Do you have a big nerf gun fan in your family? Are you trying to find out what is the best nerf gun for them? There are so many different types out there it is hard to choose which one is right for you. But don’t worry I have you covered with our family review of the Best Nerf Guns for Kids.
At our house, the kids love to play with cool Nerf guns and have Nerf Wars with all the neighbors. We even do huge Nerf gun birthday parties every year. As you can imagine the kids have strong opinions on which Nerf Guns work well and which ones don’t.
We have tried tons of different types of Nerf guns from the Nerf Modulus to Mega Nerf Guns, Zoombie Nerf Guns, Star Wars Nerf Guns, Laser Guns, and the Nerf Strongarm. Follow along to hear all about each gun and find out the pros and cons. I have included a picture of our actual guns so you can see what they really look like and not just an advertisement picture.
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The Best Nerf Guns for Kids
Here is our honest Nerf Gun review based on our kid’s use of these Nerf Guns. We will tell you the Pros and the Cons so you have an informed decision of what to buy.
The Nerf Modulus series is very popular because of all the Modulus attachments you can get. These attachments will work on any of the guns in this series and some will attach to other Nerf Guns too. Kids are able to customize their Nerf Gun to what works best for them or just what they think looks cool. My biggest con with the Modulus is many of them use batteries that can run out quickly if they forget to turn the Nerf Gun off. However, this is quickly overlooked by the kids (:
Kids can make up to 30 different combinations on the Modulus ECS-10 Blaster using attachments. The actual Nerf Gun comes with a blaster, targeting scope, drop grip, dual-rail barrel, storage stock, banana clip, 10 darts. It shoots the nerf bullets to an impressive 90 feet away. The ECS-10 is a fully automatic gun so it is easier to shoot than some of the other Nerf Guns. However, that means you need 4 AA batteries to run the gun and they are not included.
Pro – It’s pretty easy to shoot and has a handle on the top to help the kids hold the Modulus.
Con – It uses 4 AA batteries that will need to be replaced and we have issues with it jamming sometimes.
The Nerf Modulus Mediator comes with just the middle piece of the gun (pictured on the right side) which can be used alone or kids can add on attachments. The fun part is the kids really get to customize their own Nerf Gun. The actual gun can be used alone without attachments and comes in at a lower price than the other Modulus guns.
Attachments usually used for the Mediator are Mediator Barrel, Missile Blaster , Nerf Silencer and Mediator Stock. Our son really loves to add the Day/Night scope which adjust to the time of day and zooms in to see targets better. The missile blaster is like a mini rocket launcher which is a big hit with the kids but uses a missile instead of Nerf bullets. Both of these can be added on top. Kids can also use any other modulus add ons they have to make it their own.
A fun idea for this particular Nerf Gun is to buy it as a gift with just the small Modulus Mediator. Then add on attachments for other birthday presents or holiday gifts.
Pro – Your kids can start with a Modulus gun at a lower price and then add on only the attachment they really like. Also, this version is not motorized so need for batteries. Yeah!
Con – You have to piece together the different attachment if you want a larger Nerf Gun which can get expensive.
What is unique about the Modulus Regulator is it comes with SwitchFire technology. This allows the users to switch between three different modes of single-fire, burst-fire, and continuous-fire. To help users stabilize the Nerf Gun while shooting there is a retractable handle on top. Kids are able to pull it up when they need it or fold it back down.
The Regulator comes with a storage stock and 2 barrel-scopes, (2)12-dart clips and 24 Modulus Elite darts. This Nerf gun is also motorized so users will need to add 4 C batteries that are not included.
Pro – The ability to use the SwitchFire technology really makes it stand out from other Nerf Guns
Con – You will have to use 4 C Batteries and who has C batteries at home.
The Nerf Tri-strike has three different ways to use it. You can shoot the rocket on top of the gun, the Mega bullets in front and the regular nerf bullets. Kids love the versatility of this Nerf gun it makes it more fun. Parents will love that it does not need any batteries to run.
Like the other Modulus Nerf Guns, you can use any of the Modulus attachments to customize the tri-strike for your child. It comes with an Elite Dart blaster, MEGA Dart Barrel Extension, Missile Launcher Stock, 10 Elite Darts, 10-dart clip, 4 MEGA darts, missile, and bolt (2 pieces). You really get a lot with this Modulus Nerf Gun.
Pro – It comes with a lot of attachments and has three different ways to shoot. Also, parents will love that no batteries are needed.
Con – This might be harder for younger kids to shoot the rockets and mega bullets as you need to pump the stock back and get air to shoot it far.
