The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot was released in 2013 and set the bar for revolver-style blasters.
If you love slinging darts, you have to feel the power of having a Hammershot in each hand in a battle.
The Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot is a popular spring-powered blaster with a 5-round revolving cylinder. Its key feature is the hammer-action priming handle that lets you operate it one-handed. The Hammershot is great for dual-wielding and has a unique Zombie-themed design.
In this guide, we will further explore the features of the Nerf Hammershot to help you understand both the good and the bad.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post; I purchased the gun with my own money.
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Key Features of Nerf Hammershot
Let’s begin by checking out the detailed features of the Hammershot!
- A zombie-themed, spring-powered, revolver blaster that is primed by Hammer action.
- Hammer action thumb primer that allows complete one-handed operation.
- 5-shot front-loading ammo cylinder makes loading quick and easy.
- Fires standard Elite darts and includes five that are Zombie Strike bright green.
- Shoots darts at up to 65 FPS (feet per second), the average Nerf gun dart velocity.
- One N-Strike tactical rail on top of the barrel that is compatible with standard attachments.
- A sling mount is included on the bottom of the grip.
The Hammershot is one of my choices for the best Zombie Strike Nerf Blasters, but let’s see if it is the right choice for you!
Review of Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot
I put the Zombie Strike Hammershot through a 7-point review, which is found below. I’ve determined that this is a durable Nerf gun with a sweet design and standard performance. The lower ammo capacity is a bummer, but the blaster has a quality feel.
- Comfortable revolver design
- One-handed operation, perfect for dual-wielding
- Tactical rail for attachments
- Cool Zombie theme for gun and darts
- Average dart velocity
- Lower ammo capacity than other revolvers
- Grip can be uncomfortable for some
Design & Ergonomics: 9/10
The Hammershot has one of the most comfortable grips and overall feels of any Nerf pistol I remember. It is a sleek Nerf gun that is fairly compact for what it is. I think you either like the Zombie theme, or you don’t, but it is available in some other cool color options.
I think it’s great to have the tactical rail option on top for those who want to throw a scope on. However, if you do use a bigger scope, there is a possibility it gets in the way of priming it. The sling mount is also nice to have for those who use them.
Ammo and Loading: 8/10
The only major drawback to the Hammershot is the lower ammo capacity.
This blaster comes with five green elite darts, which fills its 5-dart rotating drum. This revolving drum design is very fast to load, with only one barrel being blocked at a time. With a quick rotation, you can have this thing loaded in well under 10 seconds.
The standard Elite darts will give you average but more than acceptable performance.
Firing and Rate of Fire: 8/10
Firing the Hammershot is so smooth, and is a big reason why it’s so popular. You can fire the Hammershot pretty quickly with both hands, and just a bit slower with one. To me, it almost feels easier to prime it with your thumb rather than your other hand.
This is a Nerf gun with slam-fire technically, but it is referred to as fan-firing with the hammer. This can be done by holding the trigger down while fanning the hammer with your palm. However, while this will increase your fire rate on this blaster, it drastically reduced accuracy and FPS.
Accuracy and Consistency: 7.5/10
I never experience any issues with shooting, it has a consistent firing system. The average accurate range is within 15-20 ft. Just like with all Nerf guns, you will have a dart occasionally shoot wildy.
Accuracy, of course, depends a lot on the ammo and how worn it is. You can naturally increase the accuracy with some better quality Nerf darts like Waffle heads or AccuStrike rounds.
FPS and Range: 7.5/10
The Hammershot shoots at the average dart velocity of 65 FPS. For those who don’t know much about feet per second speed, this blaster shoots the standard speed you would expect. The most powerful Nerf guns shoot can shoot 90-120+ FPS.
This gun also has the standard ranges you can expect from a Nerf pistol. You can expect a 35-50ft range on average, with a max range of 65-70ft when shot at an angle.
Reliability and Durability 8.5/10
As a secondary pistol to a bigger Nerf gun, it is a good choice, but the ammo capacity hurts it a bit. If you have two of them as backup, you are in business.
I remember my first thought when I first held the Hammershot was that it feels solid. I remember the initial Hammershot I bought had a little issue with the priming hammer. However, I haven’t heard of anyone else having the same problem.
Fun and Value: 9/10
This pistol is one of my favorites, and I think always will be. I love the revolver theme, and I am a big fan of the Zombie Strike series.
You can’t beat being able to fire one in each hand, and even younger kids can shoot it easily. This feature makes it easy to hold a Nerf melee weapon, or a flag, in your other hand,
You can still get the Hammershot for under $20, which is a pretty fair price for this quality Nerf blaster.
Based on the given ranking factors, I give the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot an 8.2 out of 10.
There are only a few spring-powered Nerf guns with one-handed operation like the Hammershot. I feel this is a big part of what makes this blaster such a good time. The Zombie theme always gets the imagination going and makes it unique.
There are two things that would push this revolver closer to a 9 rating for me: At least six dart capacity and a higher FPS dart speed. That being said, I still stand by my decision of the Hammershot being one of the best Nerf pistols.
I would recommend this blaster to anyone because of its overall quality and unique design. The Hammershot is sure to please as a gift for boys or girls as they have some different color designs to choose from.
Versions and Where to Buy the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot
There are a few different color schemes of the Hammershot that are exclusive to Amazon. However, you can sometimes find it at other online stores. Check the links below for the current prices of these different versions.
- Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster (Amazon Exclusive)
- Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster – Undead Red (Amazon Exclusive)
- Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot- Caution Stripes (Amazon Exclusive)
- Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot- Splatter (Amazon Exclusive)
Nerf Guns Like the Zombie Strike Hammershot
There are only a few guns like this with the hammer-action. Here are some of the top Nerf Revolvers that compare!
The gun that is the most like the Hammershot is the Nerf Elite 2.0 Trailblazer that was released in 2022. It is actually a slight upgrade because it holds eight darts instead of five and shoots slightly harder. The Trailblazer also has an awesome blue/light-blue color design. Check out our in-depth Nerf Trailblazer Review for more info.
There is a baby MicroShots version of the Hammershot called the Zombie Strike Doublestrike. However, this blaster just holds and shoots one dart.
If you are looking for something about half the size, the Nerf Doomlands Persuader is a decent choice. It is a 4-shot revolver with four inline barrels. It has a pretty cool-looking orange and black design with a transparent firing mechanism portion.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Nerfing!