There are only a few toys that stand the test of time. As generations change, so do their tastes. However, Nerf guns are some of the exceptions that have kept kids company for generations. Some dads recommend it to their kids because they still remember how much fun they had with them.
Nerf has made so many variants of their guns that it is too much work deciding on the best one for your kid. As the good companion that we are, we have done the bulk of the work for you and have rounded up some of the best options. Regardless of the public opinion concerning toy guns, it has been proven that pretend play is great for a child’s social and cognitive skill development.
|Product Name||Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm||Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike||Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster||Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator||Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster|
|Dimension||7 x 12.8 x 2.8 inches||3.6 x 15 x 22 inches||4.6 x 25.5 x 12 inches||3 x 19 x 11.5 inches||25.6 x 8.7 x 11 inches|
|Weight||1.2 pounds||3.9 pounds||2.85 pounds||2 pounds||1.42 pounds|
|Compatibility||With Nerf N-Strike Elite Darts||With Nerf Modulus upgrade kits||With Mega darts only||With all N-Strike Elite and N-Strike||With all Nerf darts except the N-Strike series|
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Best 5 Kid Nerf Gun Reviews in 2018
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With this elite pistol, your kid instantly becomes a “special forces type of hero” committed to taking down the bad guys. In action play where agility and speed are essential, a quick draw and fast firing gun like this pistol will give him an edge. The Elite Blaster carries 6 darts in revolving barrel and can shoot up to 75 feet. Not only that, the unique engineering of this toy gun helps dart stability and firing accuracy. That way, every shot fired will likely hit the target.
Reloading is as fast as this gun fires darts. The auto advanced barrel can flip open, giving you the chance to reload 6 darts at a time. Snap back the barrel and you’re back on track running down the enemy. You can use the tactical rail accessory (sold separately) to customize your Elite Strongarm Blaster.
This toy gun is meant for kids 8 years and above. Pretend play involving speed and mobility will help your kid develop their reflexes and agility. It also enhances their problem-solving skills as they will think on their feet in attempts to avoid their adversaries.
This pistol carries only 6 darts so your kid will have to reload more often but it will serve as a great sidearm in a full-on pretend battle.
- Fast reloads.
- Great dart stability and firing accuracy.
- Quick draw and fast firing.
Your kid will have to reload often as it only carries 6 darts.
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Whether it is a stealth mission, a long-range battle, or you just want to take down the enemy’s base camp, this NERF gun is a one size fit all. It gives you 3 ways to blast the enemy away with the mega dart barrel, elite dart blaster, or the missile launch stock. You can even customize the blaster as you please. You can use each blaster separately; form a 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 combination. If you get the full system, hundreds of different combinations are possible so your options are almost limitless.
This is the type of gun that puts fear in your enemies on sight. Furthermore, it is compatible with other Nerf Modulus upgrade kits so you can change your blaster’s capacity as you wish. This particular set has 10 Elite darts, 4 Mega Whistle darts, and 1 missile. With the level of customization freedom this toy gun comes with, your kid gets more creative every time he goes to battle with it.
This option is designed for kids 8+ years. The blaster is quick firing and has a fast reload time so the enemies won’t get a chance. It is not bulky and can be easily handled by kids of the required ages. The darts are reported to jam once in a while but that won’t take away the fun of it.
- It’s not bulky and can be easily handled by kids within the right age bracket.
- Quick firing and fast reload time.
- Compatible with other Nerf Modulus upgrade kits.
Some users have reported that the darts jam once in a while.
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Bring out the soldier in your kid with this RotoFury Blaster. This is a great performance blaster that can fire 10 darts from its rotating drum without reload. The enemy will only realize the attack when the whistler darts are already in the air. With a firing range of 90 feet, you don’t even need to be close to the enemy before taking them out.
Unleash rapid dart fury by holding the trigger and pumping the handle for slam fire which spits out the 10 darts in rapid succession. Pretend battle has never been so much fun with this N-Strike Nerf gun. You can purchase reloading darts separately so you don’t run out of firepower.
