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Monday, March 9, 2009

Buzz Bee Double Shot - Review!

"Groovy..."
- Ash, Army of Darkness

Remember the movie Army of Darkness? Watching Ash blast away undead with his 12 Gauge Double Barreled Remington (aka "Boomstick!") was simply priceless!

Over the years, zombie-themed movies have also featured dual barreled shotguns being the preferred firearm for suppressing hordes of zombies and ghouls. It'll be fun to re-enact those scenes... you know, just to practice in case of zombie infestation!

Well, Buzz Bee has answered that call with the Buzz Bee Double Shot!

The Double Shot uses a spring powered air plunger system that is primed by "breaking" open the blaster (replicating the action of a remington), a taut cord inside the mechanism pulls back the plunger.

This blaster features an interesting shell-based ammo system, it comes with 4 plastic ammo shells which you slot foam darts into (compatible with most nerf foam darts). After you "break" open the blaster, just load in the 2 prepared shells.

Snap close the blaster, aim and fire. The trigger system is 2-stage, which means you can fire off 1 shot at a time (left barrel then right barrel) by pulling the trigger lightly once then harder another time. Or you can just pull the trigger all the way to fire off both shots at the same time.

Range is comparable to Nerf blasters at around 25-30 feet.

Here comes the fun part... "break" open the blaster, both empty shells will fly out and hit the floor with a most satisfying "clink-clunk"! ... But don't stop, quickly load in another 2 prepared shells and snap back to fire, the zombies are rushing in!

Arrrgh... my brains...  

Review:

Buzz Bee Double Shot - Box (Front)

 


Buzz Bee Double Shot - Box (Back)




Buzz Bee Double Shot - Un-Boxed



 
Buzz Bee Double Shot - "Break" Open to Load Ammo Shells!




Buzz Bee Double Shot - Scale Comparison with Nerf Maverick




Buzz Bee Double Shot - Test Fire Video:




... and of course, enjoy the classic "Boomstick!" scene:



88 comments:

  1. where can I get this gun and what is the price?

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  2. The Buzz Bee Double Shot can be found at Toys R Us stores in SG. I got them for S$26.90 each. :)

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    1. the newer one have a up down barrel

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  3. Good news, Buzz Bee Double Shots are now back in stock at Toys R Us (Singapore outlets), and they now come in an updated colour scheme. :)

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  4. hi,

    ima avid buzzbee-er and i would like to know if a paper dart holder would be able to fit in the holes and when the darts get in side and click, will the paper be able to come out?

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  5. Well, if you want replicate the original plastic shells with paper material, i'd think you'd have to use some sort of dense board material mix and figure out a way to shape it to match the original shells exactly... that sounds like alot of work.

    Might as well just buy the Buzz Bee Ammo shell and Dart refill packs. :)

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  6. Yup, it can be modded. Check online for Double Shot mod guides, quite a few interesting ones around. :)

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  7. how about the refills? how much is it?

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  8. Last i saw, local Toys R Us outlets were selling the Buzz Bee Refill packs at SGD$6.95, comes with 8 x foam darts and 6 x shells.

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  9. how well does it chamber other darts?

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  10. It's shells and barrel loading chambers can fit the majority of current Nerf foam darts well.

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  11. Well, i've tested the shells with the majority of Nerf darts and they can fit.

    Not too sure about 3rd party darts or DIY darts though, those can sometimes have odd dimensions. :)

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  12. Ok thanx im going to go buy one soon! :)

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  13. Any idea where one might be selling specifically over these two weeks?

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  14. In Singapore, Buzz Bee Double Shots can be found at most Toys R Us outlets.

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  15. Oh okay, thanks for the info, gonna get me one soon :D

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  16. Got my double shot at Toys r us, Tampines Mall. Was kinda skeptical of finding it there, but found it i did. It doesn't really fire very far though, even though i'm sure i cocked it right. Any ideas?

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  17. Jeremiah,

    I guess most people get the Double Shot mainly because they simply like the "break open" loading action and ejecting shells. :)

    Due to its design, the Double Shot isn't a blaster thats known for much modding potential for longer range though.

