Blaster

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Blaster is the commonly accepted term within the wider Nerf hobby and beyond for any toy projectile launcher. Blasters fire a wide variety of projectiles, such as Ballistic Balls or Elite Darts, using a wide variety of mechanisms, such as flywheels or compressed air. Blasters are distinct from firearms, or guns, due to their non-lethal nature and function as toys.

Terminology: http://nerfhaven.com/forums/topic/28412-gun-vs-blaster-debate-gunblaster-use-in-yesteryears/?hl=wiki#entry363899