Review of the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500

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Last updated: October 25, 2020

Released in March 2020, the fancy looking Roundhouse is a rather large pistol style blaster in the popular Nerf Rival series.

If you’ve read my list of top Nerf blasters, then you will know that I am a huge fan of Rival blasters. This also means that every time I get to review another Rival blaster, my expectations are high.

In this review of the Nerf Rival Roundhouse, I am going to walk you through some of the top features of this blaster, and I will share my honest personal opinion with you.

What Is the Nerf Rival Roundhouse?

As mentioned, the Nerf Roundhouse was first released in March 2020 as part of the Rival series. The Roundhouse is a slide-action, single-fire pistol style blaster with a capacity of 15 rounds.

It’s oversized, which is why you can hardly call it a pistol. It features no less than five integrated magazines, with a rotating turret that allows you to load the rounds into the little tube magazines.

Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500

As with all Rival blasters, the Roundhouse fires with High-Impact Rounds, an ammo type that cannot be used with any other type of Nerf blaster.

If you’d like a comparison, I find the Roundhouse to be a bit of an interesting mix between the Rival Artemis and the Rival Kronos.

Whether it’s just as good, let’s find out!

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3 Reasons to Buy the Nerf Roundhouse

Here’s my take on the rather unique Nerf Rival Roundhouse.

1. Awesome Magazine

The one thing that makes the Roundhouse so unique is the ridiculously awesome magazine that can hold 15 rounds. A pistol with 15 rounds, that’s right.

The magazine essentially consists of 5 smaller integrated mini magazines that are shaped like tubes, with each tube holding 3 high-impact rounds. This sounds and looks complicated, and it is. But it actually works phenomenally well.

Nerf Roundhouse in the box

Loading the five magazines is a pretty smooth affair. Simply pull the black magazine door forward, which then gives you access to the five tubes. Then all you need to do is load 3 rounds in each tube and you’re good to go.

This unique magazine system alone (which looks a bit like a carousel) makes the Roundhouse a pretty cool blaster, in how it functions as well as in how it looks.

It’s interesting to point out though that you don’t actually need to used this massive magazine. You can use the Roundhouse as a single shot pistol by simply loading one round into the chamber at the top.

2. Excellent Performance

As expected, the Roundhouse performs amazingly well. That’s no surprise, because that’s why the Rival series exists, to provide blasters that shoot farther and harder than other types of blasters.

The Rival Roundhouse is a spring-powered pistol with a very smooth priming mechanism. That said, a true pistol type blaster like the Kronos (I’m loving that one) is actually slightly easier to prime and fire, because it has a much more basic magazine.

The Nerf Rival Roundhouse in red color

That’s the drawback of having that complicated, but otherwise super awesome, high capacity magazine with 5 tubes. Something’s gotta give, right? But don’t let that put you off though, because the Roundhouse is still a very smooth blaster.

Nerf is typically rather generous when making claims about performance. However, the advertised 90 feet per second velocity for the Roundhouse is pretty spot on.

3. Compact Design

Okay, as a pistol, the Roundhouse looks insanely big. But forget about that for a moment, and look at what this blaster can do.

It can literally hold 15 high-impact rounds, and fires them with excellent performance. There aren’t many Nerf blasters out there that are as compact as the Roundhouse and also offer the same level of performance.

And that, in my opinion, makes the Roundhouse a must-have addition to your collection of Nerf blasters.

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Final Thoughts

As you can tell, I really do like the Nerf Rival Roundhouse. But that said, I have yet to come across a Nerf blaster in the Rival series that I do not like.

I don’t necessarily rate this blaster better than the Artemis or the Kronos though. Maybe that’s because the Roundhouse is a bit of everything, like it’s having some sort of identity crisis.

Overall though, the Roundhouse is another successful Rival blaster, which you won’t regret purchasing. And that’s a promise.

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ReviewNerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500
SummaryThe Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 is a great looking single-fire blaster with a high capacity magazine. This rather complicated magazine is what makes the Roundhouse stand out, both in looks as well as in handling.
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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