Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000 Review

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Last updated: October 25, 2020

The Nerf Rival Perses is a hot release in the RIVAL series, a compact SMG style blaster to complement the massively popular Nemesis and Prometheus models.

I will run you through some of the key features and give you my take on the hits and misses of this powerful Nerf blaster.

What Is the Nerf Rival Perses?

Released in Fall 2019, the Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000 is an exciting flywheel and conveyor blaster. It is generally considered to be a medium-size blaster within the Rival series which Nerf started releasing back in 2015.

Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000 with high-impact rounds

It has a fully automatic firing system and firing capacity of 50 high-impact Nerf rounds that are loaded via a Hopper system. It comes packaged with a sleek rechargeable NiMH battery and wall charger.

In this review I will go through the ins and outs of this blaster, but if you want the TL;DR version:
The Nerf Perses is a great blaster for those who like to play a fast game. It’s light-weight, easy to load, and has a super-fast rate of fire and velocity to shoot your way out of trouble.

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Top 5 Features of the Nerf Rival Perses

Here’s my take on some of the top features of the Nerf Perses.

1. Comfortable and Lightweight Design

Overall the weight of the blaster feels pretty balanced, but it may take some getting used to if you are coming from a Carbine blaster, as this is designed with a typical submachine gun shape.

The designers have gone for a shape that is light and compact, to make it easy to carry one-handed and flip around doorways and trees. But the plastics used do feel solid and not flimsy at all, so they haven’t compromised on the materials versus the rest of the Rival range.

The Nerf Rival Perses has a comfortable grip

You will find two sling points, one just under the barrel and under the trigger handle to allow for an ambidextrous sling to be attached. A short tactical rail is also located on the underside of the barrel, but I would question what mods I could attach in that location without throwing out the weight of the whole design.

Let’s talk triggers. Like many of the Rival series, this is a flywheel blaster. So the setup is the same, including a primary trigger, a trigger lock, and an acceleration trigger.

The trigger lock is available on both sides of the blaster for both left and right-handed players, and the acceleration trigger sits just below the primary trigger within easy reach.

The grip and layout of the triggers are pretty comfortable in my hands, which works for kids and adults of different ages and sizes.

2. Super Fast Firing

The Perses has a really impressive rate of fire and firing velocity, with Hasbro advertising that it can fire up to 8 rounds per second at a velocity of up 100 feet per second (30 meters per second).

It can only shoot in fully automatic mode, so if you want a slower rate of fire or only want to shoot single rounds, this is the blaster for you to perfect your trigger control technique. This is kinda understandable as this is designed as an SMG blaster to complement the other options in the Rival range.

The Perses Hopper holds 50 rounds

It all comes down to both your preferred blasting style and the context. If you’re just racing and doing some fast rounds around the house then the Perses is excellent. It does what it says on the tin. It’s a lightweight blaster, with a super-fast rate of fire and a solid rate of velocity.

But it’s a double-edged sword. The fast rate of fire combined with only having 50 rounds means shorter rounds and way more reloading, which is pretty annoying in a long game.

So if you’re outdoors, you’re playing for longer and needing to shoot over long distances, you might think about taking either your Nemesis or Prometheus out instead.

3. Quick Reloading

The Perses uses a hopper which holds 50 rounds at a time. But because it’s such a slim design it’s not as easy to fill quickly compared to other Rival blasters, and you can easily tip to the side and lose all of your balls.

Maybe it’s worth testing this reloading process out whilst wearing a sling to make it easier to balance the blaster when you’re trying to stuff your ammo back into it. I would be keen for some feedback on this from you as well, as I’m not really a sling guy.

Nerf Rival Perses in the box

The conveyor feeding design is the same as the other Rival blasters in the series, the Nemesis and the Prometheus. One of the cons of this system is that you often need to shake the blaster to get the balls to move quickly up the front to blast, or else you may get a major lag between the time you pull the trigger and when the ball gets released.

With the Perses, Nerf has also tried to address one of the bigger issues with a conveyor system which is jamming. Read on to find out more.

4. No Slow Jams

Jamming can be a really painful and frustrating problem that comes up frequently with conveyor feeds, but the Perses has got a couple of get out of jail free cards wrapped up in its compact design.

There is a large handle on the side to get you out of a jam (literally), that pops out the entire hopper chamber to expose the feeding conveyor. It lets you get in there to dislodge any rounds or anything else that is stuck.

Nerf Rival Perses in blue color

The size and position of this button kinda make me want to use it for something else, like reloading or taking off the safety. But at the same time I appreciate that when you’re in the zone and you get a jam, you don’t want to be fumbling around, so a large release button that allows you to quickly clear the issue is beneficial.

If the jam is only minor, and you don’t want to pull apart the whole blaster, there is also a neat little access door just in front of the hopper that slides back and lets you stick a couple of fingers in to sort out the issue.

In my testing, I didn’t encounter any jams but having a couple of access points on the Perses gives me confidence that I can sort this quickly on the go.

5. Power for Days

The rechargeable battery is a small slim design, recharged with a standard wall charger, and adds very little in additional weight to the blaster itself.

Generally, the rechargeable batteries are far lighter and smaller than the old alkaline ones, so not only are you getting a little more power, you’ve also traded in all that bulk.

The design of the battery lock is also a nice feature, and normally I don’t get excited about locks. I mean, who does?

It is a button and slide mechanism to release, so if you’re like me and you are a little rough when you get fired up (I tend to accidentally smash the blaster or walls and doorways), there is no risk of you accidentally releasing the battery.

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Final Thoughts

The Perses is a fun little blaster and a solid addition to the Nerf Rival range. I can fire away with one in each hand without my arms getting tired, but with the same speed and impact as I would with my Nemesis or Prometheus.

At the end of the day that’s what this blaster has been brought in to do. To give you a lighter, more compact blaster without compromising on the performance.

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ReviewNerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000
SummaryThe Nerf Rival Perses is a powerful blaster for those who like to play a fast game. It’s light-weight, easy to load, and has a super-fast rate of fire.
AuthorThomas Dunnett
Rating4.5 (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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