Whether you have an extensive Nerf collection or not you may have asked yourself how many Nerf guns there are in existence. You may even believe that your Nerf arsenal contains every single Nerf gun ever created; however, with over 1,000 Nerf guns to collect, and many of them proving to be quite rare, this is likely not the case. How many Nerf guns actually are there, anyway?
There are almost 1,400 active and discontinued Nerf guns combined, with 17 series–approximately 700+ models–currently on the market.
Nerf releases their blasters in what is referred to as “series.” Each series is built up of a limited number of blasters and is designed for a unique style of battle. What is amazing about Nerf is that no two of their blasters are exactly the same! Keep reading to learn more about each of the Nerf series and the 1,392 blasters in them.
Active Nerf Series
Currently, there are 17 Nerf series being produced and sold. In combination, these series hold almost 700 blasters! Many of the current Nerf series have motorized blasting systems, giving them the most power that any Nerf gun has ever seen.
The N-Strike Nerf series was first released in 2003. The N-Strike Series introduced new features that would soon become trademarks for the rest of the Nerf blasters to come. These trademark features included tactical rails and the many assorted attachments that can be added to customize your blasting experience.
By 2016, Nerf stopped releasing any new N-Strike blasters but began manufacturing again in 2019. While many of the Nerf N-Strike blasters have been discontinued and followed up by the Nerf N-Strike Elite Series, there are still some blasters being sold under the N-Strike umbrella.
The Nerf N-Strike series officially has released 36 blasters, all styled with the classic yellow, orange, and black color schemes. Some blasters featured in this Series are the Longstrike CS-6, Maverick REV-6, Vulcan EBF-25.
The N-Strike Series was one of the first great steps taken by Nerf in the foam dart shooter industry. During this time Nerf established itself as a household brand. As foam blasters became a toy to be desired by all children, any of the Nerf N-Strike Series blasters were at the top of all kids’ Christmas wish lists.
Nerf N-Strike Elite
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Series descended from the Nerf N-Strike series and took the word “tactical” to the next level. The new series was released in 2012 and still continues to release new blasters under its name to this day.
A change in the Nerf N-Strike Elite build was that rather than using reverse plunger firing systems, the company began using direct plunger firing systems. These systems helped to propel darts farther than ever before.
Nerf Vortex is a different kind of blaster than any other Nerf series and was first released in 2011. What made these blasters unique from the other series is that they fired small discs instead of foam darts.
Each Nerf Vortex blaster could fire almost twice the distance of the N-Strike blasters. The more aerodynamic discs while flying further also pack a bit more of a punch than other softer Nerf ammunition.
One unique blasting feature of the Vortex series is that the discs ricochet giving an added battle technique. However, one great fault of the disc blasters is that to fire accurately (or straight), the blaster must be mostly level. If not, the disc will not fly as far and may even curve left or right.
Nerf N-Strike Mega
The Nerf N-Strike Mega released in 2013 was originally sold under the Elite Series; however, in 2016 it became its own series.
This series is not only known for larger blasters, but for large darts as well. The unique red Mega blasters can fire their darts up to 100 feet, thanks to their flat tips for greater accuracy.
As of now, there are only 14 Nerf N-Strike Mega blasters; however, Nerf has already announced its plans to release new blasters into the Mega series later this year.
Nerf Zombie Strike
As the zombie craze grew, Nerf jumped into the action in 2014 with the Zombie Strike line. The Zombie Strike series is a mix of three different kinds of blasters: dart blasters, disc blasters, and super soakers.
One unique part of this series is that the blasters do not resemble real-life guns as the rest of the Nerf series do. Instead, they resemble power tools and homemade zombie protection tools.
Many of the zombie strike blasters are rewraps of blasters from other series, like the Longstrike Nerf Modulus. This means that you get all the reliability from your favorite blasters with the added fun of zombie strike!
