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If it's war you want then it's a war you'll get...let me get my gun.!!
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Member Name: blissman70
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Advantages: Nice toy, no danger what so ever and hours of fun and laughter for most of the family and friends
Disadvantages: can run batteries down quick so get good ones
I'm a big kid at heart, aren't we all, and when it comes to toy guns I seem to instantly revert back to my past, tending to think I'm Rambo on a mission to save the entire U.S. army from the Viet cong all by myself, (Well Stalone did it so why can't I?).
Anyway, my friends son has several toy guns and when they come and visit he tends to bring a different one each time, this usually ends up with him fighting against me and my youngest daughter, who likes to play these sort of game as well.
Anyway, just before Christmas my friend and her son, together with his new Nerf toy gun he had just bought, came round and challenged me and my daughter to a 'war game'. So, donning face paint and full combats, (kidding...honest), grabbing our weapons, we set out in the garden and started acting like three mad soldiers on a mission that only we knew about, (top secret or what?)
Firstly, before you start gasping for breath and screaming at me about the disgusting way I treat my guest, taking their kids out into the garden and shooting at them with a gun. The guns I am talking about are Nerf guns and are as dangerous as a Timmy Mallots mallet (remember him???), as like his mallet the actual bullets, or darts as they are known as, that are fired from the range of Nerf guns are made from foam, so when they strike you they don't hurt at all, in fact a fly landing on your arm would be more painful.
I also know that there are people who don't agree with people, especially young lads running around with guns as it may lead them to being gun smugglers when they are older but kids will be kids, and I'd rather they got the fascination of guns out of their system at a young age than when they're in their teens and wondering round the streets with some 'dodgy' people.
Anyway, on that day when my friend visited, bringing her son, I had a major disadvantage due to the weapon I had been offered was nearly as old as me and could only fire a few darts at a time, even then it sometimes jammed as the clip the darts were in would push two up at a time, leaving me having either having to find the darts to reload them or trying to prise the jammed dart out of the clip, all whilst under constant fire from my daughter and Tom, my friends son.
As, unbeknown to me, he had got himself a rather nice little weapon that sounded as good as it acted, spraying me with the foam darts over and over again, and the worst of it was that he had leant my daughter the exact same modal, so I was way out of my depth and getting bombarded from every corner.
After several attempts at reloading under fire I finally decided to do what any good soldier would do, I surrendered, waving my white flag as high as I could, trying not to cry in utter shame, especially as they both continued to shoot at me finding it the funniest sight they've ever come across, (the rotters).
So, when they finally became bored with shooting me I took a look at the weapons of mass humiliation that they had been shooting me with, and, in my defence, I stood no chance at all.
The weapons they were using were the Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10 which out classed me big time as they have the capability of firing more rounds in a faster time without the danger of 'jamming' up.
In fact, I must have looked that impressed with it that my daughter decided to surprise me for Christmas and bought me the exact same modal, which really did put a smile on my face and a little revenge in my mind for when that little terror came back to visit, and believe me, I've been practicing using it ever since opening the present, getting up to speed with firing and reloading... revenge will be mine.
The gun itself is made of quite sturdy plastic and can take a few drops without snapping into pieces on the floor. It looks nothing like a real gun as it has a bright orange chamber and barrel with the rest of it being yellow, although the handle is black so this could be seen as the most realistic piece of it. But as it doesn't look real there's no danger of the Police Armed Response unit surrounding you, screaming at you to 'drop your weapon', after a call from your nosy neighbour as you fire it in your back garden.
It claims to be compact, but it's not really as it's about 360mm long by 230mm high and 90mm wide, but it is as light as a feather, almost, weighing in at about 840g.
I can fire it using one hand, although my youngest daughter, who's 9, ends up using both hands as she says that her arms begin to ache after a while, firing shot after shot after shot, even with the reloading rests she has, but she's only got little arms anyway, bless.
It has a revolving dart firing mechanism, styled like the old fashioned cowboy guns, Smith and Westerns, or the more up to date Magnum 357, (not the Chocolate Ice lolly).
As I said it can hold up to ten foam darts and reloading it takes a matter of seconds, so you can bombard your target more or less constantly, (I speak from experience), without having to worry about them firing back.
Loading the gun can take a bit of time at first but once you get the hang of it it then takes mere seconds, which is good when you're in battle.
Once the ten darts are in your ready to shoot the dog... only kidding, although my dig doesn't mind as the darts don't hurt, with them being made of foam, he just runs off with them until I shout him back, then I have to fight him a bit for it.
The darts, even though made of foam, can fire up to about 30 foot, which isn't to bad at all, but the accuracy needs a bit of working on, and the speed it can empty the chamber is remarkably quick.
To fire the darts you just loud the gun, turn it on and pull the trigger, then you watch as the darts make a lovely whistling noise as they fly through the air, striking there target.
I nearly forgot something very important...
It does require 3 AA batteries to work the spinning firing mechanism, which when working can be a bit on the loud side so don't expect to make a stealth attack on someone, but this is where the range come in as, due to the noise, you'll find it hard to get close to your target, but do have a supply of batteries at hand as they can drain pretty quickly especially on rapid fire.
As I said I was given this as a Christmas present by my daughter as she has a bit of a strange sense of humour, although I personally think she wanted it more for herself as she's used it almost as much as I have, and I have found it to be great fun indeed.
In fact I've enjoyed having a laugh with it that much that I went out and bought a second, together with a packet of spare darts, and found this gun on sale for a mere £15.00, (although Amazon are doing it for £12.00 at the moment), and for this you get the gun itself and ten foam darts, but no batteries.
As for spare darts, which I have bought a pack of 36 from places like argos, these are at a bargain price of £6.00 and are a must for extra fun with this weapon without having to keep fetching your darts. Although I am in the process of training my dog to fetch the darts and bring them back to me, without chewing them.
One thing I do have to say is that if you intend on constantly firing it then you may experience the odd dart jam or two, but this is quickly sorted and the fun can continue.
Also, as I said, the batteries can run dry pretty quickly in this case so make sure you use quality batteries and not the pound land specials that leak after ten minutes usage.
I've mentioned the batteries again because without them the gun is pretty useless so do have some good quality AA in your pocket when in battle.
In all this is a brilliant little toy gun which offers hours of fun for the kid inside you, or, if you're feeling generous, lend it to your kids so they can have a go. There's very little danger of anyone getting injured, although if you take a dart in the eye it may hurt a bit, but it won't blind you as, like I said, the darts are made of foam and are nice and soft.
So, if you want a cheap and cheerful present for your kids, or you partner, (I was going to say husband but I'm not sexist as I feel that women would love this as much as men), then this is certainly worth looking at as it's what I like to call 'harmless fun' and maybe a bit of a way to release any built up anger without fear of being arrested.
It will be money well spent.
I am thinking though that next time my friend comes round with her little terror of a son I may get my hands on the Nerf Stampede as they have a clip that can hold 60 darts... then we'll see who's laughing when it's him under constant fire....
Summary: The only darts you can throw without having someone's eye out
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