NERF FAQ

Get NERF Blaster Firing Performance Tips and Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions about NERF products and accessories, including those related to NERF N-STRIKE ELITE, N-STRIKE, VORTEX and DART TAG blasters, N SPORTS products, and SUPER SOAKER water blasters.
  • NERF BLASTER TIPS
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  • GENERAL QUESTIONS
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  • PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS
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    HOW DO I MAXIMIZE FIRING DISTANCE?
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    Maximizing-Elite-Distance

    1. When firing, aim the blaster at an approximately 35-40 degree angle.
    2. Make sure the lowest point of the blaster is at least 4 feet off the ground.
    3. Also be aware of any environmental factors that may affect the distance (For example: wind, rain, snow, etc).
    4. Lastly, make sure your darts are in good condition.

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    HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY DARTS?
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    Caring for your darts

    For optimal blaster performance, caring for your darts is important.
    1. Make sure your blaster is loaded with the appropriate ammo. There are four types of darts: N-STRIKE ELITE darts, Whistler darts, Suction darts, and DART TAG darts.
    2. Make sure your darts are not crushed or deformed.
    3. Don't let your darts get wet or exposed to various weather conditions.

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    HOW DO I BEST USE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK DARTS & DISCS?
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    Using Glow in the Dark Discs

    1. Glow-in-the-dark darts & discs work best in low light conditions.
    2. The darts or discs should be white.
    3. Confirm that the blaster is turned on.
    4. Make sure fresh batteries are used.

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    N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE
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    N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check the access slide is fully closed. The green squares should be visible when the slide is fully closed.
    2. Make sure fresh batteries are installed.
    3. Check the clips are loaded in the proper positions.
    4. Press and hold the bottom trigger for 2 seconds. You should hear the motor running. Now press the top trigger to fire darts.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    On top of the blaster, near the handle, there is an access slide that can be opened to remove any jammed darts.

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    N-STRIKE ELITE RAMPAGE
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    N-STRIKE ELITE RAMPAGE Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check the dart drum to see if it is empty.
    2. Blaster must be cocked back in order to load dart drum.
    3. When cocking the blaster, you need to push the handle all the way forward and then all the way back.
    4. Confirm the darts are loaded properly in the drum. Dart tips must be facing toward the front of the blaster.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    There is an orange door on the side opposite of the dart drum. This door opens when the blaster is cocked back. You can remove any jammed darts through this door.

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    N-STRIKE ELITE RETALIATOR
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    N-STRIKE ELITE RETALIATOR Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Blaster must be cocked back to load dart clip.
    2. The blaster must be cocked after every shot.
    3. Make sure the darts are loaded properly in the clip. Dart tip must face towards front of blaster.
    4. Confirm the clip is not out of darts.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    There is a black door on top of the blaster. This door can only be opened if the blaster is cocked back. Once you cock the blaster back, open the black door to see if any darts are jammed in the blaster’s chamber.

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    N-STRIKE ALPHA TROOPER
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    N-STRIKE ALPHA TROOPER Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check that the drum has been properly inserted.
    2. The Alpha Trooper drum can hold a maximum of 18 darts. Make sure no more than 18 darts are loaded in the drum.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    There is a sliding door on top of the blaster. This door can only be opened if the blaster is cocked back. Once you cock the blaster back, slide the door open to see if any darts are jammed in the blaster’s chamber.

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    N-STRIKE BARRICADE RV-10
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    N-STRIKE BARRICADE RV-10 Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check that the sliding door on top is fully closed. A green circle will be visible when the door is fully closed.
    2. Make sure fresh batteries are in the blaster.
    3. Check that the blaster is turned on. The 'on' switch is located on the side of the blaster.
    4. Check to make sure a dart is not jammed in the blaster's chamber.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    On top of the blaster, there is an access slide that can be opened to remove any jammed darts. Remember to close the slide after you remove any jammed darts, so the blaster will fully function.

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    N-STRIKE LONGSTRIKE
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    N-STRIKE LONGSTRIKE Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check the clip first to see if it is empty.
    2. To insert or remove a clip, the blaster must be cocked all the way back.
    3. To fire, make sure the blaster is cocked back all the way, before sliding forward. The black window on the top will change to red when this is done properly.

