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The Manta Ray is a Nerf blaster that was released in 1996 under the Max Force series.

It comes packaged with four Mega Darts.


As its name may suggest, the Manta Ray is shaped like a manta ray to keep in the theme with the Max Force blasters.

It is quite unusual in that the size and shape of the blaster allows it to be used as a shield to block incoming dart fire. It has two separate barrels that fire from the blaster's single trigger. The barrels are angled, allowing the fired darts to converge at the desired target; each set features its own priming mechanism, which is pulled forwards, rather than backwards.

Color schemes

The Manta Ray was released in the following color schemes:

  • Teal and black
  • Purple and black


  • The Manta Ray was the first blaster to be able to fire more than one dart at a time.
  • In most Nerf wars, this is the only kind of shield allowed to block darts. However, rules are up to the one running the war, so this may not be the case in some wars.
  • On the box, it showed kids catching darts on the shield. However, this is actually quite difficult to do.
  • Depending on when the blaster was produced, different stickers were made. These can usually be identified by looking at the "Manta Ray" sticker on the blaster.
  • Combining two blasters into using a single trigger (ie: two Nite Finders) is often referred to as "Manta-ing".
  • It is compatible with modern Mega Darts.[citation needed]



  1. Manta Ray(TM) (Review). Nerf Reviewed!. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-02-22. Manta Ray (TM).
  2. NerfCenter logo.gif Michal, M.. NC Review - Nerf® Manta Ray(TM) (Review). NerfCenter. Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved on 2017-08-23.
  3. Nerf Manta Ray Review (Review). Dart Strike. Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved on 2017-08-23.

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