Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster

Last updated date: February 13, 2019

DWYM Score
7.3

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We looked at the top 1 Nerf Guns and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Nerf Gun Headquarters, Nerf Authority, Nerf Gun RUs and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nerf Gun you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 40 expert reviews, the Nerf Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
161 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Exciting high-impact shooting. No need for batteries thanks to spring action. Blasts two rounds with one shot.
- BestReviews
Fires 2 Rounds Per Shot. 2 Round Shotgun Spread. Pump Action
- Nerf Gun Headquarters
The Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 is a tremendous upgrade from Apollo XV-700 which was the first and previous spring-action blaster in the Rival series. If you’re looking for a powerful shotgun blaster that operates without batteries and has uber-cool looks then the latest Nerf Rival Atlas is the best option available for you in 2016.
- Nerf Authority
24 High Impact Rounds. Awesome Design. Fires 2 Rounds At A Time. Easy To Reload
- Nerf Gun RUs
What experts didn't like
Limited fire power and durability compared to some others, and jams are common.
- BestReviews
Lower Range. Lower Muzzle Velocity
- Nerf Gun Headquarters
Well, the cons for this nerd shotgun is pretty clear. Low capacity! For a given magazine only six shots can be fired in all. But this is to be accepted as that is the case of most shotgun models, toy or original. Also Nerf has provided an additional magazine to make up for this. There are also very limited customization options with only a single tactical rail on the top of the barrel. There are no barrel extension slots either.
- Nerf Authority
Ammo Supply. Bulky
- Nerf Gun RUs

From The Manufacturer

Experience intense head-to-head competition with the ultimate power of the Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 blaster! Choose a blaster color and go into battle as the Red Team or the Blue Team. Deliver a double shot with the Atlas XVI-1200 blaster that fires 2 rounds at a time. The blaster has a spring-action cocking mechanism and fires at a velocity up to 80 fps (24 mps). It comes with 24 rounds and an easy-load, 12-round magazine. Experience the intensity of Nerf Rival with the Atlas XVI-1200 blaster! Nerf and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Blaster
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Nerf Modulus Regulator
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Nerf Vagabond Doomlands Blaster
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Nerf Guns

No matter what generation you belong to, chances are you’re familiar with the Nerf brand. The toy manufacturer has been around for decades. Today’s Nerf products combine the safe materials that made them popular in their early years with the latest innovations to make them powerful and fun.

Nerf Guns, also known as Nerf Blasters, shoot balls or darts at targets that are designed to strike humans without hurting. They’re especially popular with older children, although many versions are safe for children ages 8 and up. Since the projectiles they shoot are soft in nature, they’re generally acceptable for indoor or outdoor use.

If you’re buying a Nerf gun for a young person in your life, pay close attention to shooting power. That’s the element of the gun that will be considered the most “fun.” However, if you’re concerned about safety and indoor use, you may not necessarily go for the most powerful, especially if you have younger children. The Elite line of Nerf guns is considered impressive, with shooting power of approximately 70 feet per second, although the heavy-duty Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K can shoot at up to 100 feet per second.

Perhaps more important than shooting power is recovery. Some Nerf guns can shoot rounds in rapid succession, while others have recovery time between each shot. You’ll also find that some guns need to be reloaded after a few shots, while others will hold 25 or 100 rounds. That means more uninterrupted shooting time, which equals more fun for everyone.

Lastly, decide what projectiles you want to shoot. Some guns shoot balls, while still others shoot darts. The option you choose will probably be a matter of preference, but you may find your own children prefer one over the other. You should also look into the number of rounds that come with the gun you choose, as well as the purchase price for replacements since some of those rounds are bound to get lost during the course of gameplay.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, you may be interested to know that Nerf guns have been designed to tackle post-apocalyptic challenges. The more advanced models for those ages 14 and older have the power to take on the types of foes seen in books like “Hunger Games” and TV series like “The Walking Dead.” While it’s doubtful you’ll be facing off against a zombie any time in the future, it’s comforting to know the toys in your house may just protect your family if things do someday fall apart. In addition to guns, Nerf has also launched a line of crossbows, including one marketed toward fighting zombies.

The Nerf Gun Buying Guide

  • No matter the age, Nerf Gun owners want to know their gun has shooting power. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K can shoot rounds at speeds of up to 100 feet per second. The average for the Elite line of Nerf guns is only about 70 feet per second.
  • Distance is important, as well. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster can shoot as far as 75 feet, although it does best within 50-feet ranges. The Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster also can shoot up to 75 feet.
  • One thing to consider with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster and the Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster is that they can fire all loaded rounds in rapid succession.
  • If rapid-fire shooting is important to you, though, you may find the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K bothersome. You’ll notice a slight delay after you pull the trigger before something happens.
  • Extended playtime can make an uncomfortable grip unbearable. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster has a comfortable grip that will make it easy to play longer.
  • It’s important to note that the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K is better for older players, with a recommended age of 14 and up. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster, Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster and Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster are all rated for ages 8 and up.
  • Stopping to reload can hold you back while you’re in the heat of battle. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K holds up to 100 rounds, which will keep you going for quite a while between reloads. The Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster still impresses with its ability to hold 25 darts. But compare those to the Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster, which holds 12 darts, and the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster, which holds only six.
  • Price is a big differentiator when it comes to Nerf guns. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K is for the serious enthusiast, retailing for closer to $100 than others on the market, which often sell for far lower than $50. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster and Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster both sell for less than $20, with the Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster often retailing for more than $10 higher than that.