Nerf N-Strike Modulus Regulator: Gizmodo's First Look

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The N-Strike Modulus Regulator is about to drop in Australia, and it's one for anyone who loves customising their blaster with off-the-shelf extras. It also has three different selectable modes of fire. Let us tell you all about it.

So What Is The N-Strike Modulus Regulator?

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Image: Gizmodo Australia

It's part of Nerf's Modulus series, which started way back in 2015. Customisation and 'tactical play' are prioritises for Modulus blasters, and the latest offering takes it a step further with SwitchFire tech. There's a lot to unpack here — so at first glance it's almost intimidating!

Here's what you get in the box:

  • The blaster
  • Swivel handle
  • Storage stock — this can store both your spare mag and swivel handle
  • 2 x 12 round mags
  • Short barrel scope
  • Long barrel scope
  • 24 x Modulus Elite Darts

What's It Like?

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Image: Gizmodo Australia

Customisation is king when it comes to the Regulator. It's designed for any user to put it together the way they want. So for anyone out there who's an especially tactical Nerf user, take note.

For example, you might choose to attach the included barrels individually or all together, with or without the swivel handle, and in any order.

The short barrel scope has its own tactical rail, so you can add your own additional attachments if you like. Alternatively, you can attach it to the top rail of the blaster itself, turning it into a standalone scope.

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The long barrel scope can also be attached to the top rail of the blaster, but unlike the short barrel, it doesn't have its own rail.

As for the swivel handle, it can be used to stabilise your shots rather than just holding the handgrip itself. I found that this was most useful when shooting from the hip at close range, and when loading a fresh mag. You may not find it as necessary for long range play.

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I also wouldn't recommend carrying it around by the swivel handle — it feels much more comfortable and stable to hold it by the primary blaster handle.

Now, customisation is cool and all, but my favourite part of the Regulator is the select fire options — single, automatic and burst. These are SO much fun.

Single

Automatic

Burst

But before you get excited to get blasting, you're going to need four C-size batteries, as well as a screwdriver to install them. Once that's done, you're ready to go.

To start hunting people in your office firing the blaster, hold down the rev trigger for a couple of seconds before activating the primary trigger. Once you have run out of darts, the empty chamber light on the rear of the blaster will start blinking.

It's worth noting that it will blink for an entire 15 seconds if you try to fire an empty mag. This may not seem like a big deal, but it's something you'll want to avoid if you play at night.

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In addition to the attachment options that come with the Regulator, the top rail allows for a myriad of optics options of your own. Player's choice — so go nuts.

Similar to other blasters in the N-Strike range, the mag release is within the trigger guard, which you can push forward with your index finger. I've talked about this feature before , with the RaptorStrike.

I'm not a huge fan — I prefer a little more room and don't find the movement particularly comfortable. It does, however, allow for a quick release, so I get the thought process behind it.

You'll also be using your index finger to be switching between the three modes. As someone with smaller hands, I found it a little difficult to reach in a way that felt quick and with fluid movement.

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One super cool thing though, is that the blaster is ambidextrous — you can change the firing mode on either side. It's a really nice touch.

When it comes to play, I'm someone who generally prefers single fire options in everything from video games to Nerf battles. It's a personal tactics preference that stems from the need to control my shots as much as possible.

In fact, as a rule of thumb, I'd never choose burst mode for anything. But I have to say, I really enjoyed the automatic and burst fire options on the Regulator.

Where To Buy

The Regulator itself feels like it has been optimised for control and stability, even when you're tracking moving targets, which I suppose explains the name! I didn't feel like I was simply spraying darts for the hell of it. Although that's of course always fun anyway.

Really, the strength of the Regulator is in its versatility. Not only can you kit it out to your own personal preference, the different firing modes allows for for a variety of tactical setups.

The N-Strike Modulus Regulator is now available and thought it usually retails for $104.95 at the time of writing it is available for $79.99.

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