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10 Best Nerf Guns for Summer Fun in 2019

Our Picks for the 10 Best Nerf Guns in the UK

The thing you notice first about Nerf guns is the wide variety of styles and features. Each model shows the careful thought that went into the design, and some of them do really look fun. Nerf guns also come with a variety of firing mechanisms, shooting ranges, and a selection of ammunition types. That said, don’t be surprised if your child will end up with several models each for a specific type of play.

Nerf guns range from simple pump-action models to automatic ones with sophisticated firing mechanisms. However, the majority of our picks don’t require batteries. That makes them of better value in our eyes since we know that we’ll be buying other accessories like ammo anyway. We’ve included a wide range of price points to fit any budgets too.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor features a rotating drum that shoots darts over 27 metres; either one at a time or all six. That’s both good and bad because it means you’ll want to get plenty of extra darts in addition to the six that are included to keep the match going.

This model uses the slide mechanism for priming. It has an orange indicator light to show it’s ready to fire. The trigger is easy to pull for fast-paced action. Your child will need to cock it every time to shoot. But despite its appearance, the Nerf gun does not operate like a semi-automatic.

This one is an updated version, with a tweaked performance for better operation. It has a comfortable grip and is easy to load without jamming. It packs a decent amount of power. The sights also give it good accuracy.

There’s no doubt that this Nerf gun will encourage some vigorous play—even for the adults. Parents may want to make this an outside-only toy. We’d however suggest a different model for younger children because of its rapid fire and its larger size.


Nerf Zombie Strike Sledge Fire Blaster Set

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The Nerf Zombie Strike Sledge Fire Blaster Set includes several features that improve gameplay from a kid’s perspective. It includes nine darts which is a welcome departure from the toys that only include enough for only one round of play. There is a storage compartment for quick access. The gun shoots three darts at once, one shell at a time.

As you may expect, it is a heavier toy, weighing in at over one kg. It’s a solid, well-made product. It is one unit entirely, with the storage compartment on the end. It holds three shells, which hold three darts in each. It uses a spring-powered blaster that you can cock by pulling the barrel down like a break-action shotgun. It isn’t as fast as other Nerf guns though. The range is also smaller at about 10 metres.

We wouldn’t recommend this toy for smaller kids because of its weight. It’s a given that you’ll be buying extra darts. With the Nerf Zombie Strike Sledge Fire Blaster, you’ll need shells too, making it a bit more expensive overall. The accuracy is average. But with three darts at once, it’ll get the job done.


Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster

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The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster makes for longer match play with two drums holding six darts each. An additional trigger flips them to fire 12 darts before reloading. It uses a spring action to prime and fire the gun, so no batteries are required. It has a tactical rail on it, allowing you to attach a scope to improve its so-so accuracy.

It is about 38 centimetres long, weighing in at just under one kg. The size might be a bit bulky for smaller children because it requires two-hand operation. The charging mechanism must be pulled for every shot; so it’ll shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger. The shooting range is around 20 metres, depending on the dart. It is easy to load to keep the action going.

This Nerf gun is one of several products in the manufacturer’s Zombie Strike line. We like the theme because it’s just plain cool. It’s a durable toy despite all the moving parts. However, it does have a tendency to jam more often because of the number of darts it uses. From a kid’s point-of-view, it is the high capacity that makes it such a great toy.


NERF Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster

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The NERF Zombie Strike Doominator Blaster features four drums which carry six darts each for a total of 24 darts. That amount means you can get more action in before you have to reload, making it one of the larger Nerf guns out there. It’s easy to switch to the next drum when you’re out of darts. It includes a three-position handle to match the shooting to the match.

We liked the fact that there are 24 darts included with the toy. However, that means you’ll be buying a lot of extras to keep the gun fully loaded for the kids. Younger children may need some help with it because of its larger size. It does not need batteries which is always a plus with any toy purchase.

This Nerf gun is meant to be a serious toy. However, the fact that it shoots 24 darts at a time means the matches could tend to be one-sided with players holding smaller guns. Though its accuracy is good, its range is so-so at about five metres. On the plus side, it doesn’t jam, so that there won’t be any break in the action.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

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We have to admit that we like the fact that the Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set encourages kids to shoot at a target rather than each other. It provides good value for money with both the target and the gun included. You can set it up indoors or outdoors. The target is on the smaller side at just over 25 centimetres.

You’ll need two AAA batteries so that the light beam on the trigger functions. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but we did have some problems getting the battery cover off at first. The light beam on the trigger improves accuracy which is a good thing since the darts tend to fall off easily. The target itself, however, does not light up.

