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Nerf Toys - The Gift of Guns

Updated on June 6, 2014

Should You Arm Your Children for Christmas?

This lens discusses the latest Christmas controversy when it comes to the perfect gift item for kids this year - should you go un-armed or armed?

If you are shopping for a gift for a male or female aged eight to twenty eight then we have some cool gift suggestions and some common pitfalls to avoid.

Read on as we compare un-armed vests and highly armed Nerf alternatives to find the best gifts this holiday season. For every Amazon sale from this lens Squidoo will donate $1 to charity!

The Un-Armed Option - Perhaps a sharp looking wooly vest?

Uncomfortable Argyle Vest
Uncomfortable Argyle Vest

When choosing the perfect gift one must first avoid the tempting impulse to simply purchase the ugliest vest possible. That may be a fun and embarrassing gift idea but sweaters without arms just don't make sense. Im not sure what was going on in the olden days but modern young men rarely seem to find themselves with hot arms and a cold body. For these reasons we feel the vest has become obsolete and we can not recommend this gift without arms.

The Armed Option - Nerf Guns! - Choosing the right weapon for your children.

If you want to give your kids a head start in life we recommend arming them early with sufficient foam firepower to get them through their formative years of combat readyness.

A perfect first gun for a boy is the Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Dart Blaster. With 6 foam darts, a quick-reload ammo clip and electronic targeting light plus five re-configurable parts this gun is packed with features!

Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Dart Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Dart Blaster

Build your own blaster with five interchangeable parts that you can take apart and reassemble any way you want. Add the flip-up sight for aiming precision and the dual-mode light beam with red-dot accuracy that’s perfect for night missions. The shoulder stock to steadies your shot and stores an extra clip of ammo (sold separately).


What's Christmas without Firepower? - Show your love with this maxed out Nerf machine gun.

Don't let your little brats be out gunned by that smarty pants from down the street!Make sure your kids have the maximum Nerf firepower available this Christmas with this N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster and they will rule the neighborhood!

Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster

“Round” out your N-STRIKE arsenal with this awesome RAIDER RAPID FIRE CS-35 blaster and its special drum magazine. Giving it the highest dart capacity yet, the drum magazine hold 35 darts and features a clear window to let you know when your ammo’s getting low. Maintain total contraol of your rate of fire with the slam fire handle — just slide it repeatedly while your hold down the trigger to release a stream of darts..


Are Nerf guns good gifts for kids?

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Nerf recommends it's guns for kids 8 years and up although reviews say younger kids love them too. Just keep in mind some of the rifles are hefty units and easier carried by older kids.

Nerf guns are most popular with boys but some girls love them too of course, who doesn't like running around shooting their friends and shouting action movie quotes?!

Increasingly Nerf gun battles are happening on college campuses, dorm rooms and between office cubicles spreading the Nerf love to big kids all over the country and around the world!

A Vest That Doesn't Suck - Ok so you are stuck on the vest idea - try this one on for size!

If you must give a vest to your grandson, nephew or estranged love child this holiday consider this tactical option from Nerf - a military style vest with lots of room for extra ammo that even a kid or teenager could love!

Nerf N-Strike Tactical Vest
Nerf N-Strike Tactical Vest

Don’t be caught off guard. Be ready, no matter where or when your opponent strikes, with this awesome Tactical Vest Kit. Built to carry four Quick-Reload Clips, 12 darts, blasters and swords, your vest isn’t just an accessory — it’s a line of defense. This kit comes with two clear clips and 12 Clip System darts, so you’ve already got ammo on-hand.


Cool Maverick Nerf Pistol - A dependable Nerf side arm gift idea.

Perfect gift idea for boys as a versatile primary weapon or go anywhere backup nerf gun. Rapid launching action increases your battle speed and accuracy. A good gun for campus or the basement!

Nerf N-Strike Maverick - Colors May Vary(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Nerf N-Strike Maverick - Colors May Vary(Discontinued by manufacturer)

The legendary Maverick blaster features a six-dart rotating barrel with easy flip loading so you don't have to waste any time while blasting enemy targets. Rapid launching action increases your battle speed and accuracy. Other features include a pullback mechanism and auto-advancing barrel.


Set of Two Guns with Nerf Night Finders - Battle a brother, sister, dad or friends!

