Nerf Mega Series
For those of you who ardently believe bigger is better, Nerf has the perfect series for you. The Nerf Mega series. Everything about this series is Mega. Starting from the darts they fire, the magazine clips to the blasters themselves, every component is massive.
What is 'Nerf Mega'?
The Mega series is the next step in the evolution of Nerf blasters after the Elite series. The N Strike Elite is a longstanding lineup with so many different blasters released over the years since its inception in 2012. To appease Nerfers interested in higher caliber foam blasters, Nerf launched the MEGA lineup in 2013. Ever since its release, Mega products have been a huge hit in the community.
So what’s different about the N Strike Mega series? Well, a lot. Let’s break it down starting from the externals. Every Nerf Mega gun is almost completely covered with deep-red color maybe with the exception of the magazine/drum and sometimes the muzzle tip. They fire Mega darts, and they too are red with mellow orange tips. The Mega darts are substantially bigger than the elite darts being at least twice their size. They are wider, longer, and heavier.
So to be able to fire these huge darts the blasters also have to be built colossal, with powerful internals. This is what the Mega series is all about. Many of the Nerf Mega guns are remodeled versions of their Elite counterparts. So when it comes to performance they are just as good as Elite blasters with almost similar muzzle velocities and firing ranges. Simply put, MEGA blasters are the high caliber Nerf guns for the big boys club.
But do not be misguided by the terms high caliber and powerful. The Mega series is just as safe as any other Nerf product and is also advertised for kids above age 8 years, just like the N Strike Elite. The darts may be bigger, but still only made from foam and doesn’t actually cause any injury on contact. It is perfectly secure for kids to play with and parents need not be worried. Having said this, we still highly recommend that kids should cover sensitive parts including their face/eyes with the help of Tactical Vests, Safety goggles, and Masks. Check various Nerf Safety Accessories here.
What is the best Mega Nerf gun?
There are two N Strike Mega guns that are worthy of this spot at the moment. One is the massive MEGA Mastodon Nerf blaster while the other option is a more recently released MotoStryke. The two blasters are contrasting in their profiles and capabilities but both are a hoot to play with.
Released way back in 2016, this Mega blaster captured every Nerfer’s heart. It’s a well-engineered and beautifully designed foam blaster from Hasbro. The Mastodon is basically a high caliber nerf machine gun that is meant to be fired from the hip to decimate your targets. This huge Nerf gun Mega blaster runs on 6-D batteries and it’s heavier than its N Strike Elite counterparts when fully loaded. It comes with sling mounts and a strap for easily carrying it around the field.
The Mastodon was the first N Strike Mega blaster that featured a fully automatic flywheel mechanism. Up until then, there were only manual spring action Mega guns. It also touts a high ammo capacity with a 24 round Nerf Mega darts drum. Since each Mega dart in itself larger in size, the drum ends up being scaled up and is protected on the bottom with a shield. On the top of the blaster is a swivel/carry handle for easy hip firing and lugging it around.
The performance of the Mega Mastodon is well above the Nerf N Strike Mega average of 70 fps. Darts are heavier and exit the barrel at up to 80 feet per second. So combined with the dominating image and size, high ammo capacity, powerful performance this is the blaster to beat in this lineup. We have an extensive review of this blaster here.
Though in contrast to the Mastodon, the Nerf Mega MotoStryke is a very appealing Mega gun. Hasbro launched it in 2020 and is a definite challenger for the best in the Mega series. There is an ample number of differences between the two contenders.
Unlike the Mastodon, the MotoStryke is akin to an assault rifle designed to fire Mega darts with accuracy. Instead of a drum, a ten-round magazine takes its place. The body in itself is sleek, a single structure without any of the bells and whistles. Supports only a semi-automatic firing mode unlike the Fully Automatic mode in the Mastodon. It also sports a support-handle below the muzzle and a carry handle at the top. There are also two tactical rails for adding attachments. This Mega gun is meant to be fired from the shoulder for precise targeting with the help of sturdy stock.
A simple straightforward blaster with excellent performance, the Mega MotoStryke is a perfect choice for primary weapon, that is if Mega blasters are allowed in your Nerf wars.
What is the biggest nerf gun?
Due to the larger size of the Mega darts, all Mega blasters tend to be higher n dimensions compared to their Elite counterparts. Starting from the magazine/drum, the firing chamber, the barrel all needs to be able to support the increased size. The ironically named BigShock is a pocket blaster that loads and fires a single Mega Dart. Even this is much bigger than the puny little Elite Jolt.
So with respect to size, weight, and power, The N Strike Mega Mastodon must be the biggest nerf gun in the market yet. It looks big in the arms of an adult, let alone a kid. But there is no doubt whether it is ok for kids to play with. Just like the Elite series, Mega blasters are rated for eight-year-olds and above. And of course, adults can have a blast too…
Pros and Cons
There are a few aspects you need to consider below getting yourself a Mega gun. First is the lack of attachments. Unlike the Elite or the Modulus series, the Mega blasters are one single unit and are not really customizable. At least the present blasters that are in the market lack any sort of slots for stock or barrel extensions. They do have one or two tactical rails for scope attachments, but that’s as much as they can be tailored with. Second is the fact that Elite blasters are still the most sold blasters at present and its highly probable that all your friends have Elite blasters and use elite darts. Or at least most of them. This makes it impossible for you to share darts with them, and you need to be prepared with enough of Mega-Ammo to last through the Nerf war.
But there are quite a number of upsides to purchasing a Mega Blaster as well. You would be wielding a unique weapon, that shoots massive red darts and are sure to stand out in a group of tiny Elite Nerfers. Certain game types also award Mega-Dart Body hits with higher points allowing you to score more than you would with regular dart blasters. Also, the blasters look dominating, and definitely macho in the world of Nerf.