In 1992, 23 years after the brand’s inception, NERF introduced its first-ever Blaster with the Sharpshooter — kicking off an evergrowing line of toy guns that continues through today. In the subsequent three decades that have followed, NERF’s range of play weapons has become increasingly complex, culminating in the current crop of fully motorized Blasters.
With increased accuracy, fire rate, and power, a handful of NERF’s latest guns can also easily be enjoyed by adults, providing a playful alternative to activities like airsoft and paintball combat. And it’s this selection of grown-up-friendly Blasters that we’ll be delving into today in this guide to the best NERF blasters for adults that you can buy. So, whether you’re looking to pick up a sidearm for casual plinking or a full arsenal for foam dart warfare, this list has got you covered.
NERF Rival Finisher XX-700 Blaster
Almost certainly the finest sidearm currently produced by NERF, the Rival Finisher XX-700 is a magazine-fed Blaster that shoots NERF Rival rounds. Alongside a safety, the Rival Finisher XX-700 also sports a quick-loading, seven-round magazine that can be inserted into the gun, or filled from the top. Interestingly, this gun utilizes a pump-action priming method that drives a spring back which is then deployed when the Blaster’s trigger is pulled.
NERF Rival Charger MXX-1200 Motorized Blaster
Taking visual inspiration from the FN P90, NERF’s Rival Charger MXX-1200 is a fully motorized Blaster that can shoot at up to 100 feet-per-second. Using a top-loading configuration, the Rival Charger MXX-1200 — which is sold with two dozen NERF Rival rounds — can hold 12 rounds. First released in early 2020, this model tips the scales at less than 3lbs. The gun is also equipped with a trigger lock to prevent accidental discharges, as well as a tactical Picatinny-style rail for mounting sights or customizing the Blaster.
NERF Ultra Three Blaster
The NERF Ultra Three Blaster is a pump-action shotgun-style gun that’s fitted with an internal eight-round clip which is supplemented via onboard storage for an additional four darts. The spring-loaded pump action of the Ultra Three model also affords the Blaster an impressive range of up to 120′. The gun’s immense range is also made possible through the use of NERF’s farthest flying rounds of all time — items that were created using an innovative flight tip, a new NERF Ultra foam construction, and Aerofin technology.
NERF Ultra Pharaoh Blaster
The Ultra Pharaoh model is a sniper rifle-inspired Blaster that sports a scope, a removable ten-round clip, and a padded stock with an attachment point for mounting a second clip (which is sold separately). Reloaded via a bolt-action spring-loaded system, the Ultra Pharaoh Blaster boasts a range of 120′ — again, largely thanks to the use of NERF Ultra darts. Adorned in premium gold accents, this Blaster is also sold with ten special limited-edition gold NERF ULTRA darts.
NERF Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18 Motorized Blaster
NERF’s take on a modern assault weapon, the Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18 is another fully-motorized Blaster that packs an 18-round clip. Sold with a total of three dozen darts, this gun also features an acceleration button that can be pressed to power up its motor, allowing for rapid-fire action with a range of up to 90′. What’s more, the use of four tactical rails and a front barrel attachment point also make this Blaster particularly customization-ready.
NERF Modulus Tri-Strike
The aptly-named Modulus Tri-Strike is a modular Blaster that can shoot three different types of rounds. In addition to a standard ten-dart clip, the Modulus Tri-Strike also shoots four NERF MEGA darts and a single missile — NERF’s take on a grenade launcher. The use of a full stock, a front handgrip, and a functional scope also collectively make for one of the most unique NERF Blasters on the market. Additionally, NERF also produces a handful of upgrade kits made specifically for the Modulus Tri-Strike.
NERF Ultra Select Fully Motorized Blaster
An even more premium take on a NERF-style assault rifle, the Ultra Select is a fully motorized and fully automatic Blaster with a dual-ammo, 20-round clip. The name of this model stems from the fact that users can select between two different types of rounds — both of which are housed in a single clip — one of which has been optimized for accuracy while the other has been optimized for distance, with the latter affording a range of up to 120′.
NERF Hyper Mach-100 Blaster
An unmistakably modern NERF Blaster, the Hyper Mach-100 is a motorized, fully-automatic gun developed specifically for foam dart warfare. In lieu of a traditional clip, the high-tech toy blaster is fed via an oversized hopper with a 100-round capacity, hugely minimizing the need to reload while mid-skirmish (though it should be noted the gun is only sold with 80 rounds, though more can be purchased). Further distinguishing this model from other NERF Blasters is its noteworthy 110 feet-per-second velocity, making it one of the fastest-firing Blasters in the world.