Refills for the Elite Missiles
Nerf Modulus Attachments
There are tons of cool Nerf Modulus Attachments to purchase. We have purchased a lot and have no issues with any of the attachments. All seem to be built well and last. With that being said I would choose your attachments based on how your kids want to customize their Nerf Gun. Here is a couple that our kids like.
Mega Nerf Guns
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Lightning Bow is a twist between a bow and arrow and a nerf gun. It shoots Mega Bullets up to 85 feet which is a pretty good range. To shoot it you add the Mega Bullets and then pull back on the bow.
Pro – Kids like that it’s something a little different than a regular Nerf Gun and more challenging to use. This is great for target shooting.
Con – It only holds Mega Bullets and when you hold the bow down the bullets fall out. Also, you only get 4 Mega Bullets with it so you might need to buy additional Mega Bullets to play for a longer time.
The Nerf Megalodon N-Strike Mega has a huge rotating barrel that holds 20 bullets. It almost seems like something Al Capone and the gangsters would have used in the 20’s. With this gun, you can individually shoot the Nerf bullets or hold down the crank handle on top for rapid-fire. The Megalodon uses the larger Mega bullets and it comes with 20.
Pro – Kids like using the handle on top for rapid-fire. Kids who are smaller can also use the crank as a handle to give them a better hold on the Nerf gun.
Con– It only uses Mega Bullets
This is the mother of all Nerf Guns. It is huge and comes with a strap to help the kids hold this heavy gun. I will admit when my son got this I thought it was crazy but he absolutely loves it and all his friends think it’s so cool.
The Mega Mega Mastodon is a motorized Nerf Gun that has a rotating barrel which holds 24 Mega Bullets. Besides the strap, there is also a handle at the top to help kids hold the gun.
Pro – It looks super cool and shoots well
Con – It is very heavy and probably better for bigger kids. Also, you need 6 D batteries to run it and the motor goes through them pretty quick.
Mega Bullets Refills
Zombie Nerf Guns
The Zombie Stike Sling Fire is Nerf’s version of a shotgun. To shoot you pull back the bottom lever and then push the trigger. It comes with a 6 dart clip and 6 zombie strike bullets. The only difference between regular nerf bullets and zombie bullets is that the zombie bullets are green. You can see above that we use the regular blue nerf bullets and they work just fine. No need to buy a bunch of new green zombie bullets unless your kids really like them.
Pro – You can use other clips you have at home to hold more bullets in the gun. You can see in the picture above we added a larger clip. Kids really like the zombie theme of the gun for Nerf Wars at home.
Con – This Nerf Gun tends to jam a lot when we use it. However, it is pretty easy to take the jammed bullets out and play again.
The Zombie FlipFury is a cool looking nerf gun with double barrels. Each barrel will hold 6 bullets. When you finish your first 6 you simply flip the barrels and your second set is ready. It’s that quick! The speed is a huge bonus when kids are playing in a nerf game.
Like the other Zombie Nerf Gun, this one also comes with green zombie nerf bullets but you can use any regular blue bullets in this gun.
Pro – It’s great in a nerf war with the two barrels that switch quickly.
Con – It takes a couple of times to get used to adding more bullets while turning the barrels.
Zombie Refill Darts
This is our go-to dependable Nerf Gun. The Nerf Strongarm is a great starter Nerf gun for little kids as it’s easy to use. There is a barrel to flip open which holds 6 bullets at a time. This allows the player to shoot six bullets at a time while playing a game. The players need to pull back the slide on top and then pull the trigger
Pro – This Nerf Gun jams the least out of all the nerf guns we have. Which is a big deal as some Nerf guns jam a lot. The gun is easy to use for all ages and reloading is simple to do while your playing.
Also, they are cheap to buy. We buy these for all the kids at our backyard Nerf Birthday Parties it gives everyone something to play and doubles as the goody bag item.
Con – It doesn’t shoot as far as other guns and is not as impressive looking as some of the larger Nerf guns.
Star Wars Nerf Guns
Star Wars and Nerf Guns are rivals for the most popular activities for boys. So why not combine the two and have it all!
If you are a Star Wars lover then you’re a fan of the Han Solo Blaster. Kids will love pretending to be Han Solo while playing with this gun. It has cool laser blast sounds when you shoot and it goes off whether you are shooting bullets or just pretending to be Han Solo. There is also Glowstrike technology that makes lighting effects when you shoot in the dark. The gun also comes with 4 glow in the dark darts.
Pro – Perfect for Star Wars Fans
Con – It’s not great for a Nerf battle but perfect for role-playing Star Wars.
