My personal favorite type of Nerf blaster has always been the sniper rifle. Those stretched-out blasters with fancy looks and funky features that make you feel like a real, professional sniper.
Nerf blasters aren’t exactly well-known for their amazing performance and accuracy, but that’s not what a true Nerf fan would expect. But with Nerf sniper rifles, there are definitely expectation levels in regards to accuracy and firing range.
So let’s dive a little deeper into the exciting world of Nerf sniper rifles!
Why Nerf Sniper Rifles Are Awesome
What I personally like about Nerf rifles is their design and build. Not only are they are designed to shoot farther and more accurately, Nerf sniper rifles typically also come with great looks. They look like real-life sniper rifles, with telescopic sight, shoulder stock and other cool accessories.
While you certainly won’t be able to hit a bull’s-eye from 200 feet away with any Nerf sniper rifle, I do like it how Nerf designs them such that they perform significantly better than other types of Nerf blasters (blasters in the Rival series disregarded). The looks and ergonomics of Nerf sniper rifles simply add to their appeal.
So please don’t expect a one-shot-one-kill kind of blaster when you get one of these Nerf sniper rifles, but the below 5 toy weapons are pretty much as good as they can get.
5 Best Nerf Sniper Rifles
Here we go, this is my top 5 list of best Nerf sniper rifles you should add to your Nerf blaster collection.
1. N-Strike Modulus LongStrike
Released in 2018 as a remake of the 2010 Longstrike CS-6, the N-Strike LongStrike sniper rifle in the Modulus series offers improved performance compared to its predecessor.
The N-Strike Modulus series was introduced in 2015 with a focus on customization of blasters with various, interchangeable accessories, such as barrel extensions, shoulder stocks and tactical rail accessories. This means that if you buy a Modulus blaster, it comes packaged with accessories that can be used by all other Modulus blasters.
The Modulus LongStrike is no different. It comes packaged with a fancy bi-pod, a scope, a barrel extension, a detached shoulder stock, three six-round magazines and eighteen Elite Darts. Please note that the shoulder stock is integrated, so once it’s attached it can’t be de-attached anymore.
The Modulus LongStrike performs better than its predecessor mainly because of much-needed updates to the internal workings. The reverse plunger has been replaced by a direct plunger system and it also comes with a tiny unjamming button on the left side of the blaster.
The process of priming, firing and replacing the magazine with the Modulus LongStrike is a breeze, and performance is now much more inline with blasters in the N-Strike Elite series. Last but not least, this blaster has great looks which is also important. Overall, an excellent Nerf sniper rifle, and my personal favorite in this list.
|N-Strike Modulus LongStrike|
|Estimated max range:||70 feet|
2. N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike
The AccuStrike sub-series of N-Strike Elite was introduced in 2017 with the aim to provide Nerf blasters with better firing accuracy and more stability. Those improvements are achieved by using AccuStrike darts.
These darts feature a spiraled head which makes them fly in a more horizontal direction. They also have a better weight distribution compared to standard Elite darts.
The 2017 AccuStrike RaptorStrike is an impressive looking Nerf sniper rifle that comes with a bi-pod, detached bolts, 2 six-dart magazines and 18 AccuStrike darts. It also has a somewhat redundant flip-up sight on top that doesn’t really serve much purpose.
The other thing worth mentioning is that this blaster does not have a top rail, which is kind of weird given the fact that this is meant to be a sniper rifle type blaster. Despite these minor drawbacks, the RaptorStrike is an awesome toy with great looks and excellent overall performance.
|N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike|
|Estimated max range:||80 feet|
3. N-Strike Elite Centurion (Sonic ICE)
While the original 2013 Mega Centurion is a pretty awesome blaster already, the Sonic ICE version of the Centurion is even better. It’s essentially the same sniper rifle but it has a transparent blue coat that looks really cool, in my opinion at least.
Available since 2013, Sonic ICE is a sub-series of N-Strike Elite and Super Soaker. All blasters in this range are re-released blasters from their parent series and feature a clear blue plastic coating.
The Sonic ICE Centurion comes packaged with a Mega clip, a bi-pod stand and six blue Mega darts. It’s essentially a Mega Series blaster that fires Mega darts, designed to achieve a better firing range, although accuracy is known to be not that great.
Priming with the Sonic ICE Centurion is interesting in the sense that the movement is actually really long. The prime handle is located halfway the blaster and needs to be pulled back all the way to the back of the blaster. Kind of weird and not very ergonomic.
The Centurion, some love it, others loathe it. I actually do appreciate this Nerf sniper rifle but I can’t deny the fact that it’s not exactly the most user-friendly blaster ever made. It’s heavy, it’s long and it’s not ergonomic. But, it’s also a cool blaster that performs really well.
|N-Strike Elite Centurion (Sonic ICE)|
|Ammunition:||N-Strike Mega, Sonic ICE|
|Estimated max range:||90 feet|
4. N-Strike Modulus ECS-10
The ECS-10 is the second blaster in the N-Strike Modulus series in this list of awesome Nerf sniper rifles. This one is a bit different from the rest in the sense that it is a battery-powered, flywheel blaster. It needs 4 AA-batteries, otherwise it won’t do much.
Battery-operated blasters are not for everyone, but this ECS-10 is kind of fun to shoot with. Just hold down the rev trigger and pull the trigger to start shooting darts. One weird thing with the ECS-10 is that the shoulder stock is not attached to the blaster in a stable way. It’s weird because, especially with sniper rifles, stability is crucial.
Just like other blasters in the Modulus series, the ECS-10 allows for tons of accessories to be attached. This is awesome because it allows you to be creative and set up this blaster in many different ways.
|N-Strike Modulus ECS-10|
|Estimated max range:||80 feet|
5. N-Strike Elite Retaliator (Sonic ICE)
Released in 2013, the Sonic ICE Retaliator is a remake of the 2012 N-Strike Elite Retaliator. It’s the same blaster but with a fancy looking clear-blue design.
Just like the original Retaliator, this blaster is designed such that it allows you to create different types of blasters. It’s made up of different components that can be removed or attached, so you can turn this toy into a sniper rifle or you can create a smaller pistol-type blaster. Pretty cool!
The Sonic ICE Retaliator comes packaged with a shoulder stock, a barrel extension, an assault grip, a twelve dart clip and twelve Elite darts.
|N-Strike Elite Retaliator (Sonic ICE)|
|Sub series:||Sonic ICE|
|Estimated max range:||75 feet|
Nerf sniper rifles are my absolute favorite type of Nerf blasters, even though they aren’t exactly the most effective weapons to use in Nerf battles.
I like it how Nerf keeps innovating their rifles to please fans like me, even though we all know that accuracy and Nerf don’t really go hand in hand. But that’s not the point of playing with Nerf blasters.
The above five blasters, in my opinion at least, are the best sniper rifles you can currently get your hands on. Perhaps Nerf can come up with a brand new sniper rifle in the Rival series? Yes, that would be cool.