Nerf Doomlands 2169
After surviving the zombie apocalypse with your Zombie Strike Nerf blasters, you will need to be prepared for the post-apocalyptic world with your blaster from the Nerf Doomlands 2169 series.
While there may be only 7 blasters in this series, each of these blasters is a must-have for your Nerf arsenal. The Doomlands 2169 series is comprised of the Vagabond, Lawbringer, Double Dealer, Persuader, The Judge, Negotiator, and the Holdout.
These blasters will put you large and in charge at your next Nerf battle with their extra power and large ammunition capacity. Their clear build allows you to look at what goes on inside your blaster making it the perfect addition to your collection.
But what exactly is the 2169 in the series name? Well, by the year 2169, Nerf will be celebrating its 200th anniversary of being in operation.
Nerf N-Strike Modulus
This Nerf series is specifically designed for Nerf users’ customization. When you purchase a blaster from the store, you can ensure that it will not be the same as any other Nerfer’s with some simple customization.
Every blaster purchase includes detachable attachments! In fact, some blasters can even be converted into attachments themselves. All 15 Nerf N-Strike Modulus blasters are interchangeable and customizable to give you the perfect Nerfing experience.
The Nerf Rival Series, like the Vortex Series, is a line of blasters unique from the classic foam dart shooters usually sold by Nerf. Rather than firing foam Nerf darts, the Nerf Rival series fires small foam balls. While denser than a dart, these foam balls do not cause pain and can even be fired at a further distance! The foam balls are loaded into the blasters through either a magazine system or through a hopper located on the top of the blasters.
There are 15 blasters in the Nerf Rival Series. Each of them is uniquely named after a character from either Greek or Roman mythology. However, with some of the newer Rival blasters, Nerf has ditched this theme and started naming Rival blasters after fighting moves.
The Nerf Nitro series is still relatively new, having only been released in 2017.
This series while still technically a line of blasters is not meant to be used in the traditional Nerf battle. This is because Nerf Nitro Series blasters do not fire foam darts, balls, or discs. Rather they fire foam cars and are designed more for play than for competition.
Nerf Marvel Blasters
As the Marvel brand continued to grow, they signed a deal with Hasbro (owner of Nerf) to start producing a line of Nerf Marvel blasters collaboration. The Nerf Marvel Series is comprised of three subseries of blasters: Assembler Gear, Web Shots, and Power Moves. With a blaster from the Marvel series, you too can join in on the superhero action!
The Assembler Gear sub-series has 14 blasters each based on each of the Avengers and their superpowers. These include Captain America Nerf Assembler Gear, Infinity War Nerf Star-Lord Assembler Gear, and the Infinity War Nerf Hulk Assembler Gear.
The Web Shot subseries is based on the Spiderman Series and is only made up of one blaster, the Spiderbolt Web Shot.
The final sub-series of the Marvel Nerf Series is the Power Moves blasters. The Power Moves is also made of 7 blasters based on the many Avengers characters. Some of the blasters include the Black Panther Panther Slash, the Black Widow Stinger Strike, and even a Thor Hammer Strike!
Nerf Laser Ops
Laser Ops, also known as the Laser Ops Pro, was released in 2018 and brought a whole new style of gameplay to the Nerf brand.
If you and your friends are hoping to try something different than your typical Nerf blaster battle, then the Nerf Laser Ops series is for you. Laser Tag brings all the fun of a Nerf battle without any of the unwanted dart clean-up.
These at-home laser blasters aren’t just for having fun with friends. By connecting your phone with the Nerf Laser Ops app you can use your phone to complete solo missions with your blaster.
Nerf Alpha Strike
Nerf Alpha Strike is one of the newer Nerf series having released its first blaster in 2019. The purpose of the Nerf Alpha Strike Series is to sell inexpensive Nerf products so that the Nerf brand could really be found in all households.
The Nerf Alpha Strike series does not come with any tactical attachment points. Another feature to help lower the price tag of the Alpha Strike series is the removal of all metal screws. Instead, the Alpha Strike series blasters all feature plastic tabs to hold the shell together.
