The Nite Finder EX-3 is an external single-fire Nerf blaster that was released in 2004. It requires two "AA" batteries for its integrated light.

It comes packaged with three Micro Darts. In the United Kingdom, it comes with three Whistler Darts.


The Nite Finder EX-3 is a very simple direct plunger blaster. It has a built-in red light that turns on when the blaster's trigger is half-pulled. The light has a lens that can be moved to adjust the path of the light beam, allowing the user to compensate for gravitational effects on longer shots. One dart can be fired at a time, and ammunition storage for two extras can be found under the blaster's light. There is a tactical rail located on the top of the blaster.


There were two past versions of the Nite Finder EX-3. One was the Nite Finder, which did not include a tactical rail. The other was a Dart Tag blaster named the Firestrike that came in red and blue colors.

The Nite Finder EX-3 was succeeded by the N-Strike Elite Firestrike in 2013. Despite this, in 2014 another color scheme of the Nite Finder EX-3 was discovered. This variation is one of many Elite Repaints and performance is unchanged from the original N-Strike variant.

Color schemes

The Nite Finder has been released with the following color schemes:


Modders love the Nite Finder EX-3 for its pure simplicity and amazing potential for power resulting in outstanding distances incomparable to most other blasters due to its direct plunger system. Common modifications include the removal of the blaster's air restrictor, spring replacements, barrel replacements, increasing ammunition capacity, and minimization.

In fact, some modders have found it capable of taking K26 springs.

Value packs

Two Nite Finder EX-3s come packaged in the Nite Finder EX-3 2-Pack. The Nite Finder EX-3 has also been part of a Disk Shot Set value pack.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Nite Finder EX-3, load a dart into the blaster's muzzle.

Pull the plunger tube back to prime the blaster. Pull the trigger to fire a dart.


  • Because of sloppy design in the circuits, it is possible for the light to be jammed into the "ON" position. This can be due to two reasons: the switch below the trigger may be permanently connected and/or the soldering of the wires may be joined, making the switch obsolete. Both of these problems can be quickly and easily fixed by opening up the blaster.
  • It is featured in the N-Strike Reconnaissance game on the Nerf website.
  • Streamline Darts do not fire properly unless the blaster or the darts are modified.
  • Both its predecessor and successor blasters are called the Firestrike.
    • Despite the different names, there is no physical difference between this blaster and the Dart Tag version of the Firestrike.
  • By tying the two plunger tubes together with a string, one can dual wield this blaster.
    • A somewhat more difficult means to dual-wield also exists. It is possible to "flick" the blaster, holding only the plunger tube and letting the weight of the blaster pull the mech out. This may (in fact, commonly will) launch any darts stored from the storage.
  • It is one of very few N-Strike dart blasters to not have its name molded onto its shell.
  • The blaster is surprisingly easy to spin, although it is possible for a finger to push out darts from storage.


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The full image gallery for Nite Finder EX-3 may be viewed at Nite Finder EX-3/Gallery.

Official videos

External links


  1. Nerf HQ: Nerf Retailer Inventories.
  2. Outback Nerf: Nerf Nitefinder EX-3 Review(Nerffan).

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