Nerf may be one of those manufacturers that produce premium products with a lot of thought, research and marketing put into their toys, but they also roll out cheap Nerf guns that can be great starters to building your arsenal.
These little nerf guns may look tiny, but they sure pack a punch.
Here we have picked out a list of really cheap Nerf guns that cost under 10 dollars. These nifty little blasters are comparatively small and low powered but not all the way so. These blasters would make an excellent gift for a little one, or someone looking for a tertiary weapon to tuck away in their jackets during Nerf wars. Also, these blasters have become quite popular with office-goers looking to mess with their colleagues for fun.
These little nerf guns carry simple design with a minimal number of darts and no other accessories. And all of them are manual shooters. Meaning each shot requires a manual prime and trigger press. This needs no battery which is a plus.
The order in which we have compiled is simply based on ease of use and aesthetics. Performance-wise they are neck-to-neck, with appropriate power for their tiny sizes.
The best cheap nerf guns
Nerf Elite Disruptor
The Disruptor is one of those Nerf blasters that you don’t expect to fall under this category full of mini pocket blasters. The Nerf Elite Disruptor is the newer and the reskinned version of the Elite Strongarm. Though it is not as popular, it has garnered great reviews and one of the Nerf bestsellers.
The Nerf Elite Disruptor has some great features such as smooth rotating ammo barrel and slam-fire. There is also a tactical rail on the top to add nerf attachments such as sights and scopes.
Also, the performance of this little nerf gun is great. It can shoot darts at over 70 feet per second which is at par with other bigger Elite blasters! Considering all these factors, the Disruptor is a top choice under ten dollars. We have a complete review of the Disruptor that you can check out here.
Nerf Micro Shots
Nerf Micro-Shots is a Nerf subseries that consists of miniature versions of previously successful Nerf blasters. The micro-shot blasters are all basically re-skinned Nerf Elite Jolt, a single shot blaster. With respect to design, looks and color themes they very closely resemble their elder brother blasters.
Each of the Nerf Micro shot packages come with the blaster and two darts. They also sport a mock tactical rail that cannot actually be used to add N-strike attachments. The Zombie Strike Hammershot Micro shot even comes with a dummy priming handle. All the Micro shot blasters sport a T-handle that has to be pulled down to prime the blaster. A single dart can be loaded via the front nozzle and shot one at a time. The performance of these tiny guns is good considering their smaller size with muzzle velocities reaching more than 50 feet per second.
There are no cons as such with these micro shots and they function very well as pocket blasters. Right now three versions are out in Amazon with more models yet to be released.
Nerf Zombie Strike: DoubleStrike
The DoubleStrike is a really cute and highly rated blaster in the cheap nerf guns category priced at only around 7 dollars after price discounts in Amazon. It is extremely lightweight, easy to carry around and small enough to even tuck into your jacket pocket. The theme of this blaster is very apt to the series. Bright green and orange colors with taped handle graphics give the authentic apocalyptic aesthetic. This blaster would be appropriate for little kids starting out with their very first nerf gun. Or if you’re looking to have a backup gun to shoot with when you run out of ammo on your primary and pistol weapon during your nerf wars.
Visually the Double Strike resembles a small old pistol with a hammer that needs to be cocked to fire the pistol. This allows you to cock the hammer in one hand and fire it off at ease. Two Zombie themed green darts are included with the pack, which can be stored in the two slots on the front muzzle. But the blaster only fires them one at a time.
Considering the performance the DoubeStrike can shoot at muzzle speeds of up to 60 feet per second which would give a range of about 50 feet. This is not on par with the bigger Zombie Strike blasters but its pretty powerful for its size. No modifications are possible though, except for a single available tactical rail on top.
By far this is our favorite nerf gun in this category with a cool paint job, easy front loading and perfect quick single-handed shots.Check price
Nerf N-Strike Mega: BigShock
The ironically name BigShock blaster is a compact fun-sized nerf gun priced only at 5.60 dollars. Its the smallest in the Mega series and shoots big mega darts. The package comes with two mega darts, only one of which can be front-loaded at a time. There is an iron sight that also doubles as storage for the second Mega dart. The blaster is painted classic Mega-Red with orange accents on certain parts.
The primer is inside the gun handle which needs to be pulled below to be able to load the blaster. Hence cannot be used single-handedly. There is no other accessories or tactical rails either, meaning there is absolutely no customizing possibilities. Performance is on par with blasters of this size with muzzle velocities reaching 60 feet per second.Check price
Nerf N-Strike Elite: FireStrike
The FireStrike is hugely popular and one of the best selling cheap nerf guns. Technically its a not under 10 dollars, 11 to be exact. But it still is tiny and versatile to be included in this list. This blaster is available in two color themes, one regular blue/orange theme of Elite and the other being completely orange.
The blaster comes with three elite darts. Suction darts can also be used here interchangeably. The blaster is front loading with one slot in the muzzle where the actual dart to be fired is loaded. Other two darts have their own slots to be stored in the front. But the most characteristic feature of the FireStrike is the Targeting Light Beam. This attachment is similar to the laser scopes in real guns that allow you to accurately locate your targets.
Operation of this blaster is quite fun. The primer is a handle behind the blaster and needs to be pulled backward till it locks and loads the plunger. There are two triggers, one which flicks on the targeting beam and the other regular trigger that fires the dart. This blaster also packs the power to fire darts on par with other blasters in this category.
The plunger operates without any batteries and simply requires a manual prime. But the light scope requires 2 AAA batteries, which can be ignored if not needed. Overall a cost-worthy purchase we must say.Check price
Nerf N-Strike Elite: Triad EX-3 XD
The Elite Triad XD is probably the most powerful blaster in the cheap nerf guns category available in the market right now. It is the newer upgraded version of the Elite Triad which was advertised to shoot up to 75 feet. The XD version is redesigned with a full white paint-job with blue accents and is marked to shoot up to 90 feet. This range is tremendous for a blaster of this minuscule size. Realistically in ideal conditions, this blaster would be able to fire the darts up to 80 feet with angled shots. This still is pretty impressive coming from a pocket blaster and on par with many of the bigger guns.
The package is simple with no accessories except for 3 elite darts. Suction darts could be bought and used also. The operation of this blaster is a combination of the Zombie DoubleStrike and the Mega BigShock. The priming handle is at the same place, inside the gun handle, just like in BigShock. This requires two hands to load and fire. Meanwhile, the front muzzle has three slots to stock the three darts. And once the darts are loaded the Triad can fire the darts one at a time, without having to re-slot the darts. This saves you time and earns you quick kills in a nerf war.Check price