Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike Review

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Is it a bow? Is it a blaster? Both? Neither? A lot of questions arise when you first hear about the Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike, but one thing is clear: This is one cool looking little blaster!

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Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike

The Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike blaster is very similar to the Nerf Snapfire, but with a little meat on its bones. It also has an extremely cool gimmick in the form of flip out bow arms and a flip up sight on top. Let’s get straight into this review, because I honestly had a lot of fun with this one!

Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike, Aesthetic Masterpiece.

The title says it all, I think this thing looks absolutely amazing! Whereas the Glowshot looks like an oversized Jolt, and the Snapfire looks like a skeleton, the Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike has some weight on its bones – and it wears it well. And it’s proud of it! While maintaining the same general form factor of the Nerf Snapfire, the Bowstrike is a lot meatier and thusly a whole lot more comfortable. This thing feels great in the hands and it’s a joy to hold and fire. Speaking of firing, every time you prime the Bowstrike, small bow arms flip out and a targeting sight pops up on top of the blaster. This adds nothing to the functionality of the blaster, but it sure does look really cool to see everything flip out and then collapse back on itself after you shoot. Too cool. Rounding off the aesthetics is a killer paint job. It’s painted with a teal/aquamarine type of blue, with some black and a bit of gray thrown in. The trigger and the whole muzzle, barrel, plunger tube and rod are painted in safety orange. It all comes together rather well and that leaves the Bowstrike looking fantastic!

Performance of the Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike.:

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The Nerf Bowstrike performs just like you’d think it would, given its size. It’s on par with the Snapfire and Glowshot. To fire the Bowstrike, front-load a single dart into the muzzle and then pull back the priming rod on the other end. The bow arms and sight will pop out, and they will stay locked in that position. Pull the trigger and you will fire the dart and the bow arms and sight will collapse back onto the blaster. Pretty neat. You’ll be hitting ranges of about 35 feet on average. Accuracy is what you’d expect from any single shot blaster. Aiming through the pop up sight is fun and isn’t that off target if you use it within approximately 15 feet. Of note is the fact that if you pull the priming rod out too hard, the bow arms and sight will come out for a second and then immediately collapse back on the blaster. The mechanism was not meant for such overly hard primes, but if you treat it well then it will treat you well. Either way, this isn’t really a performance issue, because the blaster will still prime and fire perfectly, regardless of what the bow arms and sight do. They are not required for the blaster to function.

Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike Final Thoughts.:

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The Nerf Snapfire, Glowshot, and this Bowstrike are all very similar. They’re all small front-loaded single shot blasters. They’are all about the same size and shape. The Snapfire is the barebones version. The Glowshot and the Bowstrike each have different gimmicks to try to draw you in. The superior ergonomics of the beefier Bowstrike really makes me like it more than the other two blasters, though. It also has a really fun gimmick that we’ve never really seen before, not too much anyway. The glow thing has been done more than a few times. I also think this blaster is reminiscent of a Nerf version of the real steel Walther PPK, which is a gun that James Bond used to use a lot. That’s right, I’m the James Bond of Nerf!

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