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The 5 Best Lever Action Nerf Guns 2022

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There are few things cooler in a nerf battle than flip-priming your lever-action blaster! Sadly lever-action blasters are a rare breed.

But fret not! We've spent hours upon hours researching and reviewing the best blasters on the market in 2022 and have compiled this list of the five best nerf guns that use a lever-action priming mechanism.

However, if you want to skip the reading and buy the best lever action blaster on the market, there is one that tops our list!

The best lever action nerf gun is the Zombie Strike Scravenger and is packed with features including a detachable two-shot pistol, tons of included attachments, and a slam-fire toggle. It can even be stripped down to its bare parts, which gives it a lightweight, sawed-off shotgun look. Perfect for flip-priming!

If the Scravenger doesn't meet your fancy, keep on ready cause there are some other fantastic options to choose from—including one that ejects shells with every round fired!

Here Are the Best Lever Action Nerf Guns of 2022

Best Overall Zombie Strike Scravenger
Best Off-Brand  Winchester Lever Action Shotgun
Best Budget  Nerf Roblox Adopt Me!: Bees!
Best for "Flip-priming" Nerf Zombie Slingfire Blaster
Most Ammo Capacity Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshot

1. Nerf Zombie Strike Scravenger

Overall Best Lever Action Nerf Gun

scravenger zombie strike nerf

Topping the list of the best lever-action nerf guns is the foam-flinging weapon of nightmares, the Zombie Strike Scravenger. The strange name of this blaster is thought to have come from the combination of the words "scavenger" and "scrap."

The name is fitting because this blaster is a heaping pile of glory and one of the more featured pack dart-style Nerf guns on the market.

Let's start with the coolest features that set it apart from other nerf guns: slam-fire action, naked-gun mode, and a removable two-shot sidearm.

The Zombie Strike Scravenger has a toggle on the side of the blaster that enables and disables slam fire. Slam-fire is a rapid-fire feature that allows you to hold down the trigger and fire a round every time the gun is primed. It's a fun way to throw a ton of foam around your next nerf game.

This blaster also has what I call "naked-gun mode." It comes with a scope, shoulder stock, and barrel extension—all of which can be removed, leaving you with a sawed-off shotgun-like blaster! If you want to flip-cock your blaster like a baddie or even dual wield, this is an amazing feature to have and makes the blaster realistic and incredibly fun.

The last major and unique feature is the included detachable sidearm that features two barrels (similar to the notorious Nerf Jolt). This tiny backup pistol attaches to the shoulder stock and can be quickly removed when you need two extra shots!

The Scravenger includes 26 Zombie Strike Darts (green elite darts) and two 12-round magazines. The magazines are spring-fed, which tend to feed better than many of the new hopper-fed nerf guns. It also has a tactical light attachment and two tactical rails: one below the muzzle and another on the handle.

This awesome zombie-themed nerf gun is a great value and, quite frankly, a ton of fun to use! If you want a lever-actioned dart blaster, this masterpiece of destruction is one of the best nerf guns you can get!

Specs:

  • Ammo Type: Standard darts
  • Ammo Capacity: 12-round clip
  • Velocity: 70 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: Lever-action
  • Powered: Spring-powered

Reasons to Buy:

  • One of the funniest blasters to use
  • Includes a two-shot blaster attached to the stock
  • Slam-fire toggle switch
  • It can be torn down to a simple "sawed-off" shotgun
  • Easy to flip-cock
  • Lots of accessories

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Rather average performance

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2. Winchester Lever Action Shotgun

Best Off-Brand Lever Action Blaster

shellington winchester lever action shotgun

Imagine if your nerf gun could eject shells after every round like a real firearm? We'll dream no longer because the Winchester 1887 Lever Action Shotgun does precisely that!

You begin by loading the included plastic shotgun shells with darts and then cram up to five shells into the blaster (four in the tube and one in the chamber). Prime the gun, pull the trigger, and with every round fired, a plastic shell will be violently kicked from the gun as the dart whistles sweet freedom downrange.

