The Bow 'n' Arrow is a Nerf blaster that was released in 1991 under the Original Nerf name.

It comes packaged with three arrows.


As its name suggests, it heavily resembles a bow. It has fake bow strings that are there for aesthetics.

It does not feature a firing trigger. Instead, it is fired similarly to an actual bow. Two arrow holders are located on the upper limb of the blaster. The blaster also has a built-in sight located above the barrel.


It was the first Nerf blaster that featured the use of arrows. Invented by Mark Rappaport, it is commonly believed to be a 1990 blaster. However, it did not appear in 1990 packaging. It did, however, appear in 1991 packaging (1991 gave packaging a redesign), as well as the 1991 catalog, where it was listed as being "new". This points to the blaster having a 1991 release instead of a 1990 release.

The Bow 'n' Arrow was given a new packaging for 1992 and a new color scheme for 1993. It was re-released in 1994 as the Sonic Stinger Bow 'n' Arrow, in which fired arrows with plastic buzzing tips. This version also used a new color scheme. In 1994, it was also sold as part of the Gotcha brand as the "Super Bow & Arrow".

The blaster was said to have been given a re-release in 1997, although it is unknown if any performance differences occurred with this re-release.

It was spiritually succeeded by the Big Bad Bow in 1998.

The blaster, along with its 1994 and 1998 successors, was succeeded by the N-Strike Blazin' Bow in 2013.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Bow 'n' Arrow, place an arrow over the blaster's barrel.

Pull and release the plunger rod located on the back of the blaster to fire.


  • Mark Rappaport, the inventor of the Bow 'n' Arrow, maintains a toy company, Marky Sparky Toys, which makes a similar bow, now called the "Faux Bow".


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  1. 1.0 1.1 NC Reviews: Nerf® Bow 'n' Arrow™.