The Best Nerf Guns: 2018 and 2019 Roundup


Seeing as it’s the holiday season I’ve decided to give Santa a leg up and come up with this list of the “best of” Nerf guns in a variety of categories, ending up with what appears to be, by popular consensus the Best Nerf Gun in 2018! So, without further ado, I give you the best of the best, Nerf-wise for children of all ages:

Top Rated Nerf Guns

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The Best Sniper Nerf Gun – The AccuStrike RaptorStrike

Part of the Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike Series, this gun has been designed for greater accuracy in your quest for precision battling, thanks to AccuStrike Nerf darts. The RaptorStrike features include 18 AccuStrike darts, 2 clips, Bolt Action blasting capability, Extendable Bipod and Pop-Up Sight. It was originally released August 10, 2017 and is recommended for ages eight and up.

Customer Reviews average 4 stars and up and include positive accolades such as great value for the money, powerful, compared to other Nerf blasters, great built in accessories, impressive size, and the bipod and sight take Nerf battling to a new level.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • The RaptorStrike’s size and heft give it the street cred for a sniper experience.
  • This is not a gun you run around with
  • This is a gun you set in place and carry out covert attacks with, from a distance with accuracy and precision!

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The Best Rival Nerf Gun – Rival Apollo XV-700

Revered for its well-built, durable reliability, superior power, accuracy and range, this Rival blaster will afford you an entirely new way to battle victoriously! Shooting round yellow balls, rather than typical Nerf darts, gives the gun surprising levels of accuracy as well as excellent range. They also fly farther before dropping, allowing you to actually target your opponent rather than dropping darts on them.

Customer Reviews average 3.8 stars and up and recommend this blaster for its range, the round ball ammo, as well as the ammo’s bright yellow color which makes it easier to locate and retrieve the balls. Adults like the size and loading ease of this gun for battling and the bonus of an extra round as you can drop the first round in and then fire from the 6 or 12 shot clips.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • This Rival blaster includes a 7-round magazine, which can be upgraded to a 12-round magazine at additional cost.
  • The trigger action is effortless, and this gun is prized for never jamming.
  •  Once you get used to aiming it, the Apollo will reward you with high accuracy and long range for all your battling needs.
  • This gun comes in red and blue for easy team identification and is recommended for ages fourteen and up.

If you want a more customized version of the Apollo, you could always purchase the Deadpool version, with its red and black graphics, themed to the hit movie.

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The Best Nerf Gun To Mod –Nightfinder Caveat:

This is one of the best Nerf Guns for a beginner to modify.

This was a difficult category to actually define a “best” in, because the beauty of modification through any lens is that the act of modification allows you to take your favorite and upgrade it. Additionally, there are many reasons to mod a Nerf Gun, from changing its appearance to improving fire power, accuracy and/or range. Finally, modifications for manual guns are vastly different from mods for automatic guns.

With this in mind, if you are looking for the best way to learn about Nerf Gun construction and modification, a great starter project will be modding the Nightfinder.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • Probably the most popular mods for Nerf Guns involve replacing the stock spring and removing the air restrictor
  • Both of these mods are very impactful to Nerf Gun performance and can be accomplished fairly easily, either by purchasing a kit or DIY.
  • Other modifications include Using and/or making better darts, building a better barrel, paint jobs and high voltage for blasters that use batteries.

If you think modding Nerf guns is just a fun hobby – think again! Just take a browse through Etsy and you will quickly see what a profitable business the modification of Nerf Guns can be. Whether you want to be the home mechanic for your Nerf warrior brood or think you have the stuff to go professional, learning how to mod a Nerf gun is a fun and economical way to up your Nerf weaponry’s game.

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The Best Mega Nerf Gun –Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon

Let’s face it; there are certain times in life when you need to Go Big or Go Home, and in terms of Nerf Guns, those times call for the Mega Gun Series. Currently, the King of Mega Nerf Guns is The Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon. Here’s why:

The Mega Mastodon comes with a 24-dart drum, drum cage, two drum covers, handle, sling and 24 Mega darts. It is the first motorized Nerf Mega Blaster, enabling rapid fire speed, shooting whistling Mega Darts that literally scream across the battlefield! It is recommended for ages eight and up.

Customer Reviews average 4.1 stars and up and trend around the Mega Mastodon’s battlefield domination, Long range, whistling darts, as well as its ability to transform any child (or inner child) into an arsenal wielding Super Hero. Fathers wax poetically on its magnificence, vowing to protect their progeny at the next Nerf Birthday party. One only hopes that junior will be generous of heart and allow this fantasy to actually occur!

