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Last updated: October 25, 2020
The popular Nerf Megalodon blaster is a ridiculously fun model in the N-Stike Mega series with intimidating looks and a high capacity 20-round rotating drum.
But is the Megalodon just a fun, nice-to-have blaster, or does it also perform as well as it looks? Let’s find out in my review of this rather unique Nerf gun.
What Is the Nerf Mega Megalodon?
Named after an extinct shark, the 2019 Megalodon is still a fairly new blaster, 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.
The Mega range of blasters, that was introduced in 2013, is a sub series of Nerf N-Strike. The Mega series was created to feature blasters with a much improved firing range (up to 100 feet, or 23 meters).
Blasters in the Mega series use the Mega Dart type, a red-colored dart that is generally larger than regular Nerf darts.
The Megalodon represents the Mega series very well. It’s a mean machine that does indeed offer excellent performance. It comes packaged with 20 Mega Darts, a detached cylinder drum and instructions.
Top 3 Features of the Nerf Megalodon
Here’s my take on the Nerf Megalodon.
1. High Capacity Cylinder Drum
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the Megalodon is its over-sized rotating cylinder drum at the front of the blaster. While the drum looks and is big, it isn’t too heavy by any means. The blaster as a whole is quite well balanced.
It holds 20 Mega darts, but can also hold AccuStrike darts that are designed to be slightly more accurate. The drum rotates as you fire, and with a large capacity of 20 darts, you won’t need to reload every 5 seconds.
It’s worth pointing out that the cylinder comes packaged as a separate component, but once it’s attached to the blaster, it’s not meant to be removed anymore. In other words, it’s not a detachable unit that you can re-use on other Nerf blasters.
2. Prime Like a Boss
The second most characteristic attribute of the Megalodon is the large, boomerang-shaped priming handle at the top of the blaster.
It’s quite a unique priming handle that you don’t see very often, but trust me when I say that you will get used to it really easily.
Although the blaster itself and the priming handle look rather bulky, the priming mechanism is surprisingly smooth. And that’s exactly why firing with the Megalodon is so entertaining.
One thing I’d like to point out though is that while the priming (and firing) mechanism is really smooth, the Megalodon is certainly not the most ergonomic blaster available.
That’s not really a surprise, looking at the shape of the blaster, but it’s still something to be aware of. It’s fine though, because the Megalodon isn’t designed to be one’s primary blaster.
3. Single-Fire and Slam Fire
What’s great about the Megalodon is that it allows you to use single fire as well as slam fire. To use single-fire mode, simply pull the primer handle back and forth once, and then pull the trigger.
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 while priming.
Both modes of fire are super easy to execute, not to mention that it’s a lot of fun. And that’s why the Megalodon is worth buying, simply because it’s a blaster that does its job really well, and in an enjoyable way.
Performance wise, the Megalodon certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s a powerful machine, but compared to most other blasters in the Mega series, the Megalodon actually underperforms a little when it comes to firing range and velocity.
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If you’re looking for a Nerf blaster that is just a little bit over the top and super fun to play with, the Megalodon 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 great looks, it’s also a really solid and quite sophisticated Nerf gun, with respectable performance. And that makes it an excellent addition to your collection of Nerf blasters.
|Review||Nerf N-Strike Mega Megalodon|
|Summary||The Nerf N-Strike Mega Megalodon doesn’t just have great looks, it’s also a very solid and quite sophisticated blaster, with respectable performance. It’s certainly not the most ergonomic blaster, but that comes with the territory.|
|Rating||4.4 (out of 5)|