|Like the Barricade RV-10 NEEDS any more attention:)|
Our posts regarding the Barricade are the most viewed of all pages on Urban Taggers. Despite in depth reviews, people still are keen to know more and so I thought I'd write up a piece that goes up close and personal with the RV-10..
|Barricade in hand. Oops. No ammo. oh oh..|
Q: Where did you get it?
A: I bought it from a seller in Taiwan, whom had connections with toy suppliers (I think he himself owns a toystore) and picked up some of them and asked me if I'd be interested. His price, while quite high, was still better than that off ebay or Taobao.
|Are you checking out my butt?|
A: I have no idea to be honest. Because there is no official release on this blaster, any word on availability in the US, UK, Hong Kong etc is speculative. All I knew was they were not that uncommon in China and Taiwan, but every other country was anyone's guess.
|Barricade RV-10. no E.|
Q: It's supposed to be called the REV-10 but they made a mistake?
A: Fark, if that's true, then my blaster is definitely worth something:) Alas.. I really doubt that's the case. Not sure why it is just an RV vs REV- but.. it's clearly labeled as such on the blaster and the box and manual.
|Down the barrel. Yoo hooo..|
A: The Barricade uses two flywheels, which are essentially two rapidly spinning wheels on motors that are close to one another. It fires by "pushing" a dart through the two wheels, which in turn shoot the dart out at high speed.For this to happen, the wheels have to be spinning pretty quickly, and hence the motors have to work hard for this to happen. Result- it's very noisy, like egg beaters, or electric screw drivers, or any other battery powered device with a motor. (I'm sure there are more quiet motors out there, but Nerf have opted for these)
|With the jam door open to see the barrel|
A: Perhaps, but I find it a little quieter than the Tommy 20 (i don't own a Tommy, but from observing friends'). The other thing is it uses a vertical flywheel system rather than a horizontal one like the Tommy 20- this does mean the darts tend to be more accurate. They're also a LOT more consistent with range and shoot straight- firing off all rounds into the distance will see most of the darts land in a very similar spot.
A: The Barricade is rather fat in the middle (around the 10 round dart barrel). This makes it too fat to slide into the holster unlike the Maverick or the Spectre. Shame really (but then, I can't fit the vest so it's academic for me!)
|Doesn't fit into the holster of a Tactical vest. Fatty.|
Q: How big is the Barricade?
A: It is around 33 cm (13 inches) long. Weighs in at 561 grams.
|Layin' off dem cheese burgers and whistler darts..|
|Being fitted for a velvet coat..|
A: The Barricade comes with the standard N-Strike tactical rails so and therefore can support all tactical rail accessories. It also has the compatible "rear" for stocks, so the Recon, Raider, Shot blast and Spectre stocks all attach to it with no problem. It doesn't have underside tactical rails, nor does it have a barrel that will allow for attachments ( for Recon, Spectre, Longshot, Longstrike attachments)
|Extreme close up:)|
A: It's much more accurate than I expected; as said earlier the darts do shoot straight so if you're a good shot, hitting your mark shouldn't be a problem. If you want it to be firing rapidly, each press of the trigger will obviously add blaster shake which will affect the accuracy a little. As for range, it's nothing special, but better than a Tommy 20- It's probably up there with a stock Recon at around 10-12 metres.
Q: What do you mean by it being SEMI automatic? Could it be modded to be fully auto?
A: This means you have to pull the trigger each time you fire a round from the Barricade. You can do it really fast and you don't need to cock anything, but you still need to physically pull that trigger. I can't myself see it being able to be modded as fully automatic, mainly because it's the trigger pulling back that activates the mechanism to "push" the dart through the flywheels. If the trigger was pulled back once, there's no way for it to keep pushing darts unless you introduced an external mechanism to do this for you.
|No restrictors here..|
A: I don't know much about mods, but modworks.blogspot.com (from SG Nerf) have a whole lot of info on it. The blaster does NOT have air restrictors in the barrel for one, so that's one less thing to worry about; most mods would be to
|That's the trigger.|
|Another extreme closeup:)|
My other posts on the Barricade RV-10
Barricade RV-10 Review
Barricade detailed photos
Barricade firing dart tag ammo