The Nerf Rapid Fire AS-20 can intimidate your enemies by appearance alone. A good sized, fierce looking weapon, it was first released in 2001, was apparently discontinued in 2003 then rereleased as a Toys R Us exclusive in 2005. IThe Nerf Rapid Fire remains in production to the present day and is available at Target, in the distinctive black and yellow N-strike series color configuration, or at Amazon in the cooler black and red of the Airjet Power series. For customer reviews, stock and latest prices clcik the “Click Here For More Info” button below.
Rapid Fire Review
As the name implies, the Rapid Fire AS-20 holds 20 darts at once in a rotating barrel capable of firing the darts at remarkable five to six darts a second. This is a barrage style weapon that is best used in warfare with a back up blaster as reloading takes a few minutes of quiet time to successfully accomplish. It takes about 25 pumps to fully prime the gun to fire—added to the time it takes to load the darts (they must be put into their seats in the barrel individually); this can be a drawback in heavy action.
Nerf Rapid Fire in Automatic and Semi Automatic Modes
The Nerf Rapid Fire has two firing modes, fully automatic and semi-automatic. In fully automatic mode all 20 darts are deployed within 4 seconds—resulting in that astounding rate of fire already noted. In semi-automatic mode the Rapid Fire AS-20 has been known to skip rounds, but jams are almost never reported. The blaster operates on a single fire air jet system.
Rapid Fire Range and Darts
The effective firing range of the Rapid fire is between 15 and 20 feet when firing level. Angling the barrel up on firing can bring the range up to between 20-25 feet. Any Nerf micro dart should work in the blaster, Whistler darts and suction tipped darts are frequently sold with this Nerf toy gun on sites like Amazon.com.
Nerf Rapid Fire Mods
Modders report that the barrels are easy to modify, although Hasbro has come out heavily against the practice due to safety concerns. The Rapid Fire AS-20 is considered by many nerf-herders to be a worthy successor to the Wildfire which has been discontinued by Hasbro. Priced at around $30, the Rapid Fire AS-20 is a lower cost alternative to the Vulcan EBF-25 and the Stampede ECS blasters.