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Top Picks For Best Nerf Guns | Nerf Gun Reviews

Updated on October 26, 2014

Our Picks for the Best Nerf Guns

We know you love Nerf guns, or you wouldn't have landed on this page. Did you know that Nerf isn't just a funny name? It stands for something: Non-Expanding Recreational Foam. Try that one on your Nerf battle buddies!

We tried out Nerf guns—from single shot blasters to fully automatic guns—and list here our top three picks for the best Nerf guns. Read on for detailed reviews and advice about where to buy a Nerf gun at the best prices!

Included are detailed instructions for modifying your Nerf gun so it can hold more bullets or reload more quickly.

1. Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6

The Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6 gets our top pick as the best Nerf Gun because it features both great design and versatility. Basically, the Nerf Longshot is two blasters in one. It's a long Nerf gun but it is also one of the most accurate Nerf guns ever. It can easily launch foam arrows up to 50 feet with pinpoint accuracy. There's even a fold-down bi-pod to help you steady your aim for important shots.

One of the CS-6's great features is quick reload. The ability to reload quickly can make the difference between staying in the heat of an intense Nerf battle and getting shot. The CS-6 comes with a clip that can hold a total of 12 streamline darts, so you can be reloaded and back in the action in two seconds.

Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6(Discontinued by manufacturer)

Our top pick for best Nerf gun. The CS-6 has precision aim and gives shooters the ability to reload quickly.

 

These are a little on the weak side straight out of the box, but Hasbro was thinking ahead. I suspect they were intentionally designed with the modder in mind, because there's not a drop of glue anywhere. Just remove the screws and open the case. Once inside, you only need to add an extra spring. Don't worry about removing the restrictor. You'll get plenty of range with just the spring mod.

— User review

Read This Before Modifying Your Nerf Longshot Magazine!

No other Nerf gun is more popular for modification than the Longshot. If you are new to modifying Nerf guns, however, make sure you understand exactly what you are doing. Study a few different guns before you attempt to modify your Nerf. Make sure you grasp the mechanics behind the spring-powered Nerf blaster.

If you break your brand new Nerf toy, don't come crying to us about how we ruined your Longshot. Consider yourself warned!

If you're ready to modify your Longshot so that the dart magazine can hold more rounds, follow the steps below.

  1. Figure out where to cut, then remove the screws and springs from both magazines and carefully cut where you measured on both magazines.
  2. The magazine that will be the bottom half needs to be cut to be 4 inches high. The magazine that will be the top half needs to be cut to be 4-1/4 inches high. The best way to make a nice clean cut is to use a table saw or band saw with a rip fence.
  3. Use an X-acto knife to deburr both halves of the magazine along the inside edges. They need to be smooth, or you will not be able to make a nice clean joint. Rough insides edges may also prevent the darts from loading properly.
  4. Apply super glue and join the two pieces together. Be careful not to get any glue residue on the inside of the dart magazine.
  5. Combine the two springs using 10-32 screws, hex nuts, and washers. Do not tighten them all the way. If you use metal screws and nuts, you may need to apply thread-lock or use self-locking hex nuts.
  6. Now you are ready to put your modified dart magazine together. This new dart magazine will hold about 12 darts.

2. Nerf Maverick

I was going to give the Nerf Maverick a lower rating until I made an amazing discovery. One day I bought more bullets and chose Sonic Micro Darts to try out with my Maverick. The first thing I noticed was that they looked cooler in the Maverick's barrel, but it gets better. I fired, and the micro dart flew far. Really far. At least three feet farther!

Plus the micro darts whistle, so it sounds like bullets are whizzing over your head. With the Sonic Micro darts, the Maverick is top-notch. Also, these guns are easy to modify, even for people who don't think they are good at tinkering. There are two small plastic pieces to cut off, and then the barrel comes out all the way. This makes reloading faster. I have had no problems with this gun, except that occasionally the barrel doesn't spin because a dart is sticking up. In those cases, I just push the dart down.

3. Nerf N-Strike Vulcan

You can't beat the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan for sheer firepower. If you are looking for the one and only Nerf gun that can simply own a Nerf battle, then the Vulcan is the gun for you.

I know people who have mixed opinions about this gun, but I believe that is because they do not know how to work it. Most complaints are due to improper belt loading. Once you know how to work the Vulcan, you will be able to throw down a ton of darts and keep your friends ducking for cover as you laugh your brains out in delight.

Add your own custom modifications to this puppy, and you'll own the neighborhood for both range and firepower.

When firing, the Vulcan is no louder than an electric shaver, and probably quieter than many of those. On fresh batteries, it fires between two and three darts per second and takes around eight seconds to empty an entire 25-round belt of darts.

— User review

How to Modify a Nerf Vulcan

The biggest complaint about the Nerf Vulcan is that the belt only holds 25 darts. This really can be a problem, because the Vulcan fires so quickly that you find yourself out of darts and vulnerable to counter attacks in short order.

Here is how to modify the Vulcan's ammunition box so that it can hold the larger, 50-dart belt.

  1. Remove the bottom of the ammunition box.
  2. Choose a cookie or cracker tin and use super glue to attach to the underside of the ammunition box.

The only potential problem with this modification is that sometimes the gun jams. This usually is not a big deal, because now you are fully loaded with 50 darts.

Full mod explanation and pictures courtesy of nerfhaven.

Another Great Toy Gun: Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS

The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS hit the market recently and it's already one of our favorites. In a few years, the Stampede could easily become the best Nerf ever. Why do I say that? Well, let's compare the Stampede to the Longshot.

