NERF DART TAG QUICK 16: THE REVIEW

Howdy, y’all! Alright, so it’s no secret I went to Toy Fair. And no secret I saw the Nerf showroom. And even less of a secret that they sent me a Dart Tag Quick 16! These are scheduled for a Spring release, along with the rest of the new Dart Tag blasters for 2011. It’s already popping up in online stores at $19.99. Shouldn’t be too long now before everything filters in and you can get them off the shelves yourself.

Alright, let’s get to it. The Quick 16!

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Right off, functionally speaking this is identical to a Nerf Raider Cs-35. You can see the similarities here:

From Nerf DT Quick 16

In the foregrip, the stock, even the action of the blaster. I say “similar” though because the main attraction of the new Dart Tag blasters is the internal clip.

From Nerf DT Quick 16
From Nerf DT Quick 16

Taking a similar page from N-Strike, the Quick 16 houses its ammo in an internal, attached clip/magazine as opposed to the front-loaded turrets or current removable Nerf N-Strike clips/magazines. The reload is pretty simple; take your Dart Tag darts and line them up with the internals of the clip until they just pop in. If you’re forcing them in considerably, then you’re doing it wrong. Fifteen more times, and you’re good to go. The firing action is identical to an N-Strike Raider CS-35, where pumping the blaster primes the blaster for a single shot or you can hold the trigger down and pump the blaster to engage slam fire.

The blaster’s comfy for me to hold, and I’m 5’7″. Dare I say it I think it feels even a bit more solid and of a stronger plastic than the N-Strike Raider.

I realize I’m drawing a lot of comparisons to the Raider and I wasn’t a fan of the N-Strike Alpha Trooper because of the similarities to a Raider. The underside-oriented internal clip is just enough difference for me that I find this more interesting and worth purchasing even if you already own a Raider.

You reload your darts one at a time, but the tactical implications to me read like this: Pop-pop-pop, cover, reload a bit. And continue. Never unload the entire clip unless necessary, work with a buddy, and keep your ammo handy to reload on the fly.. I’ll probably make a video of this later. The underside placement of the mag gives me the comfort I wanted out of the Trooper, as the included 35 round drum mag on a Raider feels awkward at times, and I also feel a faster and handy reload mechanism. Back to carrying an ammo pouch, and not fumbling with pockets full of mags. Even better, this thing will fire most types of darts. Assuming proper placement of the dart in the clip and the dart is in good condition you should be able to use anything BESIDES STREAMLINE DARTS, which not fire out of a Quick 16. Interesting side note, there are no tactical rails, and none of the N-Strike stocks I tried out would fit the rear portion of the Quick 16. It was wider, and not accepting of the connectors.

From Nerf DT Quick 16

In any event, I really dig the Quick 16 and intend to get the rest of the new Dart Tag blasters. The internal clip is definitely a different way to play, and adds a nice little change of tactics than what the N-Strike mags and current blasters offer right now. I am looking forward to seeing how the new blasters affect the landscape of the NDTL. Even more interesting, the box says the NDTL will be on ESPN this year… VERY INTERESTING INDEED.

Big thanks to Nerf for sending me this blaster! I appreciate getting a look before they land in stores!

Ready, Aim, NERF!

– @VasTheStampede

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NERF DART TAG LEAGUE – 13-17 YEAR OLD FINALS!

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE! Fresh from the Official Nerf Youtube Channel (http://youtube.com/nerf is a recording of the initial live broadcast from Las Vegas this past weekend of the Nerf Dart Tag League Finals in Las Vegas during the final stop of AlliSport’s Dew Tour. After collecting regional winners from Boston, Chicago, Portland, Salt Lake City, and finally Las Vegas, those teams then squared off in Nerf combat. In the end, Chicago’s own NARF took on last year’s returning champs, Salt Lake City’s Determinators. Who’d come out on top? Monstrous Midwest or Wild West? Check the video and find out!

Thanks to Nerf for another year of the tourney, and for AlliSports for providing the venue for this event!

-VasTheStampede

NERF DART TAG LEAGUE – $25,000, THE FINAL BRACKET – NDTLWC!!

Fresh from the Nerf Dart Tag League (NDTLWC) grapevine!

“This Saturday the 2010 Nerf Dart Tag World Championship tournament will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Like last year, the winning teams from each of the five regional stops will face off to see who wins the glory, and the $25,000. This year, Nerf is hosting a live streaming online “event” so that any fan of the official Nerf Facebook page can watch the finals in real time. All you have to do is “Like” the official page, then head to the NDTL Live tab at 7:00pm EST on 10/16.”

LINK TO THE NERF FACEBOOK INVITE HERE:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110099462387490

Make sure to check it out!

-VasTheStampede

NEW NERF BLASTER ALERT: N-Strike Spectre REV-5 blaster

Here are the stats:

· N-Strike Spectre REV-5 blaster

· Combines fave features from the N-Strike Maverick REV-6 blaster and the N-Strike Recon CS-6 blaster

· Adjustable stock

· 5 dart rotating barrel with barrel extension

· Available exclusively at WalMart, October 2010

Yup, got this in my inbox today! So there you go, Target gets the Trooper, Toys R Us gets the Barrel Break, and WalMart gets the Spectre. See you in October!

– VasTheStampede