Nerf have been prolific in their creation of products over the last few years. There’s been many different types of toy guns blasters such as the super small Nerf guns, revolver blasters, big machine guns, and also the Nerf sniper rifles.
This guide is all about the Nerf sniper rifles, which give the user a small amount of increased accuracy, but let’s not kid ourselves here as these are only toy guns.
Typically the sniper rifle is a high powered and extremely accurate gun ( in real life ) but as we are all aware, Nerf Blasters are not known for such a trait.
Nerf have a selection of some of the best toy rifles on the market and although they may not be the most accurate shooter, they do look pretty amazing and do the job intended very well..(for your kids and adults to have a whole lot of fun!)
We’ve had a look at some of the best Nerf snipers that have come out in recent years and have selected our top 7.
What Are Nerf Sniper Rifles?
Nerf have developed a different type of blaster than they normally produce. This time its a sniper rifle type of blaster that tries to resemble the typical characteristics of a real sniper rifle.
A real sniper rifle is a high powered firearm with the ability to shoot vast distances whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy. Nerf have done an excellent job in creating a blaster that looks and feels like a sniper rifle but also making it look like a toy gun. Nerf has taken the key features of a sniper rifle such as the shoulder stock and sight tube and created a blaster that look and feel like real world sniper rifles. You can also modify these Nerf rifles to perform better and theres so many different accessories that are available on the market such as different darts and extension barrels which massively improve the sniper rifle.
Please don’t have really high expectations of a super powerful Nerf sniper, as ultimately these are toys to be used by kids.
7 Of The Best Nerf Rifles 2018 Edition
In 2017 Nerf released the RaptorStrike which features all the attributes of an actual sniper rifle. There’s an adjustable bipod, pop-up sight viewer and it comes with 36 AccuStrike darts. These darts are a lot different to the traditional Nerf blaster products as they are designed to be more accurate as they have improved weight distribution and is shaped in a way to produce a spin effect when fired from the rifle.
With the RaptorStrike you don’t get a tactical rail which means you can’t customize the rifle with an external sight viewer, but it does come with a built in sight viewer which actually works really well and looks awesome.
In the RaptorStrike Nerf rifle, you have 2 locations for the 6 dart magazine clips, one in the shoulder stock and one in the front of the blaster rifle. The bipod helps to steady the rifle and can be adjusted to different heights, depending on how far you want to shoot from.
The RaptorStrike is compatible with Elite Darts. This Nerf rifle is ideal for children 8 years and over.
Pros & Cons of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Strike Set RaptorStrike
- Sturdy and robust
- Comes with 36 darts
- Shoots true
- Great price – excellent value
- Lack of customisation
- Darts can jam in the clip
This Nerf rifle is a beast! It shoots Mega darts and as the name suggests, these darts are bigger than the elite darts that come with other such Nerf rifles. They are developed to shoot longer and faster. They also make a screaming noise when you fire them! The Centurion is part of the Mega series of Nerf blasters and is one of the best in its class.
The Mega Centurion comes with a bi-pod, magazine and six mega darts as well as a front attachment. The magazine is quite large and can hold all six of the large Mega darts, but some users don’t like this as the magazine looks way too big for the gun. But to be fair, you don’t really notice this when you’re in the depths of a Nerf war!
I like the bi-pod on the Centurion as it actually looks and feels quite strong, whereas some of the other models its not as robust. It can be easily attached to the rail at the bottom of the blaster to give you that additional sturdiness. There is also space on this rifle to add an extra rail on top for accessories which you can also buy from Nerf.
Firing range on the Centurion is really good, although the firing of the Mega darts creates quite a bit of noise, but I suppose this just adds to the overall authenticity of using a sniper rifle. The action of the firing is smooth and shooting the gun is easy.
Overall the Nerf Centurion is an exceptional Nerf rifle and one which I would buy in a heartbeat.
Tip: Buy yourself some extra darts as you fire the 6 you get with the gun pretty quick.
