It’s no secret that kids absolutely love NERF guns but did you know that there is actually quite a cult following for adults that still actively buy and play with these guns?
There are countless communities dedicated to adults who buy, modify, and play with NERF guns and some 7.62×39 bulk ammo of the more popular ones have over 100 thousand members and a highly active community.
NERF guns were made so that at any age level you could pick up a gun, buy some extra ammo, get together with friends and start having a blast; a marketing strategy which has allowed them to sell millions of the toy guns worldwide.
NERF guns seem to have become very popular for hobbyists to modify, repaint, and even remodel in order to create guns that look indistinguishable from their original selves and often even mimic guns seen in movies such as Hellboy. These guns often sell for hundreds of dollars and are a creative outlet for adult artists who are less interested in playing around with their NERF gun and are more interested in creating a unique piece of art which is also a fully functional NERF gun.
In addition to the artistic side of things there are tons of NERF competitions for all age groups which are a load of fun and a great way to meet other NERF players not only in your area, but all over the world. The NERF Dart Tag League had a world competition in Orlando, Florida in 2009 with fantastic attendance rates. Competitions are also held in Singapore, Boston, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas among other places in the world. These events are a blast to go to and are a great way to showcase your skills with your NERF blaster.
These foam dart guns are also a great alternative to air soft rifles and provide a great bonding experience for parents and children as they can play with each other without needing to worry about potentially harming their children. Growing up my father and I always had our toy guns on standby in case we randomly decided to start a war in the house (much to the dismay of my mom who we would inevitably decide was a mutual target and begin sneaking around trying to shoot her with our darts without her knowing which one of us did it). As they are inexpensive everyone in your family could have a NERF gun and weekly wars could go on in your house, your yard, the park, or anywhere you want really.
Something I’ve noticed from YouTube videos as well as blogs is the fact that people that work in office environments often have their toy guns stashed in their desk drawer for use as cubicle warfare and as such can be a great addition to any cubicle wars which may be going on in your office or can even be used for monthly NERF wars with your co-workers and management.