Blast into intense, blazing, Nerf action with the new 68 mph Rival Apollo XV-700
Want to get into the exciting new Rival line of Nerf blasters? The Apollo XV-700 is the entry level blaster in the Rival family. Don’t let “entry level” fool you though, it’s rocking the same 68mph muzzle velocity and accuracy as the bigger, semi-automatic, motorized MXV-1200!!
The Rival line is the newest and most exciting blaster family from Nerf. It’s a pretty substantial upgrade from their old school foam dart blasters. These new Rival blasters feature a 1 inch foam sphere projectile, dimpled like a golf ball. The blaster will impart backspin by design as it fires the ball, which is where those golf ball dimples come in. The dimples, combined with the backspin stabilize the projectile on its way to the target, resulting in unprecedented accuracy from a Nerf Blaster.
Rival blasters are a complete departure from the classic foam dart Nerf gun range. The magazines are completely different (duh! balls, not darts homie!) the tactical rail system is also not compatible with any accessories from the regular Nerf dart guns.
Since this is the entry level Nerf gun of this range its got a single shot firing mechanism. Which means you have to cock the hammer after each shot, kinda like a pump action shotgun. Except the action is on the top of the blaster instead of underneath
Unfortunately the ergonomics and ease of use for the Apollo XV-700 aren’t quite up to par. This is strictly a two handed weapon. It takes two hands to charge the firing mechanism. It takes two hands to drop the magazine. It takes two hands to work the safety on/off….Starting to see a pattern here?
Pulling the trigger is just about the only thing that doesn’t take two hands to operate
Once you fire off that round, you’ll have to work the action to charge the weapon and chamber the next round. The charge handle is large and easy to grab, which is good because the mechanism isn’t all that smooth, and also kinda ratchety. To work the action you have to pull the handle back AND push it back forward.
Pulling the handle back charges the spring, and pushing it forward chambers the next round. It would have been nice if Nerf had designed it to be spring loaded forward after pulling it back.
It also would have been better if they could have put the charging handle ANYWHERE else besides on top of the blaster. Because as it is right now on top, you have a 1.25″ tall, 1/2″ wide obstruction smack dab right in the center of your sight line…..Seriously Nerf? SERIOUSLY!!??? You guys build the most accurate blaster in the history of Nerf blasters and you put a gigantic block on top of the blaster which makes sighting the blaster extremely difficult. This could have been the first bona fide Nerf sniper blaster ever…buuuuuut they botched this one important detail
This is one of the two most powerful Nerf guns on the market, with its combination of range, accuracy, velocity, and spring powered propulsion (read stealth, no loud motors to spin up prior to firing) with a little practice aiming it’s a long range sniping dominator!
- Range – When I tested the range on this blaster I shot them on a perfectly horizontal trajectory, with zero arc…This is one flat shooting blaster! 😀
- After shooting two full magazines, 14 shots in total, I can report that the Apollo XV-700 fares extremely well in the range department
- 65-70 feet is the average range of the rounds fired from the Apollo. Remember this is from a perfectly horizontal firing position. With a little arc this thing will punch out past the 100 foot mark!
- Rate of Fire – With its manual action this was never gonna be a blazing rapid fire blaster. Shot placement is critical with this blaster, better make that first shot count!
- 1 round per second of accurately placed fire is easily achieved, with some practice you can ratchet that up to 1.5 to 2 rounds per second, but they wont be precisely located shots. You can hold down an area with this method in a pinch if needed, but there are other blasters better suited to high volume suppressing fire.
- Accuracy – This is where the XV-700 shines. It is far and away the most accurate Nerf gun I’ve tested to date! We’ll have to see how it stacks up against its big brother the Zeus MXV-1200 later on tho!
- Within 30-40 feet the Apollo is straight up deadly. Anyone who’s unlucky enough to cross your sights is going down!
- Past 40 feet this blaster is still far more accurate than any other blaster I’ve seen. But it starts to yaw a bit at these longer ranges. Kinda like a slice, or a draw when you hit a golf ball.
This is where things get super enticing, at approximately $25 this is probably the best deal in Nerf Guns you can find!!
Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Review Conclusion
Despite a few shortcomings, this is easily one of the best Nerf guns money can buy! And speaking of $…at $25 you won’t have to break open your piggy bank to get one of the most advanced, accurate, high powered Nerf Blasters on the market. If you’re in the market for a new Nerf gun, and you don’t already have one of the new Rival blasters, then the Apollo XV-700 really should be your next purchase! It’s one of the top 2 Nerf guns available today
Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700$25
- Range - You don't have to lob your shots anymore
- Accuracy - Most precise Nerf gun I've tested so far
- Velocity - 68 mph muzzle velocity! There's no dodging this blaster!
- Price - Priced as a mid range blaster, its a fantastic value since it's one of the best, and most advanced Nerf blasters available!
- Slow Rate of Fire
- Ergonomics are lacking
- Charging handle directly in the line of sight when aiming down the barrel