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#1 ducnha

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 10:30 PM

Being the youngest one in the house isn't always easy. Sure, it has its perks when it comes time to do the chores, but what about when it's time to play. It's usually the older brother or sister who gets to play with the cool toys because you're still to small to use them. In light of this dilemma I complied a list of the top Nerf gun features ( Nerf Guns List ) that make it easier for children as young as 3 years old have a lot more fun during play time.

In this article I will show you how to narrow down your selection by looking for specific features that are designed for small children. Features that are all to often overlooked by consumers in the buying process. My goal is to help you make the best possible choice so that your son or daughter can spend less time looking for help and more time having fun.

Small, lightweight, and easy to operate are the three components we will be focused on.

Lets get started.

Choosing The Correct Size & Weight

When I look at the size and weight of a blaster, my first concern is safety. Especially for a child as young as 3 years of age. You want them to be able to play freely without struggling to carry around their new toy. Large guns can be bulky and usually require two hands to carry them around. This will take away from a child's natural coordination and could cause them to fall more frequently.

For this reason your best option is going to be a pistol. This will alleviate some of the size and weight issue all together. They're much safer for a child of that age and it won't feel so awkward for them to play with. Using a pistol will allow them to run around naturally without hindering their movements.

As an added perk. You won't need to worry about this blaster going to waste when it's time for your child to upgrade to a new gun. Pistols are always nice to have around. Chances are they will keep it as a backup sidearm when they use their new gun.

Find Guns That Are Easy to Reload

Through the buying process you want to pay close attention to how the gun loads. You don't want something overly complicated, so try to keep it simple. The key here is to avoid a situation where they have to find help every time they want to reload their weapon.

Look for pistols that have the front load option. This feature allows you to load darts right into the barrel of the gun. This process is much easier for a small child because they don't have to struggle with a clip system. It's also easier for them to carry around a pocket full of darts, instead of a bunch of clips. Clips tend to get a little bulky.

Take a look at the Nerf Firestrike that's shown in example #1. This is a great example of a blaster that has the front load option.

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Example #1

Make Sure The Gun Is Easy To Operate

How a blaster operates plays a critical role in whether or not your child will be able to play with their new toy by themselves. This is another key area where you're going to want to keep it simple.

Something you want to pay close attention to is how the gun is primed. Priming is how you activate the blaster to be fired. I have found through experience that priming handles that are located on the back of the gun or bottom of the handle are the easiest systems for small children to use. Kids are able to grip these handles easily and use the leverage of their entire upper body to pull on them.

See the Firestrike in example #2. You will notice that this blaster has the priming handle that is located on the back of the gun. This handle needs to be pulled away from the blaster in order to activate it.

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Example #2

Features You Want To Avoid.

Just as there are features you want to look for, there are those you want to avoid.These are features that could hinder your child's ability to play with the gun or need to seek out help in order to operated it properly.

For example. If you do decide to buy your child a larger gun, you're going to want to avoid those that require batteries larger then a "AA". Batteries can weight the toy down significantly and it's not usually something we think about when we're in shopping mode.

You will also want to keep an eye out for pistols that come with slide primers. The slider is normally located on the back of the gun and it's designed to replicate the same action as a real handgun. These are hard for small children to grip and pull back, so operating the gun might become a problem.

The Nerf Maverick in the picture below is a perfect example of a pistol with a sliding primer.

Maverick With Slide Primer

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Hopefully this information was informative and puts you in a better position when it's time to buy. Regardless of what you choose I can guarantee one thing. Your child is going to love their new toy.

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#2 Tobias

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 08:14 AM

Bro, please stop making these kinds of posts. They're common sense and you're just clogging up the homepage.


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Edited by Ice Nine, 26 August 2015 - 10:14 AM.

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#3 shmmee

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 01:08 PM

Tobias, You'd be suprised how uncommon "common sense" can be. There is an age appropriateness to blasters that even I've managed to overlook when shopping for a younger nerfer. For example, I bought my 4 year old a rebel messenger for christmas. Guess what? She can barely prime it and when she does she flexes the priming bar upwords a full inch because she lacks the wrist strength needed to hold the pistol handle steady. My 3 year old had to learn to not squeeze the trigger when priming his doublestrike blaster so the hammer would catch. Both blasters probably could of been a little better chosen and I picked them out myself, and I've been nerfing since the Bn'A was on the shelves.

I've found panthers and jolt esque' blasters to be a fantastic fit for smaller younger hands. The mechanical advantage gained in air powered blasters is a huge assistance for smaller arms. Give a small kid a titan to play with and you'll be his hero for the day. Since they can be pumped on the ground like a floorstanding bike pump any kid who can lift the thing will feel like the biggest bad*** ever - and you don't have to worry about them loosing an eye if they decide to shoot themselves in the face. (which will happen!!!)

Ducnha, you're absolutely right about avoiding clip fed blasters and slide to prime blasters. Simple front loaders are the way to go for young nerfers.
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#4 The2ndBluesBro

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 03:26 PM

Bro, please stop making these kinds of posts. They're common sense and you're just clogging up the homepage.


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You're full of it. This is a helpful post for many people.

In other news, great submission.
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Posted 27 August 2015 - 07:29 PM

Depending on the age i would say a stryfe with NiMH batteries fully stock that should be good for age 4+ give them 6 round or 12 round clips as they grow old enough they can grow into the 18 rounders. The one thing i might do is remove the dart jammer...

Younger than that i would say a jolt small enough for them easy enough to prime it front loads. The fire strike might be a bit difficult for some younger kids and prone to breaking the priming handle...
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Posted 27 August 2015 - 08:11 PM

This guy should write for eHow. Lots of great photos and tons of text, and no useful information beyond common sense.

The age recommendations on the box are probably accurate. I know Hasbro play tests all their products with children of various ages, and I'm sure they would go younger on the recommended age if they felt they could.
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:49 AM

The first nerf gun I ever bough was a Vulcan. I was eight, and not very strong. The belt feeding was the epitome of complexity, and add onto that the manual-automatic switch, awkward weight in smallish hands and overall too-muchness meant that I used it once, then never again.

Years later, I gave my cousin (ages six) a Stryfe, which he promptly stalled repeatedly because he couldn't figure out the rev trigger, nor could he prime a Roughcut in under two minutes. Yes its common sense, but its really quite uncommon.
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 07:15 PM

For a child around a toddler's age I believe that any front-loader Nerf gun would be safe. Some guns such as the Maverick may not have the dangers of a flywheel blaster, but a child's fingers or hair could get caught into the loading mechanism.
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