Nerf Speedswarm Review | Dart Strike

Nerf Speedswarm

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  • Series: Dart Tag Guns
  • Capacity: 10 Darts
  • Range: 30-35 Feet
  • Year Released: 2011


The Nerf Speedswarm is not available in stores. If you want to add it to your collection, your best bet is to search for it on eBay.

Nerf Speedswarm Review

The Nerf Speedswarm is an automatic Dart Tag blaster that packs a lot of punch into a small package.

This Nerf gun combines the functionality of the Swarmfire with the portability of the Sharp Shot, and the end result is a satisfying (but not perfect) experience.

The Speedswarm’s rotating turret barrel can hold up to ten tagger darts, which is awesome for such a small blaster (the Barricade can hold ten darts as well).

The accuracy of this blaster is excellent. You will be hard pressed to find a more consistently precise blaster in any of Nerf’s lineups, and if you’re willing to accept its shortcomings (more on that below), you should be satisfied with your purchase.

How to Load the Nerf Speedswarm

The Speedwarm is a front-loaded blaster. Simply load ten tagger darts into the turret, and you’ll be ready to start blasting. If you’re used to the N-Strike clip systems, this simplicity can be refreshing.

Note: While other types of darts will fit into the turret, I had extremely mixed success. I’d recommend only using the tagger darts with this Nerf gun.

How to Shoot the Nerf Speedswarm

Shooting the Nerf Speedswarm is just as simple as loading it. Hold the trigger down to fire in automatic mode, or tap it to fire in bursts. The trigger feels very responsive, making it very easy to control exactly how many darts you fire in a burst.

Overall, the firing mechanism is very well done, but the rate of fire is a little disappointing when compared to other automatic blasters like the Stampede or Vulcan (my stopwatch tests show that the Speedswarm gets off approximately one shot per second).

The slower rate of fire is a fair trade-off when you consider the size of this blaster (small) with the battery size (AA instead of C), but it is still hard to shake the feeling that it’s slower than it could be.

Younger kids will still be thrilled with the speed, but older Nerfers may be disappointed. It’s all about perspective.


The Speedswarm has spots for a belt clip and a bandolier clip, but aside from that, this is a no-frills blaster. And that’s not a bad thing.


All of the Nerf releases these days seem to require batteries, and the Speedswarm is no exception. Six AA batteries are required for operation.

How far does the Nerf Speedswarm Shoot?

My Speedswarm shoots darts between 30-35 feet when held at a slight upward angle.

Is the Nerf Speedwarm Good for Kids?


The Speedswarm is one of the best Nerf guns for kids on the market today.

Loading the blaster is really easy, and firing the darts is as easy as pulling the trigger. This is also one of the smaller Nerf blasters out there, making it easy for them to hold and operate.


The Nerf Speedswarm is a great looking blaster that successfully combines automatic firing with a small package.

I would highly recommend this Nerf gun to kids and anybody who is looking for a fun new sidearm.

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