Back in February, at Toy Fair 2012, I watched as Hasbro presented a snazzy video announcing that on 9/9/12 they would rock the blaster world. Nerf had developed a new line of blasters, the N-Strike Elite line, with a claimed 75 foot range. I quickly wrote down the following in my note book – “Nerf Elite, 9/9/12, 75 Foot Range ????” Yes, I did put four question marks, that showed just how skeptical I was of the 75 foot range claim.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire – Time To Test My Skepticism
True to their word, Nerf did release the N-Strike Elite line of blasters on 9/9/12. Fine, so they hit their release date, but the real question is, can these blasters reach 75 feet. To test things out, we purchased a Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire. Not only does this gun claim to have a 75 foot range, it is also the highest capacity Nerf blaster on the market, holding a ridiculous 144 Elite darts.
How to test the range claim on the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire? Shoot a bear from 75 feet away of course!
Watch as we try to pick off a bear from 75 feet away with the Nerf N-Strike Elite HailFire -
You Thought We Were Going To Shoot A Real Bear? We’re Reviewers Not Hunters!
Man, I really wish I wrote all those question marks next to the 75 feet in pencil. The video does not lie – the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire did shoot over 75 feet. In addition, we were able to hit poor Monty the Bear from 75 feet away. You do need to arch the shoot to reach 75 feet, and not every shot reached 75 feet, but still – a Nerf bullet going 75 feet? That is very impressive and exceedingly bad news for that chipmunk who thinks he is out of range as he stares at me and eats everything in my garden.
Oh Yeah, The N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Holds An Insane Amount of Elite Darts
It is true, the Hail Fire can hold 144 bullets, but that requires purchasing additional bullets and clips. The Hail-Fire comes with 4 clips (each holds 6 darts) and 24 elite darts. If you want to max out the 144 dart capacity, you will need to buy 8 of the 18 dart clips, plus an additional 120 darts. On the positive side, if you have any “old dart” N-Strike clips, those clips will also work with the Hail-Fire. Don’t worry about having to pump to blast those 144 darts, the Hail-Fire is battery operated and features semi-auto blasting.
It would be nice if the Hail-Fire came with more clips and more darts, especially because Nerf heavily promotes the 144 dart capacity. Hasbro Nerf does sell various N-Strike Elite upgrade clip and ammo packs, so you can easily upgrade if you want the higher capacity. In truth, most kids will not need 144 darts for their battles, especially when you scream downstairs “You know you need to pickup all the darts you shoot“.
Conclusion: Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail Fire, The Nerf Empire Fires Back
A few years back, if kids wanted to have blaster battles, Nerf was the only real game in town. In recent years, blasters from Max Force, Xploderz and Vapor have come in and provided more power and greater range than Nerf guns. With the N-Strike Elite line, Nerf is firing back.
If your kids love Nerf guns, they will clearly love the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire. The Hail-Fire fires over 75 feet, holds 144 darts and fires fast with battery operated semi-auto blasting – a clear winner for kids. Moms and Dads on the other hand, will not love the idea of having to buy new Elite Darts, when they have a basement full of, now, “old darts”. On the positive side, if a bear tries to invade your house, your kids will be able to pick him off at 75 feet away…as long as the bear has a horrible, life threatening allergy to Nerf Elite darts.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire (Ages 8+) Sells for About $36 At Amazon.Com