For many, it is the machine gun that rocks their NERF world the most!! These fully automatic, battery-powered, flywheel foam-flingers are, indeed, the ultimate NERF blasters.
Our Top Picks of The Best NERF Machine Guns
Below is a list of our favorite rapid-fire NERF guns:
The best balance of firepower, ammo, and portability makes this an epic blaster.
The Prometheus is the heavy gunner, and it is just nuts!
You can get well over 200 rounds in the hopper and spew them out at an insane rate.
A full-auto blaster that allows you to switch to semi-auto or burst fire, which is darn cool and makes this the best N-Strike Elite machine gun
A full-auto MEGA blaster is something to behold…it is nuts, but I love it!
You can mod to hell and back if you want an N-Strike Elite machine gun. This is still my fave.
What Are Fully Automatic NERF Guns?
Fully automatic means that once you pull the trigger, the ammo keeps firing until you release the trigger or run out – these are the rapid-fire NERF guns! It’s very different from a semi-automatic, where you fire one round each time you pull the trigger.
While relatively new to the NERF line, they have quickly progressed from a few rounds per second to the latest members of the auto club, the Hyperfire, the Rival Khaos and Nemesis, which can hit five rounds per second, and the insane new NERF Rival Prometheus, which can fire as many as eight rounds per second!
Unsurprisingly, they all have healthy ammo supplies, with anything from 12 to 200 rounds before they need a refill…although, at full tilt, that is still only a few seconds!
Apart from eating through your ammo at an alarming rate, they are also heavier than their spring-powered brethren due to the batteries and flywheel mechanisms and make some noise.
Yes, you can wind down the flywheels, but this means they have to spin up again before you get full power. This gives you the option of either firing off a very weak shot or waiting until it has spun up…neither is ideal.
This can be a downside if you want to be stealthy, but if you are buying a full auto blaster, there is no way you are going to be a wallflower. If you are wielding one of these, you are going down in a foam-filled blaze of glory and taking as many of them with you as you can!!
The other downside is that these blasters are expensive! All will need a lot of ammo to keep up, as some chuck out darts at such a rate they empty full magazines in seconds.
The expense does not stop with ammo. Like semi-auto blasters, full-auto blasters are battery-powered, but to keep up their impressive rate of fire, they typically require “C” or “D” class batteries and quite a few of them to boot.
Many people mod them to take rechargeable (and more powerful) batteries, but some, like the Rival Range, now offer a NERF approved rechargeable pack. In the long run, these are lighter and cheaper than alkaline batteries.
So, what is the best NERF machine gun for inflicting foam-filled carnage on your unsuspecting foes? Keep reading to see how we rate them:
The NERF RIVAL Nemesis MXVII-10K
The Rival range is aimed at older children (14+) and fires faster and harder than the NERF Elite blasters. They are also a lot more accurate.
This doesn’t mean they hurt, but I honestly find them a lot more fun….and when it comes to fun, the Nemesis is just awesome!
First up, it fires at around five rounds per second. For most blasters, firing at this rate would see them empty in the blink of an eye. The Nemesis, however, carries 100 high-impact Rival rounds in its hopper…
Even more amazingly, even with the same internals and more ammo, it weighs less than its main Rival rival, the Khaos.
I also find the ergonomics better; it feels well-balanced and comfortable when I pull it up to my shoulder.
On this front, Hasbro has finally realized people want to use this blaster out in the wild, so they have provided sling mounts, something criminally missing on the Khaos. This means you can be hands-free when needed.
So, power, precision, and a ton of ammo and practicality, what are the downsides?
Well, the first is the cost; it costs one hell of a lot more than the Khaos when, in reality, there is more engineering to the Khaos than the Nemesis.
It gets worse when you realize that, as well as the purchase price, you will need the rechargeable battery pack. Without this, you will go through a ton of D batteries, which are expensive, heavy, and do not give the Nemesis as much performance.
Having said all that, though, this blaster is the ultimate NERF machine gun by a mile and quite simply the best NERF gun out there right now. I have never had so much fun with a NERF gun out of the box…it is the winner by a mile!
NERF Mega Mastodon
The NERF Mega range uses larger versions of the standard N-Strike Elite darts. Yes, that does mean that I have put two non-standard dart-firing blasters as my two favorite NERF machine guns, but they really are the best!
The Mastodon is big and heavy, and you have to wield it like you are laying down suppressing fire…yes it looks like something you would expect to be wielded by a space marine in Aliens!
Also, when it fires, the big darts make a really satisfying sound as they thud off their target. It also has a capacity of 36 rounds, fed through a revolving drum as the Mega darts don’t really seem to come in large magazines and when you see the size of the drum for 36 darts, you will understand why.
So the downside is that it is ludicrously heavy and takes D batteries with no option of a NERF recharge pack (unlike the Nemesis and Khaos). Also, the MEGA rounds are not really any more accurate than their Elite counterparts, and the range is not quite as good.
So why have I picked this over a blaster like the Khaos or Hyperfire? Well, this is just more fun!
Unfortunately, NERF seems to be phasing this blaster out, but they are still currently available on Amazon.
The NERF N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike
The RapidFire is the oldest design in this list. It is the slowest firing, least powerful, and the least accurate. So why have I put this as my favorite N-Strike Elite machine gun?
Well, this has to do with the fact that I find the Hyperfire very uncomfortable and seems to jam too much.
The RapidStrike, on the other hand, chugs away firing at around 3 rounds per second (which also means you don’t see half your ammo go with a short squeeze of the trigger!)
The more traditional styling also means that it fits me better, so I can hold it without trapping my thumb as I do with the HyperFIre.
Finally, if you do want more power or rate of fire, there are a ton of upgrade kits.
Overall, it is a really well-thought-out blaster and while old, it still offers a lot.
NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000
I do love the NERF Rival range and I am being harsh by putting the Khaos at number 4. The problem is not the Khaos itself, although there are flaws with it, but rather that it is so completely in the shadow of the Nemesis.
Before the Nemesis, this was my number one pick. Now it falls to 4 as the others offer something it cannot, while it offers nothing the Nemesis doesn’t do.
It still boasts the amazing Rival firepower and an impressive 40-round capacity for its age. But the magazines are so big and bulky that they are a pain to carry and far too fiddly to load.
The biggest thing in its favor is the price, which has plummeted since the Nemesis showed up, meaning that after buying a Khaos, you still have enough spare cash for a rechargeable battery pack and some ammo compared to the price of a Nemesis…..I would still buy a Nemesis though!
NERF N-Strike Elite Hyperfire
When this came out, I was really excited. It looks cool and offers more power, accuracy, and rate of fire than my long-time favorite, the RapidFire.
However, I have not been able to get along with it. The grip is way too small for adult hands (I know some young teenagers who struggle!), and the stock is not long enough to shoulder.
Also, the firing mechanism, while similar to the conveyor belt systems used in the Nemesis and Khaos, does not seem to suit the Elite darts very well. I found that it jammed far too often, especially when it ran low on charge, or I was using anything less than pristine darts.
All these things together mean that I am not a fan. However, if you find the grip comfortable and can deal with the occasional jam, it is quieter, faster, and more accurate than a RapidStrike, so go for it!
It is amazing how quickly these NERF machine guns have become commonplace; the Rival Range especially is seeing a boom in new models. The simple fact is that they are all really good fun. It is just that some are a touch more awesome than others
I hope this has helped you pick your NERF weapon of choice, and you can start to have as much fun as I did by splurging darts to create these reviews!
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