Top 10 Best Nerf Guns

Think back to those epic foam dart battles of your childhood... or maybe last week? Nerf blasters hold a special place in the hearts of kids and adults alike, sparking our imaginations and unleashing pure, chaotic fun.

But with so many awesome Nerf blasters on the market, choosing your ultimate weapon can be tough. That's why we need your help. We're putting together the definitive list of the best Nerf guns of all time.

Have you fallen for the satisfying whir of a flywheel blaster? Maybe you prefer the old-school cool of a classic pump-action blaster? Or do you live for the thrill of a long-range sniper shot?
The Top Ten
1 N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35

Despite its tendency to jam, I'd have to say that the Raider is better than the Stampede because of its capacity and speed. The Raider was the first Nerf gun I ever wanted, but instead, I got a Vulcan. Now don't get me wrong: I like the Vulcan, but I was just more naturally drawn to the Raider. That was because of the 35-dart drum.

As for its speed, when it doesn't jam, I can shoot about 4 darts a second. I just like it better. However, the gun I think deserves the spot of #1 is the new N-Strike Elite "Rampage." A lot of the N-Strike Elite guns are just sequels to old N-Strike guns. The Rampage is the sequel to the Raider. I don't have the Rampage yet, but I've heard that it jams a whole lot less than the Raider. Other than that, the Rampage is perfect.

2 N-Strike Longstrike CS-6

This gun is an underpowered sniper rifle that achieves accuracy at the expense of range, shell velocity, and rate of fire. However, at medium range, this gun excels. It can easily eliminate the enemy with one or two well-aimed shots.

It's good for fire support, but its slow load time makes it unsatisfactory for engaging multiple enemies up front, especially at long range.

This is by far the best Nerf gun ever made. It has awesome and stylish looks, and I very much like the design. For me, it doesn't jam much. I mainly like this gun because I play a lot of Call of Duty with snipers, and it reminds me of that. I get the real Call of Duty feeling after using it!

3 N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18

This might be one of the most versatile Nerf blasters. Besides the five rails it has (not many Nerf blasters have that many tactical rails), one of its tactical rails also acts as a handle to carry the blaster. It has an adjustable, strong stock, an interesting see-through iron sight, an 18-round clear magazine, a well-balanced battery position, three sling positions, and rubber pads on its magazine base (which also make it available as a monopod).

Not many reviewers mention that the Rapidstrike actually has a system that allows both semi-automatic and full-automatic fire. If you press the trigger once, it won't stop at once but will finish one cycle of pushing the dart, throwing it, and pulling back the pusher.

4 N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25

The Vulcan is my favorite and possibly the best Nerf gun ever because it is fully automatic and has a really cool 25-dart ammo belt that has its own attachable ammo box, which is fun to load. Additionally, the Vulcan has an attachable tripod that is good for manning the Vulcan as a turret. But if you don't like it or you need to get on the run, you can easily detach it.

With a great handle to make steady shots, this will mean a lot in a Nerf war. Shooting three darts per second with a 25-dart ammo belt gives you eight seconds of shooting, and you can always buy a spare dart belt so you don't need to worry about ammo. But keep in mind, the Vulcan requires 6 D batteries for full auto. And really, you can't say the Vulcan doesn't look cool.

5 N-Strike Maverick REV-6

The Maverick has got to be overall the best Nerf gun. At around 10 dollars, this thing is awesome. You can reload very fast, and it has exceptional accuracy. It's great for indoor battles. Any dart will work in it, especially streamlines, which can give it more range. Plus, it looks really cool.

After trying out a lot of different Nerf guns (Retaliator, Longstrike, Stampede, Barricade, and Jolt), the N-Strike Maverick has to be the most affordable and accurate buy. It's a really good gun to modify and doesn't take long to reload and fire. It looks really awesome when painted.

6 N-Strike Elite Retaliator

I think it's a good gun due to its shooting distance and high accuracy. However, there are also some downsides to the Nerf Retaliator. Sometimes, when the gun jams and after clearing the jam, the bullet that had been stuck is torn. The blue rubber is damaged as well.

To address this, I put Scotch tape around all the bullets for added protection. Despite this, it's still an awesome gun and I would recommend it to people who want to buy a Nerf gun.

As much as the stock doesn't really help, and despite its resemblance to the Recon CS-6, the Retaliator is the most strategically used weapon - kind of like the Recon was back in the day. The barrel is quite accurate, so I use all the attachments except for the stock.

It's my favorite Nerf blaster, and I use it in almost every battle, except when I'm practicing with another weapon.

7 N-Strike Stampede ECS

The Stampede is the best gun ever! It's so powerful and works, acts, and feels like a real gun. After all, that's what replicated and toy guns are meant to do! This gun is so realistic that if it weren't for the fake bullets, you could take this bad boy (or girl) out for war!

The Stampede is by far the best gun because of its high rate of fire without any pump action required. In battles, it is much better than the new automatic guns because you don't need to hold down the charge trigger.

