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Hailfire product
SeriesN-Strike Elite
Blaster typeElectronic dart blaster (flywheel)
Stock ammunition typeElite Darts
Stock capacity24 (sold with product)
144 (highest capacity)
Size20" (50.8 cm) long
Weight2.8 lb (1.27 kg)
Year released2012
Average retail price31.99 USD
49.99 CAD
39.99 GBP
99.90 SGD

The Hail-Fire is an electronic Nerf blaster that was released on September 9, 2012[1] under the N-Strike Elite series. It requires four "AA" batteries to operate.

It comes packaged with four six dart clips and twenty-four Elite Darts.


The blaster requires assembling before use.[2] It is a fairly small yet squat and wide semi-automatic blaster that feels more weighted than other smaller flywheel blasters. The Hail-Fire has the highest advertised ammo capacity of any stock Nerf blaster: 144 darts.

The Hail-Fire, like other N-Strike Elite blasters, features a digital camouflage design etched into it. It features one medium sized tactical rail on top of the blaster and a very small one in front of the rotating ammo rack that is similar to the one on the Stampede ECS. The jam door is located at the top front of the blaster and is a clear slide. The orange battery door is located at the top back of the blaster. It is incompatible with shoulder stocks and barrel extensions.

The carry handle, called the Advance Handle, is located at the front of the blaster. The jam door must be closed for the advance handle to work. In order to advance to the next clip, crank the handle forward and then pull the handle back. It is relatively difficult to advance it fast; it is suggested to do fir and slow unless the need arrives to do it fast.

The Hail-Fire features two triggers, the top being a firing trigger and bottom being the acceleration trigger. There is no manual priming mechanism of any kind on the blaster.

The two semicircular pieces that cover the magazine carousel must be assembled out of the box, but they can be removed after assembly (with some force). Without the large cover pieces, the blaster looks far less formidable, but magazines do not have to be removed to load darts. Also, this allows the carousel to be rotated by hand.

Capacity claims

Despite advertising a capacity of 144 darts, the Hail-Fire only comes packaged with twenty-four; another four six dart clips will give the blaster a full stock capacity of forty-eight darts. This full stock capacity is achieved by purchasing the Hail-Fire Upgrade Kit, or purchasing a Hail-Fire value pack.

Because the Hail-Fire is compatible with other clips, using eight twelve dart clips will give a maximum of ninety-six darts and eight eighteen dart clips will give the total maximum capacity of 144 darts.

Basic Nerf has confirmed the Hail-Fire can use eight Firefly Tech clips, four eighteen dart drums, or four thirty-five dart drums at once with no issues.[3]

With the addition of the Flip Clip, it is possible to have a total of 288 darts using the N-Strike eighteen dart clips.


It continues the trend of "flagship" Nerf blasters being released on September 9, which first started in 2009 with the Raider CS-35 under the N-Strike series.

Unlike most other blasters in the N-Strike Elite line, the Hail-Fire is not a successor to any previous N-Strike blaster.

Color schemes

The Hail-Fire has been released with the following color schemes:

Value packs

A Walmart-exclusive special value bonus pack features a Hail-Fire with a full set of forty-eight darts and eight clips.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Hail-Fire, first turn off the blaster and pull the loaded clips out. Load up to six Elite Darts into each of the packaged six dart clips. Load up to eight clips, with darts facing outwards, into the blaster and turn the blaster back on.

Hold down the acceleration trigger and pull the trigger to fire darts. Once a clip is emptied, crank the Advance Handle to switch to the next clip to continue firing.


The official Hail-Fire teaser video.
Nerfmaster8Added by Nerfmaster8
  • The Hail-Fire can be loaded through the jam door; this is considerably more comfortable than with other blasters.
  • The Hail-Fire is advertised as the flagship of N-Strike Elite.
  • It has the highest advertised capacity of any Nerf blaster.
  • It is the only Elite clip system blaster that can't use barrel extensions nor shoulder stocks. 
  • The blaster has been ripped off by a Chinese pirating company named Leyuan Toys named "The Electric soft Bullet gun".



  1. Nerf Nation (2012-05-29). We have seen the....
  2. ClickClickBAMF (2012-08-17). NERF Elite Hail-Fire Un-boxing - Some Assembly Required
  3. Basic Nerf (2012-07-19). The N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire with High Ammo Capacity (Photos) « Basic Nerf.
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Hail-Fire

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  • Should i get the Hail-Fire?

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    • The Hail-Fire is very heavy when fully loaded and not good for slinging around and aiming at things. That coupled with the fact that it has l...
    • No dont get hailfire i have that it shoot 60 ft angled just get anything u want auto or semi get rayven,stryfe,rapidstrike but i want swarmfire
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