This one is also meant for 8-year-old kids and above but the younger ones that are big enough can manage. This is one toy gun that can improve a kid’s dexterity and reflexes; focus and attention as this gun is ideal for long-range pretend battles.
- Can fire 10 darts from its rotating drum without reload.
- Spits out the 10 darts in rapid succession.
- Firingrange of 90 feet.
Made for kids who are at least 8 years old.
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This is a blaster you can take on any type of mission. It is 4 blasters in one, and you can quickly change the configuration to suit the situation. The customization option on this blaster is quite open as you can add an assault grip for mobility in high-speed combat. You can also attach a stock to steady the gun for better accuracy. Furthermore, you can even add barrel extensions to further open up room for more customizations.
This Retaliator blaster can shoot darts up to a distance of 75 feet and can hold up to 12 darts at a time. This gun has great accuracy, is lightweight, and the fun factor is off the roof. It is compatible with other N-Strike Elite Blasters and some N-Strike Blasters so you can mix and match all you want. One issue with this Nerf gun is that it jams a lot, though it is easy to clear.
- Gives much room for customization.
- Compatible with other N-Strike Elite Blasters.
- Can hold up to 12 darts at a time.
- Has a shooting range of up to 75 feet.
Jams quite a lot even though it’s easy to clear.
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This is kids’ time to save the world and they are fully equipped with the Zombie Strike blaster. We know that a zombie horde can be resilient, that is why this gun is fitted with a 24-round capacity. Show them fear from the barrel of your Zombie Doominator. You can choose between two firing modes, one dart at a time to pick out targets or use the slam-fire to unleash hell.
It is important to be comfortable with your blaster when keeping zombies at bay. This Doominator blaster allows you adjust the handle of the toy gun. You can easily attach and remove the grip to suit a left or right-handed soldier. With this blaster, zombies will soon know whose world it is.
Your child’s cognitive and psychomotor skills will level up as they pretend to save the world with this Nerf gun. There imagination and creativity quotient too will go up some notches. This blaster is also widely compatible as you can refill with most darts. It does not jam often and is easy to maneuver. However, the shot does not cover a lot of distance so it is only suitable for close combat.
- It’s adjustable for right/left-handed kids.
- It has a 24-round capacity.
- It has two firing modes.
Doesn’t cover a long range and so is only great for close combat.
Our Considerations for Selection
If we had just randomly selected Nerf guns, creating this list would have been easy. We considered things that will make the gun worth your child’s time and make him/her keep using it for long.
First off was durability, Nerf guns are generally durable but, in this case, our selection wouldn’t only last long they will also be in use for that long. This leads to the second criteria of fun factor…
Your kids will only keep using their Nerf gun as they get older if it is fun for them. The ones we chose will surely entice them to imagine different scenarios that take them on adventures.
Aside the endless fun your kids get with their Nerf guns, there are many other psychological benefits that come with pretend play. It greatly increases their social skills while they play with friends. It boosts their cognitive abilities as they find ways to evade getting trapped or outsmart their competitors. It also levels up their confidence and imagination as well as fine tune their motor skills and mobility as they try to dodge flying darts.
Safety and Usage
Nerf guns are designed for kids and the necessary safety precautions have already been taken. It is also important to read the instructions before use and follow all safety advice. Furthermore, there are some things to consider when buying a toy gun…
You should talk to your kids and let them understand that the toy guns are just meant for play. You can even go as far as letting them know it is meant for them to live out their imagination and nothing more. That might even help them imagine better and have more realistic fun.
In addition to that, you should only buy kid-friendly nerf guns. They are colorful and nobody, not even a child, will mistake them for the real thing. The darts that shoot out will not hurt the kids and that also helps them understand that it is all for fun.
You should monitor them while they play and watch the language and intentions. You can join them too to further reinforce the fun factor.
Our Top Pick Nerf Gun
The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike is our favorite because of the many customization options you get. Just buying the basic alone gives you 3 firing options for different combat scenarios.
Nerf guns will give your kids hours of fun, help them bond, and develop their psychological skills. Overseeing kids’ play with Nerf guns will help avoid any potential risk. Help them have fun!
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