Nerf Elite HyperFire Blaster Review
Show me again, the power of the flywheel, and I’ll let nothing stand in our way. Show me… full-auto.
Nerf Elite HyperFire Review.
Here today, we will be doing an unboxing, review, and firing test of the new Nerf Elite HyperFire! This is the blaster we’ve been waiting for Nerf to release for ages. It’s the successor to the Nerf Elite Rapidstrike CS-18. A new full-auto flywheel assault rifle Nerf blaster! FINALLY! I will go over the full aesthetics and external features of the HyperFire, and then I’ll do a pretty extended firing test. Then, I’ll discuss my final thoughts and opinions on the Nerf blaster, as far as what I like and don’t like and if I recommend a purchase of the gun. Well, what are you waiting for?! Read on! (OR if you’re the TL;DR type, watch the video below!)
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Nerf Elite HyperFire – Hyper Aesthetics?
The Nerf Elite HyperFire is quite the polarizing blaster. Some people think it’s butt ugly and other people think it’s absolutely beautiful. I fall into the latter category. I’m completely in love with the design of the Elite HyperFire. And that’s odd, because way back before it’s release, I hated it. But that was before I actually got my hands on the thing.
The New Elite Blue!
Just look at it! From the super sleek design, to the blue tiger stripe camo, the Nerf Elite HyperFire really stands out in a crowd. The older Elite blasters of yesteryear always had some kind of digital camo design, but the HyperFire really brings it to a new level with this tiger camo.
From a tacti-cool perspective, though, the HyperFire is lacking in a lot of ways. It has a non-adjustable, integrated shoulder stock. It has no barrel attachment point. And finally, only a single tactical rail can be found atop the mighty HyperFire. It does have an unusually high amount of sling points, though…
In the end, I feel that the Nerf Elite HyperFire is just a well designed blaster. The colors mesh well and the tiger camo really makes it pop. It also stands out from previous Elite blasters with a very futuristic look. Overall, the HyperFire is not the most tacticool blaster on the market, it’s true. But, it attempts to make up for it with…
Nerf Elite HyperFire – Elite Ergonomics!
Now when I first saw the Nerf HyperFire, my eyes were instantly drawn into the integrated stock. Being an adult sized man, I often worry about Nerf’s propensity for manufacturing baby-sized shoulder stocks. You see, while the HyperFire is extremely cool looking, looks aren’t everything. If it looks good, but doesn’t feel good in the hands – it’s completely worthless.
Short Stock Syndrome?
Luckily, the Nerf Elite HyperFire has above average ergonomics. The shoulder stock, while slightly undersized, is much longer than Nerf’s average stock. Also, the butt of the stock is wide and there is a very well placed cheek rest atop the stock. Another pitfall the HyperFire narrowly avoids is that of the much lamented thumbhole stock.
In fact, the Elite HyperFire has both a thumbhole stock AND a handguard. That’s twice the chances for an ergonomic disaster! But, this blaster manages to pull it off. The stock is, for the most part, pretty forgiving. While some other blasters with thumbhole stocks have been tiny and restrictive and/or cramp inducing, the HyperFire’s stock is only a slight annoyance.
Meanwhile, the handguard is nice and comfy. This section of the blaster houses the firing trigger, acceleration trigger, and the mag release button. They are all really close together and super accessible. We’ve never had such a tight orientation of these three triggers and I like it.
Finally, we are left with the last notable ergonomic feature of the Nerf Elite HyperFire – the built in foreward grip. The large orange piece jutting out from the front of the blaster? Yup, that’s a foregrip. When images of the HyperFire were first leaked, no one knew what that piece was. Speculation ran wild! Was it a integrated laser light? Or perhaps a torch or flashlight? Did the battery go there? Nobody knew!
However, it is a plain ol’ grip. The whole front of the blaster can be used as a way to grip the HyperFire. Everything under the barrel is fair game. I’ve found more than a few different hand configurations that yield very favorable results with this blaster. No matter who you are or what you’re accustomed to, I’m sure you’ll feel right at home with the HyperFire!
Nerf Elite HyperFire – Hyper Fire Performance?
So now we’ve gone over both the look and the feel of the HyperFire blaster. That’s all fine and dandy, but now we’re on to the real meat and bones of any good blaster: UNLIMITED POWER! How a Nerf blaster performs, how powerful it is, is the sole deciding factor for a lot of Nerfers. It can be ugly and uncomfortable, but if it hits hard, then it’s a go! But first…
How Does it Function?
If you’re familiar with other flywheel blasters, like the Rapidstrike for instance, then you’ll already know how to use this blaster. For anyone who’s new to the hobby, it goes a little something like this.: First, make sure you load up the 25 dart drum with the required amount of darts.
Slide the drum into the magwell. Make sure to push it all the way up until you hear a click. Next, hold down the acceleration or “rev” trigger. You should hear the sound of the flywheels spinning up. If you don’t hear anything, make sure the jam door is closed and locked. If you still don’t hear anything, you forgot to put in the batteries and you are a big dummy. You big dummy!
To shoot the HyperFire, continue holding down the rev trigger and pull the firing trigger. Since the Elite HyperFire is a fully automatic blaster, if you continue to hold down the trigger, darts will continue to fly. This is good when you need it, but it can be wasteful when you don’t. I recommend practicing burst-fire as it will improve accuracy and help with ammo conservation.
So now we get to the good part.: The actual performance of the Nerf Elite HyperFire. Plain and simple, this thing is a dart hose. It is the first full-auto Nerf blaster we’ve had on the N-Strike Elite blaster lineup for quite some time. The last fully automatic blaster we got was the N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire back in 2014. But the last assault rifle class blaster (and arguably the best) was in 2013 with the Nerf Elite Rapidstrike CS-18. So this has been a long time coming…
The Nerf Elite HyperFire shoots faster than its predecessor, the Rapidstrike. Noticeably faster. This is due in part to a new feeding mech inside of the blaster. Instead of the old pusher arm, we get a conveyor belt feeding mech. The conveyor sits up top and pulls darts off the top of the mag and sends them straight into the flywheels. This method is more consistent and keeps a steady flow of darts pumping out of the muzzle.
As far as range, the HyperFire shoots on par with other Elite blasters. Unfortunately, it also suffers from some drop off when holding down the trigger. This is when the the darts lose range with every consecutive shot. This happens because the motors don’t have time to fully spin up in between shots. You can remedy this with an increased power source, but that usually requires a full rewire for the blaster. For an easier solution, consider burst firing. This is when you hold down the trigger in intervals instead of holding it down the whole time. You can practice shooting bursts of 3 or 4 shots and you should get the hang of it in no time.
Nerf Elite HyperFire Final Thoughts and Opinions.:
Buy this blaster. The Nerf Elite HyperFire is what you’ve been waiting for. Every single time a new flywheel blaster is announced, everyone begins to speculate how it might be full auto. And it’s always semi-automatic. It’s always a new Nerf Stryfe reshell. Every single time. Until now. Nerf Nation! We finally get some new tech and I couldn’t be happier. The Elite HyperFire looks great and feels great. And it shoots very fast.
It does have some drawbacks, but what blaster doesn’t? The HyperFire does suffer from short stock syndrom, but it’s a very mild case! The stock length is mostly good, and it has a very comfortable cheek rest – BUT, it does have a cramped thumbhole/pistol grip/handguard area. Depending on your hand size and how you hold the blaster, this may or may not be an issue, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. For performance, the Elite HyperFire does stutter and skip a little bit when firing overly worn darts, but it’s not a huge issue. I never encountered any game stopping jams during my time testing this blaster.
That’s all for this one, guys! This blaster definitely gets my full purchase recommendation. I absolutely love it! But that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. What are your views and opinions on the Nerf Elite HyperFire blaster? Let me know, down in the comments section below! And as always, Nerf On!
Nerf Elite HyperFire Recommended Attachments.:
The Nerf Elite HyperFire is far from being the most tacticool, but… we must work with what we have!
Since the sole tactical rail of the Elite HyperFire is so far forward, I didn’t think the usual Red Dot Sight would be fully suitable. Instead, I opted for the Nerf Modulus Tactical Light. This low profile torch attachment will go perfectly with the HyperFire!
Since you can’t attach anything else after using the top tac rail, I opted to go for utilizing those handy sling points the HyperFire has. I went with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Bandolier Kit. It allows you to sling your blaster on your back or at your side and it also stores darts and a few extra mags. For a newer alternative, I’d look for the brand new Nerf Elite Blaster Strap, which seems like an improvement on this model.
“If it flings foam and is meant for ages 8+, he’s already owned it, opened it, modded it, and glued another one to it.” That, of course, is Nerf Modder/YouTuber WalcomS7’s credo. It’s just the Fuzzy Walrus way! And he lives up to that with this amazing Double Nerf Elite HyperFire Pistol Mod that he has dubbed “The Deleter.” Simply amazing. Check the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoMuWZQonOU
***MOD AT YOUR OWN RISK***