Kids can pretend they are a stormtrooper battling the Jedi with this cool Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster. It is not sold as a modulus gun but you can adjust attachments much like a modulus gun. The scope and stock that come with the gun can be removed or added on depending on how kids want their Nerf gun to look. It also comes with a clip that holds 12 darts and is on the side of the blaster.
Pro – Great for Star Wars fans and works well. We also like that it comes with a scope and stock.
Con – Only fires up to 65 feet
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike has a few cool features. It has a built-in scope for hitting targets. There is also a handle on the top to hold the Nerf gun steady. But our kids favorite feature is the adjustable stock on the back of the gun. Kids can change the length to fit their size allowing the Nerf gun to work with all different sizes of kids and grow with them.
The Rapidstrike is also pretty powerful with an acceleration trigger which powers up the motor for rapid-fire. It can shoot up to 90 feet away and has a jam clearing window to clean out any darts that are stuck.
Pro – It’s adjustable to any kid’s size and can shoot up to 90 feet.
Con – You need to use the Elite darts to avoid this gun jamming.
The Accustrike AlphaHawk is known for being more accurate. It comes with 10 specially designed darts for greater accuracy. This is helpful in a Nerf Game but you will have to purchase more Accustrike darts as the regular Nerf Bullets do not work well in this gun. It is easy to load however with the pop-out drum.
Pro – More accurate shot than other Nerf Guns
Con – You need specific Nerf bullets and it has no attachment options.
The Nerf Laser Guns are super fun and I love that there are no Nerf bullets to pick up. This set comes with two Nerf Laser guns which makes it easy for kids to play together. There is a switch to adjust play from single-player to team player if you have more than two laser guns. Kids can also choose to have either 10 or 25 lives to make the game more challenging. The guns talk and let you know when you’re out of lives.
I was worried about how well these would work but they have really impressed me. We have had them for a couple of years and they still work great. The kids can even shoot the lasers through furniture.
Tip: For Christmas one year a few of my neighbors all bought our kids these laser guns so a lot of kids could play together and we only had to buy enough for our own children. Just an idea.
Pro – No Nerf bullets to pick up all over the house or yard.
Con – They run on batteries so you will need to replace them but not that often. Just make sure the kids turn off the Laser gun when they are done playing.
Small Nerf Guns
Smaller Nerf Guns are great for Stocking Stuffers or small gifts. They are also easier for little kids to use than holding some of these larger Nerf Guns. Bigger kids can put them in their pockets when they are doing a Nerf Battle for a backup Nerf Gun. There are lots of possibilities with these small nerf guns.
This Nerf Single Shot is compact and only shots one bullet at a time but can hold two more bullets at the top of the gun. Kids pull the lever on the bottom and then push the trigger.
Pro – It’s small enough to fit in your pocket for Nerf Battles and is a good stocking stuffer or small birthday gift.
Con – It’s tiny and only shoots one shot at a time.
This little Firestrike Blaster has a laser beam to help with accuracy which makes it a step up from the Single Shot Gun. At the top is a rail that you can add on attachments which is pretty fun for such a small gun. It can only shoot one bullet at a time though and you need to pull back the lever and then push the trigger. The Firestrike can also shoot up to 75 feet.
Pro – You can add attachments and has a laser beam to help with precision.
Con – It’s small and only holds one bullet at a time.
Did this review help you find the best nerf guns for kids? I hope it has been helpful in your nerf search. I know there are a ton of cool nerf guns and getting it down to one can be hard. If you have any questions or favorites of your own please leave them in the comments I love to hear from my readers.
Fun Nerf Games, Targets & Birthday Parties
Now that you found the best Nerf guns what are you going to do with it? I have you covered with fun Nerf Games, Targets and Birthday parties. Everything parents need to keep the kids busy and happy. Check it out:
- Kids Favorite Nerf Gun Games & DIY Targets – Find out how to play fun group games like capture the flag and Humans vs. Zombies. Then create DIY targets to use both indoors and outside.
- How to Throw an Awesome Nerf Wars Birthday Party – What kids wouldn’t love a big nerf gun birthday party. It’s easier than you think and I walk you through all the steps to throw an unforgettable party.
- Fortnite Birthday Party – All the Supplies & Ideas You Need – Fornite is hugely popular right now and a really fun Birthday party theme. I’ll show you how to turn a nerf party into the ultimate Fornite Birthday party with supply drops, V bucks, slurp juice and more.
- Fortnite Supplies – All the supplies you need to throw a Fortnite themed party.
Don’t forget you will need a ton of bullets for Nerf Games. Make sure to stock up so you don’t run out. Here are a few different types we order.
We also suggest the kids wear safety glasses to protect their eyes while playing Nerf Games. They are super cheap and I just buy a bunch so I am always ready for a Nerf War to break out.
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