Nerf Concealed Carry Weapon Range Report

This gem comes from GlockTalk user Smashy:

I got my new mouse gun, a single-shot Nerf Secret Strike AS-1. Paid $2.99 (no background check required). The fit and finish are pretty nice overall, except for a bit of sprue in a couple of spots along the mold lines, but that cleans up easily with a razor blade.

It came with two darts, so I bought an extra pack of 36 for $5.99. A pack of ammo costs more than the gun. Go figure.

The size is pretty compact, fits easily in the hand…

It has a belt clip, but I’m going to remove it because I have no need for it. The trigger is a button on top you push down with your thumb…

The pump is under the barrel. The barrel’s huge bore would be pretty intimidating to a bad guy…

I shot it over a sandbag rest at 5 yards, using Nerf hollow point suction darts. Other than one flier (I flinched on that one), it presented a pretty respectable group, more than adequate for close-range self defense…

You can give it from two to five pumps for regular range practice, but I gave it the recommended maximum of seven pumps to test accuracy at +p velocities. Despite the gun’s light weight, recoil is negligible.

I think the claimed factory ballistics are a bit optimistic. I found the maximum effective range is about twenty feet with a tail wind. But that’s fine, since this gun is really only intended for those last-ditch “Oh ****, my gun jammed” moments anyway. But if you want to do some internal modifications, you might get another ten feet out of it.

The trigger button is smooth and consistent and not heavy at all. In my opinion, it really doesn’t need a trigger job to lighten the push.

It’s light enough that it should carry well in an ankle holster, but I intend to use it for pocket carry. I just need to find a good pocket holster for it. Maybe Desantis makes something that will fit it, I’ll check their website. Great for summer carry, too. It will be my constant companion now as a back-up to my G30. I wouldn’t recommend it as a primary defensive gun, but it would give an attacker a rude surprise when your .45 fails to stop him and he thinks you’re out of ammo.

I give Nerf a big thumbs-up on this one, they designed an awesome carry piece. Since it’s so compact and light weight, I’m thinking of getting another one as a back-up back-up, just in case the air valve in the first back-up gun gives out at the worst possible moment. If there’s one thing I learned in the Cub Scouts before they kicked me out for bad behavior, it’s to be prepared.

Source: Glock Talk – HERE



furiousC February 24, 2010 at 06:49 am

I’ve heard that foam darts give less than adequate penetration, even with the HP suction cup. I’d like to see a test comparing stopping power with other popular pocket gun calibers (.25acp, .32, .380). I bet it comes in somewhere between .32 and .380.

Admin (Mike) February 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

It would be good to see that comparison! :P

furiousC July 17, 2013 at 05:16 pm

foam darts are .50

m4shooter February 24, 2010 at 09:36 am

Can anyone please tell me what holster Chris Costa was using with his Nerf Secret Strike in Magpul’s latest video, “The Art of Dynamic Nerf Gun”?

Admin (Mike) February 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

hahaha that would be a good idea for a photoshop

Fred February 24, 2010 at 01:17 pm

I keep my Vulcan loaded with a belt of 25 FRJ-W (Full Rubber Jacket – Whistling) at all times.

Admin (Mike) February 25, 2010 at 03:39 pm

For SHTF i’d expect nothing less!

Bryan S February 24, 2010 at 04:43 pm

Pshaw… you want one of these…

At least you could load a pepperball or FN303 round if you actually used if for carry ;)

Admin (Mike) February 25, 2010 at 03:40 pm

Wow if they make a real 12 GA version of that i’d be all over it. Probably be hard on the wrist even with birdshot, but it would sure be awesome.

Rignerd February 24, 2010 at 09:19 pm

Are those hollow points or hollow base wad cutters?

Admin (Mike) February 25, 2010 at 03:42 pm

Good point.. i think your right on the hollow base wad cutters :P

Ted February 26, 2010 at 05:41 pm

*snort* hehehe!

nerf guns March 3, 2010 at 04:56 pm

It’s good to always be packing a Nerf gun just in case you run into someone that is also packing a Nerf gun. Don’t bring a knife to a Nerf fight.

Admin (Mike) March 3, 2010 at 05:17 pm

Don’t bring a knife to a Nerf fight.

haha great advice

Shawn June 1, 2010 at 06:56 pm

I can always spot EP guys with a Nerf gun in an ankle holster when they’re pants ride up. I plan to carry mine in a shark-hide, IWB rig with matching IWB ammo carrier, tactical lego baton with IWB carrier (guys you know how much those bricks hurt when you step on them barefoot… imagine the swollen faces from the beat-down one of these delivers), and enough various other IWB accessories that I’ll need another belt inside the waist band just to hold it all.

Admin (Mike) June 3, 2010 at 09:14 pm

I lost it at shark-hide LOL good one Shawn

mitch August 20, 2010 at 09:08 pm

i took the air restrictors out of my maverick and it shoots less distance :( please help me

mitch August 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

why h
why ha
why hasent any RESPONDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Admin (Mike) August 25, 2010 at 08:22 pm

chill out.. someone will respond if they know the answer to your question. My guess is your modification is causing air to bleed out.

mitch August 26, 2010 at 04:53 pm


Admin (Mike) August 26, 2010 at 04:57 pm

This post isn’t exactly being viewed all that often anymore, so don’t be surprised if no one answers your question. You’re probably best off to ask on some nerf related sites.

mitch August 29, 2010 at 10:10 am
mitch August 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

how old r you by the way

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