The Nerf Vortex Nitron is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Nerf Vortex Nitron Review
The Nerf Vortex Nitron is the only fully automatic blaster in the Vortex lineup. With a large disc capacity and rifle-like appearance, it’s clearly intended to be the flagship of the series. Whether you prefer the Nitron to other blasters in the Vortex lineup will depend on personal taste, but either way it’s obvious that Nerf succeeded in its mission to make this the flagship Vortex blaster.
If you’re in the market for an automatic disc shooter, you won’t be disappointed with what it has to offer.
How to Load the Nitron
The Nitron uses a removable clip system. The clip that comes with the blaster holds 20 discs, which is the largest capacity of any of the Vortex guns.
As with all large capacity clips, there are some trade offs. First, it takes a lot of time to round up all your discs after emptying a clip. Second, it can take a lot of time to reload. Thankfully, Nerf has done their best to address both of these problems by including a space in the stock of the blaster where you can store an extra (not included) pre-filled clip. This is a huge time-saver, and a smart use of space.
How to Shoot the Nitron
The Nitron operates with a flywheel mechanism that fires the darts from the chamber. To activate the flywheel, you have to hold down an ‘acceleration trigger’ found on the trigger handle. This will cause the flywheel to spin, which produces a steady humming sound (if you have the Barricade, the sounds are similar if not identical).
To fire the discs in automatic mode, you just have to hold down the trigger while the acceleration trigger is depressed. To fire single shots, just pump the trigger rather than holding it down.
In fully automatic mode, you can fire approximately 1.5 discs per second. For the sake of comparison, the Stampede fires 3 darts per second.
The Nitron is a very sturdy Nerf gun, and it’s comfortable to hold. The shoulder stock fits nicely against my shoulder, and the overall weight of the gun feels very evenly distributed.
The Nitron has a tactical rail, making it compatible with accessories you may have picked up from other blasters in the Vortex or N-Strike lineups.
The blaster also comes with a unique scope that has some cool visual effects. It’s comprised of three clear plastic plates, and each plate can be lit up with green LED lights. The effect is pretty cool, and it can be controlled by pushing a button on the side of the scope.
As with all automatic Nerf guns, the Nitron requires batteries to operate. Six C batteries are required to operate the blaster.
If you want to activate the lit scope, you’ll need two additional AAA batteries as well.
How Far Does the Nitron Shoot?
As with the other Vortex blasters, the Nitron shoots discs between 55-65 feet.
Is the Nitron Good for Kids?
The short answer: it depends.
Younger kids will have an impossible time with this Nerf gun. It will be difficult for them to hold, and operating the dual-trigger system while holding the blaster may require more strength and coordination than they have.
I would recommend the Nitron for children 8 years of age and older. For younger kids, I would recommend the Proton instead.
If you just want an automatic Nerf gun and don’t care what kind of ammo it shoots, you’d probably be better off with the Stampede. The Stampede’s higher rate of fire and superior level of accuracy make it a better all around blaster.
With that said, the if an automatic Vortex blaster is something that you’ve been looking forward to, then you will love the Nitron. It’s a quality Nerf weapon, and a lot of fun to play with.
The decision is yours.
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