Hasbro has always found itself with the demand of a good one handed blaster. We all have fancied using two weapons at once and also there is slight kick using a one hand blaster. Hasbro made some attempts to meet this demand but the best gun is this niche is easily the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster. With this you can prime and fire darts using only one hand. That alone could have been the only quality of Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot but Hasbro managed to do a lot of things with this and we have its in-depth review for you.
Design and Build Quality
The design is inspired with the whole concept of Zombie Strike. And we found this to be interesting and likeable. Out of the box the first thing you will notice with this revolver is the handle. It is designed to resemble wood covered with a cloth, and for us this goes perfectly well with whole Zombie Strike concept. It is also good to hold and overall it fits in the hand nicely. The colours are vibrant and are supported by a decent paint job. Talking about logos and text on the gun, Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot lags behind. We have no complaints with the Nerf logo but “Hammershot” and “ZombieStrike” text doesn’t look good. It reduces the whole design value and Hasbro could have put a little more thought into this. The only thing that saves this, is the beautiful graffiti like ‘Z’ mark on the gun. But more or less we are happy with the way Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot looks.
Since it requires only one hand to operate this gun, the ergonomics are pretty much narrowed down to the handle. As we said earlier the faux wood aids to the grip. The cocking action can be done with your thumb and that is also very smooth. The whole construction of the Zombie Strike Hammershot appears to be solid and they have managed to keep this thing light, which is commendable.
Use and Performance
The operation of this model is fairly simple. You simply have to prime and pull the trigger (don’t forget to load the darts though). The priming action is fairly smooth. But make sure you complete the cocking action, otherwise they might be some problems, which are discussed later.
The cylinder holds 5 darts, which is fairly less, so we suggest you to attach an ammo holder. Just below the cylinder you will find support for this mechanism, at first glance we thought it was a tac rail, but it wasn’t. The whole thing could have been trimmed down a bit, but Hasbro claims it adds up to the performance. So how does it perform?
Well, first things first the range. We were able to get a maximum range of 50 feet (parallel to the ground) with the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot. If you launch the dart at angle of 30 degrees, you might see the dart travelling distance of over 65 feet. Since this only a revolver we were quite impressed with the range. But if you don’t prime properly, the darts will cover much less distance. This is because the mechanism needs full priming to achieve best results.
This action takes up a little time, but with practice you get used to it. We were easily able to fire all the darts in 4.5 seconds. Since there are only 5 darts that you can fire at one go, an ammo holder is almost necessary.
The accuracy is also great and we found it to be close to that of the ‘Elite’ Series.
So overall for one handed operation, the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster surely packs a punch. You get great distance, commendable accuracy and the operation is fairly simple. On the downside there is limited ammo, and it takes a little time to prime the hammer.
How much would it Cost you?
You can easily get the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot for 14$. Though you would like to make a few modifications to it, the whole package will be around 20$. If you are ready to go for the mods, then this is a very good deal. For 20 bucks you get solid one handed nerf gun, with great range and beautiful design. Even if you want to gift the stock version to kid, this model would be worth every penny.
To put simply Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot did exceed our expectations. After the Strongman we were a little unsure if one handed guns could match the excitement and fun of the usual models. But Hasbro managed to pull this off. And with the whole Zombie Strike theme, there is absolutely no doubt that it is a hit with the kids. The darts that come alongside are not bad either, and for 14$ it’s a great package. We highly recommend this and give it a handsome 8 out of 10 stars.