I didn't really know if this needed batteries when I ordered it, as there is a nerf hand gun which does, this one doesn't, so it works straight out of the box which is good. I've got a nerf raider and wanted to try the new disk shooting range. The disks have a load of speed on them compared to the old darts, so much so in the space of 30min's I'd already lost two of the five disks. You'd be wise buy a pack of ten disks with this gun as you or your child will lose the disks quite quickly. Its a bit better build quality than the nerf raider but still doesn't feel all that solid, Its still a worry that if someone else plays with it without the due care nerf guns need they may brake it. Also a long range it seems to shoot to the the right a bit, but overall its still really really good fun.