Updated: November 2017
Nerf Gun Reviews:It's almost like a right of passage for kids, get a nerf gun and have battles in your house or in the yard. Most kids love to play hide and seek but after a while that can get boring so incorporating a nerf gun set into the action is perfect. Nerf guns only fire soft darts that don't hurt (don't aim at the face or eyes) and most kids don't have the ability to aim that well anyways. I grew up with Nerf products and we used to have the Nerf disc guns that fired soft dics around the house. The Nerf dart guns are great for children say 5 to 12. I have never had one of my kids get hurt using them and when we grew up things were always safe. There are way more Nerf guns on the market today - Vortex, N-Strike, Swarmfire, etc. Most of the Nerf dart guns range in price from $15 to $70. The add ons like tactical vests, safety glasses, extra darts, targets, and belts are very reasonably priced. You will find most Nerf guns or sets in stores like Target, Walmart, or Toys R Us.
Choosing a Nerf Dart Gun - Pick from the Nerf N-Strike Maverick ($13)on up to the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Blaster which sells for $70. We bought the Nerf N-Strike Maverick for our 5 year old son, but the spring loader mechanism is very hard for him to do. I pretty much had to sit there with him in order to get the nerf bullets to fire. He was finally able to pull back on the spring loader at age 6 and use the gun on his own. If you can test one of these guns - perhaps a friend has one - that would give you a good idea if your child is ready and has the hand/arm strength to get it to work. Another common complaint (mine included) is that the firing of the bullets isn't always successful. They get caught in the barrel or misfire completely. Overall, we have had lots of fun with the nerf gun, but don't expect it to perform perfectly. The Nerf Dart Tag Swarmfire is another dart gun that is the weapon of choice if playing DART TAG (similar to laser tag but using darts instead). The Swarmfire gets excellent reviews for its rapid fire ability, although users say the 6 C batteries required to run it make it an expensive option. In Dart Tag games you wear specially designed shirts with target zones on them and if the dart hits that zone it will stick to the shirt. The Swarmfire holds 20 darts, so with rapid blasting, you could be out of ammo quickly. You'll probably want to buy a dart tag refill pack here. Some come 36 to a pack for less than $8. We have found that with the Nerf N-Strike Maverick darts, they tend to come apart after about 18 months where the glue holds the tip together. Replacements are cheap, but still something to consider. You can browse the best selling Nerf dart guns here.