I first saw the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire earlier this summer, at the big ol' Nerf launch party and I finally got my sample! (Thanks Nerf!)
Pics! (after the jump) -
And, we're back! As you can see, I've put up some photos of the Nerf
N-Strike Elite Hailfire. At max capacity it can load up to 144 darts
at once, using 8 18 round straight mags. I've also included some shots
of different combos of mags and accessories, just for fun. So, how did I
My play style on the field is pretty haphazard, so something like this
so ridiculous plays into it very well. Whether you're using 4 35 round
drums or the 18 round mags, you're looking at a new futuristic side
table :). Basically, this thing is a "heavy weapon" and it should be
used as such. You stalk with it, you walk with it, if we learned
anything from the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan you aren't supposed to run with
it, especially at full capacity. When using smaller mags, sure it
handles better but you're not supposed to be very mobile using something
this big. A strap helps, but run and gun this thing is not at 144
darts. You're not going prone with it, as the thing demands you stand
there tall and proud, to lay down the foam.
Now, my thinking about taking this out to a Nerf
war with stock blasters - I'm not going to really be using much else. I
barely use 144 darts when using a Stampede during a round of CTF or
Freeze Tag; I'm going to check my fire to cut down on reloading between
rounds, and I might even just use one mag per round. To me, that's at
least 8 games I'm going play without having to swap all my mags.
Victory favors preparation; if I'm going to use the Hailfire, I'm going
to have a mess of preloaded mags in my gear, and on top of that I'm
going to make sure I use one or two per game. It'll cut down on
reloading between rounds, much less relying on reloading on the fly.
I've done this with a Stampede, Alpha Trooper, and a Rayven. It's a
system I can make work for the Hailfire too. And yes, once I'm out, I'm
out. Unless it's during a lunch break, you won't catch me reloading
all 8 mags all over again.
As for the blaster, it's fun! Who doesn't want to unload all that
foam? When using the handle, it's a tactile experience of being a big
bad walking turret. I liken it to using a smart gun from "Aliens,"
minus the swivel arm. The trigger pull is solid, the flywheels rev loud
and proud (seriously, with something like this are honestly telling me
you want to play it silent?) and the transparent door is a nice touch
Using the Hailfire is easy enough- the handle on the top rotates
the ammo rack, which accomodates N-Strike mags/drums, however you combo
them is up to you. You pull the accelerator trigger on the handle, and
the main trigger moves the pusher arm that feeds darts into the
flywheels. The ranges I was getting were somewhere in the 50s-70s,
whether flat or angled, video to follow. I didn't run into trouble with
streamlines like I did with the Nerf Barricade, so bonus points for
Otherwise, it's about $40 for this bad boy, and with that you get
4 6-round mags, the Hailfire, and 24 darts. Why so few? At this
point, my guess is that the assumption is you already own a few 18 round
mags after owning the Stampede, and wanted to keep the initial cost of
the Hailfire down, while 18 round mags and a Hailfire upgrade kit
separately. Personally, I bought a large number of longshots once upon a
time, and it ended with me having a surplus of small 6 round mags.
Either way, it might seem like a big cost but I sometimes just
want to unleash a cloud of foam at people. On days I don't want to use
my Nerf Vortex Pyragon, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire gives me a dart
shooting option. It's reliable, it's intimidating looking (as far as
Nerf blasters can look intimidating) and I had a good amount of fun
trying it out. And that's the important thing, isn't it? The fun? You
can dress up your reasons for having something "War-worthy" or "Useful"
but hang it all, this thing is decadent, it's overkill, and some days
you feel like a nut. Have one of those days.
OH SO YOU WANT VIDEOS, HUH? NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAILFIRE VIDEOS???
annnnd maybe you remember this one?
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