When it comes to Nerf blasters, most players know that they should expect anything in regards to the style and design. However, some blasters can’t help by surprising us, a quality that is clear in the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire blaster.
Of course, an innovative design isn’t always indicative of quality. Can the SharpFire bring to the table what players need to go against their competition?
If you have been considering purchasing the SharpFire, here is a breakdown of this weapon, where its strengths lie, and where it could offer more.
Nerf N-Strike SharpFire Blaster Review
Style and Design
Hailing from the Nerf N-Strike series, the SharpFire uses an all-white and orange design, making it a standout product from nearly every other Nerf product coming from newer lines.
The SharpFire is truly a handgun in the traditional sense, offering a very thin, slim design that redefines the way we think about pistol blasters.
We’re not going to dive too deep into the design on this blaster as many of the components serve as additional features rather than inherent parts of the blaster build.
That said, those who are on the lookout for one-shot handguns may enjoy what the SharpFire has to offer in terms of style and design.
The Nerf N-Strike SharpFire is a single-shot blaster. However, that is not to say that it doesn’t have its uses.
For example, this type of blaster may be an excellent blaster for younger players who are just diving into Nerf or for those who need a backup weapon in the event that they run out of ammo in their primary blaster.
But given its low ammo capacity, this would not be a suitable weapon for anyone who needs something they can use in more intense battles.
Firing Style and Range
The Nerf N-Strike SharpFire offers an easy-to-use loading and priming system. Simply pull back on the grey piece located at the top of the blaster to reveal the loading notch.
Slide your bullet in, push the grey piece on the blaster forward, and fire when you’re ready. The firing distance has been a problem for some users. You can expect about 60-feet from this blaster, which is not too bad considering its size.
It’s important to remember that this is an N-Strike weapon, not an N-Strike Elite blaster, which accounts for the lack of range you can expect in the new series.
Where the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire blaster stands out from other handheld blasters is in regards to its design. The SharpFire comes with two separate pieces that can be used to create six different blaster combinations.
These pieces include the detachable barrel extension (which is said not to improve or cause problems to performance) and the detachable shoulder stock. The stock can be used as a storage space for additional ammo and to hold your barrel extension when you’re not using it.
You can also flip around the shoulder stock to transform it into a holster for your weapon. Just keep in mind that, in order to release your gun, you will have to separate it from the shoulder stock each time you need to use it.
What We Like
- Exciting Design: If blaster design is something that you get really excited about, the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire is an excellent handgun for your needs. With a shoulder stock that doubles as storage and a holster and a barrel extension that can add to the size of your blaster, there are plenty of configurations to make with the SharpFire.
- Perfect for Younger Users: Some of the same disadvantages of this blaster make it the perfect blaster for younger Nerf players. For example, its decreased power, easy loading and priming system, and fun design give kids a safe weapon that they can use to dive into the world of Nerf. If you’re looking to purchase a gift for a young kid, the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire is an excellent choice.
- Extra Ammo Storage: The biggest issue with single-shot blasters is that you have to carry extra loose ammo on you in order to reload your weapon. With the SharpFire, however, you can use the shoulder stock to hold six extra darts.
What We Don’t Like
- Difficult to Operate Like Advertised: Having additional features that are said to improve the design of the weapon can be fun. However, it can be problematic if these features don’t work as expected. The barrel extension on this blaster does not prove to add much to the SharpFire’s performance, and the shoulder stock works well in its typical form but does not work so well as a holster.
Overall, it’s a decent one-shot weapon, but the benefits of the features that are piled onto this blaster are minimal. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on purchasing this weapon solely for its design.
- Not for Serious Nerfers: The lack of range and ammo capacity make this a difficult buy for players who are more serious about their Nerf battles. If this is a gift for someone who has expressed their interest in Nerf and wants their first weapon, then the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire may indeed be the right fit for their needs.
The Nerf N-Strike SharpFire is not a bad weapon. However, it does leave a lot to be desired. The extra features on this weapon do not offer as many benefits as they are expected to.
Additionally, the performance of the SharpFire is okay, but nothing to marvel at. Simply put, this one-shot blaster is an excellent choice for younger users given its lack of range and ease-of-use.
However, if you’re purchasing this blaster for an older Nerfer that needs a weapon that can handle serious battle demands, you are going to be better off purchasing a handgun like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster.
Simply put, while the Nerf N-Strike SharpFire is fun to look at and play with, it may only be a great product choice for younger users.