    That being said, you could still try getting abit of extra distance via the usual modding methods, ie. removing the ARs in the shells, installing better plunger o-rings, and perhaps replacing the stock springs with aftermarket springs (but do be careful especially with spring strength or else they might over-stress and damage the "break open" priming mechanism).

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  18. i'm going to buy 1 on my vacation 2!!!!! and they said the real buzz bee bullets sucks so im just going to buy the nerf ones!!!!! hahaha!!!!!
    i like nerf i wanna collect all of them...... lol

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  19. Do the shells just go flying out? if so how far???

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  20. highlander664,

    Yup, when the blaster barrels are opened, the shells will automatically eject out.

    Usually the shells will just pop out 1-2 ft away and land on the floor. :)

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  21. I'm going to get one soon! How far does an average dart go?

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  22. Ryan,

    Depending on the type of foam darts used, average range is around 25+ ft.

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  23. I purchased one of these today, because a crew of friends decided to play a game of Zombie Apocalypse downtown and I wanted to take on the invasion with the classic boomstick. I found that while it was exceptionally cool and was really fun to play with, lots of times the darts actually failed to launch. I personally blame it on the quality of the buzz bee darts, but it would be nice to have more confidence in a gun when a zombie is about to maim you.

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  24. erm... my frend said that he bought it for 35$ so how much isit now?

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  25. BM sec 1 floorballers,

    The Buzz Bee Double Shot is currently avaliable at local Toys R Us stores, retailing at SGD$26.90.

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  26. in the US u can get a different color scheme(i like urs better)Can u post some mods on modworks?

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  27. Halo Master 835,

    Yup, there are a newer versions of the Double Shot in orange/green colour scheme.

    So far i've not done any mods on my Double Shots, but will definitely post a mod guide if i eventually get around to working on them. :)

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  28. i have the gun but i hate how the shells eject one of mines gone through the air condition.

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  29. Can it shoot NERF Tagger Darts?

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  30. Musta,

    Yes, it can also fire Nerf Tagger Darts.

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  31. Will the barrel break if the user slings it? Y'know, one hand, Devil May Cry style?

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  32. Musta,

    I guess you can try, see if it breaks after a while. :)

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  33. could you please make a mod write-up for this

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  34. Where could I buy an old version double shot in the U.S.?

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  35. Aaron,

    As already mentioned my review, average stock range is around 25-30ft.

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  36. I'm trying to shorten the barrel, andI need to know is the end cap on the barrel detatchable?By this I mean can u unscrew it and reattachit again.

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  37. Lazy101,

    On some versions the front tip of the barrels are also glued on, so you'll just need to pry them off too. They can still be reattached and glued back on.

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  38. Musta, you can "sling" it closed, and it works fine; but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't sling it open hard enough to re-cock it. The cocking action is achieved by opening the breech, then pulling the barrels further. it takes a decent amount of pull to recock. (My 4 year old daughter couldn't do it.) It didn't break, though, no matter how hard I tried to swing it that way.

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  39. dam, i want this and an alpha trooper, just mod them and grab a set of gears of war armour and u got a GOW 3 loadout

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  40. IT'S NOT IN MALAYSIA! ARRRRRGH!!!

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  41. Also, If you take the Shell, remove the air restictor, you can put the shell on the front of the a Titan that has had the barrel removed to make it shoot Darts

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  42. I was thinking of getting one of these, the only problem seemed to be that reloading would be an issue with the shells during a Nerf war. Just loosing them/running out mid battle and the fact that it looks slightly finicky.

    Is there a way to remove the ends of the shells then glue the shells into the barrel so you can just slot the darts in directly?

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  43. Nyrb Jenings,

    Yes, it's possible to get the shells to permanently stay inside the barrels.

    Just drill holes large enough (to rearload foam darts) at the back of 2 shells, remove the shell ejection springs from the blaster, then glue the modded shells into the loading ports.

    Note that you'll have to use foam darts with narrow tips though, or the rearloading design wouldn't work.

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  44. Erm can you paint it without remove all of its parts
    thank you :D

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  45. TheHahaBoy,

    Sure... though its always better to paint the parts individually so you can get a more complete paint coverage.

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  46. sorry to bother again, but can the double shot fire the darts without putting the empty shells with them, like just loading the bullets with the shells.