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • 100-foot-long shot range
  • Battery power makes it automatic
  • Fires larger Mega Nerf Darts
  • Flywheel action clears the battle field every time
  • Includes sling to help you balance its powerful heft in battle
  • Fires 24 rounds automatically…enough said!

This automatic firing machine will bring a smile to any Nerf fan’s face, bonding generations together in Mega battling delight!

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The Best (First!) Fortnite Nerf Gun – The Fortnite AR-L Blaster (Launches June 1, 2019)

Fortnite’s FN SCAR made its virtual debut last September, and Nerf is launching its version, the Fortnite AR-L blaster next summer as the debut product in the new partnership between Epic Games and Hasbro. This much anticipated Nerf version of the gas-operated self-loading rifle will feature “rapid -fire motorized blasting and flip up-sights”, enabling precision battlers of all ages to shoot with greater speed and accuracy, as they attempt to weather the “Storm”. At this writing, the price will be $49.99.

- The Mega Mastodon comes with a 24-dart drum, drum cage, two drum covers, handle, 0 sling and 24 Mega darts.

- It is the first motorized Nerf Mega Blaster, enabling rapid fire speed, shooting whistling Mega Darts that literally scream across the battlefield!

- It is recommended for ages eight and up.

Customer Reviews average 4.1 stars and up and trend around the Mega Mastodon’s battlefield domination, Long range, whistling darts, as well as its ability to transform any child (or inner child) into an arsenal wielding Super Hero. Fathers wax poetically on its magnificence, vowing to protect their progeny at the next Nerf Birthday party. One only hopes that junior will be generous of heart and allow this fantasy to actually occur!

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • The Fortnite AR-L Blaster is a much more realistic Nerf gun than any other series they have produced.
  • It is inspired by the Fortnite FN SCAR, short for the Fabrique National Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle.
  • It was first used by America’s 75th Ranger Regiment.
  • Rather than its muse’s metal finish however, Nerf’s version is vivid yellow with a bright orange scope. It has a 10-dart clip and runs on 4 AA batteries.

Be the first in your neighborhood to get your hands on this gun next summer and transform your backyard into a local version of the battle royale game!

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The Best Nerf Gun For A Five-Year-Old – Nerf Dual-Strike Blaster

If this is the very first Nerf gun your five year old has owned, the shooting mechanism might be a bit tricky to handle at first so you might want to start with a simpler model like the Nerf Fire Strike Elite, but if your pint sized warrior is up to speed Nerf-wise, the Dual-Strike Blaster has all the bells and whistles (literally!) to keep young imaginations fired up for hours at a time.

Customer Reviews average 4.3 stars and up and include positive comments about value for money, solid performance, and relative user-friendliness for small hands and bodies. The versatility of the toggle switch shooting feature also got positive feedback.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • This multi-tasking gun shoots 2 sizes of bullets with a top and bottom shooter toggle switch.
  • It fires one bullet at a time, but your child can toggle back and forth between 3 Elite bullets and 3 Mega Whistler bullets, which offer the thrilling bonus of “screaming” through the air when launched.
  • 3 of each bullet is included with this blaster, and the Dual Strike Nerf gun is also compatible with Nerf suction cup bullets, purchased separately.
  • The Dual Strike Blaster only weighs 1.15 pounds, so it won’t tax the strength of little bodies, but it still packs a solid Nerf punch!
  • Its compact size ensures that you won’t need to build an armory to store it, like some of the heftier Nerf models and no batteries are needed so the shooting fun can begin as soon as it’s out of the package.

Please note: Nerf recommends this gun for children 8 and up. However, it appears that many families have purchased this model for younger children, experiencing generally favorable results, with the caveats that

1. The toggle switch is tricky for some children to manipulate and

2. Like all Nerf guns, being shot at close range can hurt someone of any age, so parental supervision is always advised.

The final decision, of course is up to the individual adult purchasing a Nerf gun for their child.

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The Best Nerf Gun For An Eight-Year-Old –Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock Blaster

This powerful yet compact Nerf gun offers “big kid” satisfaction every time! The plunger style trigger requires a minimum of force for a maximum Nerf gun experience and the extra-large Mega darts are easy to locate and retrieve after the day’s battles are concluded.

