Not to be confused with cylinder.
Drums are similar to clips or magazines, but have a cylindrical shape to increase their capacity without compromising much vertical space (although through this, more horizontal space is used). There are three variations of drums with different ammunition types: dart drums, disc drums, and High-Impact Round drums. Dart drums are compatible with clip system blasters. Disc drums are compatible with magazine-fed Vortex blasters. High-Impact Round drums are compatible with magazine-fed RIVAL blasters.
All Nerf dart drums feature a winding knob on the back to release jammed darts manually by turning the knob.
Drums are normally purchased with blasters. However, they can also be found separately second-hand, such as on internet trading/auction sites like eBay, Craigslist, Kijiji and so on.
The drum was first introduced with the thirty-five dart drum; at the time of its introduction, it held more ammunition than any other ammunition holding accessory.
In 2010, a patent was filed by Hasbro for a fifty dart drum, meant to be packaged with the Stampede ECS. This drum would have become the first "double drum", fed from two sets of cylinders that house the darts, and much more mechanically complex than other drums. However, the drum was cancelled and never released. Eventually in 2019, a new fifty dart drum was made available with the Titan CS-50, with a nearly identical design.
The first High-Impact Round drum was meant to come with the release of the Edge Series Helios XVIII-700 in 2020. A patent for the design of the drum was published on July 4, 2019. It was cancelled alongside its patron blaster and never released.
Clip system dart drums
|Thirty-five dart drum||2009|
|Eighteen dart drum||2010|
|Twenty-five dart drum||2012|
|Thirty dart drum||2018|
|Fifty dart drum (N-Strike Elite)||2019|
|Fifty dart drum (N-Strike)||Cancelled|
|Forty disc drum||2012|
High-Impact Round drums
|Thirty round drum||Cancelled|
Clip system dart drums
|Thirty dart drum||?|
- Full-auto and slam firing is often considered to be better served by a drum-fed blaster, due to the larger amount of ammunition that can be held in them.
- However, drums tend to jam more often than normal clips, especially when the blaster is fired quickly.
- Hasbro, Inc.; Miller, C.; Victor, R. J.; Bryant, W. J.; Nugent, D. M. (2019-07-04). High Capacity Magazine For Spherical Projectiles (PDF). United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved on 2019-11-22.
|Blaster accessories||Barrel extension • Detachable shoulder stock • Flip-up sight • Scope • Shield|
|Ammunition accessories||Ammo rail • Belt • Chain • Clip • Drum • Magazine (XLR Disc • High-Impact Round) • Shell|