Back to Basics with Nerf MicroShots

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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 actually believe the Jolt was a cool thing), you’ll most likely appreciate the MicroShots series that Nerf released in 2018.

The Nerf MicroShots blasters are essentially a bunch of Jolt remakes, designed as miniature versions of existing Nerf blasters. They work the same as the Jolt does. Put one dart in, prime the handle, pull the trigger, and the pistol fires. Too easy.

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

3 Best Nerf MicroShots 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 collectors item. For a Nerf fan, they’re fun souvenirs to add to the collection.

Let’s have a closer look at my 3 favorite Nerf MicroShots blasters that have been released so far.

1. 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 all cosmetic.

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

Nerf MicroShots N-Strike Elite Stryfe

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

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.

Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow

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 Zombie Strike Hammershot

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

Nerf MicroShots Zombie Strike Hammershot

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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Final Thoughts

I’m a bit old school and I’ve always liked Nerf pistols such as the Nerf Jolt (yes, I mean it). As such, I am happy with Nerf trying to revive the small pistol style blaster with the MicroShots 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. Despite the fact that 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 and cool-looking retro-style Nerf pistol could’ve worked really well in my opinion, as opposed to designing the MicroShots blasters as miniature versions of already existing guns. The miniature aspect doesn’t quite sit well with me, it just makes them look a bit silly.

Or am I just overthinking it? It’s highly unlikely you will ever use these tiny blasters in a Nerf battle, but they’re fun toys, and that’s all there is to it.

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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