Now, this isn't a Nerf-brand blaster.

A sad reality in the Nerf gun world is that many of the best blasters are not actually Nerf products. Instead, they are community or hobbyist projects that eventually sell commercially. Even the most powerful nerf guns in the world are not Nerf-brand products!

But if you are okay with that, this thing is a beast and a ton of fun!

The first thing you'll notice when you take the Winchester 1887 out of the box is that it is hefty. This isn't a cheap plastic toy that will break within a week and is made of solid aluminum and hard ABS plastic.

The plastic shell uses a unique dart—the length is shorter than a standard nerf dart but longer than a half-length dart. The shells are also compatible with any other half-length darts.

This blaster flings darts at an average of 75 FPS, which is an average speed compared to other nerf guns and makes it an excellent option for younger children and adults alike!

You can purchase an upgrade pack with a more powerful spring that will add about 20 FPS to this blaster.

The blaster includes six shells, 20 darts (ten suction darts and ten standard darts), eye protection glasses, and white gloves.

There are two slight drawbacks to this awesome foam flinger.

The first drawback is clean-up. Picking up darts sucks, and having to double that task to picking up darts and shells sucks more. But as much as that sucks, this blaster's immersion and realistic nature well outweigh the extra clean-up.

The second drawback is that (as of writing this) you can't buy additional shells. Hopefully, with the growing popularity of this blaster, they will offer that as a separate product soon. I'll update this if that ever becomes an option.

While the Winchester 1887 Lever Action nerf gun is not a high-performance blaster, it is by a long mile one of the coolest and best nerf guns with a lever-action on the market today!

Specs:

  • Ammo Type: Special dart, half-dart; requires shells
  • Ammo Capacity: 5 shell
  • Velocity: 75 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: 1 round per second
  • Powered: Spring-powered

Reasons to Buy:

  • Very realistic
  • Built like a tank
  • Expells shells after firing

Reasons to Avoid:

  • More expensive
  • Can't buy additional shells
  • More clean-up

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3. Nerf Roblox Adopt Me!: Bees!

Best Budget Nerf Lever-Action Gun

nerf roblox adopt me bees

The best budget option for a lever-action blaster is the Roblox Adopt Me!: Bees!

This ROBLOX-themed nerf gun is inspired by the Roblox game Adopt Me! and launches darts at an average of 70 FPS.

It uses an eight-dart non-removable rolling drum and comes with eight orange Nerf Elite darts. Loading this blaster is on the slower side as you must load from the left side and manually spin the drum for each dart.

While this ROBLOX blaster makes the list of the best cheap lever-action nerf guns, it also comes with many drawbacks.

Firstly, it's made pretty flimsy, and I'm sure the priming handle will be the first thing to break for many. Secondly, it has weird ergonomics to it. The handle is massive, even for someone with large hands like myself—which can also make using the lever-action awkward since it is so far away from the trigger.

This blaster is great if you want a cool ROBLOX-themed nerf gun or something unique to add to your collection. However, if you can, I would splurge to get one of the others on this list.

Specs:

  • Ammo Type: Standard Nerf darts
  • Ammo Capacity: 8 rounds
  • Velocity: 70 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: Lever-action
  • Powered: Spring-powered

Reasons to Buy:

  • Cheap
  • Cool ROBLOX-themed and collectible

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Slow to load
  • Uncomfortable to use

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4. Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32

Lever Action Nerf Gun With Most Ammo

nerf elite 2.0 flipshots

If you want a lever action blaster with a large ammo capacity that will spray lines of foam in your future nerf battles, look no further than the Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32. That's a mouthful.

This spring-powered war machine can hold up to 32 nerf elite darts in its two massive drums and uses Nerf's "flip shot" technology.

These unique drums each hold 16 darts, eight on each side of the drum. After shooting the first 16 darts, there is a pump-action handle that rotates the drums exposing the other 16 darts! There is also a safety lock on the pump-action handle to ensure you don't accidentally flip the drums prematurely.

