According to child psychologists, playing with a gun that looks real can have negative effects on young kids. It appears to be a belief that if we keep kids away from toys that express violence and anger, we can contribute in their positive personality development. But imposing a ban on playing with toy guns and engaging in war games is an ineffective strategy, as it makes kids hide their games from their parents.
As an alternative, allowing kids to play with NERF guns under parents’ guidance and oversight is a rational approach. The reason for success and popularity of dart blasters lies in the secure and safe design that makes them a harmless choice for kids of all ages.
The design of NERF guns is made to fire soft darts and balls made from special foam that doesn’t hurt on contact. These dart blasters are designed with bright and vibrant color schemes that don’t prevent them from being confused with real firearms.
Depending on the needs of your kid, you can select a suitable gun from a variety of NERF dart blasters. In this article, we will present the review of a NERF gun for young kids and compare it with other two similar dart blasters. These guns are relatively low-priced and are small, compact, and relatively lightweight.
The NERF Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster features 3 soft foam dart “shells”. Each shell holds 3 smaller darts, giving 9 darts in total. This feature is to support multi-shot firing and quick dart reloading. To fire a shot, you need to load the darts in each shell and then load the shell into the blaster. After this, you can pull the trigger and start firing. The blaster is capable of throwing darts from a distance of up to 20 to 25 feet with a rate of fire of 3 darts at a time.
Features of the NERF Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster
- Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.2 x 11 inches
- Weight: 2.4 pounds
- One tactical rail up top
- Holds 9 darts
- Package includes Sledgefire blaster, 9 Zombie Strike darts, 3 reloadable shells, Zombie Strike stencils and instructions
- Made from safe materials
- Suitable for all ages
Benefits of the NERF Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster
- Blasts at distance of up to 30 feet
- Blasts 3 darts at a time
- Accurate and precise blasting
- Shoulder stock is comfortable
- Low-price gun
- Quality and durability tested
- True emulation of shotgun
- Easy and fun loading mechanism
Things to be Aware Of
- Limited range (only effective at short ranges)
- Cocking process gets clunky sometimes
- Reload time is slightly slow
The Zombie Strike Sledgefire is a 4.5-star rated gun and has a good, functional design. The gun features a break-action barrel and a hammer release which you can access using your thumb.
The accuracy of this gun is really remarkable as all three darts are blasted out with high power at short ranges. The Sledgefire is a smaller-sized made for kids of all ages, so as a result the range of the gun is reduced compared to the bigger dart blaster models. However, at its low price point, the Zombie Strike Sledgefire is often a reliable choice.
On the basis of its low price tag, similarity in design and size, its dart-holding capability and accurate short-range blasting, we can conduct a comparative analysis of the Sledgefire with the NERF N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2 x 4 Blaster and the NERF Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster.
The NERF Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster is tested for quality and durability. It has a shoulder stock that is soft and comfortable. The gun can hold 9 darts at a time and after shooting 9 times, you will need to reload all the shells. The reloading process is very cool and authentic as indicated by many users. The stand-out feature of the gun is the emission of 3 darts at a time with high levels of accuracy .
In compariosn, the N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2 x 4 can hold 8 darts and blasts 2 darts at a time. The dart-holding capacity and number of darts per fire is less than that of a Sledgefire. However, the range of the gun is 70 feet, which is more than that of a Sledgefire.
The accuracy of the Rough Cut 2 x 4 is high, and is comparable to the Sledgefire. Some users have raised an issue with internal gear system that makes it a bit hard for kids to use, which makes it easier to encounter malfunctions. However, the Sledgefire is deemed suitable for kids of all ages.
Meanwhile the SlingFire Blaster can hold up to 6 darts and fires one dart at a time. Both capacity and firing rate of the SlingFire is less than that of Nerf Sledgefire and the Elite Rough Cut 2 x 4. However, the average range of the SlingFire is 50 feet, which is more than that of the Sledgefire while less than that of an Elite Rough Cut . The accuracy of the SlingFire is pretty high and is comparable to the other two blasters.
It is observed that if you want to buy a NERF gun for your kid that has better dart-holding capacity and high dart emission rate of 3 darts at a time, then the Sledgefire is a suitable choice for you. The Sledgefire fires darts with high accuracy and precision, making it a superior choice among its counterparts.