Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Magstrike AS-10

Nerf Magstrike AS-10. Like a Super Soaker. Without..the soak.
The Nerf N-Strike Magstrike (there's a mouthful!) AS-10 has been available worldwide for several years but as the Magstrike it has only really been available in Australia in the past 8-9 months. Prior to this it was released as an Iron Man N.R.F with the Iron Man inspired red and yellow colour schemes, and apparently before this it was even considered as part of the Dart Tag line, in blue and red guises. It's reminiscent of the old Super Soakers of the 90's, using pressurised air as its firing mechanism, but instead of shooting water, the Magstrike fires off 10 rounds of foam dart goodness in super fast succession.

Nerf Magstrike AS-10. Looks funny. Performs beautifully.
The Magstrike is a midsized powerhouse that allows for fully automatic rapid fire without the use of batteries. We're talking 10 rounds in under 2 seconds.It's quite a solid, nuggety looking blaster that works equally well with either one or two hands. (though being an automatic fire blaster, it does lend itself for dual wielding.. once it's been pumped up) Out of the box, you get the Magstrike, the removable clip and 10 micro sucker darts (apparently in the old days you got two clips.. lucky). The Magstrike isn't limited to just suction cup darts; you can load it with whistlers, streamlines and dart tag darts with no issues.


Magstrike with the neck pump extended and mag poking out
Although it has been around for several years, the Magstrike AS-10 isn't the first air pressure blaster Nerf have released. During the late 90's and early part of the decade, Nerf did release numerous blasters such as the Airtech line (personally I find them ugly as hell) and the more relevant Powerclip DX-1000 and the DX-500 which incorporated very similar mechanisms to the AS-10. Interestingly enough, the Magstrike features the unusual form design of putting the air pressure bladder on the OUTSIDE of the blaster.
Magstrike AS-10 vs Powerclip DX-1000..same same but different..
Another improvement on the old DX models is the Magstrike's removable clip.The Magstrike clip holds 10 darts; it's a great idea for the clip to be removable from the main unit , but for some weird reason Nerf have elected to NOT sell individual clips separately which in my opinion does defeats the purpose somewhat (unless maybe you want to remove the clip to.. clean it?!) Older Dart Tag versions came with extra clips. What a good idea?

Magstrike 10 round clip. 
The bladder that stores the pressurised air of the Magstrike is housed in a rather odd looking plastic tank that sits on the back of the blaster.Surprisingly enough, it isn't as intrusive as it looks and is quite comfortable to tuck under your arm, or even if you're single hand wielding I find it just sits against your forearm neatly. It doesn't look that great but it works well.
The bladder. Nuff said:)
Priming the blaster takes about 15-20 pumps of the neck at the front of the Magstrike, just like with a Super Soaker. There's always a danger of over pumping and bursting the bladder, rendering your Magstrike effectively..busted.. so be conscious of this and pay attention to how many pumps you've done; use common sense- if it's feeling pretty full.. stop:)

After priming, a squeeze of the trigger and you're away. If you're good with the trigger, you should be able to fire off single shots nicely, whereas if you're a heavy trigger like me, you'll end up emptying your "load" pretty darn fast. The Magstrike is loud as while you pull the trigger back, the clip "slides" up the shaft as the darts fly out, allowing you to replace the empty clip with a swift grab and replace with...um... an imaginary replacement clip (that you'd have..in an ideal Nerf world). Ranges aren't bad depending on the air pressure- I got around 15 metres or easily up my staircase no problems.

The clip..
I myself am personally not that excited by air pressure blasters, but the Magstrike AS-10 is pretty fun even though aesthetically, it does somehow remind me of a fish:) Performance-wise it's very cool-it's hard NOT to laugh (or at least smile big) when you watch a sea of foam just fly out of your blaster and into a heavily blinking, hands waving randomly target on the couch. It's apparently quite a good choice for Nerf wars and has modding potential for those inclined to do so.

They're readily available at Kmarts Australia wide for under 40 bucks but you can probably find them at other toy stores too. I noticed that the current batch on the shelves say "more powerful than previous Magstrikes" which makes me wonder WHICH previous Magstrike they're talking about. Still, for the price, it's worth picking one up, and maybe two, if you want to dual wield, or put one away and cull it for the clip. (would be an expensive clip, but it's the price you pay for..er.. backup clips)

Usability: 7/10
Out of the box performance: 9/10
Cool factor: 6.5/10
Price point: 7.5/10 

26 comments:

  1. Okay, mod this one, easiest by far, just cut off the OPV a bit and get a screwdriver and hammer out the pegs.

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  2. Ahh.. they ol' mod the OPV trick... Cool.

    What's an OPV? Pegs?

    **drools on himself while eating a crayon**

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  3. I really like it - it's a great "shock and awe" kind of blaster. Just run up to the enemy strong-point, pull trigger, discard, and pull out your next gun.

    Although one time we were playing outside and a player rushed our flag, aimed too high, and pretty much the entire clip of darts sailed over our heads into a lake :)

    Probably the only feature I'd change is the strange choice of placement of the attachment rail. if you put a sight on it, the rising magazine blocks the view.

