Review of the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500

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Review of the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500, a solid single-fire blaster with a high-capacity magazine and decent performance.

Released in March 2020, the Roundhouse is quite a sizeable pistol-style blaster in the popular Nerf Rival series, which I’m a big fan of. And because I’m such a fan, it also means that every time I get to review another Rival blaster, my expectations are high.

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

You can purchase the Nerf Rival Roundhouse blaster on Amazon.

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, so 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.

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!

Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500
  • 90 FPS VELOCITY: Fire rounds at a velocity of up to 90 feet per second with Nerf...

3 Reasons to Buy the Roundhouse

Here’s my take on the 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 Rival Roundhouse XX-1500

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 three 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 worth pointing out though that you don’t actually need to use 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 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 love that one) is actually slightly easier to prime and fire because it has a much more basic magazine.

The Nerf Rival Roundhouse

That’s the drawback of having that complicated high-capacity magazine with five tubes. Something’s gotta give, right? But don’t let that put you off because the Roundhouse is still a very smooth blaster that performs well.

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

3. Compact Design

Okay, as a pistol, the Roundhouse looks exceptionally 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 offer the same performance level.

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

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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.

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

Review: Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500
Summary: The Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 is a solid single-fire blaster with a high-capacity magazine. This somewhat complicated magazine is what makes the Roundhouse stand out, both in looks as well as in handling.
Author: Thomas Dunnett
Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Review of the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500


Published: September 2, 2020
Updated: October 22, 2023


Thomas Dunnett

I am a big fan of Nerf blasters, home laser tag, and other real-life action games that keep us active, social, and young at heart. With Blaster Central, I am hoping to share that passion with you.

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