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    N-STRIKE RAYVEN CS-18
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    N-STRIKE RAYVEN CS-18

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Make sure you are holding both triggers down.
    2. The jam release door should be 'snapped' in place.
    3. Make sure the clip does not contain more than 18 darts.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    On top of the blaster, there is a black access slide that can be opened to remove any jammed darts. Remember to close the slide after you remove any jammed darts, so the blaster will fully function.

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    N-STRIKE RECON
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    N-STRIKE RECON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Make sure the clip has been correctly inserted.
    2. Is the slide in the forward position? Slide must be in the forward position in order to fire.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    On top of the blaster, there is a black access slide that can be opened to remove any jammed darts. To open the access slide, make sure the blaster is cocked back.

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    N-STRIKE STAMPEDE
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    N-STRIKE STAMPEDE Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Is the sliding door on top fully closed? A green circle will be visible when the door is fully closed.
    2. Make sure fresh batteries are in the blaster.
    3. Is the blaster turned on? On switch is located on the side of the blaster.
    4. Check to make sure proper number of darts is loaded.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    On top of the blaster, there is an orange access slide that can be opened to remove any jammed darts. Remember to close the slide after you remove any jammed darts, so the blaster will fully function.

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    VORTEX LUMITRON
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    VORTEX LUMITRON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Are more than 10 discs loaded? 10 discs is the maximum capacity.
    2. All of the discs should be loaded with the NERF logo facing up in the clip.
    3. Make sure the clip is inserted.
    4. Pull the blaster cocking mechanism all the way back then pushed forward all the way.
    5. Please note blaster will not cock if no disc is loaded and the blaster does not have a 'slam-fire' feature.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    On the side of the blaster, there is an orange slide which releases the discs. Angle the blaster downward and press the orange ‘disc release’ slide until disc falls out of the barrel.

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    VORTEX NITRON
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    VORTEX NITRON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Make sure fresh batteries are loaded.
    2. Are more than 20 discs loaded? 20 discs is the maximum capacity.
    3. All of the discs should be loaded with the NERF logo facing up.
    4. Confirm the clip has been properly inserted.
    5. When firing: press and hold bottom trigger for 2 seconds, you should hear motors spinning, then press top trigger to fire discs.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    Find the green tab on top of the blaster. Remove clip first, angle blaster downward, then slide back the green tab until disc falls out. After disc falls out, slide tab all the way forward so there is no orange circle visible on top of the blaster.

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    VORTEX PRAXIS
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    VORTEX PRAXIS Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Are more than 10 discs loaded? 10 discs is the maximum capacity for the VORTEX PRAXIS blaster.
    2. All of the discs should be loaded with the NERF logo facing up in the clip.
    3. Pull the blaster cocking mechanism all the way back then pushed forward all the way to fire.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    On the side of the blaster, there is an orange slide which releases the discs. Angle the blaster downward and press the orange ‘disc release’ slide until disc falls out of the barrel.

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    VORTEX PROTON
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    VORTEX PROTON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Only 1 disc can be loaded.
    2. The NERF logo on the disc should be facing up.
    3. Confirm the loading tray is fully closed.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    On the back of the blaster, there is a green button which releases the discs. Angle the blaster downward and press the green ‘disc release’ button until disc falls out of the barrel.

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    VORTEX PYRAGON
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    VORTEX PYRAGON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check that the drum has been properly inserted.
    2. Make sure all of the discs have been loaded with the NERF logo facing up.
    3. Are more than 40 discs loaded? 40 discs is the maximum capacity for this blaster.
    4. Pull the blaster cocking mechanism all the way back then pushed forward all the way to fire.

    What are some tips for loading the DISC DRUM?
    1. One at a time load discs into the 40-disc drum.
    2. First load up to 19 discs with NERF logo facing up.
    3. Push lever on top to rotate drum and then release.
    4. Add 7 more discs and then push lever to rotate the drum.
    5. Continue adding darts until you reach 40. The cartridge advance lever will no longer move once the drum is full.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    On the side of the blaster, there is an orange slide which releases the discs. Angle the blaster downward and press the orange ‘disc release’ slide until disc falls out of the barrel.

