Not to be confused with the Zuru blaster of the same name.

The Side Winder is a Buzz Bee blaster that was released in 2013 under the Air Warriors series.

It comes packaged with a thirty dart drum, two connector pieces, thirty Micro Darts, and instructions.


The Side Winder is a blaster that uses a variation of HAMP-action similar to slam fire to fire. It comes with a removable thirty dart drum which is currently not compatible with any other blasters. While it may appear to have a firing trigger, the trigger itself is non-functional and is instead a false trigger; while not highly noticeable on the green color scheme of the blaster, this is very evident on the blue color scheme variant. A jam door is found on the left side of the blaster to help in the event of a jam.

An interesting feature of the blaster is its firing mechanism, which does not rely on spring or air power to fire.[1] Instead, the priming mechanism also acts as a plunger, and upon reaching the farthest back position, the Side Winder will fire.

It advertises a firing range of up to thirty feet (nine meters).

Official description


The title Side Winder had been trademarked by Buzz Bee Toys in August of 2013.[2] Despite this, it had been previously seen in stores just a month earlier.[3]

This blaster was spotted in a green color scheme sometime in 2014. This particular variant (and all re-releases onward) renamed the blaster to Sidewinder, removing the added space seen with the original blue variant.

It was re-released in 2015 under the Ultra-Tek sub-series, with this new name, slightly redesigned to chamber the longer Long Distance Dart. The shell also underwent some changes, most notably the introduction of a carry handle.

Color schemes

The Side Winder has been released with the following color schemes:

  • Side Winder (blue, silver, and orange)
  • Sidewinder (green, yellow, and orange)


  • This blaster was the largest blaster out of Buzz Bee's 2013 line.
  • The pre-production version of the blue Side Winder was initially seen with a blue trigger, while in the final production blaster it was orange.
  • The Side Winder has one of the highest capacities out of all Buzz Bee blasters.
  • The Side Winder and Sidewinder have interchangeable connector pieces, but the drums are not interchangeable. The newer Sidewinder drum has the same capacity and diameter, but is taller than the original Side Winder drum.
  • It bears a strong resemblance to a Nerf Raider Rapid Fire CS-35, although it is a much thinner blaster in comparison.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Buffdaddy (2013-08-20). Buzz Bee Sidewinder Review and Thoughts (Article/Review). Buffdaddy Nerf. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-08-14.
  2. SIDEWINDER Trademark of Buzz Bee Toys, Inc. - Registration Number 4629695 - Serial Number 86049960. Justia Trademarks (2013-08-28). Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-08-14.
  3. UrbanTaggers logo Pocket. Esq. (2013-07-24). Buzzbee Side winder : That's... some firepower. (Article). Urban Taggers. Archived from the original on 2017-06-23. Retrieved on 2014-08-14.

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