A Brief History of NERF Guns
The original Nerf foam was a happy accident. Back in 1969, Reyn Guyer, the inventor of Twister, was working on a new game based on cavemen and throwing spongy rocks. The game never came to anything, but they soon realized the foam “rocks” people could throw around indoors were much more fun.
Parker Brothers turned the rocks into balls and released them under the NERF brand and they were a huge hit as NERF’s foam ammo is safe for limbs and fragile furnishings.
The 1990s saw the first rudimentary NERF blasters to fire these balls. While BB guns are too dangerous to fire at other people, and water guns require a warm day and open space, the NERF blaster provided the perfect solution – fun and safe indoors or out.
Foam projectiles have come a long way in that time. They developed into the go-to toy shooter and now sport advanced features such as battery-assisted automatic fire and wild arrays of modification and upgrade kits.
Of course, NERF still makes balls, and other throwing toys, but it is these soft, safe blasters we love so much here. So much more than just a child’s toy these days, there are also countless clubs and societies for kids and adults alike to arrange and play NERF wars. In fact, some of the biggest, most creative companies have fights with Nerf guns, bows, and spongy artillery to relieve stress and build camaraderie.
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Hi, my name is Chris. I put Blaster Piece together to provide the best NERF gun reviews, tips, and advice. Featuring everything from rapid-fire, magazine-fed blasters to tiny single shot pistols, anyone who still gets a kick out of action movies will understand the appeal of these foam blasters!
NERF pioneered these soft fire tys in the 1990s and they have now evolved into the amazingly exciting world it is today. NERF now boasts several ranges of blasters, including their standard dart firing blasters such as the Elite N-Strike, Modulus and Zombie Strike alongside the monster Mega range and the higher powered Rival range.
However these days NERF’s hardware has been joined on the scene by some great alternatives and there are some new kids in town such as BOOM Co and Buzz Bee.
So to celebrate this reign of foam, we have created Blaster Piece for soft-core shooting kids of all ages!
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