This set of guns makes a great gift for siblings or kids with at least one friend...if not they will soon make lots of friends with this cool toy Nerf gun pair!

Nerf N-Strike Nite Finder EX-3 - 2 Pack
Nerf N-Strike Nite Finder EX-3 - 2 Pack

Blast at target from up to 35 feet away! The NERF NITE FINDER (light beam scope!) takes your blasting to a whole new environment- the DARK.


The Choice of 8 Year Old Snipers Everywhere - Encourage accuracy and stealth in your kids!

Two-in-one blaster can fire foam arrows up to 35 feet. Features a quick-reload clip and a fold-down bipod. It's terrific fun with your friends at home or on the job!

Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster (Discontinued by manufacturer)

With this awesome, air-powered dart blaster, a “long shot” is a good thing. Measuring three feet long, this blaster is the longest NERF blaster yet and fires up to 35 feet. Attach the barrel extension for long-range targeting and use the tactical rails and flip-up sight to help you zero-in on targets near and far.


Extra Darts and Nerf Ammo - Think About the Children - Don't Leave Your Kids Low on Ammo!

Peace Through Superior Firepower - The ultimate Nerf machine gun - perfect for family gatherings.

Ready your kids for any battle with the yellow N-STRIKE VULCAN EBF-25 blaster this Christmas. This Nerf maching gun is an awesome, fully automatic dart cannon with three tactical rails. The piston-powered internal launching system makes it an unstoppable force for dominating siblings, parents or co-workers!

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Complete your N-STRIKE arsenal and prepare for the ultimate in battery-powered blasting. Load the blaster with fresh batteries and fire at a rate of up to three darts per second. Watch as the belt feeds automatically through the blaster, letting the barrage of firepower continue as you battle your opponent. Switch to single-shot mode for precision blasting.


Are you a big Nerf fan?

Do you feel toy guns an appropriate Christmas gift?

Feel free to leave your thoughts below and remember that for every sale from this gift guide Squidoo donates $1 to charity!

Feedback and Discussion - Thank you for visiting this lens!

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      Ashleyy 2 years ago

      TJ S: Aqua-Net was my propellant of cchoie, but I learned the very-nearly-hard-way of the difference between a conflagration and a deflagration when a PVC schedule 80 foomp' tank on a potato gun reached critical failure due to heat stress.The addition of some secret ingredients' of my own choosing to the tank to, uh, ensure thorough oxidation of the fuel probably didn't help.

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      Chaas 2 years ago

      The honetsy of your posting is there for all to see

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes i am a nerf fan. i don't know what life would be without nerf guns

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nerf guns are so awesome i'd go out naked for everyone of them!!!!!!!!

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      augustbreeze85 4 years ago

      This was nice to read, but in my opinion a gun is not really a toy ay least until a certain age.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Yes, I am a Nerf fan. Yes, toy guns are appropriate gifts for children. When did they not become appropriate? With them you can shoot nosy do-gooders who say kids shouldn't have guns! I'm even in favor of BB guns for certain kids of appropriate responsible ages. So there!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Very clever! Arms vs. no arms. Awesome lens! My parents finally figured out it's not smart to get a Nerf gun for my brother without getting me one too!

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      A guy at work has the Vulcan Dart Blaster. It is occasionally used to get the attention of someone wearing headphones. The only problem is that each time it is used, fewer darts seem to come back. I think there are only 3 now...

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      Too funny! Love it, and my boys love nerf guns!

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      I left Nerf guns off a lens on Christmas toys because I was really uncomfortable with how realistic they look. But my kids are 2 and 4. I'm fully aware that that I'll get over it when they're a few years older (and probably join in ...).

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Love Nerf & as someone who raised 3 sons ~ my boys still love nerf guns and they're all grown up now.

      ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

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      luvmyludwig lm 6 years ago

      Haha, I love it! I wish I could get these for my kids, but they always end up eating the ammo. I think it'd be fun to have nerf gun fights with them... Oh, and nerf balls don't do well here either lol

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      triathlontraini1 6 years ago

      Very well done!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These would be some fun toy guns to play with, I'd like one.

      Hope you win the iPod with this lens.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Gotta love Nerf gun battles, thanks for visiting this lens!