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Strongarm (N-Strike Elite)

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Not to be confused with the Cyber Stryke Gear Strongarm.

The Strongarm is a revolver Nerf blaster that was released in 2013[1] under the N-Strike Elite series.

It comes packaged with six Elite Darts.[2]


The blaster has a six-dart barrel at the front of the blaster with a short, rifled muzzle. A short tactical rail sits on top. The cylinder can flip out nearly all the way for quick reloading. The blaster can also slam fire like the Speedload 6.[3] There is a lanyard loop on the priming slide of the blaster for a sling, bandolier, or other carrying device. A priming indicator is visible at the back of the slide, beneath the loop.  

Unlike its predecessor, possibly for preventing jams, its barrel only rotates on plunger return, not on trigger pull, unlike like as the Spectre REV-5, which will rotate on prime. Therefore, the blaster cannot be fully loaded without utilizing the barrel drop, whereas in its predecessor it was possible to prime the blaster, turning the cylinder, in order to load additional darts.

It can be said that clearing jammed darts or changing dart types in this blaster is easier due to the scalloping of the cylinder chambers around the dart heads, similar to the Spectre REV-5. Also, the cylinder drops out further than the Maverick, making for easier access and arguably quicker reloading.

In addition, the base of the grip has a narrow extension, which fits into the notch on the front of the slide. This theoretically allows the Strongarm to be dual-wielded, with practice.


The Strongarm is likely a successor to the popular 2005 N-Strike Maverick REV-6.

It was first discovered on an online eBay auction on July 28, 2012. The seller provided front and back pictures of the new-in-box blaster, and it sold for a record-breaking $1,125.01 USD to an unknown buyer. Within a few days, Hasbro Singapore released a stock promotional image in which the Strongarm was wielded by a model alongside other blasters, proving the blaster's existence, however the image was shortly removed and replaced.

In December of 2012, it gained a soft release along with the Stryfe and Firestrike in select retail stores.

It was re-released in 2014 with improved Elite XD internals and a white, blue, grey, and orange color scheme; this re-release was shown off at the 2014 New York Toy Fair.

Color schemes

The Strongarm has been released with the following color schemes:

In addition, all versions of the Strongarm released in Australia and New Zealand feature a gray instead of an orange trigger, which signifies modified internals that result in a reduced performance to conform to stricter local safety standards. The packaging of the single release advertises a range of only 15 meters (as opposed to the Canadian version's 22 meters and the European version's 20 meters), although the Australian two-pack, which features two gray-trigger Strongarms, still advertises a range of 20 meters.

Value packs

The Strongarm was available as part of various value packs and multi-packs:

  • A "Double Your Darts" pack that contains the Strongarm and twelve instead of six Elite Darts was available as a general retail release in the United States and as a Real exclusive in Germany. Some promotional stock photos of the packaging depict a special deco for the darts that isn't actual present on the darts when purchased at retail.
  • A "Strongarm 2-Pack" that contains two Strongarms and twelve Elite Darts. This two-pack was available as a Walmart exclusive in the United States and Canada. A two-pack with the same content but a different packaging design, named the "2-Pack Strongarm", was available as a Kmart exclusive in Australia.
  • The Strongarm & Firestrike All-Mission Pack was available as a Costco exclusive in the United States and Australia and as a Galeria Kaufhof exclusive in Germany. It contains a Strongarm, a Firestrike, a variant of the Bandolier and twenty-five Elite Darts.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Strongarm, first drop the cylinder by pushing the turret release button located on the left side of the blaster. Load up to six darts into the cylinder, then push the loaded cylinder back up into the blaster's shell.

To prime the blaster, pull the slide back and let it spring back to its original position. Pull the trigger to fire a dart.

To slam fire, hold down the trigger and continuously prime the blaster.

This blaster works with all Micro Dart and clip system dart types except Streamline Darts. It cannot use the latter type without modification because the stems in the Streamline dart heads are longer; they will butt against the chamber posts and therefore not fit all the way in.


  • The Strongarm is about one inch longer than its predecessor, the Maverick REV-6.
  • The Strongarm and its Rebelle cousin the Spylight are the only slam fire blasters that are also revolvers.
  • After the Stockade, the Strongarm is the second revolver to come packed with darts which are clip system compatible.
  • This blaster can be fired quickly by pulling back the priming slide just enough so that it does not fully prime. Done fast enough, the blaster will fire a dart (but not move to the next barrel). This could prove useful when time does not allow a full reload of all six darts.


Elitestrongarmpackaging IMG 0161 2013-09-20 17.16.49
The full image gallery for Strongarm (N-Strike Elite) may be viewed at Strongarm (N-Strike Elite)/Gallery.


  1. Nerf Nation (2012-11-27). Nerf's Photos.
  2. (2012-11-24). Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster.
  3. SG Nerf (2012-08-03). SG Nerf: More Info on The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm!.
  4. Comparison between the original release of the Strongarm and the 2014 "economy" variant at the Ofensau blog.

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