Nerf Vulcan

N-Strike Vulcan Nerf Gun

Nerf Vulcan Quick Facts

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Series:Nerf N Strike
Ammo capacity:25 darts
Range:15-20 feet
Released: 2008

Part of the Nerf N-Strike line, the Nerf Vulcan is one of the most ambitious Nerf guns that Hasbro has ever made.

The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Vulcan out of the box is that this is a really big Nerf gun, not at all suited for a stealth mission. This is to be expected — it is a machine gun afterall — but you won’t appreciate size and weight of the gun until you hold it in your hands for the first time.

Once you take the Vulcan out of the box, you’ll notice that it comes with a few accessories: a much needed tripod, an ammobox, and an ammobelt. Inside the ammobox, you’ll find 25 darts loaded in the ammobelt.

If you’re thinking about buying the Vulcan, you’re probably attracted to the idea of firing off 25 rounds in less than 10 seconds. And really, who wouldn’t enjoy blasting their friends/kids/baby seals with that kind of firepower? Unfortunately, as appealing as the idea is, the Vulcan isn’t all high fives and fist pumps.

For starters, the price tag on the Nerf Vulcan is pretty hefty ($40). It also requires 6 D batteries to operate (unless you want to go into single-shot manual pump mode). As you would expect, it also takes a very significant amount of time to load 25 rounds into the belt after every 10 seconds of fun.

One of the primary complaints about the Nerf Vulcan is its tendency to jam. In my experience, this problem can be mitigated significantly by keeping the belt straight and ‘feeding’ it in with your non-trigger hand. However, I can see that younger kids would probably have a hard time with this, and I’d imagine they’d grow frustrated rather quickly.

The range on this Nerf gun  is also somewhat lackluster, but in the end it’s acceptable given the awesome rate of fire. Expect average shots to reach about 15-20 feet.

On the positive side, the Vulcan is an absolute blast to use, and like many N-Strike guns, features the tactical rail system. This means that it’s compatible with accessories from other Nerf guns, such as the Recon’s sights, the Longshot’s scope, and the Unity Power System’s scout blaster.

All in all, the Nerf Vulcan is a great deal of fun and should keep you busy for hours — even if most of that time is spent reloading.

Here’s a Vulcan user guide from Nerf:

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

XzionNovember 9, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I just bought this one recently and all I can sayis I love it. Only takes a minute to load for me if you have the rounds collected. Your best bet is to have several belts pre-loaded. Belt fed guns in general aren’t meant to be loaded on the battle field. I’ve never had mine jam and Ive run belts through it for fun several times now. Even have a modded 50 round belt. It seems to me people are misinterpreting this gun as something it was never designed to be.This thing is /way/ better than the Razorbeast I had back in the day. In fact, it’s what I had always hoped the Razorbeast would have been! ^.^


SomeoneDecember 25, 2009 at 11:12 am

Ok, where do I start? This gun kicks butt. the first time I fired it, it jammed. Here’s my solution, use streamline darts, I’ve never had a jam with them. other darts will probably jam.

I’ve already fought a nerf war woith this gun, and I won. I just cornered my targets and let the full auto do its work.

The gun is capable of blasting off 3 darts a second, making it a great primary. just buy some extra belts and you’ll be unstoppable. Even better is the fact that you can make 2 25-dart belts into one 50 dart belt.

the Blaster requires 6 “d” size batteries, you can get 12 of them at walmart for 18 dollars.

The Vulcan also features a single shoot, manual mode. this is great for sniping. The Vulcan’s biggest downside is it’s weight, 6.8 pounds( yes, I weighed it ).

Overall, I highly recommend this gun as it will make you the ruler of nerf wars.


JohnDecember 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

A word about jamming due to feeding problems…

I don’t have one of these, btw.

The author says that feeding the belt with your non-firing hand alleviates the jamming problems.

Take a look at videos of machine gun fire as recently as the Vietnam war.You’ll see a guy feeding the belts into the gun by hand.

EVERY belt fed gun EVER up until about 15 years ago would periodically jam due to feed problems unless someone guided the belt into the receiver.Only recently have machine guns been built that can “pull” the belt in under their own power, so don’t feel bad about having to hand feed your Nerf gun.;)


RblakeDecember 30, 2009 at 12:08 am

My son really likes the Vulcan.It definitely puts rounds down range quickly with fresh batteries.I won’t really judge it on accuracy since it’s purpose is to to throw alot of darts, not pin point one dart.With that said, it’s no sniper rifle, but it does shoot darts where you aim. Reloading is a pain, so extra pre-loaded belts are a must.

My biggest issue with this gun is the short range.15-20ft is the max flat-fired range.If this was 5-10 feet greater, it would be one of my favorite guns, but instead, the range is a liability.Like was said before, it’s ok for 1v1 or 2v2, but if there are more than 4 ppl & it’s every man for himself, you’ll get outgunned w/o a secondary weapon.It’s also pretty heavy, but I love the tripod and the handle it comes with.That makes using it much easier. It also uses ALOT of expensive batteries!

Despite all the negatives I gave, I like the power switch and the ability to shoot single shot w/o power.I gave it 8/10 stars, but would rather use the Raider & a Maverick…or my latest special, a Recon SMG w/the Raider drum.