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    VORTEX VIGILON
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    VORTEX VIGILON Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Are more than 5 discs loaded? 5 discs is the maximum capacity.
    2. All of the discs should be loaded with the NERF logo facing up in the clip.
    3. Pull the blaster cocking mechanism all the way back then pushed forward all the way.
    4. Please note blaster will not cock if no disc is loaded.

    What if a disc gets jammed in my blaster?
    On the side of the blaster, there is an orange slide which releases the discs. Angle the blaster downward and press the orange ‘disc release’ slide until disc falls out of the barrel.

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    DART TAG QUICK 16
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    DART TAG QUICK 16 Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check the sliding door on the side is fully closed.
    2. Are more than 16 darts loaded in the clip? 16 darts is the maximum capacity.
    3. The cocking mechanism needs to be fully pulled back to fire.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    Point the blaster at the ground to clear darts from the barrel. Make sure the slam fire handle is pulled all the way back to open jam clearing door. Use the tip of a pen to move the slide inside the clip up and down to loosen darts jammed inside. Fully close the jam clearing door after jammed darts are removed, or blaster will not fire.

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    DART TAG SPEEDLOAD 6
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    DART TAG SPEEDLOAD 6 Blaster

    A few tips to consider for optimal blaster performance:
    1. Check the sliding door on the side is fully closed.
    2. Are more than 6 darts loaded in the clip? 6 darts is the maximum capacity.
    3. The cocking mechanism needs to be fully pulled back to fire.

    What if a dart gets jammed in my blaster?
    Point the blaster at the ground to clear darts from the barrel. Pull the slide all the way back to open jam clearing door. Use the tip of a pen to move the slide inside the clip up and down to loosen darts jammed inside. Fully close the jam clearing door after jammed darts are removed, or blaster will not fire.

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    How do I contact Customer Service?
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    If you have a question or inquiry with your NERF product, click here to contact someone on our Customer Service team, Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm EDT and Friday 8:00am-1:00pm EDT.

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    Who developed the first NERF product?
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    PARKER BROTHERS originally developed NERF, beginning with a four inch polyurethane foam ball in 1969. The original 4-inch polyurethane foam ball was just dense enough to be hurled accurately but too light to cause damage. The ball was first released in 1970 in a small black box whose packaging urged, “Throw it indoors. You can’t damage lamps or break windows. You can’t hurt babies or old people.”

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    What was the first NERF blaster?
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    In 1989, the NERF BLAST-A-BALL became the first NERF blaster. The package came with two blasters and four soft NERF balls.

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    Where can I order NERF ammo refills?
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    You can buy refills for your favorite NERF blasters from HasbroToyShop.com or any local retailer where NERF products are sold.

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    Is it possible to purchase discontinued NERF blasters?
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    If the blaster was recently discontinued, you may still be able to find it in your local retail store where NERF products are sold.

    Most items, long out of the marketplace, are only available through the secondary market.

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    A part on my NERF blaster broke. Are replacement parts available?
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    We have many replacement part order forms on our Customer Service Web Page. Please click here to go to the page. You can also buy accessory parts and refills for your favorite HASBRO Toys and Games from HasbroToyShop.com.

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    Are replacement arrows available for the NERF BIG BAD BOW?
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    Replacement arrows for the NERF BIG BAD BOW are available for purchase through HasbroToyShop.com in the "Parts and Refills" section.

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    Are my N-STRIKE clips compatible with other blasters?
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    N-STRIKE clips are compatible with all N-STRIKE clip system blasters.

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    Are my NERF VORTEX clips compatible with other NERF blasters?
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    NERF VORTEX clips are compatible with NERF VORTEX blasters only.

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    Are my NERF VORTEX rail and stock accessories compatible with other NERF blasters?
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    NERF VORTEX rail and stock accessories are compatible with N-STRIKE blasters.

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    How do I contact Customer Service?
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    If you have a question or inquiry with your NERF product, click here to contact someone on our Customer Service team, Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm EDT and Friday 8:00am-1:00pm EDT.

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