Ultimate siege gun. Comes with 3x18-dart clips and one 6-dart clip. The shield is very useful, and the bipod is pure genius. The gun is, to be fair, weighty, but it's a good price to pay for a gun that outperforms even some Elites. Definitely worth it!

8 N-Strike Longshot CS-6

The N-Strike Longshot is like gold. It shoots fast, hard, accurately, and far for an N-Strike. It rarely jams and is very epic to use. Notably, the scope does not accurately magnify anything.

As of 2015, nearing 2016, the Longshot is priced around $20 to $30. The Longshot features a built-in tripod and a blaster barrel. The front gun, also known as the blaster in the front, is a jolt-style barrel that can attach to any other well-conditioned Nerf gun. I hope you enjoyed this comment. Goodbye!

The Longshot CS-6 is hands-down one of the best Nerf blasters ever made. It doesn't perform as well as the elite blasters out of the box, but with basic upgrades, it can surpass pretty much any elite blaster. The giant plunger tube really allows for a lot of power once you start upgrading the spring and seal. Additionally, the shell allows for some absolutely epic cosmetic mods and integrations.

9 N-Strike Elite Rampage

From what I can tell, of all the guns, this one has to be number one. I don't understand why people sometimes look down on it, because this gun would beat the entire competition single-handedly. It has high power, high distance (in other words, it actually does have the claimed "elite distance"), unmatched accuracy, and a perfect amount of ammo.

I do have the Raider, but it wears out easily, doesn't have the best distance, and the clip on the side that it comes with tilts the weight a little too far to the side. This gun is unmatched, no matter what other people say about it. Need I say more?

10 N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire

My friend has one, and when I tried it, it was very smooth and accurate. It carries lots of darts, but it's uncomfortable to run around with.

It performs well in small battlefields if you can shoot while standing still. However, in larger battlefields, it feels pretty heavy while running and could be a disadvantage.

When modded, my Hail-Fire outperforms every other gun I have, boasting considerable accuracy, an amazing rate-of-fire, and unparalleled capacity. The only drawbacks worth mentioning are the atypical holding mechanism, which can be improved by adding a foregrip on the bottom rail, and some generic flywheel cons. However, modifications significantly improve these aspects.

The Contenders
11 N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4

The gun is amazing and very fast-shooting. It can slam-fire, which is pretty cool. This is my favorite shotgun. Even though the accuracy isn't that good, I find it very cool and fun.

This is the best Nerf gun ever. I've beaten Rapidstrikes and Centurions with ease. Firing one shotgun blast and hitting two different people is the most awesome feeling.

Slam fire means all 8 darts in 1 second. It beats all of the N-Strike Elite guns for rate of fire and has more overall range than most of the others. At £18, it's well worth the price.

The only thing it lacks is accuracy, but it's a shotgun, so what do you expect? It's the best secondary weapon so far and even fits in the holder on the Elite Tactical Vest.

12 N-Strike Elite Strongarm

I got two of these just a few days after 2016, and I don't ever regret buying them. The Strongarm is an amazing blaster, shooting 45 feet and has great accuracy. It takes a few weeks to control it, but it is by far the best Nerf gun.

It's the best. It shoots harder, longer, and faster. Reloading is really easy. It's easy to carry, and it's not expensive. I beat a Stampede in a Nerf war with this thing. It's really accurate. It's like a Maverick, only better.

Accurate, compact, slam-fire, elite, long-ranged - yep, this is the gun to go for. It's really good for indoor or outdoor battles. The design is awesome. It has a 6-dart barrel, so it makes a nice pistol. This is the best.

13 Zombie Strike Hammershot

This gun is the future of Nerf pistols, or at least a design that will be here to stay. It has a solid weight but is still lighter than a Strongarm or Maverick, with one-hand firing capability. With big enough hands, this could easily be dual-wielded, better than the Maverick or the Strongarm.

It does have the drawback of one fewer shot, but it shoots with accuracy and distance close to a Strongarm. There's no slam-fire, but you can fan-fire the gun like an old-school revolver.

How is this not higher up on the list? Its sleek design makes it a perfect sidearm, and its ability to prime and shoot with one hand sets it apart from similar blasters like the Strongarm.

It front-loads, so you don't have to change a clip or open a chamber to reload. Plus, it takes almost every kind of dart - a key feature in most any Nerf war.

14 N-Strike Elite Stryfe

Incredible gun. It gets great ranges of 47-58 feet when fired flat. It gets the advertised 75 feet if fired at an angle. The aesthetics of this gun are very pleasing. It possesses a somewhat streamlined appearance while retaining elements of the slightly chunky, boxy-shaped semi-auto pistol it's based on.

Another great aspect is its fantastic accuracy - I could hit a pole from 40 feet consistently. This, paired with its impressive ranges, excellent rate of fire (4 dps), and brilliant versatility (barrel and stock attachment points with two tactical rails), makes for an almost unbeatable blaster. I really think this deserves a place in the top ten. Why it isn't, I don't know.