Customer reviews average 4.6 stars and up, and feedback includes accolades about the whistling bullets, ease of handling, power for size and appears to be a popular choice for children from the age of eight to young at heart adults. In other words, if your child is a true Nerf fan, this gun could easily stay a favorite throughout their entire childhood. It is recommended that at least one refill dart pack be purchased with this model as only two bullets are included.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • BigShock Mega darts aren’t just big: they also literally “scream” when launched, adding excitement and intimidation to the battle experience.
  • There’s even storage on top of the blaster for an extra dart.
  • Because of its size, the Mega BigShock fits in the palm of one kid-sized hand for one handed combat ease, with an average shooting range of 70 to 100 feet, depending on conditions.
  • The user-friendly plunger style trigger also ensures that your child can fire his or her weapon without adult help, encouraging independent play and conserving their adult’s energy and patience!
  • Its compact size ensures that you won’t need to build an armory to store it, like some of the heftier Nerf models and no batteries are needed so the shooting fun can begin as soon as it’s out of the package.

This Nerf Gun is a great addition to the pre-teen arsenal, as it packs a punch but is straightforward in its construction, without the potential jamming complications of clips and the frustration of a battery operated “automatic” model that needs a constant stock of replacement batteries to keep it battle ready.

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The Best Nerf Gun For An Adult –Nerf Elite Stryfe

After much consideration I chose the Stryfe for this category because it appeals to such a diverse group of adult Nerf Gun users, from Dads and Moms to the office prankster to hardcore foam dart warriors. This gun fills the bill for a compact, submachine gun feel blaster with semi-automatic capability from a motordrive driven by AA batteries which are easily sourced and economical, and a six-shot removable magazine.

Customer reviews average 3.8 stars and up, commenting positively about the Stryfe’s modding capability, excellent range, compact weight and size, value for money relative to its use of AA batteries, and battling capability wherever, whenever the mood strikes.

Key Features and Specifications: 

  • In its original purchased state, the Nerf Elite Stryfe blaster features one handed 6 dart capacity motorized blasting capable of 90 feet per second dart trajectory, with a quick reload clip, acceleration trigger and 6 Elite darts. It requires 4 AA batteries for semi automation, not included with purchase.
  • As an added bonus the Stryfe’s quick reload clip is compatible with any clip system blaster.
  • It is recommended for ages 8 and up, just in case you are willing to share your Stryfe with a youngster!

What truly gives the Elite Stryfe that next level distinction is its singular upgrade potential and accompanying versatility. Whether you decide to purchase accessories and upgrades or prefer r the DIY mod, the options are endless with the Stryfe. These include shoulder stock and barrel extension variations as well as accessory rail tops and bottoms for fitting grips, sights, lights and practically anything else you desire to customize your Stryfe!


The Elite Stryfe blaster is a great choice for any adult who has the need and/or desire to enter the Nerf gun arena, with the added capability to grow with its owner as it is so easy to customize and upgrade. Truly a Nerf Gun for all humanity.

And the winner is:

THE BEST NERF GUN 2018: N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

The votes are in and this Nerf blaster is a clear winner: a revolver style Nerf gun from the N-Strike series, it comes with 6 darts, and the good news is N-Strike, Elite and just about any other Nerf dart works with this superlative gun, so your ammo options are wide open.

The one minor downside is that this gun is so popular that the colors vary depending on the stock currently available, but in a world where everything is a known quantity, isn’t it nice to have a surprise?

Customer reviews for this gun average 4.4 stars and up and a hallmark trend is the number of adults who purchase this gun for kids, then quickly come to the realization that they themselves need this gun to make their lives complete. Multiple purchases of this Nerf blaster for parties and/or Nerf wars is not an uncommon event and value for money is a common subject.

  • This blaster features 6 dart slam fire blasting, a flip-open rotating barrel, slam fire slide and N-Strike Elite power with a 75-foot shooting range.
  • It is recommended for age 8 and up. The best news is, with all this Elite firing power at your fingertips, no batteries are necessary!
  • It is recommended for ages 8 and up, just in case you are willing to share your Stryfe with a youngster!

The Stryfe works for many different Nerf scenarios: target practice, covert office combat, spousal surprise attacks or all out Nerf war. Its straightforward construction and fully manual operation make for a no fuss, always ready Nerf experience.

Weighing in at 1.25 pounds with dimensions of 7 x 12,8 x 2.8 inches it delivers a nice heft and size that’s very portable and doesn’t require a holster for extended play or a large space for storage

This blaster is truly a Nerf gun for all ages and stages. The purchase of one or more of them this holiday season may well result in the multi generational fun activity that makes the celebration an unqualified success.  


Hopefully this list will give you the edge when shopping for yourselves or loved ones. In the end, the best Nerf gun is truly in the eye of the individual Nerf fan – thankfully, with so many models and series to choose from, there is virtually a nerf gun for everyone who wants one.

Sugar Cult