It's a cool and easy way to add additional ammo to a drum and works exceptionally well.

The Flipshot also has a two-stage trigger. A half-pull shoots a single shot, and a full-pull will shoot the second dart. So you can choose to shoot one dart at a time or both!

It has a single tactical rail on top that is compatible with any N-Strike accessories and a very clean feeling action on the lever.

The one drawback of this blaster is it does have a lower than average FPS coming in around 60.

If you want to spend more time plinking and less time reloading, this is one of the best nerf guns you'll find!

Specs:

  • Ammo Type: Standard Nerf Darts
  • Ammo Capacity: 34 rounds
  • Velocity: 60 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: 2 rounds per second
  • Powered: Spring-powered

Reasons to Buy:

  • Large ammo capacity
  • Unique flip-shot drums

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Low FPS

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5. Nerf Zombie Slingfire Blaster

Best Nerf Gun for Flip-Priming

nerf slingfire blaster

One of the coolest aspects of a lever-action weapon is the infamous flip reload (also known as the flip-cock). Many of the blasters on this list are too large or heavy to flip successfully. However, the Nerf Zombie Slingfire blaster was perfectly built for trick reloading and easily takes the spot for the best flip-cocking lever-action blaster!

This unique-looking blaster has a sawed-off shotgun and zombie theme, and the finer details of its design really sell that experience.

The Slingfire would have been number one on this list if it hadn't recently been discontinued. BUT there is still a decent supply of them floating around online, so I'll leave it on this list while they are still widely available.

It's a relatively lightweight blaster that feels like a real sawed-off shotgun. It includes three mounting points for a sling, an integrated shoulder stock, and one tactical rail on the top, which can be fitted with any N-Strike Elite attachments—such as a red dot sight or tactical light.

My one gripe about the design of this blaster is that the lever needs to be in the forward position (half-cocked) before you can release the magazine—which feels awkward and clumsy.

As for the performance, the Nerf Slingfire is advertised to reach 75 feet, but during testing, it falls short of that number and hits an average of 65 feet. It averages about 70 FPS, which is in the upper range of dart-type nerf guns.

Because this blaster is mechanically actuated, the fire rate is entirely dependent upon how fast you can fire and rack a new round. When trying to fire quickly, the priming handle does tend to lock up if you don't push it far enough forward. So it would help if you got the motion down before attempting to fire this blaster quickly, or else you may end up breaking it.

This blaster definitely sacrifices fire rate for fun and style.

The Slingfire comes with a 6-round magazine and six green Nerf elite darts but can be upgraded using any N-Strike Elite magazine—including a 25-round drum! Booyah!

If you're looking for a blaster that is just straight-up fun to reload and shoot, the Slingfire is your huckleberry!

Specs:

  • Ammo Type: Standard darts
  • Ammo Capacity: 6-round clip
  • Velocity: 70 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: Lever-action
  • Powered: Spring-powered

Reasons to Buy:

  • Realistic
  • One of the funniest blasters to use
  • Perfect size for a twirl reload (flip-cock)
  • Discontinued; Soon to be a collectible

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Six dart capacity
  • Rather average performance
  • Clunky to withdraw the magazine

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Bonus: Nerf Vortex Diatron Blaster

I want to touch on the Nerf Vortex Diatron briefly, a small handheld nerf gun with a swing-lever that shoots small foam discs (XLR discs). This blaster was sadly discontinued. However, you can sometimes find one in the strange corners of the internet.

If you do happen to come across a Diatron, I highly recommend picking it. In my opinion, the top few blasters on this list are better than the Diatron, but it is a legacy piece that is rare to find and will make anyone's collection more interesting.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! Our list of the five best lever-action nerf guns on the market in 2022. Whether you're looking for a lightweight skirmish weapon or something that packs a little more of a punch, we've got you covered. Just be sure to stock up on ammo and accessories before your next battle!

Happy nerfing!

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