Monday, December 14, 2009

No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Review!

Wish your beloved Maverick could be a true semi-auto blaster, yet still keeping to its compact form factor?

Well... i found No-Brand blasters which offer a glimpse at how semi-auto firing can be possible in a compact spring plunger blaster.

This No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster has internal mechanisms similar to a Nerf Maverick, it has the requisite 6-dart capacity with an auto advancing barrel, using a spring powered reverse plunger. It is compatible with most Nerf foam darts too.

But the big difference lies in the fact that it does not require any separate priming action to pull back the spring plunger, it does this by incorporating the priming action into the trigger pull.

This action is controlled by a "rocker-catch" component in the trigger that pulls back the spring plunger when the trigger is pulled and releases it when the trigger reaches the end of its travel, at the same time the barrel advances to the next dart in time to fire it.

As expected, the plunger and spring is smaller than usual (for ease of trigger pull), therefore its firing range averages just around 10-15 ft.

It is possible to increase firing range by putting in stronger springs, but then the big question would be: How strong are your trigger fingers? :)

Still... with 2 of these semi-auto blasters, players can finally dual wield "pistols" for close quarter office cubicle Nerf games!

Watch a video of how the internal mechanism works Here.


No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Side Profile

No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Scale Comparison with Nerf Maverick

No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Internals Comparison with Nerf Maverick

No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Internals

No-Brand Semi-Auto Blaster - Test Fire Video

Yup... i'm sure many of you modders out there can get some ideas from this blaster's semi-auto mechanism design. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Buzz Bee Berserker - Review!

Behold the Buzz Bee Berserker!

The Berserker is indeed one of the more unique blasters around, it combines both a foam dart blaster and foam missle launcher in one unit!

Its foam dart blaster section uses a spring plunger mechanism and is primed via a foregrip pump action. It has a 20 dart ammo capacity within an auto-advancing barrel system. Firing range for foam darts average 25-30ft. The blaster is compatible with Nerf foam darts too.

Its foam missile launcher section uses an air tank system that is filled up by a pump handle positioned at its rear. It can hold 1 foam missile and takes around 7-8 pumps to fill up its air tank. Firing range for foam missiles average 30+ ft.

The Berserker uses a dual trigger system to control the firing of the foam darts and foam missile.

Side Note: A really odd thing i've noticed on this blaster is how tiny the trigger firing grip is (check out the scale comparison photo below), it seems to be designed just for little people! For some users, replacing the grip with a bigger and more comfortable version would most likely be part of their "to mod" list. :)


Buzz Bee Berserker - Box (Front)

Buzz Bee Berserker - Box (Front)

Buzz Bee Berserker - Un-Boxed

Buzz Bee Berserker - 20 Foam Darts + 1 Foam Missile Capacity

Buzz Bee Berserker - Scale Comparison with Nerf Maverick

Buzz Bee Berserker - Test Fire Video

Overall, the Berserker quite an interesting combo blaster, ideal for those who like integrated blaster designs.

It would also be useful in game scenarios that feature special rules for foam missile hits too (ie. with "foam missile eliminates shield players" rule).