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My eldest son for many years has asked for Nerf guns, he has them all and the nerf n-strike maverick rev-6 is the most child friendly one around.
It is about 11inches in length and has a great comfortable handle grip and is very easy to load, all you have to do is press the black button on the left side of gun to release the six barrels and the you push the ammunition into the front of the barrels with the rubber safety heads facing forwards, then just push the barrel back into place (you are ready to play now)
To cock the gun (or set the gun up to fire) just pull back on the silver and black slide on the top of the gun until it makes a clicking noise (it is now ready to fire) Pull the trigger and the foam bullet will fire.
It will automatically click round to the next foam bullet in the barrel and you fire again, there are six barrels.
The down side to this gun and any other Nerf guns is that all round your house for many years to come you will be finding foam bullets everywhere!!
Watch out they the kids don't do head shot as the bullets come out at great speed and will injure anyone that gets one in the face.
Take care with it and have fun....we do.
If I'm honest, I'm not a fan of Harry using guns, but since that is what a lot of his friends at school are into, his dad and I decided to buy him one for his birthday. We chose a Nerf gun as it looked a bit fun, and luckily Harry absolutely loved it. We then went away for Easter to my parents, and he was given some pocket money, and decided to up his Nerf range to include this gun, the Nerf N-Strike Maverick which is a vast improvement on his original one bullet at a time Nerf gun! He found it for a reasonable price in a shop, so who am I to say no?!
I'm not overly familiar with the Nerf brand of toy guns, but apparently they are very popular amongst children aged 6 and over! They're made by Hasbro, and come in different groups. This particular gun, the Maverick, is part of the N-Strike range which means you can use the N-Strike foam darts in any of the range without problem. Since Harry already had darts with his other gun, plus an extra pack we purchased, we had plenty of darts, especially since 6 darts are included with this gun, although they are the reverse colours of the other, mainly black with an orange tip which look great!
The gun itself is nice looking, very colourful and bright. The whole gun is just made of plastic, with the main frame being bright yeloow, the barrel is black and orange, and the handle and top both grey and black. It's a nice unisex looking gun, although I have to confess I don't think any girls in Harry's class are at all interested in them! It has the Nerf logo on both sides of the main frame, and I have to say it's a pretty cool looking gun, being plastic it isn't heavy despite being chunky and is a great size for a six year old boy to use easily and independently.
The gun is fairly easy to use too, although takes a little while to get used to, particularly for younger users. In order to put the darts into the barrel, you need to press the square black button on the left side of the gun, and gently pop the barrel out - it doesn't fully come out, but pops out enough for you to insert the darts, just turn it to make sure all 6 holes are filled. You do need to make sure the darts are fully pushed in, not peeking out over the edge or it won't work. Next, just push the barrel back in and push it slightly forwards to lock it into place. You then pull back the grey and black slider to prepare the gun to fire, making sure it makes an audible click noise. It can be quite stiff to pull back fully for younger children, Harry did struggle at first but seems to have gotten the hang of it now.
When you pull the trigger, it rotates the barrel and releases the dart from the front. To shoot the next dart, you need to repull the slider and pull the trigger again. To do 6 in quick succession is a bit too difficult to little arms, although my 24 year old brother seemingly had no problems lol. However, Harry likes that it holds multiple bullets and he doesn't need to stop to reload it too much. One issue is that if the darts aren't pushed in, the barrel doesn't fully rotate and shoot a dart, so you can be sat there ready to shoot and nothing happens which is frustrating, but just make sure the darts are all in when you load it up.
Overall, Harry really loves this gun and has played with it loads in the few weeks that he has had it! It's a chunky, good looking toy gun and looks like it is going to wear well too. He's dropped it a good few times, and it's had no adverse effects on the gun at all, either functionally or aesthetically, so I think it's pretty sturdy and robust. For the money Harry paid which was £8.96 and included 6 darts, I'd say it's very good money, especially if you have other N-Strike guns as you can combine bullets. For boys who love to play with guns, I'd definitely recommend Nerf guns as the foam bullets don't hurt when they hit you, they're great value for money, and are pretty fun too!
RRP: £9.99 - can be bought cheaper if you shop around online or instore though!
Thank you for reading.
My 9 year old son is a huge fan of nerf guns and owns most of them, we bought this from amazon in october 2011 for his birthday along with three other nerf n strike guns. ive found amazon to be the best value for money and was initially very pleased with my purchase.
Like all the nerf guns this is made with very tough exellent quaility plastic and is very light weight, the packaging was a little tough to get into as it was held in place with various wires that were twisted into knots but we got there in the end.
The instuctions were very clear and helpful and we had no problems getting to grips with how the gun loaded, fired and re-loaded and the gun came with 6 whistler darts to start us off.
