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Which Nerf Gun Is Best?
Nerf Guns have been around for many years. However, it’s only recently that there’s been resurgence in the use of these "safe" guns, especially amongst the teenage population. As a whole new generation begins to play games like Capture the Flag, the technology behind these guns has improved vastly and there are now far more choices.
The guns I list on this site are the most popular and some would argue best guns available—I’ll leave it to you to be the judge—please join in the poll at the bottom of this site—if I've missed out any weapons, let me know and I'll check them out!
Summary of My Nerf Gun Reviews (Below)
N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18
Large capacity, good range.
Very hard to recover from a jam, very loud.
N-Strike Elite Retaliator
Good range, great for close quarter battles.
Can jam, not very accurate
Long range, very accurate, sturdy, easy to use, customizable.
Very noisy, requires batteries, missile launcher is awkward to use.
N-Strike Longshot CS-6
Long range, very accurate, sturdy, easy to use, customizable, reloads very quickly.
Jams easily, scope is useless
Fast loading, accurate, sturdy
Low capacity, short range.
N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 Blaster
:arge capacity, light, fast fire on auto mode, accurate at short range.
Long reload time, can jam, inconsistent range.
$75 or more
N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25
Fast reload, large dart clip.
Jams easily, not very accurate.
Fun to use, sturdy
can be difficult to fire, not for the serious gamer.
Rebelle Rapid Red
Good range, light weight, quiet.
Best All Round Nerf Gun: Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6 Review
In my opinion, this is perhaps the best all-round Nerf gun of them all. It's a two-in-one blaster that can launch arrows almost 35 feet with amazing accuracy using the targeting scope. It comes with a reload clip that holds 12 darts.
However, if you need quick shots at close range you can remove some parts to give you a one-handed pistol blaster. This gun is versatile and accurate and allows you to go into sniper mode or close combat mode!
It's a fairly long gun and one of the most customizable out there. There's no glue and with the removal of a few screws and the addition of a spring you will have a blaster that can shoot up to 100 feet.
Pros: Long range, very accurate, sturdy, easy to use, customizable, reloads very quickly.
Cons: Jams easily, scope is useless
Best of the Rest
You may not agree with my choice of the top Nerf gun as it is a very subjective thing - so here are some of the other top Nerf guns available:
Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 Review
If you're a serious Nerf gamer then there's probably only one gun for you - the Nerf Demolisher is a semi-automatic rifle that has a great missile launcher.
It comes with a 10-dart clip. It has a range of up to 70 feet but as the batteries wear down and the darts become damage this will get reduced to 40. The rate of fire is pretty decent based on when you shoot - but the 10-dart clip isn't really big enough.
The gun is very sturdy and will allow you to play a 'rough' game without worrying about breaking it - it gives you confidence in your ability to run and dive without losing your ability to fire!
Pros: Long range, very accurate, sturdy, easy to use, customizable.
Cons: very noisy, requires batteries, missile launcher is awkward to use.
Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red Review
First of all ignore the color, this is a pretty decent little gun. This is a pretty decent battery operated gun that holds 12 darts. It has a range of up to 75 feet and fires rapidly. It has decent accuracy.
The beauty of this gun is that it is pretty light weight and can be used one handed.Without trying to be sexist this gun is perfect for the female gamer; having said that, it also is a great gun for stealth mode as it is light and fairly quiet to use.
Pros: good range, light weight, quiet.
Cons: jams often.
Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Review
This was the first gun that my daughter bought and she simply loved it. It is a fast loading gun that holds 25 darts and it loads very fast.
It’s a semi-automatic gun but isn’t the most accurate Nerf gun available. While it requires batteries to use to full effect, you can still use the pump action to fire the gun if the batteries die.
While not the best gun for assault action, it’s a great gun to provide cover for your allies especially as it has a large clip.
Pros: Fast reload, large dart clip.
Cons: jams easily, not very accurate.
Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 Blaster Review
This is a very versatile gun that has multiple modes allowing for you to either defend or attack. It has a large capacity so it can continue to fire (without re-pressing the trigger) for quite a while. It is very accurate at short distances. It does take a while to load and this can be a detriment when defending against heavy attacks.
One of the biggest downfalls is that the gun is inconsistent – the range can vary from 40 feet to 10 feet!
Pros: large capacity, light, fast fire on auto mode, accurate at short range.
Cons: long reload time, can jam, inconsistent range.
Cost: $75 or more
Nerf Reactor Review
This is a fun gun that allows you to launch foam balls! It’s a very simple gun, very easy to use and load but probably not for the serious Nerf warrior. It is very accurate and with practice it is possible to launch the balls very quickly.
While not suited for a serious game of Nerf war, this is a great gun for a fun office game, or birthday party. The gun is very sturdy but should probably only be used inside.
