Without realizing it, I ordered the Nerf HyperFire from Amazon.com under the frustration free packaging option. That made unboxing this Nerf gun a breeze. No cutting, no tape and no plastic clips, the Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster was free instantly by just pulling it out of the cardboard packaging.
Playing with the HyperFire Blaster will make you feel invincible in any nerf standoff. This gun is super-fast and I never had it jam on me once. The circular design of the clip aids in keeping a nice fluid movement when you pull the trigger and “make it rain” nerf darts on your opponent. The clip easily clips and unclips with a very easy trigger movement and any jams are easily rectified by the easy open barrel access. The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster requires 4 D batteries to work and these are not included. The batter compartment is on the stock of the gun and secured via two screws. You will need a very small Philips head screwdriver to open the battery compartment.
I like how smoothly the HyperFire Blaster fires and the fact that even after long periods of play, loading and reloading the gun, I never had it jam on me once. In addition, with most of the Nerf guns I have tried, the clips and buttons always seem really stiff and difficult to open. Whether it’s the clips to add your Nerf darts or the clips holding the barrel closed. I feel like in other Nerf guns I often have to stop what I am doing to use both hands and open these clips. The Nerf HyperFire is definitely not that way. I can easily remove the dart clip or open the barrel to check for jams with one hand and while still actively playing.
As a mom, I don’t like how heavy the this Nerf gun is. The butt of the gun is heavy as it is but when you add the 4 D batteries to the stock of the Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster this gun becomes almost too heavy. I can easily see a small child not being able to hold it for long periods. My second complaint is with the amount of batteries it takes to operate. Batteries aren’t cheap and as a mom, I already feel like my son’s toys eat me out of house and home in the battery department. I don’t like toys that require upwards of 8 dollars in batteries just to work.
My last complaint is that there isn’t a simple on and off switch with the HyperFire Blaster. In order to operate this gun you have to hold down a trigger mechanism to fire it up and then use a separate trigger to actually fire the darts. In addition, if you get up to full speed with the firing action you instantly lose the power behind your darts and will not get the long range advertised by the Nerf Hyperfire.
This Nerf gun is recommended for children over 8. I would say that this is a safe estimate at best. I think that children younger than 8 will have fun with this toy (as long as it isn’t too heavy for them). I wouldn’t recommend using Nerf guns in general for children under 3 for the obvious choking risk but I don’t think your child has to be 8 before you consider using it.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster was a priced in the higher range for me, but I find that this is true with many of the good Nerf guns. I would probably buy the it again knowing that it is easy to use and that everything is so well made. There is nothing worse than stopping the middle of a game and fighting with the clips of a poorly made gun and I love that everything is easily done one handed on the Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster. I didn’t like that it took so many batteries or that it was so heavy once those batteries were installed. However, that being said, the drawbacks on the HyperFire Blaster are not enough to deter me from buying it again.