25 Of The Best Nerf Guns EVER! – 2017 Edition (and which one is the coolest after all the reviews in!)

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Ready for the top rated coolest nerf guns on the planet!?!  We’ve got everything form nerf pistols to nerf shotguns, as well as a few machine gun blasters for kids and adults in the office alike! There are genuine Nerf brand guns with the newest features for 2017, that are sure to make for awesome nerf battles indoors and out. You’ll be surprised at how cheap some of these models are, and even the most powerful nerf gun is affordable for mid sized budgets. So what’s the best nerf gun for you after all the reviews are in?  Read on to find out… (and which nerf gun I think is the coolest!)

Quick Picks: Top 10 Most Popular Cool New Nerf Guns Of 2017

Pricing last updated on 2019-10-20 - Disclaimer


1. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster (Best Overall Value)

The N-Strike Strongarm Blaster is a token Nerf weapon that provides a great bang for your buck. WIth a ammunition storage capacity of 6 darts, the Strongarm Blaster gives you the look and feel of a western sheriff sporting a revolver. With a firing range of up to 90 feet, the Strongarm combines effectiveness in both distance and mobility for your weapon. The Slam Fire slide feature allows for the user to rapid-fire al 6 darts without having to manually load each one, giving you a significant advantage over your opponents. At an incredibly low bargain price, the Strongarm Blaster is a high quality, high value option for those looking in to buying a Nerf gun. The Strongarm Blaster is currently a best seller on Amazon and has an average review of 4.5 stars from over 2500 reviews. The StrongArm Blaster is simply a great fit for any use at any age.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator (Best High End)

The Retaliator is a higher-priced nerf gun, but the weapon delivers an incredible experience that will definitely make you feel good about the investment. This two handed Nerf gun provides the user the opportunity to “modify” their weapon into 4 different style guns with the 3 interchangeable parts. With a removable stock, grip, and barrel extension, the user has the ability to conform their weapons to best suit their needs for specific missions. The Retaliator also comes with a 12-dart “Quick Reload” clip which gives the user the significant advantage of having backup ammunition always ready to go. With shooting range of up to 90 feet, the retaliator proves an effective choice for any situation. The retaliator boasts an average of a 4 star review on Amazon, with over 1200 reviews submitted. Recommended for ages 8 and above.


Nerf CS-18 N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike (Best Rate of Fire)

The N-Strike Elite Rapid Strike is a Nerf weapon that does exactly what its name would indicate. A weapon predicated on speed and fire rate, the Rapidstrike gives the user the advantage of quickness. Although the Rapidstrike is incredibly lightweight, the weapon still can pack a punch from distance, as it boasts a range of 75 feet. With an 18-dart clip and an “Acceleration Trigger” tightly confined battle areas make a Rapidstrike user and unstoppable force. With a transparent clip, the Rapidstrike never leaves its wielder out to dry. The Rapidstrike displays a SMG look and at a moderate price, serves as a suitable option for those looking to gain their Nerf war advantage in the field of speed. The Rapidstrike claims a 3.5 star average of customer reviews on Amazon. Recommended for ages 8 and above.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Blaster (Best mobile LMG)

The N-Strike Elite Rampage Blaster is a Nerf gun that is designed after an LMG. An LMG typically is a less mobile, averagely accurate, but ammo-heavy weapon of choice. The Rampage Blaster, as a two handed gun with a 25-dart magazine, is just that. With firing power reaching up to 75 feet, the Rampage Blaster gives Nerf warriors to hold down the fort with unrelenting showers of darts. With a slam fire handle, the Rampage Blaster is capable of producing an inescapable fury of darts, and your enemies will have nowhere to run. One of the biggest hassles with Nerf guns is the constant need to reload, and the Rampage Blaster allows the user to spend more time enjoying what the Nerf gun is designed to do. The Rampage Blaster is a moderate to high priced option, but for those looking to gain the advantage of heavy-duty fire capability, the weapon serves that role perfectly. With almost 1000 reviews, the Rampage Blaster holds a commendable 3.5 star average rating on Amazon. Having a large frame presents issues for younger users, so this gum is recommended for ages 11 and above.


Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster (Best Overall Zombie Strike)

In an attempt to jump of the zombie popularity trend, Nerf has the zombie-like green Doominator Blaster for those that want to pack a punch to the undead. The Doominator Blaster is designed with 4 drums that each hold 6 Zombie Strike darts. After emptying one drum, the user can simply rotate to another and the have 6 more shots, accounting for 24 darts before you have to reload. Even though the Doominator’s surface serves the role of zombie slayer, the Doominator is just as good a weapon for battles with your friends as well. With a 4 star Amazon and 4.5 Walmart.com review, the Doominator is widely popular among those that have purchased it. The Doominator is a moderately priced weapon choice, and a must have for those who are all about zombie hunting. All ages can use this weapon effectively.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster (Best Heavy Duty)

At the price of one of the most expensive Nerf blasters available, the Rhino-Fire Blaster is designed to function as a heavy-duty, perhaps even anti-vehicle, option for those that are going all in on their nerf wars. With dimensions of 5.9 x 33.8 x 15.9 inches, this model of blaster is best suitable for older kids or even adults, as the size of it would simply present problems for kids not big enough to handle it. The Rhino-Fire blaster is designed with 2 barrels that alternate firing when the trigger is held down. With 2 drums holding 25 darts each, ammo capacity is not an issue. The Rhino-Fire Blaster can be used as a two handed gun for those wanting to use it on the move, but it also comes with a tripod in which the Rhino-Fire can be hoisted on for defense usage. A 90 feet firing capability and a substantially high dart count make the Rhino-Fire a sturdy obstacle for attackers to overcome. The Rhino-Blaster requires batteries, which drives the total cost a little higher, but with a 3.8 average rating on Amazon, this Nerf gun is not only one of the coolest, but one of the most popular for Nerf crazies. This weapon is recommended for teenagers and adults.


Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike (Best Customizable Weapon)

The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike gives the user a triple-threat option as how to take on their opponents. The first option for Modulus Tri-Strike users is to attach the 10-dart clip and use the sliding bolt to rapid fire 10 elite darts. Secondly, the Modulus Tri-Strike comes with the Mega Barrel Extension, in which the Modulus is able to fire Nerf Mega Darts at an increased range. The last option is the Missile Launcher and Missile Launcher Stock for those looking to rain on other’s parade with heavy artillery.The Modulus Tri-Strike comes with 4 Mega darts, 10 elite darts, and one missile. For those that are heavily into customization of their weapons, the Modulus model is the route to take. The full Modulus system provides the user the ability of creating over 1,000 different combinations. At a moderate to high price, the Modulus Tri-Strike almost always presents itself as a good investment for those that have purchased it. The 4.5 star rating on Amazon proves it. Recommended for ages 8 and above.

Nerf A1690 N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster (Best Range Pistol)

This 3-dart micro blaster is more of a secondary weapon option and it’s small size and ammo capacity presents it as a weapon you might have in your back pocket. With a three barrel design, the Triad EX-3 provides the user with up to three shots without having to reload or change barrels, as the smart technology enables the Triad EX-3 to know which barrel is loaded. Although small in stature, the Triad EX-3 packs a punch that is comparable to other N-Strike Elite Blasters, with up to 90 feet of firing capabilities. The Triad EX-3 gives users extreme mobility, but also the element of surprise in that it is easily concealed. At a dirt cheap price, the Triad EX-3 could serve as an awesome toy for smaller kids, or as noted earlier a secondary weapon for those that take part in bigger Nerf battles. The Triad EX-3 just might serve as a gamechanger in a Nerf war, as those 3 shots could easily make the difference as who gets the shot off first when primary weapons have to be reloaded. The Triad EX-3 claims a 4.5 star Amazon review with over 800 reviews accumulated. This weapon is best suited for ages 8 and above.

Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster (Best Medium Range)

The Mega Series RotoFury Blaster lives up to its name in battle as the user unleashes their dart fury through the rotating 10 Mega Dart chamber. With a range of 90 feet and the ability to shoot 10 darts without reloading, the RotoFury Blaster gives its wielder a significant advantage of the competition. The RotoFury comes with a set of 10 Mega Whistler Darts which produce an intimidating noise as it flies in route to punish those who stand in its way. The slam fire action provides a smooth mechanism for your 10 bullets to be fired in sequence. With a front grip handle, the RotoFury Blaster has a high accuracy rate, making your 10 bullets all the more likely to land on target. The RotoFury Blaster is an affordable option with a high reputation, amassing over 200 Amazon reviews for an average of 4.5 stars. This weapon is usable at all ages.

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster (Best Assault Rifle Model)

The Modulus ECS-10 is a all around awesome looking gun whose performance will not let those who use it down. The Modulus ECS-10 is a motorized weapon and uses AA batteries. Like all Modulus models, the ECS-10 gives the user the awesome capability to customize their weapon specifically to their liking. This particular model sports a targeting scope and drop grip for increased accuracy. With a 10-dart banana clip, the ECS-10 gives users a lifelike feel and look while providing solid ammo capacity. A 90 foot range of fire give this assault rifle type Nerf gun a powerful punch. At moderate pricing, those that are looking for an exceptional primary weapon for their Nerf wars can turn to the ECS-10 for great value. Sitting over 500 reviews, the ECS-10 proudly displays a 4 star average review on Amazon.

Nerf Zombie Strike ZED Squad Longshot CS-12 Blaster (Best Scoped Weapon)

The CS-12 Blaster is an SMG style weapon designed to get you out of those sticky zombie situations. With increased mobility and lightweight design, the CS-12 provides users the ability to play quicker. The Longshot CS-12 sports a long-range targeting scope, making the wielder able to neutralize threats even before they get too close. With a Quick Reload clip, switching ammunition will no longer be an advantage for the swarming undead. A small but powerful frame makes this weapon a great choice and loads of fun for any ages. The Longshot CS-12 is a very affordable option for those looking to get into the Nerf scene, and the weapon’s capabilities make it a great value. Currently the Longshot CS-12 sits at 4 stars on Amazon through 120 reviews. All ages can use this weapon.

Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster (Best Zombie One-Hand)

This one handed revolver style Nerf weapon is more of the most popular guns on the market. With an intimidating look and name and powerful frame, the Hammershot Blaster makes close and medium range zombie encounters a blast. Sporting a 5-dart chamber, the Hammershot can defend you against a swarm of zombies. With a one-hand design, the Hammershot won’t drag you down from being as mobile as possible. The Hammershot Blaster is extremely affordable, and provides incredible value for what you spend on it. At 4.8 stars average rating and over 300 reviews, the Hammershot stands as one of the most well received Nerf weapons ever. It’s pistol frame makes it usable for younger ages as a two hand or older ages as as a one hand.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega CycloneShock Blaster (Best Ammo System for One-Hand)

The Mega CycloneShock Blaster is a very popular Nerf weapon that performs at a high level in every aspect. It’s medium frame allows for users to either use it as a one-handed, high mobility weapon, a two handed, high accuracy weapon, or a mixture of both. Regardless of how you use it, the CycloneShock is a high quality, powerful Nerf gun with a range of 90 feet. The CycloneShock comes with 6 Mega Whistler Darts that scream and instill fear into your opponents as they fly towards them. The CycloneShock sports a sleek 6-Megadart chamber that allows for fire without reloading. With over 300 reviews at an average of 4.5 stars, the CycloneShock holds its own as one of the most popular Nerf gun options out there.

Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon (Best Mobile Heavy Ammo Weapon)

The Mega Mastodon made Nerf history in that it is the first motorized Nerf gun in the Mega Series. With a futuristic and powerful look, the Mastodon utilizes its fire power to back up what it shows, as it is powered by 6 D batteries. Sporting a 24-dart rotating drum, the Mega Mastodon pumps out bullets at a rate and speed that bids no mercy for those that oppose it. The Mega Mastodon fires up to 100 feet, making it one of the most effective long range Nerf weapons available. With 24 Mega Whistler darts, your army of howling darts will fill the battlefield with your victory sound. The Mega Mastodon comes with a drum cage, 2 drum covers, handle, and strap. The strap is designed the make the Mega Mastodon more handling-friendly, as a weapon this powerful often finds itself to large or heavy for a large portion of users. This weapon is recommended for older children or even adults. The Mega Mastodon does find itself as one of the high priced Nerf weapons, but being that it is a fully motorized Mega Dart launcher capable of firing two dozen Mega Darts in one load, this weapon is highly received as a good investment. Purchasers of the Mega Mastodon rate it at an average of 4.5 stars. Recommended for kids ages 10 and over.

Nerf Zombie Strike ZED Squad Clear Shot Blaster (Most mobile Zombie Strike)

The ZED Squad Clear Shot Blaster is the token weapon the group of zombie hunters that go on missions al the time. As a reliable one-hand weapon, the Clear Shot Blaster fully suits the needs of the everyday zombie hunter. A long range targeting scope makes the user available to take out threats before they get too close for comfort. Everyone knows that a gun is no good unless you can hit your target, and the long range scope of the Clear Shot Blaster make hitting your target easier than ever. The Clear Shot Blaster holds up to 4 darts, making ammo problems less problematic. With a small frame, this weapon is good for use for all ages, and could even serve as a secondary weapon for older users. The Clear Shot’s low price and high quality performance have made it an attractive buy for many customers, and it sits a 4 star rating on Amazon. All ages can use the Clear Shot effectively.

Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster (Best Elite Ammo Storage Weapon)

For those looking to gain an advantage by means of fire rate, the HyperFire Blaster provides just that. Powered by 4 D batteries, the HyperFire Blaster pumps out an astonish 5 darts per second. Combine that with a 25-dart drum, and your HyperFire is shooting its whole drum in 5 seconds, leaving your opponent with no opportunity to evade your fury. The HyperFire fires darts up to 90 feet, so the combination of speed and distance make the HyperFire one of the most effective weapons in Nerf battles. As a two handed advanced weapon, the HyperFire is best suited for use by older kids or adults. The HyperFire is available at a very affordable price, and provides incredible value for what it costs. This weapon almost always is reviewed favorably by customers with an average of 4.5 stars on Amazon. Ages 8 and above are the recommended user of this weapon.

Nerf Modulus Recon MKII Blaster (Best Modifiable SMG)

The MKII Blaster serves as a small frame, SMG-type weapon for those seeking to maximize a powerful shot and mobility. With fire power of up to 90 feet and the potential to use it as a one-handed weapon, the MKII is one of the best dual-threat options in terms of power and speed. With attachable stock and barrel extension, the MKII can be modified to best suit the wielder’s needs, making the MKII a perfect weapon for those who have varying battleground areas. With a 6-dart clip and firing capabilities of 90 feet, the MKII has the ability to be an effective long range option. With a low price, the MKII holds a big bang for your buck and is one of the best value choices of weapon. Over 100 reviews have been given for the MKII on Amazon, and its rating is a solid 4 stars.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe Blaster Set (Best Compact Weapon)

The Elite Stryfe is a smaller sized, compact, motorized blaster that doesn’t compromise range at the expense of it’s small stature. With an acceleration trigger, the Elite Stryfe boasts one of the fastest shots among Nerf guns. It’s Tactical Rail is compatible with almost all of the separate N-Strike accessories, making it one of the most versatile weapons in the Nerf industry. A quick reload clip with 6 included darts make the Stryfe a easy reload, without compromising a competitive edge. With dart blasting ability up to 75 feet, the Stryfe is an effective medium range weapon that you can’t go wrong with. A low price point and favorable ratings on Amazon make the Stryfe a highly popular value option. The Stryfe holds an commendable 4.3 review rating on Amazon. This gun is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Nerf N-Strike Jolt Blaster (Best Party Option)