CS-6erJanuary 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I just got this gun! It is soooooo awesome!!!

Awesome firing rate(3 Darts per second w/fresh batteries)

Fast reload time(w/ multiple chains)

Looks Awesome!!!


Slow reload time(putting bullets back in the chain)

Heavy (about 5 pounds)

batteries are expensive(6 Ds)

Overall it is an awesome gun!!!!!!!


MetaberryJanuary 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm

This gun is pseudo-good.Holding out the belt straight and discarding the useless box (it looks stupid and doesn’t do much) usually takes care of jamming. The bullets fly fast out the muzzle and are pretty accurate. The main problem is that the gun is too heavy for even the most tactical of Nerf wars. It is hard as hell to move quickly, and firing from the hip is near-impossible thanks to a bad center of gravity. It still is good for hiding and guarding corners, though.


ilikeike140March 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

my vulcan jams at least 3 times each belt and the range isnt very good but ive had mine since they first came out, just make sure the gun is on before you say the batteries died. that happened to me once. i was at a nerf war and i went to use my vulcan at the very beginning and it would barly fire and was making a horrible noise so i stopped using it . when i got home i checked the batteries and they were fine and the gun shot fine. with the old belts you can unscrew the ends and make a longer belt.


TechWolfApril 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I just got this thing today from my instructor for free. Because it was a used one, it did have some problems with it, but I figured some of them out. One problem was that it didn’t fire the darts when I first shot it. That was because there was a friggin ball jammed in the barrel. Guess that’s what you get when you give a vulcan to a 2 year old. I got the ball out and was able to fired. Batteries were already dead, though. I have to get new batteries for the thing and see how well it shoots then. The handle is also missing along with the ammo box, but I should get those from my instructor in a couple days (it’s the weekend right now). It definitely is heavy and I had to get used to that first. After that, I liked the way it felt. All in all, it seems like a great gun, minus the pretty bad ranges.


M107May 2, 2010 at 12:45 am

I’ve tried it but it could put down suppressive fire but it’s range is okay about 32 feet but it is not good for sniping because I’ve done it but the person found out so quickly


mattMay 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

If you have jamming problems just feed the belt in and for faster fireing rate get a 9.6 rc battery and mod away(anything higher than a 9.6 will melt your vulcan ) i went through three vulcans with a moded 10.6 battery :)


elchavox13June 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I bought one a month ago
Good aspects:
one = is incredibly fast
two = in war all are at your mercy
three= have nerf gun no competition with this (if you can not move)
bad aspects
a = if you run out of bullets, all you get shot (I recommend having another gun, a nite finder)
two = when they hosted a war, all my cousins and my sister ask (jajajajaja)
three = from time to time gets stuck (I recommend not using the box of bullets, would get stuck a lot more)
in conclusion:


King-HamnJune 18, 2010 at 2:13 am

The first time I used one of these sexy beasts was at my friends.
I can vividly remember my younger cousin shouting “For Narnia!” while we were playing HALO 3 and shooting the TV, ultimately ending in us getting powned at Grifball. It is a great gun but the fire rate they put on it, [3 darts per second] I believe, was completely false. and the belt jams very easily.


vulcan:(November 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The vulcan was absolutely amazing the first time i used it but after about a month the thing broke so we returned it for a new one and then the second one broke after about two weeks the problem was that the sprocket wheels that fed the chain in would only work sporadically and this caused major problems and from other sites i have gathered that this is not uncommon so i give this gun a coolness factor of 10 but a reliability factor of 0.


coldiceboxDecember 31, 2010 at 3:22 am

this gun is wicked and if u look at the new sonic coler versions like the clear version of most guns it makes it look sick but i tried to dual these but its too heavy (yes i kno it was a stupid idea but it worked with the stampede) this gun is also realy good kuz its makes me feel awsome when im fighting my 2 little cusins ;D


NateJanuary 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

It is a little big and bulky so I would recommend you use it for defending a base in a nerf war, preferably with a lot of ammo.


DaleMarch 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

When i got my vulcan, I got an extra belt and it rarely jams. I got itabout 3 months after it came out.I got it at Walmart.The box on the side comes so the gun gets thinner.Last Sunday my little cousin got one and his 13 year old sister is terorfide of him.


SaschaMarch 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Could you please tell in Australia were I can get another belt because unfortunatley my son cut his I would really appreciate it Thank you Sascha.


adamMarch 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

I think this would be a ‘Leeroy Jenkins’ gun lol :)


jhughesMarch 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

i modded mine added a liquid coolent system to stop over heating it has a 15.6 volt battery mod with a 500 dart belt it never jammed.


WallfMarch 30, 2011 at 2:23 am

The Nerf Vulcan is a great gun. It is best used when playing in a team and making covering fire. This gun has two different fire modes there’s pump action and fully auto. In pump action you have the range of about 25-35 feet and in fully auto you have the range of about 20-30 (but its not very accurate in fully auto). This gun looks awesome and it works awesomely so i give this gun 8.5-10


ada.April 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I postivly love this gun it is awesome.
awesome lookin
great rate of fire
no jams at all
well maby its just mine but it had some stuff on the battery connectors so we had to sand it off
other than that its awesome


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