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Nerf Vortex Proton

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  • Series: Vortex
  • Capacity: 1 Disc
  • Range: 55-65 feet
  • Year Released: 2011

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Nerf Vortex Proton Review

For years, the Nite Finder was your only real choice if you wanted a great single shot Nerf blaster. But with the release of the Nerf Vortex Proton, I am happy to announce that that is no longer the case.

The Proton is the smallest blaster in the new Vortex line, and it makes excellent use of the new disc ammo. All of the Vortex blasters are fun, but for some reason I find that the discs are just more fun to shoot when they’re coming out of a smaller blaster like this one.

The Proton is the first legitimate Nerf sidearm we’ve seen in years, and I can easily recommend it to Nerfers of all ages.

How to Load the Proton

To load the Proton, you simply have to pull open a tray on the back end of the blaster and insert a single disc. Flipping a small switch on either side of the blaster (by the trigger area) will close the tray and load the disc into the chamber.

Loading the Proton is a quick and fun process (when was the last time you could say that reloading is fun?).

With some practice, you will be able to load a new disc in 2-3 seconds.

How Far Does the Proton Shoot?

The Nerf Proton has a really impressive range for such a small blaster. Out of the box, you can expect it to shoot 55-65 feet.


The Proton has a belt clip (making it the perfect sidearm), and its loading and firing mechanism is designed to be equally easy for righties and lefties.

The blaster also includes a tactical rail system, so all of your N-Strike and Vortex tactical rail accessories are compatible with it.

Is the Proton Good for Kids?

The Proton is one of the easiest Nerf guns to operate, and any kid 5 or older should be able to use it with no trouble. Reloading and firing is really simple, and the blaster is well suited for small hands.

If you want to buy a Nerf gun for a young kid, this is probably the best one on the market.


Nerf clearly put a lot of thought into the mechanics of the Proton, because it is one of the most intuitive and fun to use Nerf guns I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning.

If you are looking for a blaster for a young kid or want a small single shot blaster for yourself, the Proton is as good as it gets.


  1. Soap says:

    I would have to say I agree with the above review. Reloading couldn’t be more fun! It’s almost like being in a video game itself. For those looking for a realistic loading system I think the N-Strike range is for you, but for us big kids who want a reliable, heavy ranged and minimal jamming system Nerf gun, these alienised XLR guns are awesome!

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