The 10 Best Nerf Guns

Updated December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

10 Best Nerf Guns
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We spent 20 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. There's no point fighting it. Most youngsters, and especially boys, love to play shooting games. So the least you can do is ensure that they play safely with one of these Nerf guns that only fire soft ammunition that won't cause any damage to their siblings and friends or to your house. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best nerf gun on Amazon.

10. Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire is especially useful if your kids also have a military-style Power Wheels Humvee, given the fact that this veritable machine gun is modeled after the M2 Browning .50 caliber weapons mounted atop those vehicles.
  • motorized blasting
  • fires from 2 25-dart drums
  • range decreases with firing time
Brand Nerf
Model 34276
Weight 7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury

While flipping from an empty drum to a fully loaded one is enjoyable with the slide action on the Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury, the vertical orientation of the drums means you can't reload the spent chamber while the new one is in the firing position.
  • comes with 12 darts
  • compact barrel design
  • loud colors can give away a position
Brand Nerf
Model A9603
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Nerf Zombie Strike Sledge Fire

Drawing from the Franchi SPAS-12, the Nerf Zombie Strike Sledge Fire explodes with a blast of three darts per cartridge. Its constant need to be reloaded puts you at a tactical disadvantage, but one good blast from this monster will put any tyke down for the count.
  • ammo storage in shoulder brace
  • 3-dart shell encasement
  • inaccurate over distance
Brand Nerf
Model A4326F01
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator

The rotating ammo drums on the Nerf Zombie Strike Doominator allow you to reload empty chambers without taking your primary drum out of the firing position. That way, if a zombie, or a child, or a zombified child got the drop on you, you'd be ready.
  • 3-position grip
  • 24-dart capacity
  • priming handle feels flimsy
Brand Nerf
Model B1532
Weight 6.9 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion

If your child's play space includes a clock tower or, perhaps, a book depository, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion is the ideal weapon. It's configured to the length and style of a sniper rifle, and its 100-foot firing range makes it a solid choice for distance work.
  • whistler darts scream in flight
  • tactical stand for support
  • assembly required
Brand Nerf
Model A3700
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Nerf N-Strike Rough Cut

The name of the Nerf N-Strike Rough Cut likely comes from the fact that it's essentially a sawed-off shotgun full of foam darts. It loads and fires each projectile with a satisfying pump action, but it can't blast them all out at once.
  • can shoot two darts at a time
  • double-barrel design
  • long reloading process
Brand Nerf
Model A16912050
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage

Your kids are sure to have a ball using the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage to blow out the windows of shopkeepers who wouldn't pay for protection from the mob. After all, this is Nerf's version of the Tommy gun. Just make sure your little ones watch out for that RICO statute.
  • large capacity magazine
  • 75-foot target range
  • not the most accurate option
Brand Nerf
Model 98697F01
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator

The Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous automatic weapon in the world because it's inexpensive, easy to maintain, reliable, and accurate. All of those features also apply to the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator, which is the closest thing you'll get to an AK in a toy.
  • tactical rail above and below barrel
  • quick-reload clips
  • stability handle included
Brand Nerf
Model 98696F01
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm

If modern Westerns, like Westworld and Cowboys & Aliens, have your kids eager to blend the style of the Old West with the technology of the 21st century, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm is a six-shooter from the future. It has a classic drum housed in a modern blaster.
  • shoots up to 90 feet
  • grip under barrel head
  • can fire all six darts at once
Brand Nerf
Model 36033F01
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Long Range Kit

The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Long Range Kit combines the company's most versatile weapons system with a sniper's barrel and spotter's scope. It can fire two dart sizes, as well as a small rocket inspired by the grenade launcher attachment on the M4 carbine.
  • multiple configurations
  • effective at any range
  • folding bipod barrel support
Brand Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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