At first it seemed the gun worked perfectly as my son ran about the house firing darts at imaginary enemies, but after around ten minutes the gun appeared to keep shreading and marking the darts as it fired them, which as anyone who is a fan of nerf guns knows that once a dart is shredded or marked it goes in the bin as it is no longer useable. We had extra dart ammo packs from other nerf guns so my son tried again with darts that had previously been fine and the same thing kept happening, only the problems got worse as the barrel started to jam and wouldnt move at all.
The darts become expensive when having to replace them regularly and this gun wasted a whole ammo pack by shredding and marking them beyond further use, needless to say my son was very let down and disappointed with this gun, not only for not working correctly and jamming but for destroying his other darts too, he was quite upset by this. So it turned out that the nerf n strike maverick was not the bargain i though it was and ended up in the bin along with all the nerf darts it had destroyed within half an hour of it being opened.
Avoid disappointed angry and upset son's and dont buy this one.
On one of our recent nice days, I couldn't help notice that the kids next doors seemed to be having some real good fun, I peeked out the window and they were playing soldiers of some kind. Now being that they constantly borrow my tools to fix their bikes and other broken toys I figured I had as much right to play soldiers as they did. I do tend to join in sometimes...................well we all like playing don't we?
I'd seen these in the shops along the more sophisticated laser type games they make and thought they looked rather cool. I guess at about 9 inches long and quite a large oval barrel they are pretty much the perfect size for the kids next door, one's eight and the other 11 I think. Some other kids from round about joined in. I thought that they always seem to have to new latest stuff lucky little blighters.
The gun is mostly blue with some yellow touches and seems to be a very sturdy made toy. How could I know unless I got a shot of it, so out I went. I teased about the tools and within five minutes was firing soft foam darts at them all. It did indeed feel solid what's more I was having great fun. There are quite a few good hidey places round our street so I could see the attraction of playing soldiers.
The darts travelled a fair distance from the gun once fired and seemed to come out of the barrel quite fast. Being foam they were very safe, but I can remember thinking I ain't getting in front of one of them things. Of course we had to pass the gun round so everyone had a turn, so eventually I was hit by one, and although it's presence could definitely be felt it wasn't as hard as I first thought.
The easy open flip enables reloading to be very fast which you obviously need if you are in a war. The Nerf logo on the side is quite cool and I guess that the gun is really quite cool especially if you are eight years old.................or in fact almost fifty eight. These retail at around £8 according to the internet, and had my son and I been of younger years we might well have had one each.
I only played with it a short while the first time...................yeh of course I went out for more. This is a real fun item and fires rapid darts which are both safe and scarey. It reloads in seconds so the excitement never stops, so and £8 it is a great buy.
When I was a kid, around ten or so, I remember my brother having a nerf gun from my grandparents for Christmas . I was insanely jealous - I was a huge tomboy, but my grandparents had for some reason decided to get me a doll that year - not even one I could play with, but a porcelein doll that would just sit about gathering dust .
Years rolled by, and recently I spotted some Nerf guns in a toy shop while doing my christmas shopping. My inner jealous child could not resist, so I decided to buy one, using that age old parental justification that my child would enjoy it, when really, it was entirely for me!
It's not the prettiest looking thing around - in fact, being honest, it's a bit ugly, in rather cheap looking plastic, with dark blue and yellow colouring. This toy is aimed at boys - certainly, my daughter turned up her nose . Oh well, forget her, more playtime for me . The gun comes with six 'bullets', made of soft orange foam . I'm glad the foam is soft, as it meant the bullets won't hurt when they hit . The six bullets can be loaded into the barrel, effectively anabling you to fire off six shots in rapid succession towards your poor target .
Or, in theory they did . I did not realise that after each shot was fired, I would have to pull the slide back to ready the gun for the next shot, and that then after that, I would have to wait , upon pulling the trigger, for the gun to rotate the next bullet into place . This proved a real disadvantage when I challenged my brother, who still has his orginal nerf gun, to a battle . He was able, using a different model of Nerf gun, to reload twice as quickly as me .
I did find that the gun occasionally jammed if the darts were inserted wrongly - You need to push them really deeply into the barrel - something that in the heat of battle proved very irritating. However, the gun more than made up for this with it's lightweight feel, it's comfortable grip, and it's dead on accuracy that enabled me to get in several god headshots!
Another advantage to this gun is that it will work with any kind of Nerf dart , provided they are pushed into the barrel properly. I'll admit that, before buying this gun, I actually had no idea there were different types of Nerf dart - but I certainly found being able to pick up the darts my brother had fired and me and fire them right back very handy.
So, now you know . I'm an immature toyboy who buys toys for my daughter, purely so that I can settle old scores, and petty childhood christmas present jealousy, with my brother . But you also know that this is an accurate, comfortable, lightweight Nerf gun, compatible with any Nerf dart, albeit with a slightly slow firing mechanism and a rather clunky barrel .
Nerf guns are a classic toy - and not just for the boys . At a little over £13, this particular Nerf gun was not too expensive , but do bear in mind that darts can and will get lost, and that you'll spend money replacing them . Recommended,although if you're engaging in a serious dual, you may want to shop around for a faster firer.