hades XVIII-6000Opens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. Remember the BFG from the Doom movie? This is the closest nerf gun to this bad boy! It’s somehow similar to the XVII-3000, but with a whopping 60 round capacity. Add to that a blasting speed of 100 feet per second (30 meters per second) and you’ll have the ultimate weapon for dominating any nerf battle. The tactical rail and the trigger lock also make using this nerf gun super-intuitive, so you can focus on the battle, instead of the gun. The XVIII-6000 comes with both a red and a blue flag, so you won’t be restricted to a specific team. The only thing we didn’t like about this model is the shoulder stock. For us, it felt a little awkward. It could definitely be more comfortable. This is a personal preference though, as some people did like it. You can tell if it’ll be comfortable for you or not just by looking at it.

7. Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire BlasterOpens in a new tab.

elite hyperfire nerf gun on a white background CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. This is one of the fastest nerf guns that are currently available. When it comes to firing speed, this nerf gun tops the charts with a staggering 5 darts per second. This is only possible thanks to the motorized HyperFire system that installed in this nerf gun. You should keep in mind though that the firing system of this model requires batteries to function. 4 D batteries are required to keep this monster going. If you don’t want a model that requires batteries, this probably isn’t the right choice for you. Other than that, this one of the best rapid dart-based nerf guns that you can buy. Despite having a 25-dart drum, 30 darts would have made more sense, considering the firing speed of this gun. And that’s why we prefer ball-shaped rounds over darts in fast nerf guns, as you can fit more of them in a single mag. If you prefer darts though, this model won’t fail to impress.

8. Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10KOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. It’s rare when we review a product that’s just perfect. This nerf gun, however, is one of them. Somehow, this blaster has everything we’ve been looking for. If you’re looking for a top-tier nerf gun and budget isn’t an issue, we highly recommend this model. First of all, this nerf gun has a HUNDRED round capacity, which is almost twice the capacity of XVIII-6000. With a hundred rounds, this nerf fun will keep you going for a long time, even when using the accelerated firing mode. In order to activate this mode, you need to hold down both the firing and the accelerator triggers. That way, you’ll never activate it by accident. To make this gun even more convenient to use, it has a simple round loading system that works perfectly with such a large capacity. All you have to do is grab the rounds and bulk-place them in the container, and that’s it. One thing that you should keep in mind when purchasing this nerf gun is its huge size. This won’t be much of a problem though as the gun isn’t heavy. In fact, this one more thing to like about this nerf gun. It looks badass!

9. Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrikeOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. While some people prefer rapid fire, others prefer accuracy. And that’s what the AccuStrike series is all about. If you’re looking for a nerf gun with accurate shooting capabilities, this model is what you’re looking for. The ergonomic design of this nerf gun combined with a steady bipod allows for some accurate aiming. The shoulder stock is one of the best that we’ve seen on any nerf gun. It rests against the shoulder comfortably and allows for excellent aim. As for the capacity, you have a 6-dart clip in this gun. Since it’s meant for accuracy more than speed, fine. The darts themselves are AccuStrike darts, which are different from the standard Nerf darts. The overall design of these darts makes them more aerodynamic and as a result, more accurate.

10. Nerf Modulus RegulatorOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. From all the nerf guns on our list, the Modulus Regulator is the most flexible. If you’re looking for a nerf gun that can adapt to different situations, this is a model that’s worth checking out. First of all, you can switch between 3 firing modes: single, burst and continuous. While some other nerf guns have different modes, switching is a breeze with this model. Even when you’re in the middle of a nerf battle, switching firing modes is as easy and intuitive as it gets. For people who love to have an extra full mag, this model can hold up to two. Whenever the first magazine is depleted, all you have to do is replace it with the other fully-loaded magazine that’s attached to the shoulder stock. In addition to allowing you to reload quickly, the extra magazine provides better aim by making the gun more steady. Add to that a well-designed barrel scope and you’ll have a nerf gun that’s ready for anything.

11. Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2X4 BlasterOpens in a new tab.

Opens in a new tab. CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON Opens in a new tab. Some people love to upgrade their nerf guns. If you’re one of those people who love to accessorize and upgrade, this model is for you. Thanks to the tactical rail that’s used on this model, it’s compatible with most N-Strike accessories. So, you can customize it however you please. Asides from the customization, this Nerf gun comes with an 8-dart capacity and 3 different firing modes. You can either fire one dart at a time, get some double-barrel action by firing 2 darts at a time or unleash a fast barrage of darts. Add to that a 75-foot range and a solid build quality and you’ll have an excellent blaster. The only thing that’s standing between this nerf gun and total perfection is the darts capacity. While 8 darts is pretty decent, we’d love to see the same awesome design with 12 or even 16 darts. Anyways, this nerf gun is super-easy to load, so you can get ready to unleash more darts within a few seconds of reloading time. Some people love to upgrade their nerf guns. If you’re one of those people who love to accessorize and upgrade, this model is for you. Thanks to the tactical rail that’s used on this model, it’s compatible with most N-Strike accessories. So, you can customize it however you please. Asides from the customization, this Nerf gun comes with an 8-dart capacity and 3 different firing modes. You can either fire one dart at a time, get some double-barrel action by firing 2 darts at a time or unleash a fast barrage of darts. Add to that a 75-foot range and a solid build quality and you’ll have an excellent blaster. The only thing that’s standing between this nerf gun and total perfection is the darts capacity. While 8 darts is pretty decent, we’d love to see the same awesome design with 12 or even 16 darts. Anyways, this nerf gun is super-easy to load, so you can get ready to unleash more darts within a few seconds of reloading time.

Nerf Guns Buying Guide

To get the nerf gun that you’ll have most fun with, make sure to take the following points into consideration.

1. Darts Vs. Rounds

Most nerf guns that you can find nowadays work with either darts or rounds. These are the two most common types of ammunition that’s used. There are other nerf guns that use discs however, they’re not as popular. While the choice between darts and rounds is a preferential one, there are some key differences between them. If you’re looking for a high-speed, high-impact nerf gun, it’ll probably be using rounds. These tend to be fired faster and are pretty much the standard in high-end blasters. In addition to that, rounds are usually easier to load. You just grab them and stuff them into the rounds chamber. You don’t load them one by one like you do with darts. So, if you’re looking for a faster and more convenient nerf gun experience, rounds are the way to go. If you prefer darts for some stylistic reason (they do look pretty cool!), you can’t go wrong with any of the models on our list. Other than that, we recommend the round-firing models.

2. Range

This is another thing that you should consider before buying a nerf gun. The best way to figure out the right range for you is to consider your usage scenarios. The general rule here is that the longer the range, the better. While blasters with a small range are cheaper, they’re way less fun to use, and are you’re better off avoiding them. All of the following nerf guns have a decent range that makes them suitable for outdoor use.

3. Firing rate & velocity

Some nerf guns fire one round/dart at a time, some fire short bursts while others can go fully automatic. The right one for you depends on your personal preference. As for us, the faster the better! There is nothing like ending a nerf game with a barrage of rounds, that’s for sure! One thing you should keep in mind though is that most rapid firing nerf guns have an assisted firing system, which uses batteries. The batteries of most of these models aren’t rechargeable, so you’ll have to replace them every now and then.

4. Design & ergonomics

If it’s not comfortable to hold, it’ll never be fun! And that’s why you should consider the design and ergonomics of the nerf gun you’re buying. Does a particular model have a comfortable handle? Is the size right for you? Do you prefer a blaster that’s operated with one or two hands? These are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself before you buy a new nerf gun. By doing so, you’ll end up with a model that’s comfortable to use as it is fun.

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