Have fun with your family this summer with these Nerf guns

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Large Nerf guns may hold a lot of ammo, but the more ammo on board, the heavier the gun. A shoulder strap can help defray the weight penalty somewhat. There are also some Nerf guns that can be taken apart and configured differently to reduce their weight.

Boredom and Nerf guns simply don't mix. If you have a couple of Nerf guns lying around, it's only a matter of time before they get picked up and a Nerf war ensues. Little kids, older kids, and adults all get a kick out of playing with Nerf guns.

The Nerf gun options on today's market are vast and varied. For example, you could get a manual Nerf gun or an automatic Nerf gun. Manual Nerf guns require you to manually load each round. This could take a few minutes, making you a vulnerable target during a war. However, manual Nerf guns don't jam as often as automatic Nerf guns. You can get a range of at least 30 feet with most manual guns.

Automatic Nerf guns have cartridges that hold six to 12 rounds and sometimes more. Some have a rapid-fire option for maximum impact. Some of the larger automatic Nerf guns today have a range that exceeds 100 feet.

If you're buying a Nerf gun or two, don't forget the ammo. Several types of ammo exist, all of which are made almost entirely of foam. A few of the most common types of ammo include standard darts, suction darts, and foam torpedos. Standard darts come with the gun and are interchangeable with other Nerf guns. Suction darts have a suction cup on the end and stick to almost any smooth surface. Torpedos are larger and heavier than standard and suction darts. If you want to use torpedos, you need a special type of Nerf gun for that purpose.

Three of our favorite Nerf guns are highlighted below.

Nerf N-Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster

With its rapid fire and solid build, this Nerf gun is perfect for older children and adults but a bit too heavy and cumbersome for younger kids. The fast-rotating drum holds 24 darts, and the gun can shoot within a range of 100 feet. Reloading takes some time thanks to all those darts, and the price is higher than that of some other choices. If you're serious about your Nerf wars, however, the Mastodon Blaster is a coveted weapon.

Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster

Firing two rounds at once, the Rival Atlas makes every shot count. Not only is this gun relatively inexpensive, but the twelve-round magazine quickly locks into place. You do have to watch out for frequent jams, but the efficient loading and spring action are sure to satisfy older kids and adults alike.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

This is an inexpensive, easy-load Nerf gun that happily engages both young and old. It comes with single-shot or rapid-fire action to quickly blow through all six darts. The barrel drops open for quick reload so you won't miss any of the action. If you're buying a first Nerf gun for a young child, this one is a good bet.

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