Whether you are getting together with a regular group for Nerf wars or you are just an enthusiast who wants to have the best set up, creating an arsenal of Nerf blasters can be a lot of fun. As a Nerf blaster aficionado, I am often asked what I look for when building up the ultimate arsenal for combat. Through my many years of experience, I have found that certain collections work best. Below are my suggestions.

Three Is the Magic Number

In my experience, three guns are the ideal for Nerf wars. Your primary gun should be your best gun. It should also be simple for you to use and aim while also shooting far. I like to use the N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 as my primary. I like that the clip holds 18 darts. Other prefer lighter and less obvious clips that hold six or seven darts. And, some would recommend trying to locate a Raider clip, which hold 35 darts.

For my other two guns, I usually go with smaller blasters that will complement my RapidStrike. The Zombie Strike Hammershot typically ends up in my rotation. This is a five shot, hammer action revolver that can easily be used in tandem with another revolver blaster. Another favorite to add to my arsenal is the N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2×4. As the name suggests, you get two columns of four darts each. It is capable of firing two darts at a time, so you do not have to worry about aim in the event of an ambush. The Rough Cut is a pump action and is part of the Multishot Madness sub-series.


Elite Rough Cut

Accessorize and Modify

If they are allowed in your game, Nerf ballistic balls are nice to have in your bag of tricks. Speaking of which, you need a backpack. You do not want to be on the battlefield trying to balance all of these items. If you can bandolier kit, which has been discontinued, you will be well-served. But, a plain old backpack will work just fine. This can carry:

  • Water and snacks
  • Extra ammo
  • Walkie talkies
  • Ballistic balls
  • Smaller guns

If you are getting raided, a holster can be a life saver. There are some blasters that come packaged with a holster, the Zombie Strike Sidestrike and some of the Rebelle series blasters come to mind. But, you can also easily make your own holster using household items (duct tape can be used for everything!)

Lastly, I like to have a utility belt that will hold extra ammo and clips. If you have enough room, you can even sneak an N-Strike Secret Strike AS-1 in there as a last resort in the case of an emergency. In general, it is easy to go overboard. Do not carry too much. Heavy items will slow you down, and too much noise will give you away. Most of all, practice makes perfect!