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  4. I love carrying this around on my back when i'm doing a small war in my house and in the yard, its a great breaching weapon.

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  5. OPV is the over pressure valve, it is what stops the bladder from over inflating and popping, so basically you can pump away all you want and it wont break it, the pegs are the little posts inside each of the dart barrels, you remove those to use custom darts that don't have a hole in the middle

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  6. I've got three of these, and I must say it's so worth learning to fire off individual rounds. Yes I know three is expensive, but I got the first for my 19th birthday, I swapped a longstrike which I swapped a recon for which I swapped a maverick for thus the second only cost me $18AUD and the third was actually a returned as faulty product to Kmart and they only wanted $12 for it so I bought it for the clip and darts and the hopes I might be able to repair it though I have yet to be able to open it. The spare clips fit well on my tac-vest though they don't actually fit in the mag pouches but thanks to the belt clips they'll clip on nicely though I'll have to paint them black.

    Duel wielding these rocks. I stood guarding my team's flag at the Wagga Wagga HvZ/CTF and just blew away anyone who got too close, a few I didn't have to since it's pretty obvious what's going to happen when you've got two magtrikes in your face.

    My only complaint, the totally useless tac rail. Too loose, nothing will stay on and in such a dumb location, you fire one or two shots and the mag blocks anything.

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  7. thier awesome got a nstrike ver and was lucky to get darttag ver w 2 clips on clearance.
    i use a british ammo holster fits clips perfect ; never used the tac rail i mean its like u putn a scope on the vulcan

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  8. The rail is completely worthless for any kind of scope, and I would assume the same goes for lights. Maybe the Barrel Break's ammo storage would work. But it is still an absolutely fantastic gun. I have 2 dart tag versions and they are my favorite guns (besides my Stampede and my neighbor's Longshot).

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  9. Kamrt just had a sale for some Nerf stuff - Magstrikes for just $20 - awesome for extra clips (if you already have one), and an awesome blaster if you don't. I picked mine up today - I love it

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  10. My favorite nerf gun!!! I love this thing! If you can get your hands on one of these weapons of mass destruction, DO IT!

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  11. I got mine today, came home from school, box on the porch. Tactical rail is a bit loose, two layers of masking tape makes it fit. Great gun, I am holding mine while typing... does this seem odd...?

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  12. "**drools on himself while eating a crayon**" (second comment)?!?!?
    Wat is this?!

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  13. I have an old red Magstike. Got two clips, but they claim the new yellow ones are "more powerful." Personally, I'm not a fan of the pressurized air system guns, and the magstrike is so dang loud. I rarely use it, but I really need to break it out every now and then...

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  14. Three words pretty much sums this up:... PURE UNRESTRAINED DESTRUCTION!!

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  15. when the clip comes out it blocks the tactical rail. the clip sometimes falls back in wasting air on empty chambers to fix it I just put on some duck tape to the sides of the clip:D

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  16. This gun is amazing! Like someone else who mentioned this, I have three! Two were my little brothers, but he Attempted to modd them..and well put it this way...I actually have 3 clips and one gun. This is like the best hvz gun in my opinion! I will be down a dark hallway, and open a door. Suddenly, zombies burst out through the door. One blast from my mag strike..BOOM!!!

    This thing is amazing in close quarters, cause the shots spread out so much! In a way, it's like a shotgun

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  17. wow......my friend has that thing but it broke an now it only does 3 round burst and semi auto...still cool just lamer

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  18. does it shot suction cup darts without modding it

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  19. does this gun shoot suction cup darts?

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    1. yeah i does and the prform pretty well. it states that in the article. read it dummy!

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  20. If you want it to fire faster, load it and hold down the trigger whilst simultaneously lifting the mag by hand. As far as I can tell, it shoots about as fast as you can lift the mag.

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  21. is it better than the rapid fire as-20??? heard its more durable and goes a lot further. the tac rail is useless. when the clip comes out it blocks whatever you have on there:)

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  22. here is a comparison of the magstrike and the as 20> i have both. in my mind i think the magstrike is way better. cons of magstrike: it certainly boasts less capacity and it only comes with one clip which is very inconvienent. the pros: it boasts way more range then rapid fire, its way more durable and the sound it makes when the clip comes out is nice. its almost addictive. cons of the rapid fire: it boasts less range, the mode dial to change to single fire really dosent do much. it still rapid fires except slower. its less durable and it makes this wierd sound when you pump it. i have busted one and returned it for another which works SO FAR:) the pros of rapid fire: it has excellent capacity and ummm.... i cant think of anymore so if i were you i would get the magstrike. IT IS AWSOME :P

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    1. It has a high rate of fire, looks cool, and it is SCARY being blasted at with this gun. As for single fire, this takes practice. If you're not willing to actually figure out how to use this gun, just go buy a Maverick.

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  23. AWESOME!!!!!! Fires very good:)

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  24. Magstrike=terror=Crazy Firing!!

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