For a list of all dart blasters, see Category:Dart blasters.
For a list of all Nerf blasters, see Category:Nerf blasters.
A blaster is a foam projectile firing toy. Nerf is the most well-known toy blaster brand; Nerf blaster is used as a blanket term for all dart blasters, despite there existing other brands and companies that produce dart blasters.
The foam projectile generally takes the shape of darts, discs, balls, or arrows. Blasters come in many forms that function like real-life weaponry, such as revolvers, pistols, machine guns, shotguns, rifles, and rocket launchers. This is much more evident in modern lines of blasters than earlier blasters.
Dart blaster brands/companies
Blaster internal types
An air-powered blaster features an air tank where air is stored via pump and released via trigger, firing darts (or other ammunition) as it does so. Air-powered blasters generally feature a high rate of fire or a long firing range.
Main article: Flywheel
A flywheel powered blaster propels its ammunition through a set of fast spinning wheels. These wheels are usually powered by means of an electric motor, although early flywheel blasters required the wheels to be spun up manually by the user. Since flywheel blasters do not need manual priming between shots, they are most often used on semi-automatic and automatic blasters.
Main article: Plunger
A plunger system blaster features a spring-powered plunger that forces air from out of a sealed tube and out the blaster, propelling a dart forward. There are two kinds of plunger systems: direct plunger and reverse plunger. Direct plunger blasters are generally stronger than reverse plunger blasters. The plungers can be primed either manually or by an electric motor, as seen with motorized direct plunger blasters.
A spring-powered blaster simply features a spring that provides the power behind the dart being fired.
A string-powered blaster fires its ammunition by using a large elastic string. They usually fire arrows, although blasters such as the CrossBolt, Codebreaker Crossbow and SlingStrike fire darts using an elastic string. String-powered blasters are common among the Rebelle series, often as bows or crossbows.
A torsion spring-powered blaster features a sideways torsion spring that has a plastic stopper on the end. When fired, the spring coils back together and pushes a disc out of the blaster. The only blasters to feature torsion spring internals are the Nerf Vortex XLR Disc blasters.
- Blasters are usually not referred to as "guns". This may be to avoid confusion with real guns and to also keep the idea of violence away from dart blasters. There are some exceptions to this by off-brand companies.