The people at Nerf have decided that the time has come to update and improve some of their most classic blasters and this is pretty much how the new N-Strike Elite Series was born.
Although this new series does have some unique blasters to show for itself, it mostly consists of new versions of classic Nerf guns.
The main selling point of those updated blasters, apart from some aesthetic updates, is the fact that they now feature direct plunger firing mechanisms, instead of reverse plunger ones.
This means that they have far greater range and better accuracy than their classic counterparts.
If there is one thing that all Nerf experts agree on, is that having a good sidearm with you during a Nerf war, can mean the difference between “life and death”. When it comes to sidearms, the most popular is by far the Nerf Maverick. Now Nerf has given the Maverick a badass makeover with the release of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster. Will this Nerf pistol become an instant classic like its predecessor, or is it doomed to fail? Keep on reading to find out!
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is a revolver Nerf pistol, exactly like its classic counterpart, the Maverick. What makes the Strongarm stand out however, is the fact that it features a brand new direct plunger firing mechanism, instead of the reverse plunger mechanism that the Maverick came equipped with.
This means that it can shoot its darts further and with more accuracy than all other classic Nerf guns. Furthermore, the fact that it is a revolver, gives it a significant edge over most Nerf pistols, which are most commonly single shot models. To add icing on the cake of awesome that the Nerf Strongarm is, it can also be slam fired, unlike its predecessor.
Like all N-Strike Elite Nerf guns, the Strongarm blaster has a much greater range than most of the classic blasters, including its predecessors, even after they have been heavily modified. Specifically, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster has a firing range of fifty feet to seventy-five feet when fired flat.
This range significantly increases when the blaster is fired at an angle. It should be noted that when you slam fire the Strongarm its range will decrease by ten feet. In other words, you will be sacrificing range for firing rate.
This Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster can fire about one or two darts a second when fired in single fire mode, but it can fire up to three to four darts a second when slam fired. This means that it will take you about three seconds to unload it in single more mode and a little more than a second when you slam fire it!
Like its predecessor, and all revolvers for that matter, the Strongarm Elite Nerf Gun can hold up to six darts in its cylinder.
It should be noted however that in order to load or reload this blaster, you will have to release the cylinder, where you could load darts individually, without having to release the cylinder, with the Maverick.
Unlike the Maverick, if the Strongarm is loaded CORRECTLY, i.e. the darts are pushed all the way into the cylinder, it will NEVER jam. All of its jams are used by user errors.
The Maverick vs The Strongarm
Performance wise, the Strongarm beats the Maverick hands down. It has a far greater range, it is more accurate and its slam fire ability, which the Maverick is lacking, makes it a lot quicker to fire than its predecessor. The Maverick however is a bit easier to load since it is not necessary to release the cylinder in order to do so. It should be noted however that loading the Maverick without removing the cylinder, will very often cause it to jam.
Pros and Cons
- It has a direct plunger firing mechanism
- It has a greater range than its predecessor
- It is more accurate than the Maverick
- It can be slam fired
- It is very reliable as it will NEVER jam if loaded correctly
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- Not as easy to load as the Maverick
- Slam firing a six dart revolver is a bit overkill
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