The Longshot requires you to pump each shot, while the Stampede is fully automatic. The Stampede's magazine system reloads the darts quickly; you can easily shoot about three darts a second. The Longshot does out-perform the Stampede in accuracy and distance.

If you play with your Nerf guns outside, you just can't beat the Longshot. However, if your battles are inside, then the Stampede is your best bet. In my opinion, you should own both!

Nerf Big Bad Bow: Modified to Fire Darts

The Nerf Big Bad Bow is one of Nerf's most popular toys. It does not involve pulling a string. Pulling a trigger fires arrows.

This video shows how the Big Bad Bow can be modified to fire regular Nerf gun darts.

The Nerf Bow and Arrow - Great Choice in Top Kids Toys

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      I LUV CHEESEBURGERS 2 years ago

      i like most of them but my favorate is the Rampage

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      Mr nobody 2 years ago

      What the heck the mavrick is the worst nerf gun ever i rather have a jolt but the longshot is the best nerf gun ever

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      Kyle 2 years ago

      I love the mods you can do to Nerf guns. Great article! I've seen some other great Nerf mods at http://nerfhub.com

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      Daniel 2 years ago

      Whoa! Nice review my friend. I also have recently started my site about nerf guns. Have a look and if possible leave a response :) Thanks. site:-http://nerfgunheadquarters.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! this is cool, i mean I have the longshot, and when i saw it was first, i was like HOLY SMACK, so i like the way you guys think, and i like the fact that is show's you how to modifie it!! Good job guys!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      AWESOME STUFF BRO! me and my friends had a "war" in my garden! :D so much fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wish they had these when I was a kid, looks like so much fun, might go out and get one anyway. LOL

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      stubest 4 years ago

      Nerfs are just insane fun, like the lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ye n-strike elite rampage is awesome

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      UltimateReviews 5 years ago

      Pretty comprehensive review! We like it : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about the n strike elite? Huh.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the Alpha Trooper! AWESOME! :)

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I remember playing with these!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      My friends and I have all got our own Nerf arsenals and whenever we have have hangouts they quickly devolve into all out Nerf warfare. Great pick on the longshot, that thing is a beast.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: I reckon the Longstrike is still really good and should have been included on this list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: my favourite nerf gun is the longshot it is such an epic gun! IT BARELY jams and it has a bipod,a front gun,and a scope

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Me and my little brother use to have nerf gun wars all the time when we were little. They've only gotten better.

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son will go nuts over this lens! Great information for the Nerf gun fan!

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      ThomasJ4 LM 6 years ago

      Nerf guns and Power Wheels are the two best toys ever invented! Good job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ive got the long shot and it is totally awesome i never knew it was the best for this year

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      Chrisns 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, i´ve got the Vulcan and its awesom :P

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i had a blast with 2 of these wonderful toys at my little cousin's home! cheers

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      SandyORiley 6 years ago

      If I showed this site to my son he'd be all over the modifications. I'll wait a little until he's a bit older, or is bored with how they currently work. He loves to learn how things work and take things apart. Thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Sojourn: wat type of nerf gun is he looking for

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i think the best nerf gun is the rapid deployment it deploys really fast

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nerf guns r the best when modded ive got almost of the,

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      Awesome lens idea - nerf guns are the greatest!

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      CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

      This is soo cool it makes you instantly want to get one of these great guns... Thank you for sharing.

      Warm Regards,

      Clive

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      GrinningFool 7 years ago

      Best Toys ever!!

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      Oh, boy! All I need for my 7 year old this Christmas is on this incredible list of the best Nerf guns. He so desperately wants one that will help him outdo his older brothers. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Im thinking of buying a nerf dart tag fire fury , its for my 8 year old and 6 old son. It will be their first nerf gun? Did i made a good choice?

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      BackPorchView 7 years ago

      Nerf guns are a ton of fun! Nice lens :)

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      mikerbowman 7 years ago

      I loved nerf guns as a kid... and I actually recently bought a Nerf-type shotgun (only it wasn't Nerf, it was some knock off company). It's lots of fun! It'd be fun to get back into it, but my son's still a bit too young to play with toy guns :P

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      bsblmike2 7 years ago

      nerfguns are sick

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      rmstouffer 7 years ago

      Man, I didn't realize that the nerf guns were so powerful. Not near as powerful as an airsoft electric rifle, but pretty mean none the less. Cool lens, love the videos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nerf Gun on special, see Hasbro at www.toysandstuff.net

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I say that the Vulcan is the 2nd best. also that shotgun is made by Buzz Bee

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what about the long strike cs 6

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Check out cheap Nerf Guns by HASBRO at www.toysandstuff.net

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      Pandrogas LM 8 years ago

      Pretty decent list, have you considered the recently released CS-35 Raider as well?

      I should also note that the shotgun is not Nerf and requires special cartridges to fire. It is however one of the cooler Air Blasters launchers. Second only to the clip version rifle.

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      dragonnauis 8 years ago

      how do u mod the secret strike a.s. 1 nerf gun i have 2 of them so i have a soso arsenel i am so getting 1 more maverick and either a recon or a longshot

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      Lego-Sets 8 years ago

      I loved playing with my Nerf Guns and Bow and Arrow when I was little. Now I buy them for my boys and we have a great time with them. I am amazed at the cool mods people make to shoot the darts farther. I haven't tried any yet. But, I think I should.