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Last updated: January 13, 2021
Nerf guns have been some of the most popular toys in the last three decades. That’s hardly any surprise though, since Nerf has continuously come out with exciting new models and series every single year.
And not just that, Nerf has also always tried to innovate their blasters as much as possible, meeting the ever-increasing expectations from today’s hungry Nerf fans.
From compact pistol style blasters to fully automatic Nerf guns, I have shortlisted 10 of the best Nerf guns you can buy today. Further below, I have also included my favorite Nerf blasters in more specific categories and series.
Top 10 Best Nerf Guns
This is my top 10 list of best Nerf guns that are definitely worth adding to your collection.
1. Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K
Let’s kick off this list of best Nerf guns with the hugely popular Rival Nemesis, which was first introduced to the Nerf world back in 2017. And what an introduction it was.
As we all know, the Rival series was considered quite revolutionary when it came out, with much improved performance and high-impact rounds instead of darts. The Nemesis was, and is, perhaps the most revolutionary blaster in that Rival series.
The best thing about the Nemesis is its huge magazine, the Nemesis Hopper, that can carry up to 100 rounds. It’s a fully automatic, flywheel powered blaster, with a tactical rail on top and a smaller rail just below the muzzle.
Firing with the Nemesis is a fun and smooth affair, although you do sometimes need to shake the blaster a bit to allow the rounds to be sucked into the funnel. But that’s only a minor inconvenience of what is otherwise a seriously fantastic Nerf blaster to have.
|Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K|
2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor
The Disruptor in the N-Strike Elite series was released in the second half of 2016, and is a well-performing, unpretentious six-dart revolver style blaster.
The small-medium sized Disruptor is essentially a remake of the >Nerf Strongarm blaster, with only a few design changes. It’s a single-fire blaster with the ability for slam or rapid firing, and can hold 6 Elite darts. It has an advertised firing range of up to 90 ft.
The Disruptor is well designed and has great ergonomics. It’s a lightweight sidearm blaster with a trigger handle that sits comfortably in the hand without feeling bulky. The primer is also very smooth, it’s easy to grab and slide without any fiddling around.
The main reason I included the Disruptor in this list of best Nerf guns is that it does what it needs to do, and it does that very well. As far as I am concerned, the Disruptor is one of the best revolver/pistol style blasters.
|Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor|
3. Nerf N-Strike Mega Megalodon
If you’re looking for a Nerf blaster that is just a little bit over the top and super fun to fire with, the Megalodon in the Mega series is for you. I mean, just look at it. Your enemies in Nerf wars will run away before you even start shooting.
In all seriousness though, the Megalodon doesn’t just have all the looks, it’s also a really solid and quite sophisticated Nerf gun. It comes with a huge rotating drum that holds 20 Mega darts, which you can fire by cranking the top handle back and forth.
What’s great about the Megalodon is that it allows you to use single fire as well as slam fire. With slam fire, rather than using the trigger each time you shoot, it fires all 20 Mega darts in one go by holding down the trigger continuously.
Introduced in 2019, the Megalodon is similar in looks to the Mega Mastodon in the same Mega series. The key difference is that the Megalodon isn’t a battery operated Nerf gun.
|Nerf N-Strike Mega Megalodon|
4. Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000
Let’s continue this list of top Nerf blasters with another popular model from the Rival series. One that is named after a Greek goddess.
Released in 2017, the Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 is a medium-size spring-powered blaster with great looks and performance. The Artemis has a pump-action priming system and a firing capacity of 30 High-Impact Rounds. It works with a turret system at the front that rotates when priming. It comes packaged with 30 rounds and instructions.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Artemis is its intimidating design. It’s an SMG style blaster with 3 magazines that each hold 10 rounds. The Artemis blaster can shoot in single fire as well as in slam fire mode, with the sliding handle at the front being the primer.
Overall, the Artemis is a fantastic blaster that will make you feel like a boss during Nerf wars. It’s rock-solid with a cool, if somewhat over-the-top, design, and with a broad set of great features.
|Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000|
5. Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000
Released in 2019, the Nerf Rival Perses is a medium-size flywheel and conveyor blaster. It has a fully automatic firing system, and a firing capacity of 50 High Impact Rounds that are loaded via an intelligent Hopper system.
The design of the Perses is such that it is light and compact, which make it super easy to carry around one-handed during Nerf wars. The plastics do feel solid though and not flimsy at all, and overall the ergonomics are quite spot on.
The Hopper in the Perses holds 50 rounds at a time. Jamming doesn’t happen very often, but if the Perses does happen to jam when firing, there are some easy ways to get that resolved. For example, the entire Hopper system can be easily popped out so you can access the feeding conveyor.
Like other blasters in the Rival series, the technical setup of the Perses includes a primary trigger, a trigger lock, and an acceleration trigger. The Perses has quite an impressive rate of fire and firing velocity, if that is primarily what you’re looking for in your next Nerf gun.
|Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000|
6. Nerf Fortnite SP-L
Are you a fan of the Fortnite video game? Then the Fortnite SP-L is the right Nerf gun for you. But honestly though, you really don’t need to be a Fortnite fan in order to appreciate the awesomeness of the Nerf Fortnite SP-L pistol style blaster.
