Fantastic weapons of cubicle terror, my favorite being the nerf "wildfire". This devastating piece of machinery is capable of unloading 20 nerf micro-darts in under five seconds upon an unsuspecting co-worker, if you can pump it up enough, far from auditory range of your prey they will never see it coming until the rain of red death is upon them, with the odd one sticking to their eyeglasses or computer monitors. Although it takes forever to reload, so it's a good idea to keep the double-barreled "split-shot" near to you in case you have to make a hasty retreat.

Overview

A Nerf dart blaster (often called a Nerf gun) is a type of toy gun manufactured by Hasbro under the Nerf brand. Nerf guns fire small foam projectiles using pressurized air. Most Nerf guns fire small darts with rubber suction-cup tips. Others fire slightly larger "ballistic balls" or finned arrows or rockets". Some other companies, notable Lanard and BuzzBee, make their own Nerf-like guns which are usually counted alongside their Hasbro-made counterparts.

There are two main types of Nerf guns: spring- and pump-powered. Spring-powered Nerf guns use a manually cocked spring to rapidly compress air in a plunger tube. Pump-powered guns have integrated manual pumps that pressurize an air tank. Both direct the resultant high-pressure air stream into a barrel where it propels the projectile. Spring-powered guns can usually be fired more quickly, but are loud and have more limited range. Pump guns take more time to prime, but usually get more distance or use larger projectiles (or both, in some cases). Still other Nerf guns are powered entirely manually, but they have been largely supplanted by the superior spring- and pump-powered guns.

Examples

There are several broad practical categories of Nerf guns. "Springers" are spring-powered guns that usually have short ranges but great rates of fire. "Pumps" are pump-powered guns with slow rates of fire but usually longer ranges. "Automatics" are guns, whether spring- or pump-powered, that have an extremely high rate of fire at the expense of range, accuracy, and/or preparatory pumping time. The following list is far from complete but includes all currently produced Nerf guns as well as a few of the better-known or more significant older ones.

Springers

Historical
Nerf Crossbow
A collector's item nowadays. Known for impressive ranges and simple workings.
Nerf Manta Ray
Two weak guns integrated into a shield. Sought after for the latter use.
Nerf Bow and Arrow
A very old gun notable for its spring-powered pull-and-release action.
Lock'n'Load
A well-loved and effective pistol that was the first to use a "racking slide" cocking motion.
Modern
Nite Finder
Matches the venerable Lock'n'Load for power. Includes a focused light beam simulating a laser dot.
Nerf Maverick
A six-barreled revolver design.
Nerf Firefly
A P90-styled gun with eight revolving barrels. Darts glow in the dark; the Firefly "charges" them with a flash of light.
Nerf Longshot
Designed to look like a sniper rifle. Part of its three-foot length is a detachable sidearm. The only legitimate bolt-action magazine-fed Nerf gun. Also features a scope-like sight
Tech Target Gun
The Tech Target set includes an electronic target and a pistol comparable to the Nite Finder.
N-Strike Scout
A less-than-superb pistol. Part of the Unity Power System or sometimes included with a Tech Target set.
Big Bad Bow
A newer bow that works like most modern Nerf guns, but with cosmetic "bow" pieces.
Nerf Crossfire
A generic sidearm for the Dart Tag line. Can clip onto some guns' sight mounts.
Dart Tag Gun
No real official name. Has a ten revolving barrels similar to a Firefly's. Designed after an SMG.

Pumps

Historical
Airtech 2000 (AT2K)
A poor gun that can be modified into a very good one. Has four manually rotated barrels.
Super-Maxx 5000 (SM5K)
A gun so powerful that it is often banned from Nerf wars for safety reasons.
Nerf Perceptor
A unique but useless gun that attached to the user's head. Included targeting monocle, which was also useless.
Modern
N-Strike Titan
An enormous rocket launcher. Holder of the Nerf distance record with modified Titans consistently shooting custom darts over 200 feet. Also often banned for safety reasons. Part of the Unity Power System.
Secret Shot Pocket Blaster
A palm-sized gun that can be easily concealed.
Lanard Blast Bazooka, BuzzBee Big Blast
Two almost-identical non-Hasbro guns. Fire small missiles; considered to be "mini-Titans".

Automatics

Historical
Nerf Chainblazer
A very old gun that fired via a crank. It was the first to use the ammo chain, which is now obsolete.
Nerf Wildfire
A fearsome weapon that shoots twenty darts from revolving barrels in about two seconds. Equally fearsome pumping, reloading, and dart-finding times.
Nerf Power Clip
Fires darts rapidly from an eight-shot clip. Multiple clips can be swapped.
Rapid Fire 20 (RF20)
The karmic descendent of the Wildfire. Very similar but with better speed and range and a slower-firing "single-shot" mode.
Magstrike
The karmic descendent of the Power Clip. Improved range and reliability plus two ten-round clips.
Hornet
Six barrels. Has a semiautomatic mode and a "blast button" that fires all darts.
Spiderman vs. Venom Dart Tag Set
The only movie tie-in gun that doesn't suck. Fits under the user's wrist and can fire up to three darts in rapid succession.

Ammunition

Mega darts
Relatively large darts that have been mostly supplanted by micros but are more accurate.
Micro darts
Smaller darts that have mostly replaces megas due to their superior range.
Sonic darts
Micro darts with hollow whistling tips replacing the suction cups.
Dart Tag darts
Micro darts with velcro tips to stick to clothing or Nerf Dart Tag vests or shields. Best range.
Arrows
Much larger than normal darts and finned. Can be exceptionally accurate but are limited to short ranges.
Rockets
Massive rockets fired by the Titan. Can damage fragile objects; definitely for outdoor use.

Modification

Many Nerfers modify their guns for better performance. Common modifications include removal of the built-in air restrictors, installation of more powerful springs, replacement of barrels with superior materials, plugging of overpressure valves, and integrations between multiple guns. The guns are vastly improved by these changes, at the obvious expense of safety (some modified guns can draw blood).

Many Nerfers also use custom-made darts, which are both cheaper and better-performing. The most common type is the Stefan dart, which consists of a short length of foam backer rod with a hole in the front filled with a small weight (like a BB) and covered in hot glue.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.