I run EOTechs on my NERF guns…

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No, I’m not actually putting a military grade optic on a child proof toy worth barely a fraction of a brand new XPS2-2. However, with the Rival line of Nerf guns, you can have an automatic mini golf ball size thingy firing contraption, complete with built in MAGPUL sights (they really look like MAGPUL sights!), a top picatinny rail (the Zeus has side rails!!!), and a 3 lb trigger job (Ok, I’m making that up), all yours for $49.99 at approximate retail (my sources tell me that Hasbro doesn’t mess around with that MSRP nonsense, they cut to the chase in wording). You don’t even have to go through all that Class III jazz, for an automatic firing contraption, I think that’s the best somewhat (not really) FFL related deal I’ve ever encountered.

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This one is a pump action MP7 looking thing, and probably overdue a lawsuit from Hi Point for the design of the trigger and pistol grip. I will admit, the one innovative thing that I have found throughout all this, is the way you can load a magazine by “smashing” the Nerf balls with the feed lips of the magazine. If Hasbro could get in the magazine business and start making “real steel”, I think they’d have something going for them. 

Now if you can for a brief moment suspend all concepts of the safety precautions of keeping fingers off triggers and pointing things in the right direction. In addition to applying the fundamentals of marksmanship and proper pocket of shoulder placement, then you might actually enjoy or be at the very least perplexed by this video…

And this guy, I’ve never seen a grown man (I don’t know how he gets away with having a significant other) so happily excited about unwrapping a Nerf gun, total Nerfer… (in his words). If anyone is interested in a TFBTV episode to do with Nerf guns, I’m certainly not going to be down for that one…



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    If I was a kid first thing I’d do would be to break out the black and green spray paint.

    • iksnilol

      Tiger stripe up in this!

    • Phil Hsueh

      Plenty of adults paint up their Nerf guns, so there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same. Some will simply just paint over them as is while others will sand away the Nerf logos and other markings, and fill in the holes before painting; either way the results usually look pretty good.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        My girlfriend tolerates the amount of time and money I spend on/with my real guns. If I started buying toy ones too I might have a problem.

        • Phil Hsueh

          Just tell her that it’s for a Halloween costume. Painted up it would look pretty convincing as a futuristic/sci-fi sort of gun. Paint it up all black or black with some other colors and add some LEDs or EL along the mag and it would look pretty cool I think.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Is it assault if I nail my neighbors constantly yapping dog with one?

          • phuzz

            Not if you don’t get caught 😉

  • Bill

    Aren’t Nerf balls little sponges? Soak them with pepper spray, the poo man’s pepperball, and a lot more motivation for your opponent to find and use cover.

  • Isaac Newton

    I always bring my kid to the toy isle so i can scope out the new nerf guns. I saw this one the other day and loved it. The guys who get to design these things must have a lot of fun.

  • Michael Rice

    A 5 Nerf Guns video in the works? I had a nerf Wildfire that was a pump automatic. The air reservoir broke, so I opened it up and converted it to a pump action.

  • mike

    EOTECHs do not fit the rails on nerf guns. I tried.

    • Sam Deeley-Crane

      The rails on the rivals are more like actual rails

    • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

      That’s why you can buy on ebay 3d printers adapters.
      That usually cost more than the gun, but that’s beside the point, if you’re a true NERFer

      • cs

        Just buy some cheap magpul or keymod rails and glue or screw them on your nerf.

  • egghead

    anybody else want to see a KSG painted up like the Zeus and do a review with that pretending to be a nerf gun.

  • Chase Buchanan

    This thing looks straight out of Mass Effect. Beautiful.

  • Maxcoseti

    Ha ha! You are hilarious! (not really)

  • Karl /

    This NERF line will go well with my 1911 styled squirt gun, shown here with a TLR-1.

  • jim

    I’ve got an M68 on a Beeman Air rifle but then again I hate squirrels