FAQs: NERF Frequently Asked Questions
With so many different NERF guns out there, each seeming to come with a special dart of attachment, there were always going to be a lot of questions. In our FAQ we try to help answer the most common NERF related questions.
Are NERF Guns Suitable For All Ages?
As a general rule of thumb we wouldn’t recommend a NERF blaster to any anyone below 8 years old. In fact if you look at Hasbro’s official NERF site there is a recommended age limited of “Ages 8 and up”. However, the recommended age range for the NERF Rival range is higher, set at 14 years and up, this is because of the velocity that the high impact round leave the blasters.
If you are unsure whether or not a NERF gun is suitable we would always recommend to err on the side of caution and avoid a purchase. If you are still keen to get a NERF gun but want an extra layer of protection you can always pick up some safety goggles to add the extra layer of safety.
What is The Average Range of a NERF Blaster?
The average firing distance for NERF guns varies from range to range, for example, the original NERF series had a range of up to 65ft but the introduction of the N-Strike Elites brought this up to a standard of 75ft. If you are looking for even more range though you are best sticking with guns from the NERF Mega series which have a purported range of up to 90ft! It is worth mentioning that all of these ranges are provided by NERF and highlight the optimum range, actual firing distances may vary.
What Darts do NERF Blasters Fire?
Although there is a large variety of NERF darts available, each featuring different tips or themes, there are actually only three primary types: Elite, Mega and High Impact Rounds. The majority of NERF guns fire Elite darts so if you are looking at a blaster in the N-Strike, Zombie Strike, Doomlands 2169 ranges you will be using Elite darts. However, there are a few exceptions which we will explain below.
As a final point, there are a few outlying darts types such as the NERF Arrow or NERF Missile but these are used by purpose built blasters or NERF gun attachments. If you want a full run down of the different types of NERF dart then you can find out more on our NERF Dart Refill page.
Do NERF Blasters Require Batteries?
The majority of NERF guns don’t require any batteries as they feature manual priming and firing mechanisms but (of course) there are a few exceptions to this rule. There are a number of motorized blasters which include a battery powered motor to prime and reload the blasting chamber, as such battery power is required. Here at NERF Reviews we have highlighted every blaster which requires batteries to shoot and you can find a quick run down in our motorized blaster top 10.
Aside from the motorized NERF guns, there are a few blaster which require batteries to power accessories or modules. In these cases, batteries are not required to actual shoot the blaster but if you are looking to get the most out of all of the features then you will need to pick some up.
Should I Wear Any Protection Using NERF Blasters?
Our motto at NERF Reviews has always been “better safe than sorry” and with that in mind we would recommend you invest is some safety glasses. Even if you feel that NERF blasters aren’t powerful enough to cause any long term damage, there is no point in taking the risk. Some of the more powerful NERF guns, such as those find in the Rival range, fire rounds at 30mps so a face mask is a must! Don’t ruin your NERF fun by getting hurt.
Do NERF Guns Make a Lot of Noise?
On the whole, NERF guns don’t make much noise at all. In fact it is much more likely going to be you causing a ruckus (shouting and shrieking etc.) than the gun itself. Your standard NERF gun is going to have a few audible clicks and clacks but nothing which is going to disturb your neighbours. However, if you are really worried about noise we would recommend you avoid any of the motorized blasters as these guns do emit a whir as the motor gets up to speed.