|Nerf Hornet AS-6. Bzzzz!|
|Hornet AS-6 in Unity Power System colour scheme|
|6 shot fun- Hornet AS-6 compared to a Maverick REV-6.|
|Nerf Hornet's 6 chambers|
|Hornet AS-6 with the reset primer extended. ???|
The reset primer is made of a very low grade plastic and slides so awkwardly that you wonder WHY you have to do it in the first place and this is where the issues lie. The common mistake is this blaster works like a Magstrike- merely pump it up and let it fire, but it's a little more involved than that. Because each round's chamber is an individual tube, you need to 'reset' the blaster so it will fire from the first top chamber and work itself down. There's a lil indicator on the side of the slider that shows you which chamber is "active"- before you begin your foam onslaught you need to ensure the first hole towards the front of the blaster is highlighted. (I initially thought it was a "shots remaining: indicator and just ignored it..)
|Chamber 3 is active- so chamber's 1 + 2 will now be ignored. Rude!|
The common scenario was I would fire off chambers 1-2 and with much power.. then kept trying to shoot chamber 3 over and over which with each trigger squeeze released more air. In turn, once the air was all gone, THEN it advanced to chamber 4 and the subsequent dart dribbles out leaving me with foam dart impotency!!
|The big buttons to squeeze on both sides of the Hornet.|
I, like so many others have had mixed experiences with this blaster- when it works, it fires beautifully and can offloads 6 rounds in less than a second with power and accuracy..but when it doesn't work.. it's a piece of crap. It's very fiddly and unintuitive to use and personally I find any toy of this nature should not have this amount of operator error potential. My research into the Hornet suggests there are more faulty units than working units out there which is pretty sad; more so when it's accompanied with the Titan AS-1 and the Scout IX-3 in the Unity Power System.
I finally found a Hornet AS-6 that works, and I'm pretty happy with it NOW, but after so much history of problems and me thinking it was a piece of rubbish it's tainted what could have been a pretty cool blaster. Although one round less, I prefer the styling and build quality of the older Blastfire DX-500; it just hasn't let me down yet. Unless you can purchase the Hornet from a store that has a great refund/exchange policy and/or will allow you to test it first, I'd definitely recommend against purchasing this as a gift for someone else because it will just lead to frustration and embarrassment. For 6 rounds, you're better off going with a tried and true Maverick:)
$39.95AUS from Toys R Us.
Out of the box performance: 7/10 (when it works)
Cool factor: 5/10
Price point: 6/10 (with the Unity Power System at $69.95 AUS)