P.S. I have not experienced any jamming problems yet, as it only jams if using an older, non-elite clip or glow-in-the-dark clip, which I don't intend to use anyway.

15 N-Strike Jolt EX-1

This gun is basically the most reliable gun you will ever use, apart from the Quick 16, which has an open magazine but is very rare nowadays. The Jolt has no chance of jamming, shoots hard, shoots fast, has a quick reload, and can fire one bullet about every 1-2 seconds. It rivals much more powerful guns.

So small and compact, it can fit in a pocket. It's incredibly powerful, very accurate, and easy to reload. True, it only holds one dart, but if you carry a few more around in your pocket, you'll never run out.

16 N-Strike Recon CS-6 

This gun is fairly powerful and doesn't jam very often. It's my favorite due to its huge versatility. The stock is really useful as it holds an extra clip. This gun should definitely be in the top 5.

I prefer it to my Stampede because the Stampede is heavy and extremely poorly balanced due to the six D batteries in the back. It's my favorite Nerf gun and should be at the top.

Many people have issues with it jamming, but it looks amazing. Who cares about the sight? It's not supposed to be perfect, it's a toy gun! Nonetheless, it is pretty versatile, and you have to find the right way to use it!

17 Vortex Praxis

One of my favorites: it's lightweight, has moderate capacity, and is both reliable and good-looking. This is my main weapon, equipped with a 20-disk magazine.

I just honestly like Vortex guns.

This gun is light, versatile, strong, and epic. It also has really good range.

18 N-Strike Recon CS-6

I have the CS-6, and it has been a great gun for both boys and girls. Although it's an older model, it's definitely not the best on the market.

19 N-Strike Elite HyperFire
20 N-Strike Secret Strike AS-1

People really underestimate this blaster. The Secret Strike can shoot up to 20 feet with good accuracy and has a reasonable weight of 18 ounces. The single-shot limitation isn't a problem for me, as I can reload quickly - in about six seconds. This blaster deserves to be ranked at least in the 30s.

21 Vortex Pyragon

In our view, this is without a doubt the best Disc Nerf Blaster in the world for sheer firepower, distance, and rate of fire. If you get your technique right, it can fire 6 to 8 discs per second and never jams - unless the blaster has been used for about 500 hours in a Nerf Arena.

It's fast and has a huge forty-disc load capacity, but the downside is that it takes 2 minutes to reload. Nevertheless, it will always be in our top ten of all time, especially in our arena, as voted by the players - all 3,000 of them - over the summer of 2014.

It's like the Raider and Praxis were smashed together, and this PPSH of a Nerf gun came out of it.

22 N-Strike Deploy CS-6

This has been my favorite even since 2013. It doesn't need good range as far as I'm concerned because you could approach a friend, show them your new Nerf flashlight, and surprise them by shooting all six rounds.

This gun shoots really far, up to 40 feet. That's impressive. It's good for both close-quarters and long-range combat. For long-range situations, a recon barrel is recommended.

This Nerf gun is excellent! It has incredible power and a 40-foot range. The tactical sight is very effective at close range. Overall, it's an awesome gun!

23 N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion

This is the best sniper ever made by Nerf. I'm an experienced Nerfer and I have almost all the Nerf guns. Out of all of them, this gun is the best sniper ever made by Nerf. It shoots Mega darts, which go up to a hundred feet, and the shooting sound is really awesome and realistic.

The gun looks good and is really comfortable to hold. The only downside is that once you put on the barrel, you can't remove it ever again. But that doesn't matter to me. This should be at #1.

21? What? Why is the Retaliator better than the Centurion? I have both guns: one with a 12-shot capacity and the other with 6. When I shoot small toys from a 20-foot range with the Retaliator, it takes me 10 shots to hit the target. With the Mega Centurion, I can easily hit every shot from 30 feet.

In a war game, I only manage to get one shot off before my friend hits me 10 times with rapid fire from 40 feet away. However, the Mega dart leaves a mark on my friend's face. So, I think the Mega Centurion is the best.

24 N-Strike Elite Rayven CS-18

This is clearly the best gun, as you don't have to pull anything back to fire. You only have to hold a small button!

I own the gun. Too bad I lost the clip and darts. I won a ton of battles with it, and with the Modulus ECS-10.

I won 7 Nerf battles with this, one of them with a long-range kill!

25 N-Strike Firefly REV-8

Great gun. I have one and use it in Nerf battles about 3.9174% of the time. In Hunger Games matches, I always go right for this and a Strongarm. By the way, we do a Hunger Games match every month with my thirty-seven Nerf guns.

It's a really great rapid-fire gun. It may jam a lot, but it makes up for that with its ability to be quickly reloaded.

The jamming is always a concern. Otherwise, it's an excellent primary weapon and can fire up to 48 feet.

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