10 Awesome NERF Guns to Buy Your Kids this Holiday (list)

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Is your sibling, parent, grandparent or friend gift hunting for a gift idea for your son who is getting into NERF guns? Or a cool gift idea for your nephew or dad or grandfather who is passionate about his NERF guns?

My list of NERF guns to buy this holiday will help you find some cool NERF guns to buy.

Whether you want a NERF gun for yourself, or you are searching for a perfect gift idea for a NERF gun obsessed son, nephew, dad or grandpa, I have all of you covered.

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NameCategoryProduct
Nerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 BlasterBest OverallNerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart BlasterBudget PickNerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)Upgrade PickNerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)

1. Nerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 Blaster

Our rating: 9 / 10

Nerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 Blaster

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Pros:

  • Has a rotating barrel which helps make you a cooler shot
  • It makes a pretty sweet, classic gun sound
  • It’s easy to load and fire
  • It’s a lot of fun to shoot – no complaints from the neighbors!
  • Well-made and sturdy
  • Excellent customer service from the brand

Cons:

  • It doesn’t shoot the balls very far, but it’s still enjoyable and cheap
  • There’s no safety catch, so kids should be supervised
  • The tip of the barrel can break apart, although it’s easily fixable with a little superglue

The Nerf N-Strike Barrel break is a cool new blaster from Hasbro’s new Sonic series. It’s a revolver style gun that shoots two rounds and has lights that flash when you fire. And it’s also part of their Sonic Series, which means it shoots balls that scream by making a cool revving engine sound.

2. Nerf Vortex PRAXIS Blaster

Our rating: 8 / 10

Nerf Vortex PRAXIS Blaster

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Pros:

  • This variant offers exceptional performance for its price
  • Comes with 3 six-dart clips
  • 3 tactical rail mounts
  • Features accuracy-enhancing Elite dart tracking optics
  • Has a stylish futuristic design that feels intimidating in your hands
  • Refill packs are reasonably priced
  • Effective range is up to 75 feet

Cons:

  • Initial recommendations for the gun state that it doesn’t hold the clip well, but this may be a small isolated case
  • The firing mechanism and trigger are difficult to use for many younger players
  • Not well-suited for children under the age of eight
  • Parents can easily break the clips with repeated use
  • It’s a little bigger than other comparable NERF gun models

The base design of the Vortex Praxis is based off of the NERF Stampede ECS-50, which is an awesome blaster in itself. Even better, the Praxis has an effective range of over 75 feet. This equates to more than a little closer than your typical backyard skirmish.

3. Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster

Our rating: 8 / 10

Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy Blaster

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Pros:

  • Sleek design with tons of exciting features
  • Not as cheap as others on the market, but well worth the price if you have the money
  • Sturdy construction and easy to use for the kids
  • You can adjust the firing distance easily. This makes it great for outdoor play
  • You can hold a lot of ammo at one time
  • All-day strategic play
  • Quick reloading
  • Comes with 25 foam darts
  • Takes only seconds to load

Cons:

  • The priming mechanism gets jammed and must be cleared manually often (though this doesn’t break it)
  • Not as accurate as you would expect

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage is a blast from the past. Or, maybe even beyond the past – into the future of toy guns.

Whatever you choose to call it, you know it’s going to be a big hit with the kids this holiday season, or any other time of the year.

Packed with excitement, the Nerf Rampage includes a 25-dart drum, 25 N-Strike Elite foam darts and features Slam-Fire blasting which lets you fire a dart every time you pull the trigger.

4. NERF Dart Tag Swarmfire

Our rating: 6 / 10

NERF Dart Tag Swarmfire

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Pros:

  • Fast firing, rapid fire
  • High capacity magazine holds 10 darts
  • 50 shot clip

Cons:

  • Heavy and bulky
  • No automatic reload

The SwarmFire is a semi-auto NERF Blaster that fires the new Power Series NERF Darts. These measure 7.9cm long and have a large head for maximum impact.

One huge advantage you get here is the 50 three dart clip. It takes less than 1.5 seconds to slam in a new clip. You can get back into the action quickly. Quick reload is great for kids because they tend to be always on the move.

This is a great NERF gun for kids who want a rapid fire blaster.

5. Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS

Our rating: 6 / 10

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS

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Pros:

  • Fun for all ages
  • Awesome stock
  • Fires up to 90 ft
  • Easily modifiable (customizable)

This is my top pick because it is perfect for kids of all ages, and can be used for indoor and outdoor use.

The long barrel is great for long-distance shots, and the ability to pop off shots one-handed makes you a formidable threat. With a bit of practice, you can get the Stampede to lug its way around the house and take out moving targets with the best of them.

Any NERF collection is kind of incomplete without its own N-strike ECS Barricade RV-10 blaster! The RV-10 blitz fires until the ten striped drum at the front is empty – and you can keep firing, swapping in another drum.

6. Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)

Our rating: 5 / 10

Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)

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Pros:

  • Solid, well-built gun that looks and feels like the real thing
  • Non-jamming when used correctly
  • Good, responsive trigger
  • Really accurate
  • Effective range of about 30 ft with darts

Cons:

  • A little heavy
  • Need to cock the gun after every two shots
  • Doesn’t come with any darts

If you are looking for a realistic-looking NERF gun that can puncture soda cans and has a range of up to 30 feet (with steady wrist action), look no further than the Longstrike CS-6. It’s the long-range version of the N-Strike Longshot CS-6 and is one of the few NERF guns that actually looks like a real gun. It is machined to the ex-factor with great attention to detail.

This gun is accurate to about 30 feet, and it poses no problems for medium range gaming. It fires Elite darts, and fires as fast as they can be loaded, which is not quite as fast as you might want. But if you want to experience the thrill of having a great NERF gun, the Longstrike is a safe bet.

7. Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster

Our rating: 5 / 10

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster

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Pros:

  • Great for outdoors, as well as indoors
  • Adjustable shoulder stock
  • Available for 6 – or 25 – distances
  • Great design of the dart container
  • Very easy to load
  • CANNOT "jam"
  • Light weight – one of the lighter Nerf guns
  • Can achieve surprising accuracy
  • Strong and realistic gun-like feel
  • Has 2 Picatinny rails – one on top, and one in front

8. Nerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart Blaster

Our rating: 5 / 10

Nerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart Blaster

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Pros:

  • The stock has 6 dart holders
  • The blaster has a rotating barrel
  • This blaster can shoot darts at 90 feet per second
  • It is really easy to prime
  • When shooting darts, it is really stable
  • The muzzle velocity can hold up after several years
  • The trigger is easy to hold down
  • This blaster can reload quickly
  • The barrel has a tactical rail; it can have a barrel extension or a scope on it
  • The blaster has a very smooth firing action

Cons:

  • The clip can be difficult to load and can jam, which can get really annoying
  • It is probably not the best blaster for young children
  • There are probably other blasters in the Nerf line that are better than this one

This gun is fantastic! It has a really sleek and futuristic design to it.

The design is really sturdy and it is quite sturdy.

This gun can shoot farther than other blasters in its price range; the range is also adjustable.

9. NERF Dart Tag Quick 16 Blaster

Our rating: 4 / 10

NERF Dart Tag Quick 16 Blaster

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Pros:

  • Great for Close Combat
  • Lightweight – easy to carry
  • Moderately priced

If you’re looking for a NERF gun that’s easy to carry and great for close combat, the Dart Tag Quick 16 Blaster is your best choice. It features 16-darts on top that are spring assisted. Once you push the trigger, the darts pop out and are ready to be fired.

You can shoot each of the darts up to 34 feet away. Though this gun doesn’t come with targeting sights, it’s a simple matter to adjust your aim while shooting. The darts can stick to most surfaces. They’re not magnetic, however, so look out for that. They may also fall off when shot at high velocity.

You can easily reload the Quick 16 Blaster while playing without having to stop to open the top. Plus, there’s a strap located at the back so you can carry it easily.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which is the best gun in Nerf?

It used to be tough to find a gun and NERF ammunition that was strong enough to keep up with an 8-year-old boy. Now, however, there are so many guns and weapons that it's almost impossible to make a bad choice.

My son has several of the most advanced NERF toys on the market. They are highly powered and very accurate and one of his favorites is the NERF Rampage. Even better, it holds a pretty good battery charge and it can hold a lot of ammo. His secondary weapons include the pistol and he also enjoys the long barrel for more accurate shots.

A younger child may prefer a less advanced gun, but if they can handle it and you can handle the cost, it may be worth it to go all out.

What age is appropriate for Nerf guns?

You know your child better than anyone, so choose with care. Generally speaking, Nerf guns are for older kids, young teens and adults.

What is the best nerf gun of 2019?

Nerf is an amazing toy for kids. A lot of adults also like it for various reasons. In this article, let’s look at one of the Nerf guns that I really like. I assume you know a bit about Nerf guns already. If not, go to Amazon or any place else where Nerf guns are sold, and find one that it suits to your needs.

What is the best Nerf gun for a 7 year old?

It depends on the kid’s interest. If your little guy has shown interest in shooting/target practice, they may prefer an easy to use, but more powerful blaster. This playset has an ammo belt instead of individual ammo pieces that can get lost or misplaced. It also has a lot more accessories and options than the basic NERF gun.

Conclusion

The Nerf brand produces lots of weapons for kids to play with. Considering they are usually smaller, the price is not as cheap as other brands but the quality is pretty good. If you browse through this article, you will come across 10 of the best Nerf guns for kids below.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Nerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 BlasterBest OverallNerf N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart BlasterBudget PickNerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)Upgrade PickNerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 Dart Blaster(Discontinued by manufacturer)