Back to Basics with Nerf MicroShots

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Last updated: June 27, 2022

Do you remember the Nerf Jolt EX-1 from a few years ago? That super tiny pistol-style Nerf blaster that shoots one dart at a time?

If you liked the Jolt as much as I did (yes, I do believe the Jolt was a cool thing), you will most likely appreciate the MicroShots series that Nerf has been releasing since 2018.

Nerf MicroShots blasters are essentially different Jolt remakes, designed as miniature versions of existing Nerf guns. They work the same as the Jolt. Put one dart in, prime the handle, pull the trigger, and it fires. Too easy.

And that is exactly the concept of MicroShots: they look like miniature copies of existing blasters, but they work the same as the very basic Jolt.

5 Best Nerf Micro Shots Blasters

So, why would you buy one of these? Well, not because of their performance or accuracy, which leaves a lot to be desired.

The main reason to buy a MicroShots blaster is just to have it as a collector’s item. For a Nerf fan, they’re fun souvenirs to add to the collection.

Let’s have a closer look at my 5 favorite Nerf MicroShots blasters that have been released so far.

1. Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Stryfe

Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Stryfe

This is a miniature version of the N-Strike Elite Stryfe that came out in 2013. This means that all the components you’re seeing, such as the magazine attachment, are cosmetic.

They are of course not functional. They are only there to make the blaster like their bigger (and real) counterpart.

Although the proportions are a bit off, it’s quite a detailed replica. It’s good that Nerf has put effort into giving these MicroShots blasters that detailed design, otherwise they would look like cheap counterfeit toys.

This blaster comes packaged with two Elite darts.

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2. Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow

Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow

The design of this Micro Shots blaster is based on the Crossfire Bow in the Zombie Strike series, released in 2014. The miniature version even comes with flip-out bows on the side. They don’t really do much, but they’re fun.

As you must have guessed by now, all the design features are purely cosmetic. They are there to make the blaster look exactly like the real Crossfire Bow. Firing a dart is the same concept as well: front-load a dart, prime the handle, and pull the trigger. Easy!

The Crossfire Bow comes packaged with two Zombie Strike Darts.

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3. Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Strongarm

Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Strongarm

The Strongarm is perhaps one of the most classic Nerf guns ever made, so it only makes sense that a MicroShots version has been produced.

The similarities between this miniature version and its bigger brother are quite obvious, and if you like the Strongarm as much as I have always liked it, the MicroShots version is worth purchasing.

It comes packaged with two Elite darts and fires one dart at a time.

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4. Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Hammershot

Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Hammershot

This particular Micro Shots blaster is based on the popular Zombie Strike Hammershot, released in 2013. The proportions are off, but Nerf has done a decent job making this blaster look like its bigger brother.

The funny thing with the Hammershot is that once you’ve loaded a dart, you instinctively want to prime it with your thumb using that handle at the top. But… you can’t because it’s a replica and it works like a Jolt, duh.

This Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Hammershot comes packaged with two Zombie Strike Darts.

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5. Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2×4

Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4

This tiny MicroShots blaster is based on the popular N-Strike Elite Rough Cut, which can be found in my list of best Nerf Shotguns ever made.

It doesn’t have the same shape as the original version, which has a longer barrel, but a Nerf fan will still be able to see which Nerf blaster this MicroShots is a miniature version of.

The MicroShots N-Strike Elite Rough Cut comes with two Elite darts and can fire one dart at once.

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Final Thoughts

I’m a bit old school and I’ve always liked Nerf pistols such as the Nerf Jolt (yes, seriously). As such, I do like how Nerf is trying to revive the small pistol-style blaster concept with the Micro Shots series.

However, I would have preferred to see a new retro version of the Jolt. Or rather, a retro version of the pistol-sized Nerf blaster. Even though Nerf has released some seriously powerful blasters over the years, there is still a market for a small Nerf pistol, and it deserves its own unique identity.

A unique, retro-style Nerf pistol could’ve worked well in my opinion, as opposed to designing the MicroShots blasters as miniature versions of already existing guns. The miniature aspect doesn’t work for me, to be perfectly honest, but I do see how they can be collector items.

 
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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