The Ultra series was first released in the Fall of 2019 and immediately marked a new era of Nerf blasters.
The Ultra blaster line was specifically designed to fire a new type of Nerf dart, similarly named ULTRA darts. ULTRA darts are more aerodynamic than the classic N-Strike darts, therefore, making them more accurate over further distances. They do so by using stabilizing fins. These fins allow the darts to fly seamlessly through the air towards your target.
Another design of darts released under the Ultra series is the Sonic Screamer Darts. These resemble the N-Strike whistler darts but are supposed to be more aerodynamic like the ULTRA darts.
The Nerf Dog series is another unique way to make Nerf a household name. While these blasters are not meant for a person against person blasting battle, they do bring the enjoyment of Nerf to playtime with your furry friend!
While the Nerf Dog series only features one blaster, the Tennis Ball Blaster, it also includes several other dog toys such as the Crunch Checker Ball, the Nylon Launching Duck, and the Translucent Air Strike Thrower.
Discontinued Nerf Series
Since the company’s establishment in the 1980s, Nerf has released hundreds of blasters and discontinued the production and sale of hundreds more. These discontinued blasters have become rare over time and have therefore continued to grow in value.
Some of these blasters, while they may be old, are still considered to be some of the best Nerf blasters ever made. To learn more about these blasters, let’s take a brief look at the series they belong to.
The Original Nerf series featured the first blasters ever made by the toy company Nerf. Blasters from this series were sold between 1989 and 1993. The series only featured 11 blasters. These included the Master Blaster, the Sharpshooter, and the Arrowstorm.
The Nerf Hydro series was short-lived and only had one blaster make it to the shelves (two were proposed but the Harpoon Crossbow was canceled prior to its release). The series mixed Nerf with water toys changing the game up for users. The only blaster sold under this line was the Hydro Bazooka.
Nerf Rip Rockets
The Nerf Rip Rockets series was comprised of air pressure-powered blasters. There were five blasters launched under the Rip Rockets series. These included the Detonator, Blast Hammer, and Ramrod.
Shortly after Rip Rockets was released, Nerf released the Hyper Rip Rockets series. The line only featured two blasters, the Quickstrike and the Rocketstorm, and was extremely similar to the original Rip Rockets series.
The Nerf Action series was the successor to the Original Nerf series and featured 10 blasters. These blasters were considered to be high-performing compared to the other series. Some of the blasters in this series included the Ballzooka, the Chainblazer, and the Ripsaw.
Nerf Max Force
The Nerf Max Force series featured blasters each designed after predatory animals. Only 11 blasters were released under the Max Force series with only two of those blasters being modeled after marine animals.
Some of the Nerf Max Force series blasters were the Rattler, Sawtooth, and the Warthog.
This series was succeeded by the Nerf Max Force 2112 series. This series was a continuation of animal blasters and featured seven new blasters. These blasters included the Coral Viper, Venom Shot, and the Mad Hornet.
Nerf Ambush Rip Rockets
After the Rip Rockets and Hyper Rip Rockets series came the Ambush Rip Rockets series. This series was also rather short-lived and featured four unique blasters designed for stealth. These were the Backlash, the Hidden Shot, the Wrist Blitzer, and the Switchfire (re-release).
This series used a new type of ammo, the Aero Gliders. Unfortunately, this series is one of the smaller Nerf series ever made featuring only one blaster, the Glider Launcher.
Nerf Cyber Stryke Gear
The Nerf Cyber Stryke Gear series was designed to look futuristic and to be easily carried somewhere on the user. Some of the eight blasters released under this series are the AutoGrip, the Perceptor, and the ArmorShot.
The Nerf SuperMAXX series was originally owned by the company Larami and was simply continued by the Nerf brand. This series features some of the rarest blasters in the world. The SuperMAXX series was made up of 11 blasters, some of which were the SuperMAXX 1500, the SuperMAXX 750, and the SuperMAXX Disc Shooter.