The Jolt Blaster is a sleek and small compact Nerf pistol available in green, orange, and blue. A micro size makes it a great kid’s party gift option. For adults, the Jolt Blaster could be an element of surprise weapon, as it is easily concealed. The Jolt Blaster comes with 2 elite darts. A cocking handle is pulled back to ready the shot. The Jolt Blaster could be a low price option for a smaller child to play with, as its small size makes it easy to use for those with smaller hands. Although the Jolt Blaster is relatively tiny in statue, it still produces great power behind its shots. The Jolt Blaster is notorious fo starting wars in offices, dorms, and classrooms. Nerf does not necessarily condone thee settings for Nerf battles, but if your targeted advantage is the element of surprise, the Jolt Blaster is a must have for you. At one of the lowest price Nerf guns on the market, the Jolt Blaster is a great value option that people review favorably. It currently holds a 4.6 star rating on Amazon. The Jolt Blaster is a great option for all ages.

Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster (Best Unique Weapon)

As part of Nerf’s Zombie Strike line, the Brainsaw Blaster is a unique, shotgun style weapon that is one of the coolest designed Nerf weapons. What the Brainsaw Blaster offers is a completely functional spinning foam saw at the end of the gun barrel. For those zombies that get a little too close for comfort, the saw easily disposes of them; plus sometimes it is just more fun to take a saw to a zombie. With 8 zombie strike darts included, the Brainsaw Blaster fires them up to 75 feet to complete the Brainsaw’s two way zombie defense of range and melee. This weapon is best used as a two hand weapon for ages 8 and up. Being a single shot weapon, it is recommended that the Brainsaw be used as a primary weapon in single-shot only battles. At an affordable price and with an average rating of 4.2 stars on Amazon, the Brainsaw Blaster stands not only as one of the coolest weapons, but an efficient one as well. The Brainsaw Blaster is recommended for users ages 8 and up.

Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster (Best Zombie Ammo-to-Size Gun)

The FlipFury Blaster of the Zombie Strike line provides a higher ammo weapon choice for a smaller, compact weapon. Geared with 2 rotating drums that hold 6 darts each, the FlipFury allows for users to fire up to 12 shots before the need to reload. Although the FlipFury is a lightweight option, it is best used as a two handed weapon for ages 8 and above. The FlipFury is a great value for it’s high ammo storage capability and such a light size. Older users could potentially use the FlipFury as a one-handed weapon, but younger users would most likely have to use it as a two handed gun. For Older users, having a high ammo capacity such as the FlipFury could get you out of a tight jam when the zombies come knocking. A low price and high average review rating of 4.5 stars makes the FlipFury a hot choice among Nerf soldiers. The FlipFury is for all ages.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2X4 Blaster (Best Multi-Shot)

The Rough Cut 2X4 Blaster is modeled after a long time gun fan favorite, the double barreled shotgun. The power of two barrels of the Rough Cut gives the user to fire two elite darts at the same time, significantly increasing the shooter’s chances of landing a successful shot. With a range of 75 feet, the Rough Cut has great reach of effective shots. With pump action, the user gets a lifelike feel of a real shotgun, and they are on their way to dominating the Nerf Battlefield. The Rough Cut is best used as a two handed gun by ages 8 and up. The Tactical Rail makes the RoughCut Compatible with most Tactical Rail accessories, which are sold seperately. The Rough Cut’s low starting price makes it one of the most popular Nerf options, and is almost a guaranteed pickup for double-barrel enthusiasts. A 4.4 average rating on Amazon with over 300 reviews pushes the Rough Cut to be one of the most well-received Nerf guns by customers. The Rough Cut is best used by ages 8 and above.

Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 (Best Team vs. Team Weapons)

Nerk’s Rival series includes guns designed to shoot larger ammo types such as the Apollo XV-700. A slug-type shotgun mode, the Apollo’s motorized blaster fires rounds up to 30 feet per second. With an easily loadable magazine, the Apollo holds up to 7 rounds before the user needs to reload. The Apollo comes in both a red and blue design, making it easy for people to team up and go to battle with friends. The Apollo is lightweight and compact, so it is possible to use it as a one-handed weapon for the sake of mobility. For better accuracy, the Apollo can very easily be used as a two handed weapon, as there is enough hand space for that method. With a larger round and fast round travel, the Apollo is recommended for ages 8 and over. The Apollos proudly stands at a 4.2 star rating on Amazon. The Apollo weapon model is best used for ages 8 and above.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster (Best Ranged)

The Centurion Blaster boasts one of the farthest shooting distances out of all the Nerf weapon choices. Designed as a narrow, more lightweight LMG, the Centurion Blaster allows for better mobility while still packing a big punch. The Centurion Blaster is loadable with the Mega Clip, and comes with 6 screaming mega darts. Complete with a attachable bipod stand, the Centurion blaster can be used as a stationary weapon for the sake of defense. For those seeking to gain an advantage on the battlefield in the aspect of range, the Centurion Blaster is one of the best options. With an N-Strike scope attached to the Tactical Rail, the Centurion Blaster could give you the ultimate ranged Nerf Weapon. The large size of this weapon makes it most suitable for older kids, as handling would be an issue for smaller ones. Over 500 reviews have been submitted for the Centurion Blaster on Amazon, and it comes in strongly with a 4 star average rating.

Nerf Vortex PRAXIS Blaster (Best Non-Dart Weapon)

For those looking to switch away from the conventional style of Nerf weaponry, the PRAXIS Blaster is a unique, fun alternative. The PRAXIS Blaster is a disc blaster rather than a dart launcher. With a 10-disc magazine, users can enjoy a good number of shots before having to reload. A pump action system makes it easy for PRAXIS users to move on from one disc to the other. With removable components such as the stock, the PRAXIS can be geared specifically to your needs. With customizable parts, the PRAXIS can be formed into the ultimate weapon for any individual. Whether or not you want increased accuracy or mobility, the PRAXIS has the capability of providing either. The long-range disc blaster has a 4.3 average star rating on Amazon. The PRAXIS Blaster is recommended for ages 8 and up, as the blaster is larger than most nerf guns.

Nerf N-Strike Elite SlingStrike Slingshot (Best non-Gun weapon)

The SlingStrike puts a twist on the Nerf industry, as it the first slingshot weapon to fire Nerf darts. An incredibly lightweight weapon, the SlingStrike offers extreme mobility in that it only requires two hands when firing. With dart storage on each side of the SlingStrike, wielders can have 3 darts on the gun for convenience. Firing the SlingStrike works just as a slingshot would by pulling back the string, which allows users to use as much or little force necessary to get the shot they need. Not only does the SlingStrike serve as a cool alternative to traditional Nerf guns, but it holds favorable reviews among customers at 4.3 average star rating. The low price makes it an attractive option for those that are big into Nerf, as most would be looking to buy this type of weapon as a secondary weapon.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Is The Most Popular Nerf Gun?

Strong Arm Blaster


Which Nerf Gun Shoots The Farthest?

Centurion Blaster


What Are The Most Accurate Nerf Gun Models?

StrongArm, Stryfe


What’s The Most Expensive Nerf Gun You Can Buy?

Rhino-Fire


What Are The Best Nerf Guns For Kids?

StrongArm, RotoFury, Jolt


What Is The Biggest Nerf Gun On The Market?

Rhino-Fire


What’s The Most Powerful Nerf Gun?

Rhino-Fire


What’s The Most Expensive Nerf Gun?

Rhino-Fire


Which Nerf Guns Are Good For Office Fun For Adults? (maybe keep in the drawer of your office for easy concealment?? Or long range sniper nerf blaster to startle a co-worker from across the room???)

Jolt, StrongArm, Triad EX-3

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