Nitron firing trig

The Nitron's firing trigger.

A firing trigger is a type of trigger. Almost every Nerf blaster has a firing trigger, except for blasters that feature a push-and-pull or manual fire firing style.


Most firing triggers feature the traditional orange Nerf color. More modern firing triggers have slight treads on it for gripping and a few rectangular shaped holes for aesthetics. It has a small spring right behind the trigger that causes it to come back forward every time it is pressed.

Pressing the firing trigger most commonly does one of the following:

1) Releases a catch that holds back the plunger on a charged blaster, allowing the spring to shove the plunger forward and compress air that propels the dart out of the barrel. The Recon, Jolt, Triad, and Rebelle Sweet Revenge are some examples.

2) In most purely mechanical Vortex-line disk launchers, it releases a catch that holds a torsion spring under tension. The spring powers a launching arm that flings the disk forward and out of the barrel. The Vigilon and Praxis are examples of this style. A very few Vortex blasters (such as the Richocet and Ripshot) fire when the trigger releases a catch that holds back compression springs.

3) Opens an air valve to release pressurized air from an air tank or air bladder into the barrel to launch the dart. The Rapid Fire, Hornet, Secret Strike, and Magstrike are some examples.

4) In the case of a modern electronic flywheel blaster, the trigger actuates a dart-pusher, either purely mechanical or motorized, which slides a dart between the spinning flywheels for launch.

NOTE: Other very uncommon trigger mechanisms also exist. The Stampede trigger actuates a motorized plunger system. Triggers on a Gyro Strike (early motorized flywheel) or Ripsaw (manually-powered flywheel), for example, release gravity-fed ammunition to fall into the flywheel mechanism for firing.

False triggers

Some blasters appear to have firing triggers, when in fact they do not. Sometimes these may have an alternate purpose such as with the Super Soaker EES Sonic, where the trigger activates sound effects. On the majority of occurrences, however, false triggers do not do anything and cannot be pressed in.

False triggers have not been used on Nerf blasters; however, they have been used on the EES Sonic and Splash Fire Super Soakers. Many off-brand blasters also feature false triggers.

Color schemes

Triggers are generally orange on every modern blaster.

An exception to this rule are the updated 2012 versions of multiple Dart Tag blasters, which have blue triggers. This includes the Sharp Shot, Speedload 6, Swarmfire, and the Speedswarm.

Another exception to this rule are the weakened, 'safe' versions of the N-Strike Elite and Rebelle blasters, which all feature gray triggers instead of orange. These gray-triggered blasters were generally made for countries with limits on how hard a toy blaster may shoot, most notably Australia.

Another exception to this rule are the Rebelle blasters that feature pink or turquoise firing triggers.