Nerf Elite Rampage Review
With the news of New Nerf Guns and the recent official reveal of the Nerf Mega RotoFury, I couldn’t help but revisit the old Nerf Elite Rampage. This Nerf blaster was one of the first great Elite makeovers. It surpassed its predecessor in nearly every way. It looked better, it shot farther, and it was more powerful overall. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Origins Of The Nerf Elite Rampage.
If the Nerf Elite Rampage looks familiar, there’s a pretty good reason for that. It is an Elite version of the older Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35. The Raider Rapid Fire was notable for several reasons. It was the first Nerf blaster to feature Slam-Fire. But even without Slam-Fire its rate of fire was still bananas. It came with a huge 35-dart drum, which is the largest size to this day. It’s also one of the few blasters to load a clip on the side of the blaster instead of the bottom. The Raider also came with a pretty nice adjustable stock. Three short years later and it’s time to go on a rampage! A Nerf Elite Rampage.
The Nerf Elite Rampage is pretty much identical in design to the Raider. It’s the same shell, basically. Just with a slightly better paint job. The Nerf Elite Rampage is still a pump-action shotgun blaster. On the inside, though, it’s a bit different. It’s Elite inner workings mean the reverse-plunger of the Raider has been replaced with a drastically improved direct-plunger system. This allows the Rampage to hit ranges of up to 75 feet. The rate-of-fire on this blaster is still like greased lightning. Fast and powerful, the Nerf Elite Rampage is a beast. On the other hand, there are a few drawbacks. The Raider came with a 35 dart drum and a very nice adjustable shoulder stock. The Rampage has neither. The Nerf Elite Rampage comes with a sleeker 25 dart drum and only a shoulder stock attachment point where the stock would be. But, in my opinion anyway, those drawbacks are actually positives. For me, I much prefer the 25 dart drum. It holds less rounds, sure. But it is smaller and more balanced, which is important when you have the drum sticking sideways out of your blaster. The missing shoulder stock? I mostly use this blaster like the shotgun it is. So that means I shoot from the hip, or at the least I’m not aiming down sight. At the end of the day, I think it looks good with or without the stock. I think giving up the larger drum and the shoulder stock was a tolerable sacrifice for receiving the enhanced range and power of this Elite blaster. Before I say goodbye, I’d like to share another observation I made. As I sometimes like to do, I found a picture of a real gun that I think Nerf may have took some design cues from and here it is: The Nerf Elite Rampage, in real life.