The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire blaster claims to shoot up to five Elite darts per second from its 25-dart drum magazine.
The Hyperfire blaster can therefore empty its magazine within five seconds! This sounds too good to be true! Is it all hype or does it really deliver such a hyper rate of fire? What are the disadvantages of so much firepower?
You may read our Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire blaster review to find answers to questions about its handling, batteries, rate of fire, accuracy, range and ammo drum clip system.
Hyperfire Blaster: Evaluation
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire blaster claims to fire foam darts more rapidly than any other Nerf Elite blaster on the market. It fires five darts per second with fresh batteries (according to the toy maker). These special specs will decrease when the batteries run low. Spare batteries will definitely come in handy if the Nerf battle lasts for many hours.
The Hyperfire blaster is powered by four D cell batteries. This gives you an idea of how powerful this blaster is and how much power it needs! Batteries are not included, so remember to buy some. The batteries are inserted into the shoulder stock area, which helps to balance the bulky front and smaller rear of this blaster.
Twenty five Elite foam darts are included with the Hyperfire blaster. This is enough ammunition for one clip system drum magazine. However, once you unload its contents on an enemy Nerf, you are stuck with an empty drum that needs to be reloaded.
The Hyperfire blaster has an average range of between 60 to 90 feet. Single shots travel the farthest (up to 90 feet) while fully automatic bursts decrease the effective range (about 30 to 60 feet).
|This foam dart blaster is recommended for children that are at least 8 years old. There is no minimum age for adults! The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire blaster is for sale at this online retailer.|
Is the Hyperfire blaster hard to handle?
It is not difficult to handle, even though it looks bulky due to its dart drum. This dart blaster is compact with a short barrel.
It is easy to carry around the battlefield, although small kids might feel the blaster is a bit heavy due to the weight of the drum clip and size D batteries.
The grip design is comfortable for small hands. However, teenagers and adults with large hands might find the grip design uncomfortable.
How much batteries does it need?
It requires four D size batteries to turn the motorized dart drum. It is a power hungry blasting machine. You might need to buy more than four batteries so you can have spare batteries. It does not shoot without batteries, so a good supply of batteries is essential.
The performance of the Hyperfire blaster drops significantly when the batteries are not fresh anymore. Replace the batteries when performance drops too low.
Buy the best D batteries you can afford since cheap no name batteries do not have the power output and longevity that more expensive brand name batteries achieve.
Where does the batteries go?
The four D cell batteries are inserted into shoulder stock battery compartment. The fact that the batteries are stored in the shoulder stock helps to balance front and back ends of the Hyperfire blaster.
The Hyperfire blaster is fast, but is it accurate?
We know that this blaster is faster than any other Nerf N-Strike Elite foam dart gun. This blaster is made for a “pray and spray” approach rather than an “aim before you shoot” method. It sacrifices accuracy, velocity and range to gain more firepower.
Nevertheless, this blaster is devastating over short to medium range (30 to 60 feet), but loses accuracy over long range (90 feet or more). If you prefer to fight your Nerf wars at close range, the Hyperfire blaster will give you unmatched firing speed and firepower.
Distance and accuracy will suffer if you decide to empty the drum in one go instead of just firing short bursts of one to three darts.
Is the drum clip a pain to reload?
The dart drum has a capacity of 25 Elite foam darts which give you more darts to fire between reloads, if you do not empty the drum within a few seconds. Reloading the drum obviously takes more time since you have to insert 25 darts instead of just 5 or 10.
The the biggest disadvantage of the drum magazine is the longer reload time. It is better suited for older children who can reload quickly.
You might also need a jacket (such as the Nerf N-Strike Elite Tactical Vest) with storage space for extra darts since some darts inevitably get lost or damaged during a Nerf war.
The Hyperfire blaster will misfire if loaded with crushed or damaged darts, but it can be fixed by removing the offending dart through the jam door.
Elite Blaster Comparison: Hyperfire vs. Rapidstrike
|Range||90 feet||75 feet|
|Batteries||4 x D size||4 x C size|
|Darts||25 (drum)||18 (clip)|
|Length||24.1 inches||24.5 inches|
|Minimum age||8 years||6 years|
Hyperfire Blaster: Hyper or Hype?
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire is fully automatic with an acceleration button for turning the drum and a trigger for shooting the darts. This makes it a devastating blaster in smaller spaces where accuracy is less important and quantity is more important. This blaster shoots foam darts like there is no tomorrow!
Its hyper rate of fire can also be a disadvantage. Accuracy and range are decreased when firing multiple darts per second. However, the effective range can be increased by firing single shots.
It takes a little longer to reload the drum magazine with twenty-five darts than a clip blaster with only 10 darts. You definitely need to carry as much extra darts as you can to speed up the reload time.
You might buy a refill pack of extra Elite foam darts to avoid running after fallen darts. Remember that a bent or crushed dart might jam the Hyperfire blaster and cause a misfire! Wear an attack vest to keep extra darts within easy reach for a quicker reload.
You might find an extra drum clip for sale, but it is an expensive accessory. Nerf makes and sells a 25-round drum clip system, but it can cost as much as a new Nerf blaster! Too bad, an extra ammo drum would make reloading fast and unloading even faster!
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire blaster is fast, fun and formidable. However, with only one tactical rail (for a scope) and costly additional drum magazines, its accessory potential is limited.
|The Hyperfire blaster seems to live up to the hype while the batteries are fresh and the targets are within range. If you want the fastest Nerf N-Strike Elite blaster on the market, then you may buy the Hyperfire blaster from an online retailer.|