Pros: fun to use, sturdy
Cons: can be difficult to fire, not for the serious gamer.
Nerf N-Strike Maverick
While the modern Nerf gun surpasses this one, I consider this to be one of the best Nerf guns of all time; if you are old-school then this is the gun for you.
It allows for six darts to be loaded very quickly and the pump action allows for quick and accurate shooting – while it is not the most powerful gun available, it really is fun to use and out of all the guns available seems to be the sturdiest – many of the other ‘mechanical’ guns seem to jam very easily – and that’s not a good thing to happen mid battle.
Pros: fast loading, accurate, sturdy
Cons: low capacity, short range.
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 Review
This is an excellent gun; it has a very good rate of fire a large capacity, a decent range and is fairly accurate. It requires 4 batteries to be used and there is a noticeable difference in range when the batteries are low, but they do last quite long.
The range is close to 80 feet, but for best accuracy you want to try to contain yourself to 30 or 40 feet. One downside is the fact that it can jam – it doesn’t jam often, but when it does you are out of action for a while.
Pros: Large capacity, good range.
Cons: Very hard to recover from a jam, very loud.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Review
This is a fun blaster that is incredibly accurate at short range but also has a very long range with average accuracy. Its small size makes it ideal for teenage players, however as it is powerful it is not ideal for young children.
This is a very powerful shooter and this can make it hard to aim over longer ranges. Adding a barrel attachment will help to stop the darts spinning out of control, but even with the attachment this really is only ideal for close quarter battles.
Pros: Good range, great for close quarter battles.
Cons: Can jam, not very accurate
Other Great Nerf Guns
- N-Strike Elite Rampage
- N-Strike Elite Strongarm
- N-Strike Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12
- Elite Mega Centurion
- N-Strike Elite Roughcut
- N-Strike Elite Stryfe
Haydizzle123 on March 16, 2020:
Where is the nerf rivals?????
Anonymous on August 25, 2019:
The retaliator is good
a on August 02, 2018:
where is the titan as-v1
A on August 02, 2018:
Rival is king
a dude on June 10, 2018:
the Nerf rival is best. And powerful. And fun.
Bone on May 03, 2018:
Mega Mastodon is the best because of its capacity and hard hitting darts
kaden on April 15, 2018:
I love the demolisher 2 in 1 shoots far and hate rino fire because it jams a lot!
evan on January 07, 2018:
falcon fire is the best nerf gun because it is powerful and accurate wich is the best nerf gun combo .there is no problems with jaming wich is good in combat.
Manager on December 29, 2017:
Why the hell doesn’t anyone think that the elite nerf rival is the best, it has over 100 bullets per game, shoots 80mph, you can put it on safety mod when your not using it so it can’t fire and if you have a younger sibling they can’t get hurt, It can rapid fire and shoot normally, and it’s just overall super fun
Ishant on December 13, 2017:
N striker Longshot a fast shoter
I on March 13, 2016:
You should try rhino fire
Anonymus on April 02, 2015:
Actually, i think the vulcan rules all
Dan on December 26, 2014:
Crossfire bow is the best! Real gun sights for devastating accuracy, and with the praxis stock attached it's got comert that's hard to beat. And it shoots up to 75 feet.
recon sucks on July 26, 2014:
The recon sucks, the raider is where it's at.
Shskdgdnjsh on March 21, 2014:
HUMBERFLOOB on November 10, 2013:
the jolt is the most powerful it is also tiny
nerfer on July 17, 2012:
missing proton recon barracade longstrike and lumitron
ThatRandomGuy on June 11, 2012:
The Recon, well, it looks awesome...and it does everything well...but shoot. If you want a GOOD clip-system gun, save up enough for a Longshot. Not a LongSTRIKE, which is SHIT, but a LongSHOT.
Nerfman on June 07, 2012:
Recon is epic
YoDawg on June 05, 2012:
recon is awesome
John on June 02, 2012:
Why the heck does no-one think that the reckon is the best!?
You can use it for any mission and absolutely own anyone!
Jaime on May 26, 2012:
What about the recon?! Best tactical gun out there!
Spencerak on November 08, 2011:
There are many Powerful nerf guns that you have missed (seeing the maveric is listed as a powerful blaster the only thIng that wouldn't be considerd powerful would be the deploy)
justin w nerf on September 05, 2011:
nerf atom blaster
justin w nerf on September 05, 2011:
the nerf n-force battlemaster mace
nick on July 29, 2011:
Where are the nitefinders? They often get largely ovelooked but they are really accurate and powerful pistols. Its more of a sniper in pistol clothing. coupled with wistleing darts and the nitefinder dominates.
seph on December 29, 2010:
we all love nerf and by the way dont forget the nerf n-strike stampede :)
nicomp really from Ohio, USA on April 02, 2010: