The Nerf gun. A toy gun made in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and power levels. With its foam darts, balls, and discs it is one of the most popular toys for younger children. And for good reason. \n\n\n\nEveryone can enjoy using a Nerf gun and getting to fire foam bullets at their friends for lots of laughter and fun.\n\n\n\nNerf guns are for anyone and everyone! Whether you are 6 or 60 you can have fun playing with a Nerf gun and there is never really a danger of injuring yourself or anyone else. \n\n\n\nNerf was invented in 1968 by a man named Reyn Guyer who is also actually the creator of the game Twister. Back then it was a four inch foam Nerf Ball that could be played indoors and from there started to make its way into homes of Americans everywhere. \n\n\n\nJump forward in time and Nerf Pool, Nerf Ping Pong, Nerf Hockey and Nerf Football (which is still available today) are all games present in homes across the U.S. \n\n\n\nThen Hasbro bought Nerf in 1991 and in 1989 began to \u201cblast\u201d off with a Nerf Weapon of which the first was the Blast A Ball, a small, projectile-firing cannon that was the first of the Nerf Weapons.\n\n\n\nToday, Nerf makes all sorts of guns each with a unique style. Currently with 17 different Nerf series on the market, 43 separate Nerf blaster series and almost 1400 blasters that are active and discontinued. \n\n\n\nEach uniquely designed blaster is created to provide different levels of game play. Nerf is good at what they do!\n\n\n\nCan Adults Use Nerf Guns? \n\n\n\nAre Nerf guns for kids only? No way! Lots of adults enjoy battling friends by firing foam darts from their carefully selected or modified blaster.\n\n\n\nNerf guns are not only for kids because when it comes to who can play with a Nerf gun, there is no age limit!\n\n\n\nSome of the most popular Nerf guns for adults are the following:\n\n\n\nNerf Rival Phantom Corps Hades XVIII-6000Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 Red BLasterNerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Toy B;asterNerf MEga MOtoS trike Motorized BLasterNerf Ultra Pharoah BLasterNerf N-Strike HyperFire BLasterNerf Modulus RegulatorLoingstrike Nerf Modulus TOy BlasterNerf Overwatch Soldier: Rival BLasterNerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire BLasterNerf Rival Prometheus MXVIIINerf ELite Titan CS-50 TOy BLasterMegalodon Nerf N-Strike BLasterNerf N-Strike Elite Trilogy DS-15 BLasterNerf Elite 2-in1 DemolisherNerf Strike Elite StrongarmNerf Zombie Strike Flipfury BlasterNerf Fortnite RL BLasterNerf Modulus Ghost Ops EvaderNerf Doomlands 2169 Lawbringer BlasterNerf Doomland 2169 Vagabond BlasterNerf Zombie Strike Hammershot BlasterNerf Rival Knockout XX-100 BlasterNerf Rival Kronos OUtdoor BlasterNerf rival Star Wars Apollo XV-700 BlasterNerf Rival Hypnos XIX-1200 BlasterNerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 Blaster\n\n\n\nAll of these machines are considered the best if you are serious about a good Nerf war. They have great accuracy, power, distance, and speed. Not to mention the design aspect is pretty cool.\n\n\n\nDo People Still Play With Nerf Guns? \n\n\n\nAs a kid I'm sure you remember that multi-colored awesome looking Nerf blaster on the shelf in the toy aisle. You remember begging your mom to buy it for you and lost all hope when she said not right now. \n\n\n\nThen Christmas morning came and what did you unwrap? The newest and coolest foam dart shooter. \n\n\n\nYou were so excited. But do kids now get that amped up over a toy gun? It was said that Nerf sold 40 million blasters in 2020. From this number it looks to me like they are pretty well-off. \n\n\n\nPeople do still play with Nerf guns! They are fun and a great way to be active and competitive for both kids, teens, and adults. \n\n\n\nIt seems like the older a child gets the less apt they are to pick up a Nerf gun and instead they pick up an XBox controller and play video games. This isn't a bad thing since everyone has their own \u201cthing\u201d they are into. \n\n\n\nHowever, it is good though to get a balanced amount of indoor and outdoor play.\n\n\n\nAn article from Naperville Central High School was written in 2018 on the popularity of Nerf. They mentioned Nerf still being up in sales and that it wasn't the company changing but the kids who used to play with their merchandise. \n\n\n\n\u201cChildren who once played with Nerf guns are now engaged in alternative activities such as interacting with technology.\u201d writer Kiran Kasbeker states \u201c...from playing with Nerf guns to playing video games...also seen a transition from Nerf guns to social media on phones.\u201d\n\n\n\nThen there is always the opinion of parents on the matter. Some parents felt uncomfortable handing their child a toy gun to play with. They don't want them thinking it's ok to shoot people with guns. \n\n\n\nParents Magazine quoted educator and author Jane Katch saying "Ideally, kids can make their own guns, or pretend that some other toy is a weapon, because it's a more flexible, imaginative form of play...But I don't advise parents to ban water guns, cap guns, or other pretend weapons if their child is interested in them because that sends the scary message that holding a plastic toy could make you a dangerous person...Banning play guns also makes them more desirable.\u201d\n\n\n\nAlthough, unfortunately things happen and accidents do happen, it is not proven that playing with a toy gun of any kind as a child causes them to grow up to be dangerous adults. \n\n\n\nIn the end you as the parent have control over what your child should and shouldn\u2019t play with. \n\n\n\nIs It Illegal To Carry Nerf Guns? \n\n\n\nEver wanted to pretend you were a spy? Running about the city on secret missions while carrying your firearm with you? This may sound fun to you but it may not be so fun to other people around you. \n\n\n\nPlus if this fantasy is carried out by an unruly person and they shoot other people with their Nerf gun this could be considered assault.\n\n\n\nCarrying a Nerf gun in public is not illegal in the USA although you should have your kids pointing them at people. Nerf guns however are prohibited on an airplane or in schools. \n\n\n\nWith gun violence at the forefront of most people's minds, many states will not allow you to bring a Nerf gun into schools for safety reasons. It is nothing personal, just measures to keep everyone safe.\n\n\n\n So you can stick to enjoying your Nerf gun in the privacy of your home, yard, or at the local park. Some cities even have a place built just for Nerf wars like a Nerf Arena!\n\n\n\nSpeaking of safety, never shoot a Nerf gun at very close range at someone's face or eyes. If you are hit at a very close range directly at your eyes then you could possibly be seriously injured. It is a good idea to have your child wear eye protective gear such as goggles when playing with their Nerf guns. \n\n\n\nSome adults like using Nerf guns in a Nerf war just as much as kids do. It doesn't matter how old you are if you enjoy Nerf then go for it! \n\n\n\nThere are even blasters made for older players so get out there and enjoy the excitement a Nerf gun can bring.