In addition to my Q16 review, I present:
The Nerf Dart Tag Swarmfire.
Once again, the packaging was quite flashy:
The swarmfire is a motorised direct-plunger blaster, with a 20-round turret. Power is provided by 6 x C cell batteries. Weight is approximately 1.3 kilograms.
Similar to the Q16, the ergonomic's are quite nice, albeit with the majority of the weight being at the front of the blaster. The butt stock is similar to that of the Longstrike, minus the clip storage. And as an added bonus, it is easily removed without the need for any modifications. It is too short for myself, but once again, you have to remember the target audience. And, it wouldn't be a major issue to fabricate spacer's to lengthen the stock, which would also help with the weight distribution.
The 20-round turret is quite functional, allowing re-loading on the run. And here's the business end:
ROF is really good. I didn't have any C cell batteries, so I upgraded the blaster to 16.8 volts. I unloaded a full turret in approximately 4 seconds, which is pretty much on a par with the Stampede.
Stock range is:
40 feet flat
55 feet angled
I used blue foam snap caps, weighted to 1g each, for the test. I experienced no spiralling of darts, which leads me to think this is a perfect weight for the stock blaster.
In comparison to a stock Stampede, this machine is a hell of a lot quieter, lighter, and easier to manoeuvre. It will be interesting to see the comparative results after I've modded the Swarmfire.
Accuracy is quite good when fired flat, but a little ordinary when even slightly angled.
- Motorised direct-plunger blaster.
- 20-round rotating turret, able to be reloaded on the run.
- Nice ROF and modding potential, similar to a Stampede.
- Good ergonomic feel and easily wielded, although a little short for older Nerfer's.
- Decent range from stock.
- Reasonably priced - I paid $43 AUD for mine from Amazon.com
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