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Nerf is best known for its dart guns, which we have covered extensively so far. However, Nerf does have other weapons that think way outside the box and provide a vastly different experience compared to its most popular weapons.
While the first products that may pop into your head are melee weapons like swords or the foam ball weapons offered by the Nerf Rival series, we are going to cover another type of weapon entirely: the disc gun.
One of the most exciting disc guns offered by Nerf is the Nerf Vortex Pyragon.
If you are thinking about switching up your collection and adding a blaster that would be excellent for indoor battles, let’s take a closer look at the Pyragon and what it has to offer.
Style and Design
Although one would expect a disc gun to have more of a child-friendly style that wouldn’t appeal to all age groups, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon is actually quite attractive.
Utilizing a bright white body that contrasts well with the darker orange and charcoal gray featured on the front of the back and the front of the blaster (with a splash of it in the middle), this blaster looks like something that you would expect to see in a professional line of blasters, which makes it very exciting to use.
The design of the Pyragon is compact and lightweight, with the size being comparable to that of a handgun in the Nerf N-Strike series. For those who are looking for a Nerf gun that is easy to carry around but looks like a formidable weapon that all of your opponents will want to get a hold of, the Pyragon is an excellent choice.
Because this is a disc gun, ammo capacity may or may not matter as much as it does on a blaster that fires darts, mainly because it is two different experiences. That said, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon is capable of holding up to 40 discs at a time in its 40-disc magazine, which quickly attaches to the bottom of the weapon.
This is a considerable number of discs and will go far as the Pyragon is a manual blaster rather than one that relies on batteries to fire its ammo. We’ll dive more into how this works as we go through this review.
Firing Style and Range
The Nerf Vortex Pyragon blaster uses a pump-action mechanism to launch its discs and comes with slam-fire capabilities to help you tackle the most dangerous of enemies.
All you have to do is slide the priming mechanism back and forward and fire when you are ready. Despite the fact that this blaster uses discs, you would be surprised at just how fast and far these small projectiles can go.
If you need something that is reliable in the heat of battle, you are going to love the Pyragon.
One of the most useful features on this weapon is the disc release feature provided on the side of the gun.
If you happen to come across a jam while you are using the blaster (which seems to be a rare occurrence for users), you can push the button forward and the gun will spit out the disc that is a problem.
If you feel like the gun is too difficult to use as is, there is also an attachment area for shoulder stocks and a tactical rail at the top where you can attach your favorite scopes and other accessories. While the blaster’s design is simple, it comes with a lot of potential.
What We Like
- Great Looking Blaster: In our opinion, most Nerf blasters look great. However, there are some that truly stand out from a lot of other products that Nerf has created. The Nerf Vortex Pyragon exceeds all expectations by having a striking aesthetic that anyone would be happy to put on display.
- Plenty of Ammo: 40 discs is a lot of ammo, especially when you consider the fact that this blaster uses pump-action priming to deliver each one of these discs. If you know that you are going to want to have a surplus of ammo when you hit the battlefield, the Pyragon has you covered.
- Comes With Clip System: The biggest issue with blasters like these is that you will often have to load disc by disc into the blaster until you are ready to fire them all off. As you can imagine, firing these discs and having to pick them up and put them back in after you run out can be time-consuming and difficult.
Fortunately, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon comes with a clip system so that you can keep preloaded clips ready so that you can load your weapon and jump right back into the action.
- Surprising Distance and Firing Speed: If you’ve ever played with a disc gun, chances are that you played with one that used cheap foam discs that barely fire and simply float towards your target.
This is absolutely not the experience that you will get from the Pyragon. Pyragon discs are much more firm, which means that they shoot out with greater speed and accuracy than some other disc guns you can find on the market.
This means that they also go farther than the average foam disc. If you want to change up your experience but don’t want to give up on performance, you don’t have to choose with this gun.
- Easy to Fix Jams: It’s great to hear that people do not have issues with jams, but it’s better to hear that there is an extra feature designed to fix jams if they do happen. All you have to do get this blaster back to working condition is to press a button on the side that will spit out the problematic disc.
- Lightweight Body: Shooting distance and ammo capacity are two qualities that are almost always more impressive on blasters that are smaller and lighter than similar products that have the same status. The Pyragon is a lightweight blaster that makes it easy to tote your gun around the battlefield without losing out on necessary performance.
- Excellent Control Over Blasting Experience: Having an automatic weapon can be great, but the fact that they go through ammo so quickly reduces the impact of having more ammo. The Nerf Vortex Pyragon, on the other hand, gives you full control over your blasting experience with its pump-action priming system.
What We Don’t Like
- Clip System Takes Time to Load: The clip system can be very difficult for first-time users to operate and can also be quite time-consuming. Unlike other clip systems, you must load the first ten discs into the clip. Then, you must push the small button all the way across the top of the clip to change positions, repeating this process until all of the slots have been filled.
As you can imagine, this is not necessarily the easiest reload process and will take time to adjust to. If this doesn’t sound like something you would want to do for each reload, this blaster is most likely not the best option for you.
- Clip Can Make Weapon Harder to Carry: This gun is lightweight, with the clip of the Pyragon adding most of the heaviness. While it isn’t so bad that it makes the blasting experience undesirable, this weight imbalance can make it hard for some users to carry and fire. If you do find this to be the case for you, you can make it a bit easier to manage by adding a shoulder stock to the weapon.
- Very Expensive Blaster: Don’t let the fact that this is a disc gun make you think that it is going to be on the lower end of the price range. The Nerf Vortex Pyragon costs about $100 to $200 (for some options online), which is a price tag that is often paid by more serious Nerf enthusiasts.
However, there are alternative versions of this blaster that changes the color scheme but keeps the same features and offers you the same blaster at a cheaper price. Make sure to shop around for different prices so that you don’t end up paying super high prices for your weapon.
As long as you can avoid the super high price tags on this weapon, there is little to nothing else wrong with it. With plenty of ammunition, a reputation for performing well on the battlefield, and a lightweight body that will be a hit with everyone, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon is an excellent weapon that any Nerf user would be happy to add to their arsenal.