Updated 2014/08/03 to include Pink Crush, Star Shot, and Doublestrike ranges.
Updated 2014/01/02 to include Sidestrike ranges.
Updated 2013/10/19 to include additional ranges for Heartbreaker Bow and some reformatting for improved readability.
Updated 2013/08/02 to include ranges for the Rapidstrike, Hammershot, Sledgefire, and Pololu motor modded Rayven.
There’s a good bit of information on the web about the how far different Nerf blasters shoot foam darts, but I’ve never seen it compiled in one place in an easy to read format. Last Friday morning was a rare occasion for me when I was home from work getting my car repaired and it was a sunny, windless morning (the wind always blows by the beach). Therefore I decided to perform some range testing of my own with the blasters I have around the house. The data is presented below and is continually updated as I test new blasters.
All data was collected with Elite Streamline (blue) darts fired at shoulder level and level to the ground. Plots show the average range and one sigma standard deviation, in almost all cases for greater than or equal to 12 firings. Batteries for all the flywheel blasters were in good condition and the flywheels were allowed to recover between firings. Some gross observations are:
- The entire Elite range produces average distances of greater than 40 ft (12.2 m) (as expected).
- Also, the Elite Rayven is clearly superior to the only non-Elite gun in the mix, the yellow Rayven.
- If the standard deviation of the average range reflects the firing spread (i.e. range repeatability), then blasters with the longer barrels are more accurate (Rampage and Rayven).
- The stock Firestrike is the range winner…
- (2013/10/19) …and the Heartbreaker Bow, which has almost the same internals as the Firestrike, is not far behind.
- (2013/08/02) The Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster holds its own against the other blasters, whereas Sledgefire performance out of the box is quite disappointing.
- (2014/01/02) The Zombie Strike Sidestrike blaster ranges are a little disappointing considering that it could be an upgrade to the Firestrike – good thing the holster also holds a Firestrike.
- In the flywheel blaster category, I was surprised that the Stockade performed on-par with the Stryfe, while my Elite Rayven out-performed them both.
- While the Stryfe is generally considered the best stock flywheel blaster and I got some of the farthest ranges with it, the repeatability was low, perhaps due to the shorter barrel.
- (2013/08/02) The new automatic blaster, the Rapidstrike, did not yield Elite ranges, but I was not using the brand new darts that came with the blaster (not that there should be any difference).