Nerf Fortnite SP-L Pistol Blaster Review

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Last updated: October 25, 2020

The Nerf Fortnite SP-L pistol blaster is one of your Fortnite dreams come to life.

Hasbro has faithfully recreated one of the best weapons from the game, blending two of our worst addictions into one. At least this one will get you out of the house for an hour or two.

In this Nerf Fortnite SP-L review, I will run you through some of the key features of this blaster, and I will share my thoughts with you.

What Is the Nerf Fortnite SP-L?

The Nerf Fortnite SP-L pistol blaster was introduced in Spring 2019 by Hasbro, released to promote the game Fortnite (just in case you hadn’t worked that out that connection yet).

It is a spring-powered, sidearm pistol style blaster, with a slide action priming system. Packaged with this blaster you will find 6 Fortnite darts, a barrel, and instructions.

You can buy this blaster in three different color options. The standard SP-L model has yellow as the main color, and brown as the secondary color.

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But you can also get the SP-R model in blue and black, and the super fancy SP-Rippley in blue and transparent purple.

Interestingly enough, the SP-R version comes packaged with 3 little llama targets for practice shooting. Just because.

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A random piece of trivia before we jump into the features. The name SP-L stands for “Suppressed Pistol-Legendary” which refers to the name of the Fortnite weapon that it is based on, as well as its Rarity status in the game.

The SP-R (blue model) is the “Rare” version of the same blaster.

4 Key Features of the Fortnite SP-L

Here’s my take on the surprisingly awesome Nerf Fortnite SP-L blaster.

1. Brilliant Design

When you have to stop playing a game like Fortnite and come back to reality, do you ever get that massive “comedown” feeling? Why does everything in the real world have to be so bland and boring?

I think the designers of this blaster had the same feeling and decided to do something about it. In my opinion, they have done a great job to create a functional blaster that still has that super exaggerated look that the weapon has in the game.

The Suppressed Weapon in Fortnite is basically a modern pistol, but with this ridiculously long, flared barrel. Hasbro has managed to integrate this feature into the blaster so that it looks chunky and cool when it could easily have turned into an awkward bulky add-on.

Nerf Fortnite SP-L in the box

When you remove the barrel (more on that later), the Fortnite SP-L just looks like a standard sidearm pistol which is easy and light to carry around. It is comfortable to shoot with one hand or two, and the grip has this army camo texture that looks neat, but also gives the handle a slightly better grip.

The only thing that might put you off is the massive Fortnite logo on the side. But if you’re not a Fortnite fan, why are you even reading this article?

2. Badass Barrel

One of the coolest features of this blaster has to be the detachable barrel. It is designed to let you shoot in two modes; add it on for long-distance shots, take it off to pack it away as a nifty sidearm for close-range play.

Nerf Fortnite SP-L Pistol Blaster

It has the same conical shape as the barrel of the weapon in the game, which doesn’t really add any functional value but isn’t going to make your shooting any worse.

There is a Nerf N-Strike attachment that this barrel locks onto on the pistol, which is universal with several other blasters if you want to mix and match barrels (go long or go home).

3. Slide, Prime, Reload – Repeat

The Fortnite SP-L is a spring-powered blaster, with an internal magazine that holds 3 Fortnite darts, or otherwise Elite darts. A Fortnite dart is essentially the same as an Elite dart, it just looks a bit differently.

The whole top of the blaster slides back to prime and reveals the internal magazine for reloading. Feeding the rounds into the chamber is pretty smooth, and the flaps stop the rounds from falling back out.

The Fortnite SP-L has a smooth priming mechanism

There is also a little button on the side to help if the blaster jams, but I didn’t have any jamming issues during my tests. In fact, all the mechanisms for this blaster work very smoothly, from priming, loading, and firing.

4. Solid (If Not Legendary) Firing

From my test sessions, the firing velocity of this blaster is around 70 miles per second, which is in line with the speed advertised by Hasbro.

This is reasonable for a pistol blaster, but not amazing, and the detachable barrel doesn’t actually improve your distance or velocity (it’s purely aesthetic).

The Fortnite SP-L is also only a single fire blaster, and there is no slam fire option, which is one of my favorite features on single fire blasters.

But of course, this isn’t a deal-breaker, as being able to shoot 3 rounds quickly isn’t very exciting, and this is pretty on par with other pistol blasters in the market.

Final Thoughts

This blaster has been designed with the mad fan cult of Fortnite in mind, but actually, Nerf has gone to the effort of designing a solid and fun little pistol.

The barrel is kinda awesome and ridiculous at the same time, but it’s handy that it’s detachable and compatible with other N-Strike blasters in my collection.

Even if I didn’t spend all my nights recently glued to this game, I would still consider the Fortnite SP-L a sweet addition to my blaster armory (and I might be able to convince some of my non-Fortnite bros to get one too).

Check out my list of best Nerf blasters to find out whether the Fortnite SP-L has made it into that list.

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ReviewNerf Fortnite SP-L
SummaryThe Nerf Fortnite SP-L blaster is a nicely designed pistol style gun with a smooth priming system and excellent performance. The Fortnite styling may not be for everyone, but as a Nerf blaster, it ticks all the right boxes.
AuthorThomas Dunnett
Rating4.4 (out of 5)
 
Thomas Dunnett

I'm a huge fan of Nerf blasters, home laser tag, and other real-life action games that keep us active, social and young at heart.

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