This Nerf gun is lightweight and easy to handle even for smaller children. The firing mechanism works smoothly. The addition of 10 darts is welcome so that the kids could get several shots in before having to search for them for the next round. It has a tactical rail on the top where you can add a scope for improved accuracy.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is a serious toy for the child who likes a fast-paced match. The Slam Fire slide will definitely be the kids’ favourite feature because it puts emphasis on speed. It includes six darts that you load on the rotating barrel. You can shoot one shot at a time, sliding it back to cock it for each shot. It’s easy to load too, with the flip-top on the barrel.

It includes a tactical rail for customising the gun like many of the models we’ve selected.

The firing mechanism works smoothly and doesn’t jam. However, parents should instruct their children about safe gameplay because the darts will sting if someone gets shot. It has a good range at 23 metres.

The downside from the parents’ perspective is that you’re also going to have to buy a supply of extra darts right away because of the rapid firing. On the plus side, it is affordable and does not require batteries. Smaller children may have trouble with the firing mechanism and its two-handed operation.


Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700

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The Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 uses magazines and bullets rather than darts like the other models we’ve discussed so far. Each magazine holds seven rounds. Blaster, is an appropriate name for this Nerf gun which can shoot at a speed of 30 mps.

We were pleased to learn that it includes a trigger lock. It uses a spring-powered action that keeps it at an affordable price. You’ll need to cock it every time you shoot. It has a jam release button, but we never found it to be an issue.

The gun will shoot over 20 metres. The accuracy is average. There is a tactical rail on the top if you want to add a scope. The gun has a mean look to it that kids will like. It comes in red or blue. And it is definitely an outdoor-only kind of toy.

Needless to say, this Nerf gun is not a toy for small children. The manufacturer’s recommended age is 14. We strongly encourage the use of eye protection with this gun because of the smaller ammunition. And those little bullets will hurt if you’re on the receiving end. They are actually small round balls rather than the foam darts included with other models.


Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster Toy

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The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster Toy will keep kids entertained with three different ways to use it. It includes a missile launcher stock, an Elite dart blaster, and a Mega dart barrel extension. These different options will stimulate your child’s imagination to come up with top play strategies. It also comes with a lot of goodies including four Mega darts, one missile, 10 Elite darts, and a 10-dart clip.

It’s a big and heavy toy compared to other Nerf guns. It weighs nearly two kgs and is over half a metre long. Some of the blasting options are more involved especially with the Mega darts. The manufacturer’s recommended age is 8 years old, but we’d recommend it for kids a bit older. The main blaster is the Slam Fire. It can shoot at distances over 20 metres, often more.

It doesn’t require batteries, but it is a Nerf gun that will cost you some money down the road. Your child is likely to want more of everything to use all three blasting methods. The value for your kids is the variety which the manufacturer claims are over 1,000 combinations. If the size isn’t too bulky for them, your kids will probably get a lot of use from it.


Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster

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The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster remains one of the more popular toys for both children and parents. Children will like its impressive firing range at over 23 metres while parents will like the affordable price. It includes five darts that you shoot by cocking back the orange hammer on the top of the gun each time. Compared to other Nerf guns, the accuracy is decent.

It features slam firing for rapid gameplay, shooting a single dart with each pull of the trigger. There is a tactical rail along the top. There is some force behind the shots. Parents will need to caution children not to aim it at anyone’s head or face. On the plus side, it doesn’t require batteries and is easy to load.

The Nerf gun is lightweight at under half a kg and about 30 centimetres long. The size along with the one-handed shooting make it a good choice for younger children though they may need to use two hands to cock the hammer back. The kids will like the Zombie Strike stencils included with the gun.


Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad Ex-3 Blaster

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad Ex-3 Blaster is one of many examples of how technology has ramped up the sophistication of these toys. The gun shoots three darts up to 22 metres. It features a smart technology that lets the shooter know which barrels are loaded. It fires one dart at a time in order of the bottom first, top left, and then top right.

To shoot, you’ll pull the orange lever on the bottom of the gun and lock it into place. Younger children may have difficulty with the mechanism, but the smaller size of the Nerf gun makes it a good choice for younger kids if they can work the lever. It is about 18 centimetres long and weighs just over 158 grams. We liked the fact that the darts are interchangeable with other models.

Despite its small size, it still fires a mean dart. Its accuracy is okay, but parents will need to make sure the kids aren’t shooting each other because of its force. It doesn’t require batteries, which makes it a good value for the price.

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