It’s a “dud”, get it?
After getting underwhelming ranges in my N-Strike Elite blaster range tests, I asked Foam From above what his ranges were. He and Rogue1283 (co-owner of Nerf Revolution, he also received the package) said they get 50-60 constantly with their blasters when fired from shoulder height, parallel to the ground. I did the same thing with both the Retaliator & Rampage, fired at least 30 Elite darts between the two, and only got past 50 feet a couple of times.
I’ve taken down the Retaliator range test video that I put up on my channel, and I’ll be re-doing the range tests tomorrow, including measuring angled ranges. If I still can’t hit 50-60 feet constantly, or find it hard to reach 75 feet, I’ll have to talk to Nerf to see whats up with this.
The new G.I. Joe Retaliation Nerf line as been spotted in Singapore. The conversion rate will give you wackly US prices, which are pretty high and I’m sure they won’t be priced like that. A press release a saw awhile ago said that they were supposed to be released in May, but I haven’t seen them in stores yet.
User torukmakto4 of the HvZ forums has collected info relating to Streamline and Whistler darts. Apparently certain coded darts perform better then others. This is a MUST READ of people who want to improve game performance, make the most of their money, HvZ players, and anyone who takes Nerf semi-seriously. You can read the rest of the info here. But for archive purposes I’ve also copied and pasted the info below.
For those of you who do not know, not all NERF stock darts are created equal.
It has been found that the codes molded into the rubber tips of these darts correlate to significant differences in the characteristics of the tip and foam, likely related to multiple production lines, plants or material suppliers. These differences can include foam diameter (thus barrel fit), foam cell size, tip mass, tip COM location, tip hardness, and, most importantly, stability.
The codes are usually 1 character in raised type and appear in the following locations:
Streamline – on the side of tip dome, usually opposite the vent hole but sometimes under it
Sonic – Near the base of the tip (close to the foam), on the side of the dome
Suction – On the top surface of the flat body of the tip, under the suction cup.
Tagger – See Sonic
Anyway, here’s the info I have collected on dart tip codes. For necked (non-Streamline) micros, the tip production doesn’t really matter because the tip is not poorly engineered and sensitive to small changes in compound and mold design. In that case, the tip code is of interest primarily in determining which foam you get. For Streamlines, the tip code matters a lot for stability.