NERF Halo MA40
A replica of the 7.62x51mm-firing assault rifle utilized by the United Nations Space Command in the hit video game franchise Halo, the NERF x Halo MA40 is a high-performance motorized Blaster with automatic firing capabilities, a ten-round clip, and an acceleration button for powering up the Blaster’s motor. Sold with an included module attachment and a scope, this Blaster also features a rail riser and tactical rail system for mounting additional accessories. What’s more, this Blaster is sold with a special card that contains a code that allows owners to unlock this unique skin for the MA40 in the actual Halo games.
NERF Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32 Blaster
Boasting a whopping 32-round capacity, the NERF Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32 is one of the most unique Blasters on the market. The full-size gun features two pairs of forward-facing eight-round turrets that are supplemented via two more pairs facing the opposite direction, allowing its user to shoot forward, backward, or flip the rear-facing turrets so they can then fire forwards. This idiosyncratic setup also features an old-school level-action priming configuration, plus the trigger can be pulled back halfway to fire a single dart, or all the way to simultaneously shoot two darts at once.
NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster
Referred to by NERF as “the gold standard in dart blasting,” the Ultra One is a high-performance gun that boasts a rotating high-capacity 25-round drum magazine, as well as additional external storage for more rounds — which are of the NERF ULTRA variety, the brand’s farthest-firing rounds. Largely thanks to the use of these darts, the motorized firing mechanism of the Ultra One is capable of sending rounds as far as 120′. And, if its performance wasn’t enough, there’s also definitely something to be said of the Ultra One’s modern and aggressive appearance.
NERF LMTD Aliens M41-A Blaster
The item seen here is a surprisingly accurate replica of the famed M41-A used by the Colonial Marines in Ridley Scott’s hit 1979 sci-fi flick, Alien. Released to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the film, this replica Blaster — which measures 28″ in length — allows users to select between fully motorized automatic firing or shotgun-style pump-action shooting, plus it features sound effects based on the noises from the movie and an electronic dart counter. What really makes this item shine, however, is how true its design stays to the gun from the movie.
NERF LMTD Halo Needler
This replica of the famous “Needler” gun from the Halo video game franchise is an ultra-high-end interpretation of the “type 33” alien weapon. This Blaster packs a rotating ten-round drum, an opening shield, and an array of “needles” that are backlit via LED lights. And, like with the previous Halo x NERF Blaster on this list, the “Needler” is also sold with a card that allows users to unlock this special skin for this gun in-game. It is, however, a limited edition release so that means you’ll have to hunt one down on the resale market.
NERF x Star Wars The Mandalorian Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster
Spanning more than 50″ in length, the Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster is another surprisingly accurate replica of the firearm famously used in the smash hit, The Mandalorian. The gun features a textured wooden stock with an inlaid bracket, vacuum-metalized details, and faux weathering and wear, just like the gun used by “Mando” on the Disney+ show. This Blaster’s level of realism is also upped thanks to the use of built-in sound effects and an LED-illuminated scope.
NERF Elite Titan CS-50 Toy Blaster
The holy grail of production NERF Blasters, the mighty Elite Titan CS-50 is a full-on Gatling gun-style item with a rotating barrel and a massive 50-round drum. Fired from the hip, this oversized Blaster comes paired with a shoulder strap, as well as a flip-up grab handle, bolstering the heavy weapon’s mobility. So, while it doesn’t come cheap, if you’re looking for the most powerful NERF Blaster on the market, the Elite Titan CS-50 is the gun to buy.
Our Holy Grail Pick
Highly-Modified NERF RAPIDSTRIKE Blaster
Unequivocally one of the finest NERF Blasters that money can currently buy, this highly-modified, aftermarket version of the RAPIDSTRIKE Blaster is made entirely by hand and features a slew of top-shelf upgrades. Alongside full steel construction, this includes upgraded Fang ReVamped flywheel motors with PCB boards and a 43.5mm aluminum Worker cage, a Honey Badger pusher motor, a metal trigger, and dual Lipo batteries. Other highlights include a top-shelf scope, front and rear flip-up iron sights, a collapsible stock, and an actual Picatinny rail for mounting accessories. These bespoke Blasters are also offered in a variety of hand-applied paint schemes.
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