Nerf Tri-Strike Review
What do you call a single bolt-action Nerf blaster with the power of three Nerf Longstrike’s? Well, you call it the Nerf Tri-Strike of course!
Blee here, back at it again with a brand new review for your reading pleasure. This time, it’s the new Nerf Tri-Strike. And, just to clarify, that was just a really terrible joke at the beginning. The Tri-Strike is not named like that because it’s three times as powerful as a Longstrike. Its name comes from its 3 distinct firing methods. But, more on that later. For now, if you’d like to see this thing in motion, you can check out my YouTube video review down below. Otherwise, read on!
Nerf Tri-Strike, Modular Aesthetics.:
The Nerf Tri-Strike absolutely epitomizes the word tacticool. I mean just look at it! Never before have we ever seen a blaster that has a stock and a barrel that can both fling foam. Starting from the front, we have a barrel that reminds me a lot of a Nerf Retaliator barrel, but it has another 4 smaller barrels underneath and a big pump grip under that. This setup looks extremely intimidating when it’s pointed at you. At the back of the blaster, the included shoulder stock is reminiscent of the old Nerf Raider stock, but possibly a little cooler looking. It even extends like a Raider stock, too. But, it cannot lock into place. You see, the stock here actually has an air pump built into it and when you extend it and push it back in, it fires a foam Demolisher missile from the missile launcher up top. This also looks extremely menacing when staring down the barrel. Finally, we have the main body of the Nerf Tri-Strike blaster. The paint job, while it fits in with the Nerf Modulus aesthetics, is a bit different. Instead of that bright yellowish green that the Modulus series is known for, the Tri-Strike features a much darker pine tree looking green. While I don’t necessarily understand why they felt the need to switch the color scheme up, it doesn’t look bad at all so, I can live with that. Some people have called it boring and, after getting through the barrel and stock, I can almost see why. However, the Tri-Strike body (or receiver) is far from boring. It is the first bolt-action blaster we’ve had in awhile. It’s also the first Slam-Fire capable bolt-action blaster we’ve had in, well, forever! The Nerf Tri-Strike is super sleek and slim and it is highly reminiscent of the old Nerf Longstrike sniper rifle blaster. This is like a miniature version of the Longstrike, for sure. People have been basically begging Nerf for an Elite Longstrike for a long time now and Nerf has never answered the call. Not until now, anyway. The Nerf Tri-Strike is the closest thing to an Elite Longstrike that we will ever see. The super beefy barrel that it comes with doesn’t help with the sniper look, but we can add other, more slimming barrels to maintain that sniper rifle aesthetic. So to sum things up, the Nerf Tri-Strike is absolutely beautiful, super tacticool Nerf blaster and I love the way it looks.
Nerf Tri-Strike, Superior Ergonomics?
So the blaster looks great. We get it. But how does it feel? How comfortable is it to use and fire? Well, it’s mostly all good here as well. The blaster feels superbly comfortable. The handle does not suffer from any of that skeletal-rib-design-cutting-into-your-hand stuff, like previous Modulus blasters. No, the handle feels smooth and is an excellent size for any hand type. The bolt handle looks undersized, especially when compared to a Longshot, but it feels just fine and it gets the job done. Resting your hand on the Mega dart pump grip on the front barrel is pretty comfy, too. It feels nice and natural to rest your hand here even when you aren’t firing the Mega darts. So everything is great here, right? Everything is perfectly ergonomic, right? Well, not exactly. You see, I’ve neglected to mention the shoulder stock attachment whatsoever. The stock looks pretty cool and it functions just fine. Extending the stock back and then pushing it back in is fine. However, look at the above picture. Look at how close the white handle on the stock is to the main pistol grip handle of the blaster. It’s too close! While holding the Nerf Tri-Strike, that white handle will be digging into your hand, which is pretty annoying. Not only that, but it actually prevents your hand from reaching its natural resting position on the grip. If you try to take off the stock and hold the Tri-Strike without it, you’ll see exactly what I mean. This is just like using those Nerf blasters with the undersized thumbhole stocks. My suggestion is this: Use the Nerf Tri-Strike without the stock attachment. Put the stock on another blaster, like the original Modulus or the Modulus Recon MKII. The stock actually fits better on other blasters. It actually sits a bit further back due to the way the stock attachment point is designed on different blasters. If you do choose to use the Tri-Strike stock on the Tri-Strike, it’s not that bad.
Nerf Tri-Strike: Triple Threat Performance!