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  47. TheHahaBoy,

    In stock condition, it cannot load and fire foam darts without the ammo shells.

    But the blaster can be modded to eliminate the need to use the ammo shells, just check at the various modding threads on Nerf forums to find out the methods.

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  48. can you just put a plastic bag around all of it but the part you want to spray paint

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  49. hayden,

    Sure, that could work too.

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  50. hello
    I was wondering if you have to use the shells or will it work without them, also will it use nerf whistler darts.

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  51. baldychaz,

    It requires the ammo shells to be used.

    Nerf whistler foam darts can be used too.

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  52. samuelc1824,

    Around 70cm in length, you can see its scale comparison with the Nerf Maverick in the review.

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  53. samuelc1824,

    Just divide the length by two? :)

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    1. Jaketoynton26,

      Personally, i find it relatively comfortable to handle.

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  55. Erm... can I ask if the BuzzBee Shotgun is still avaliable or it is not avaliable anymore in Singapore? As I feel like Buying it now

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    1. Sim Jun Hui,

      Well, not sure if this particular version is still in stock... but the newer versions with a vertically stacked barrel arrangement should still be available at Toys R Us stores in Singapore:

      http://sgtoyz.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-buzz-bee-blasters-in-singapore.html

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  56. Too sad these days the double shot is sold with barrels one on top of the other :-(

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  57. SG Nerf, can u tell me which paticular mall to buy the double shot cause in Tampines mall it is like the flat version which obviously suck I wanna buy e one that is like a real western shotgun

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    1. Anonymous,

      The version with side-by-side barrels (like in my review) is the old version... it's no longer available in local stores.

      The new version in stores is the one with the vertical stacked barrels.

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  58. Then is there any possible chance of getting the older version other than ebay or amazon.com?

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    1. Jack,

      You can also check at the Nerf forums to find sellers with 2nd hand units for sale, i guess that's all you can do.

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  59. Sgnerf, uh... Nerf forums??? What the heck that means...

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    1. Anonymous,

      The online forums where Nerf enthusiasts discuss and post information.

      Here are some examples...

      If you are in Singapore:
      http://www.nerfsg.com

      If you are in the USA:
      http://www.nerfhaven.com

      If you are in Australia:
      http://www.oznerf.com

      There are many other Nerf forums online, just do a search to find them.

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  60. Sgnerf, Is there any other way you could possibly sell yours to me?

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    1. Anonymous,

      I've already traded my units away a long time ago, i don't have these blasters anymore.

      Perhaps you can just check at the dept stores around your area, some places might still be selling them.

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  61. where did you get that blue fancy buzz bee shotgun?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Thats the old design, i got them from Toys R Us stores in Singapore back in 2009.

      But nowadays, the new design with vertically stacked barrels has replaced that old design.

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  62. Thanks. Is there any way you would sell me that old buzz bee shotgun? I like it more than the new design cause it looks cooler.

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    1. Anonymous,

      As mentioned in my earlier comment, i've already sold or traded away all my old Buzz Bee Double Shots, i do not have them anymore.

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  63. SG Nerf,

    I know that Singapore is part of China. I get my page in English so I was wondering if it is translated or can you speak two languages?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Singapore is not part of China. Singapore is a sovereign city-state.

      The common language in Singapore is English. :)

      You can read more about Singapore here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore

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  64. SG Nerf,

    Which is better? This "Boomstick" or the Barrel Break?

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    1. Anonymous,

      In terms of performance, the Barrel Break is better... though in terms of design, i guess the Double Shot looks more "authentic". :)

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  65. shell dimensions please as i lost all my shells and i want to make some out of pvc

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  66. SGNerf, I went to VivoCity a few days back to look for the 'newly styled' Buzz Bee Double Shot blaster. Turns out they don't sell there. I don't know why. Do you know any other Toys'R'Us outlets in Singapore that sells the blaster as I really, really need it.

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    1. Muhd Anafi,

      Those blasters have been on the shelves for quite a while, so i guess they are probably sold out by now... i have not seen them lately too, looks like you'll have to check at the other Toys R Us outlets to hopefully find remaining sets.

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