Pros & Cons of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster
- Fires Mega darts
- Can customise the gun with extra accessories
- Pretty accurate
- Looks awesome
- Great price – excellent value
- Creates quite a bit of noise when firing
- Loading the gun can take a bit of time.
The Alphahawk is in the newly released Accustrike series from Nerf. With this model, Nerf wanted to improve accuracy and have also re-designed the dart that is fired from this series of guns. It’s a really comfortable gun to use and has been designed to be used by kids and big kids ( dads ).
The Alphahawk comes with a 5 dart revolving cylinder capacity with easy opening to re-load in combat. With the gun itself you get 10 darts in total and a 2 piece bolt. I found that the power is pretty standard and nothing to write home about, although the accuracy makes up for the shortfall in power.
Pros & Cons of the Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike Series AlphaHawk
- Great looking gun
- One of the most accurate guns in the Nerf range.
- Good range
- Two tactical rails, making it highly customisable.
- Comfortable grip and easy to use
- Gun can only hold 5 darts at a time.
- Can’t use Nerf magazines
Another very popular Nerf rifle, the Longshot CS-6 is part of the Elite range of Nerf guns and has recently had a revamp. It used to be colored in the traditional Nerf yellow but the edition is now blue and white. As with other Nerf rifles, the Longshot has an easy to fold bi-pod attached and has a supremely comfortable hand grip to make firing the longshot an absolute joy.
Firing action is great and the shoulder stock is adjustable to make it even more comfortable to use. Performance wise its probably the worst on this list, but I think that just shows the quality of rifles on this list rather than saying the Longshot is bad.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire is one of my favourite Nerf guns. Why? Well it has an incredible 25 dart drum and can spit out 5 darts per second. That’s why! the Hyperfire uses a conveyor belt mechanism which is different to other guns because they have the more traditional motorized pusher to fire the darts.
Here’s a brief summary to what you get with the Hyperfire:
- Impressive 5 per second firing rate
- Massive 25-dart drum
- Comes with 25 Elite darts
- 4 pounds in weight
- Requires x4 D batteries (not included)
Although the 25 dart drum is an excellent addition to this gun, it can be a bit cumbersome and chunky. Some say its a bit too big, but you can fire 5 darts per second! Keep telling yourself that when you’re moaning about the size of the dart drum.
One of the most important aspects of a Nerf gun is the range at which you can shoot the darts. With the hyperFire, the firing range is a bit disappointing, but only when you use the rapid fire. Although Nerf says this gun can fire 90 feet, in reality its about but 40 feet.
This is the special edition Ice Series Blaster of the N-Strike Retaliator Elite range and probably the coolest looking gun on this guide.
It’s very comfortable to use for all ages and has a nice firing action. It has a dart clip capable of holding 12 Elite darts. You get 12 darts included with the gun as well.
The dart clip fits easy into the bottom of the gun doesn’t get in the way when you are deep in battle.
It also has a removable shoulder stock at the rear of the gun. Attach this to get a more steady shot. The shoulder stock is great as it means you can get a better aim.
Not only does this gun look cool, it has a really firm and secure grip which makes this blaster rifle feel robust. I like how you can easily take it apart and customize it into 4 different types of guns. Not only that but you can easily add more components.
Overall the Retaliator is robust, highly customizable and very affordable. Great value for money and an ideal first Nerf.
Probably the most customisable Nerf rifle, the Modulus can be used with a huge amount of add-ons and accessories that can be purchased and attached onto this blaster. It can also be configured in more than 35 different ways, which makes playing with this gun awesome for a child. Also gives you huge value for money as you can literally create a different look gun every time you want to use it.
The Modulus ECS-10 is part of the extremely popular N-Strike series. It is a semi automatic blaster and flywheel operated. It comes with an electronic clip system which means that you only have to press the clip release button to re-load Elite Darts into the clip, which enables you to continue your Nerf battles without stopping to reload as often.
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