A revolver (abbreviated as REV with N-Strike number codes), also known as a rotating cylinder (abbreviated with RC with Alpha Strike number codes) blaster, is a type of Nerf blaster that features a revolving cylinder.
Revolvers are a popular style of blaster due to a typically low purchase cost, as well as ease of modification. Revolvers are also frequently dual-wieldable, bypassing some usual problems with priming and reloading. Several models of revolver, such as the Strongarm, are slam fire capable.
While the original REV blasters were reverse plunger models, modern revolvers are more commonly designed with either a direct plunger, flywheel system, or string-based priming mechanism. Revolvers are reloaded in one of two ways; direct chamber loading from the front with rotation of the cylinder to expose each chamber, or drop-cylinder models which allow the barrel to swing to the side and provide simultaneous access to all chambers.
Main article: Electronic revolver
Electronic revolvers are revolver-style blasters that are powered by flywheels. They feature a pusher mechanism to push darts out of the chambers and into the flywheels.
The main advantage of revolvers is that they are able to accept more types of darts than Clip system blasters. Revolvers are also easier to reload, and reloading in a nerf war is less risky as a result, because they can be fired faster. Revolvers are generally smaller than most types of Nerf blasters, which can make them good sidearms. They also jam less than a clip system blaster.
Revolvers lack customization that clip system blasters have, such as compatibility with barrel extensions and shoulder stocks. The only revolver blasters that can be attached with a barrel extension and shoulder stock are the Spectre REV-5 and the Commander RD-6. Revolvers are usually lower capacity than clip system blasters, which makes them only good for sidearms.
List of Nerf revolvers