|Two Alpha Troopers walk into a bag..|
This gave me the perfect excuse to pull another one out of its box.. In the interests of testing and research:)
My Alpha Troopers were bought from different suppliers; AT #1 has been used significantly over the past few months, whereas AT#2 was just cracked open this morning. AT#2 was purchased first but stayed in its box because it took ages to arrive, whereas AT#1 is actually a newer release blaster (but older in terms of my usage).
Going down to my underground carpark, I took both Alpha Troopers and two packets of 18 fresh darts (actually the ones that came with one of my Stampedes) for this test. Each blaster had a chance to shoot with the other's drum (just in case the drum could affect the performance). No wind in the underground carpark, just the odd bemused neighbour taking out their rubbish:) (I did notice however for the first time the really unusual dramatic arc the dart does once it's flown for some distance.. at times it just suddenly veers off to the side?)
AT#2 was hitting around 11-12 metres and AT#1 was getting around 14-15 metres easy (and yes, this was on contact with the ground, not after the bounce).
I admit given I mostly use them inside in my apartment, the ranges aren't that big a deal so I probably wouldn't have noticed had I not gone down to the carpark. It won't have me whining and throwing my inferior Trooper out.. although maybe I'll have to be calling it "Beta Trooper" now:P (I can now understand why modding becomes popular..)
Anyway..strangely enough.. there's a difference. I'm not wondering if this is the case with other Nerf blasters as well; when you read posts of people saying "I hate (insert blaster here) it sucks" maybe they've just got themselves a dud?