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on May 14, 2014
I am not ashamed to say that I got two of these so my wife and I can have mini Nerf wars in the house.

It is day 3, the house is now littered with spent darts, the living room is no mans land. I am running out of food, my wife has taken the kitchen and fortified herself. Even with the uncanny accuracy of the blaster, she is just too quick. She is not a very good shot, but the fast reload and six shots help even the score.

I do not know how much longer I can survive, at least I have the bathroom...
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on May 7, 2015
My cat is a furry little douchebag. Honestly thinks he runs the place. Always walking around on the kitchen counters, dipping his dirty paws in whatever dish or drink he sees fit and leaving a snail-trail of hair wherever he walks. We tried yelling at him, waterspray bottles, other various loud noises, giving him treats when he actually gets off the counters at his own leisure (my wife's dumb idea). Nothing seemed to work.

I needed to get old-school on him. Thank God whoever is running Hasbro still lives in the 90s. I can say wholeheartedly that this device did the trick.

I shot my wife a couple times to make sure the darts don't really hurt. She confirmed they didn't, and soon enough, it was hunting season.

I drank half a glass of 2% and left it sitting on the counter, 30 seconds later he came waltzing on in to help himself to some. I crouched behind the dining room table and carefully lined up my shot , I was zeroed in on the spot where his back ends where his tail starts. 3,2,1….POW! I missed by about 18 inches (This thing is wildly inaccurate FYI), but he goes straight into fight or flight wildly looking around at what the noise was. We make eye contact, and I chamber another dart. POW! Missed again. But he saw the dart go flying by and straight up lost it, sprung off the counter and hit the hardwood floor in full sprint. However, the floors are brand new and he couldn’t get any traction, so he was just hilariously running in place like Wile E. Coyote on an oil slick. POW! This one actually connects as he digs in and takes off upstairs. Mission Accomplished.

Nowadays, if I ever see him perched about to jump up on the counter, or any other behavior issues for that matter, I reach into the kitchen drawer and pull this badboy out and he immediately falls into line…feline. And I haven’t fired a shot since that fateful day. 10/10 would hunt my cat/wife again.
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My son LOVES this blaster. He has had it for over a year now and it has held up great. He continues to battle with the neighbor boys and I cannot believe it is holding up so well!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 3, 2017
My kids wanted to get this as a gift for Daddy for Christmas. All 3 of them have had an absolute blast playing with it since then. My 4 year old has figured out how to load, aim and shoot it on his own. Both kids love to chase the pellets when they fly all over the house.

We use this primarily for 'target practice'. We set up old cereal boxes on the window sill and see how far away we can stand and still knock them over. This thing has quite a range. It will easily shoot across the length of our basement, but aiming from that distance is tough.

This is easy to load with pellets. It has a chamber that spins and comes out to the side like a revolver.

This has been a great present that the whole family has enjoyed!
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on January 16, 2017
I originally bought a pair for my nephew as a Christmas gift, but then decided me and my lady needed a pair as well. These are AWESOME. Especially for the price. Rapid fire feature works well, and with suction cup darts I can hit the bulls-eye target I drew on my mirror (dry erase markers!) from 20-30 feet and they consistently stick and are pretty accurate. It easily shoots across two rooms of my house and I can hit targets about 40 feet or so away with good velocity (the suction darts don't stick that far though). Also fun for battling it out or supersize attacking your significant other. When I bought these they were only $9 or so. Super cheap for a lot of fun.
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on August 31, 2016
I am lucky enough to work at a place that allows us to bring in Nerf guns to keep things interesting in our cubicles. In fact late in the day I start wearing safety glasses due to the large amount of cheap shots that come in. All you have to do is stand up and a shot can come from across the building.

This particular gun has been AWESOME. I have a lot more range and the benefit of multiple shots. I finally marked my Nerf darts because people were hording mine. Great gun that just works amazing.
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on August 24, 2017
This is my third N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster. Why three of them? Do they break or something? No. They're just that good. This is why I got three:

Performance (base) - Holds 6 darts, no batteries needed, and dangerously accurate. While 6 darts isn't much these days, it's enough to fire off a half a dozen darts before you have to scramble for more ammo. Lucky for you, whoever you were firing at probably took cover because the shots seem to go right where you aim. Seriously. My roommate with the hurt eyeball can vouch! On top of that, refilling your ammo is very easy. Press the button on the side and your cylinder opens for fast loading, or you can squeeze darts in without opening it, but you may damage them in the process. All in all, the performance is summed up as fast paced and accurate! Throw in a tac rail on the top and you have one mean blaster!

Side note: To prime the blaster to fire, you have to pull the gray piece on top back. Smaller children may have a harder time doing this. For those that can handle this, you've got slam fire! Just hold the trigger down and pump the gray piece and it will fire each time you pull back and go forward!

Performance (modded) - Yeah. That's right. You can mod this thing! You'll have to google a mod kit, but you can swap out the internals in this thing and increase the distance and velocity. If you don't care to mod it, this will not apply to you. I would discourage from shooting this at people unless you're outside having a battle across the yard. Indoors/close range, it hurts too much!

Build Quality - It's made out of plastic. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not. It's a Nerf blaster! It keeps it relatively lightweight. It doesn't feel like cheap plastic, and I've never actually broken, cracked, or chipped one, except for my modified one, but that's my bad.

Value - I've picked these up from $9 to $15. They're my most used blasters, easily. The fact that we fight for this specific blaster when a battle emerges, rather than the other ones we have (including some of the big boys) says a lot about the abilities of the Strongarm. That alone increases the value far beyond what I paid for it.

If I could only have one Nerf blaster, I'd be proud to say it's a Strongarm.
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on August 25, 2017
Great gun and great price. Ordered 12 of these for a Nerf event and was impressed when they came in. I haven't messed with Nerf guns since I was a kid and they have greatly improved! If loaded properly they will not jam and if kids do jam them they are super easy to fix. We had kids age 5 and up. We attached bandanas to the hook to help the younger ones pull it back. These sting, especially if it catches you on the cheek. We required safety glasses, which you can find in sets of 12 super cheap on Amazon! We also had boundaries with each team having a buffer zone/no man's land in between about 6-8 ft across so that no one could be shot point blank and it was clear what team everyone was on. I would definitely recommend these for anyone's Nerf collection!
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on December 27, 2015
Of all the toys my kids received on Christmas, this is the one they keep going back to. They've set up their action figures as targets and shoot each other from behind furniture. *The darts do hurt if they hit you. Excellent, cheap fun. We try to account for all of the darts before putting them away, but I will probably be finding darts in random places for the next year.
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on September 21, 2017
Great Nerf blaster. I like that it takes just a bit of strength to arm the blaster so my small son cannot play with this without my direct supervision (even if he somehow manages to reach it on his own).

The rotating barrel seems really well thought out and all though this is merely plastic it still feels well made and fairly ergonomic. Accuracy is more a function of the darts themselves - if the foam deforms somehow those specific darts will not be very accurate but that is no fault of the blaster itself.

One caution: be careful not to blast someone at close range with this - it's meant for longer range blasting and is fairly powerful. It might even be best to wear clear sports glasses (like racquetball glasses) to avoid accidents depending on is using the blaster.
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