Nerf Mega Blitz
The Nerf Mega Blitz series did not use a single theme for the creation of its blasters. The five blasters in the Mega Blitz series are the NitroQuad, the Pulsator, the RipChord, the RotoTrack, and the Triple Torch. Several other blasters were later proposed but they were canceled before their release.
Nerf Hyper Sight
The Hyper Sight series was believed to be a sister line of the Mega Blitz series but was similar in theme to the Cyber Stryke Gear series. The Nerf Hyper Sight series released six blasters focused on precision. These included the Mono Blast, the Range Shot, and the Expand-a-Blast.
Nerf AirJet Power
As the name suggests, all blasters in the AirJet Power series use air to fire their ammunition. The series released six new blasters. The series included the Wildfire, the Stinger, and the Triple Strike.
The series was followed by the AirJet Power Plus series. However, this second series was discontinued before its predecessor and only included three blasters: the FastBlast, the SplitFire, and the PowerClip.
The Power Nerf series came after the Nerf Action series and is widely known as the predecessor to the well-loved N-Strike series. The Power Nerf series included six new blasters such as the Ballzooka MP1500, the Slingfire DX400, and the Secret Strike Pocket Blaster.
Nerf Air Tech
Another continuation of the Larami brand, the Nerf Air Tech series continued to produce air-powered blasters. Seven blasters were released under the Air Tech series. Some of these included the Air Tech 4000, the Air Tech 2000, and the Air Tech Ball Blaster.
Nerf Atom Blasters
The Nerf Atom Blasters series was yet another set of air-powered blasters by Nerf. The series only feature three blasters: the Atomizer, the Cyclotron, and the Reactor. The series was extremely similar to the Nerf Air Tech series and even used the same ammunition in some blasters.
Nerf 2003 Series
The Nerf 2003 series only released two new blasters to the market, the other five blasters were simple re-releases of older Nerf blasters from other lines. The two new blasters released in the Nerf 2003 series were the Nite Finder and the Tech Target Eliminator.
Nerf Action Blasters
The Nerf Action Blaster series, while officially having eight blasters under its name, never released any new blasters to the market. Rather, all the blasters were re-releases of blasters from other Nerf series.
Nerf Dart Tag
This line is what led greatly to the Nerf competitions we know and love to participate in today. Along with 10 new blasters, the series included vests and goggles for dart tag.
Some of the blasters released under the Dart Tag series name were among the first to sport the classic Nerf yellow coloring. Some of these blasters included the Quick 16, the Swarmfire, and the Speedswarm.
Nerf Lazer Tag
The Nerf Lazer Tag system only features one blaster and it is unlike the other Nerf blasters since it did not fire any real form of ammunition.
The first at-home Nerf Lazer Tag blaster was known as the Phoenix LTX Tagger and is not compatible with the newer Nerf Laser Ops series.
Nerf Ball Blasters
The Nerf Ball Blasters series released three blasters under names previously used in series such as the Atom Blasters series. However, these blasters were heavily made over before being released in the Ball Blaster series.
The three blasters in this series were the Atom Blaster, the Buzzsaw, and the Reactor.
The Nerf Rebelle series was meant to be more appealing to female Nerfers and included a mix of both 18 dart blasters and nine super soakers. Some of these blasters included the Pink Crush, the CornerSight, and the Cascade.
Nerf Alien Menace
The Alien Menace series brought the beloved world of science fiction to Nerf blasters. While science fiction became more and more popular, the Alien Menace series only released three blasters: the Incisor, the Ravager, and the Voidcaster.
Nerf Combat Creatures
The Nerf Combat Creatures series only features one product and it is unlike any other blaster ever sold by Nerf: The Terradome. The Terradrone was a remote-controlled robot with dart firing capabilities (therefore qualifying it as a blaster).