Time to move on to the performance section of the review. Because really, what good is a great looking blaster if it underperforms, right? No worries. I can tell you right now: you’ve got nothing to worry about in that department. Before we get into the power and accuracy of this blaster, though, let’s go over how it works. Like I said earlier, the Nerf Tri-Strike is a bolt-action blaster. That means you prime it using the little orange knob that you can see on the side of the blaster, right under the Tri-Strike branding. This bolt sticks out on either side of the blaster to allow for ambidextrous use. To fire the Tri-Strike, first load in a full magazine. To insert the mag, make sure you slide the bolt all the way back. Next, push the mag all the way up into the magwell until you hear a click. Return the bolt to the forward positioning and that’s it. You are now ready to fire. Pull the trigger and a single dart will fire from the blaster. To fire again, pull the bolt back and push it back forward again. Pull the trigger once more and another dart will fly out of the barrel. This is the Single Fire mode. To enable Slam-Fire, hold down the firing trigger and continuously pull the bolt all the way back and push it all the way forward. Each time the bolt is pushed all the way forward, another dart will fire from the blaster. This Slam-Fire mode usually sacrifices range and accuracy for shear rate of fire, but that’s not the case here. The Nerf Tri-Strike remains constant and consistent in Single or Slam-Fire firing modes. I was able to hit ranges of 50-60 ft+ in either mode. With Slam-Fire, the ROF increased dramatically, but I only lost about 5 feet on the range. That is phenomenal. And the form and function of the bolt is nice and smooth. Firing the Tri-Strike is a joy. As far as the performance of the attachments, they are very much like the Demolisher or the Thunderblast. They are direct air powered blasters, so the actually performance is up to how hard or fast you are able to pull or push the pumps. I was able to hit about 40-45 feet with the Mega darts and the Demolisher missile. Very good all around.
Nerf Tri-Strike Final Thoughts:
Buy this blaster. Now. The Nerf Tri-Strike is great. It’s super tacticool, looks beautiful, and it packs a punch. It’s also super comfortable (without the stock attachment). And it reminds me of a miniature version of the almighty Nerf Longstrike. It’s the only bolt-action blaster on the current Nerf blaster lineup, and it’s the only bolt-action blaster ever to have Slam-Fire. The blaster is powerful, consistent, reliable, and as accurate as it can be given the ammunition type. I don’t really know what else to say. This blaster is awesome. Buy it. That’s all. The pros of this blaster are its aesthetics, ergonomics, and it’s performance. The cons? Ummm, the stock makes the grip a little uncomfortable to hold. But it’s removable. So, yeah. Put a Raider or Worker stock on it. Problem solved. And, like I said earlier, the missile launcher stock won’t be a waste as it fits better on other blasters. And that’s what the Nerf Modulus series of blasters is all about, isn’t it? The ability to mix and match Nerf gun attachments is the primary focus of that line of blasters. And if that’s the case, the Nerf Tri-Strike is going to fit in just fine.
Nerf Tri-Strike Recommended Attachments.:
Instead of going for the full on Sniper Rifle look, I opted to do a more functional, more “practicool” loadout. (If you want to see me attempt a Nerf Tri-Strike Sniper, check out my Instagram here.)
So let’s start off with the barrel. I chose to throw on the Nerf Modulus Dual Rail Barrel. It matches the Tri-Strike very well and looks perfect on the blaster. It also adds a bit of length to the blaster and sets me up for my next barrel attachment.
That’s right, two barrel attachments. We know the Dual Rail Barrel allows us to stack barrel attachments, so I am taking full advantage of that. This Long Barrel from the Modulus Long Range Upgrade Kit fits perfectly here. It leaves the Nerf Tri-Strike sitting somewhere between assault rifle and sniper, and it looks fantastic.
Under the Dual Rail Barrel, I’d attach the Nerf Modulus Drop Grip. It’s a great foregrip attachment and it feels really comfortable when you’re holding it. The other foregrip attachments are good, too. So you can definitely swap this one out and run with the Retaliator Assault Grip or even the Modulus Pivot Grip. They will all look great with this setup, so just use whichever one suits you best. Whatever’s clever.
Heading up top, we can see that I actually didn’t pick the Modulus Red Dot Sight for once. In an attempt to mix things up a little bit, I chose the Nerf Modulus Distance Scope. It is primarily a sniper scope, but it fits well with the design of the Tri-Strike and the overall theme of this Nerf combo.
Finally, we finish things up with a stock attachment. This one is the Nerf Super Soaker Tornado Strike shoulder stock. It’s basically a Super Soaker version of the old Raider Stock. The white coloring of the buffer tube and the orange stripes on the buttstock really go well with the mostly white Tri-Strike. And who doesn’t love a Raider stock?
There we have it, a tactical Nerf battle rifle combo for all your Nerf War needs. Most of these attachments are very easy to find, but the last one is actually quite difficult to procure. It’s been discontinued, but if you look on Amazon or eBay, you’ll probably be able to find a good one for a low price. If you don’t want to deal with that, a Worker stock would work well with this combo, too. So you definitely have your options. Anyway, that’s all for this one, guys. Thanks for reading my review of the new Nerf Tri-Strike.