Disregarding the Fortnite themed design, the SP-L is an incredibly well designed Nerf gun that performs way better than one would perhaps expect.
The Fortnite SP-L is a spring-powered blaster, with an internal magazine that holds 3 Fortnite darts. Firing with the SP-L is very smooth with hardly any jamming issues. The whole process of priming, loading, and firing, just works really well.
The best thing about the SP-L is its ridiculously long, detachable barrel. It doesn’t really help you aim better, but it sure does make this Nerf gun look so much cooler.
If you prefer the more conventional blue and orange color styling, you should have a look at the SP-R version. It’s essentially the same Nerf gun as the SP-L, but with a different look-and-feel.
|Nerf Fortnite SP-L|
7. Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K
Next up in this list of best Nerf guns is perhaps the most powerful and most unique Nerf blaster ever produced. Released in 2018, the Rivel Prometheus is a ridiculous machine with intimidating looks, interesting ergonomics, and a huge magazine that can hold 200 high-impact rounds.
The Prometheus is in fact very similar to the Nemesis. It is a fully automatic flywheel powered blaster and comes with an oversized hopper style magazine that is detachable.
There are some key differences though. The Prometheus needs to be held with both hands at the hip level, which is different from any other Nerf blaster out there. It’s surprisingly ergonomic though, and it also helps that the Prometheus isn’t as heavy as it may look.
The other important difference is that the Prometheus carries a battery-pack, as opposed to a bunch of heavy D-batteries. This actually makes the Prometheus lighter and also more practical. Overall, the Prometheus is a fantastic Nerf blaster that will appeal to those looking for power.
|Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K|
|Series:||Rival Phantom Corps|
8. Nerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500
I really do love the Nerf Rival series, so I am adding a fifth Rival blaster to this list of best Nerf guns.
The Kronos really does deserve a spot in this list, because it’s one of the best Nerf pistol style blasters you can find, together with the Disruptor and the Fortnite SP-L further up in this list.
The Kronos can hold five High-Impact Rounds in its internal magazine, and fires with a smooth, single-action priming movement. The rounds can very easily be inserted at the top of the blaster into the magazine, which is not detachable.
If you’re looking for a compact Nerf gun with outstanding performance and ergonomics, you can’t go wrong with the Kronos. Firing with the Rival Kronos is a lot of fun, it’s very easy to operate, and pretty much never jams.
|Nerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500|
9. Nerf N-Strike Modulus LongStrike
Released in 2018 as a remake of the 2010 Longstrike CS-6, the LongStrike sniper rifle in the Modulus series offers improved performance compared to its predecessor. It’s one of the best Nerf sniper rifles currently available.
The N-Strike Modulus series was introduced in 2015 with a focus on customization of blasters with various, interchangeable accessories, such as barrel extensions, shoulder stocks and tactical rail accessories.
The LongStrike comes packaged with a bi-pod, a scope, a barrel extension, a detached shoulder stock, three 6-round magazines and eighteen Elite darts. Note that the shoulder stock is integrated, so once it’s attached, it can’t be de-attached.
The performance of the Modulus LongStrike is better than that of its predecessor, mainly because of much-needed updates to the internal mechanims. The reverse plunger has been replaced by a direct plunger system, and it also comes with a tiny unjamming button on the left side of the blaster.
|Nerf N-Strike Modulus LongStrike|
10. Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFire
First introduced in 2018 as part of the N-Strike Elite series, the popular SurgeFire is a pump-action Nerf gun with a rotating drum that can hold up to 15 Elite darts.
Nerf fans will know that the SurgeFire is very similar to the 2015 Mega RotoFury, but the SurgeFire has a larger drum, and in my opinion the SurgeFire also has better grip and ergonomics.
The SurgeFire has the ability to single fire as well as slam fire, and has an advertised firing range of up to 90 feet (or 27 meters). It performs really well and is designed such that it’s comfortable to handle and operate.
One commonly reported issue with the SurgeFire is that it can skip darts when firing in slam fire. It’s not a huge deal, because skipping darts is always better than jamming darts, but it’s still something to be aware of.
|Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFire|
Best Nerf Sniper Rifles
I have a bit of a soft spot for Nerf sniper rifles. Nerf blasters in general aren’t exactly famous for their amazing accuracy, but with Nerf sniper rifles, there are definitely expectations in regards to accuracy, velocity and firing range.
Check out my list of best Nerf sniper rifles.
Best Fully Automatic Nerf Guns
Also referred to as machine or motorized Nerf guns, fully automatic Nerf guns are battery powered blasters that are able to continuously fire ammo by simply holding down the trigger. They are super fun to play with and give you that extra edge during Nerf wars.
Check out my list of best fully automatic Nerf guns.
Best Nerf Rival Blasters
As you may know, I am a huge fan of the Nerf Rival series of blasters, high-performing machines designed for competitive team vs team play. They use custom-built Rival rounds as ammo to further improve their power and performance.
Check out my list of best Nerf Rival blasters.
Best Nerf N-Strike Modulus Guns
The Nerf Modulus series was introduced in 2015 with a strong focus on customization of blasters. Modulus blasters come with all sorts of accessories and attachments that can be interchanged with all other blasters within the Modulus range.
Check out my list of best Nerf Modulus guns.