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Good Nerf blaster for outdoors but less fun inside houses
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Member Name: aethys
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Advantages: dual weilding, automatic fire
Disadvantages: no manual firing, noisy, no priming, less fun inside houses
I was introduced into Nerfing by my neighbour's boys who often plant themselves in my place on weekends for a session or two of their obsession. Recently they have this new Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10 gifted to them by their father and now in my possession as my favoured weapon in the game of Nerfing with them. It is foam dart blaster, if anyone is unfamilar with a Nerf gun.
LOOK and FEEL
It is very light - perfect for young nimble hands of a child. But it appears robust too. I cannot comment on the durability as I do not have it long enough to form any definitive opinion.
The feel is very solid - like you are handling a real gun. And very balanced also - so the weight looks to be evenly distributed not overbearing on your wrists.
It comes in bright yellow - a first for a Nerf gun, if I am right.
FEATURES and EASE OF USE
It has a barrel that does not need any priming. It comes with 10 foam darts including suckers and whistlers. It has a battery compartment on the lefthand side where three AA batteries are to be inserted after unscrewing the compartment.
It is a battery powered blaster only and does not have an alternative firing feature, manual or mechanical. So you definitely need a battery to operate it. Without it or when the battery dies and you do not have a spare ones in the house, that's end of your nerfing game.
The dart loading is simple enough. There is no need to pull the barrel. You need to just slide the darts in the side of the barrel and give the barrel a twist.
After loading the dart you need to power it up by a tiny switch beneath the door of the battery. Now, this switch being on only your right hand side of the battery door indicates that it would be very tough for a lefthanded person to operate it. So it is certainly not dual weilding.
The good thing is that the trigger cannot be accidentally pulled back until the switch is on. So there is no blank firing. To fire, you have now just to pull the trigger. It fires one one round with one trigger pull indicating that it is meant to be semi-automatic. Even being semi-automatic is a definite advantage over other similar toys since you can use this gun with one hand only unlike the other Nerf guns where you need to use both your hands, one to fire and one to prime.
The darts fly out powerfully. It is fairly accurate too. The round when trigerred fires very fast - all 10 in a few seconds, I suppose. Sometimes the darts jam inside the barrel and only a few come out or the force of fired dart is not good enough.
There is also the problem with the trigger itself jamming mid-way which can be pulled again to release the jam.
It is also a bit noisy in that the noise is a bit like the buzz of a drone fly, slightly irritating if used for considerable length of time. Also it removes the element of surprise because the moment it is switched on anyone could guess what is coming at them.
It is normal to have fun shooting foam darts at each other or Nerfing as it is generally called. But the real fun part with a Nerf gun is when you ready the weapon to fire the rounds. It is the sound of priming- a gnashing sound that says that the weapon has been loaded to fire. This is sadly missed with this piece as there is no priming.
At under £10 it looks very reasonable.
It is a good Nerf blaster and would recommend it for it's ability to fire with one hand though it certainly takes out the Nerf fun and does not keep surprises due to its noise factor. It might be good for outdoors though as you would not hear the noise and the weapon itself would fire fast but for inside I would prefer other ones.
Summary: Good Nerf blaster but does not have the full fun factor
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