|Our man in the field, Neil from the Canberra + Southern NSW Dart Tag crew, Photo courtesy of A.G|
|Swarmfire + Speedload 6's. Neil's Haul|
So bearing in mind I was using stock blasters for the game it took me a little while to adjust to the difference in 'effective engagement distance'. In this case as I was outgunned by many of my opponents in distance and power, the Swarmfire became a 'suppression weapon' - or as I like to say: 'keeping people honest'. It was very much a case of once I was out of darts dropping the 'Swarmy' (gently-they still cost a bit!) and going straight to the 'Speedloader'.
|Photo courtesy of A.G|
I carried an ammo pouch with me stuffed with Dart Tag darts, so reloading on the move is quite easy with the built-in magazine design of the blasters. And of course thanks to this feature it's actually a 7-shot rather than a 6-shot. Rack the slide to chamber a dart and you can slip another one into the load feeder no problems. Dual-wielding these bad boys is quite easy thanks to the design of the cocking slide. There is a depression and lip on the cocking slide which means you can rack the slide with your wrist whilst still holding onto both blasters without any problems. I have to say (and insert fanboy trolling here), stalking your opponent through the trees with 1 of these chunky muthas in each hand makes you feel seriously bad ass!
So to summarise:
The Swarmfire IS an impressive piece of kit. Rate of fire is as good as the Stampede and distances are similar. On the down side, your opponents can see your dart load due to the design, and as happened at the event your opponents wait until you're out of darts and move in. Personally, I think it would be a great blaster for Humans v Zombies games for thinning out the horde before you move to your secondary blaster. It's a tactic that is tried and tested with blasters like the Stampede and MagStrike. A note of caution though - many HvZ events held at universities and colleges don't allow you to use Dart Tag darts. It's a safety issue first and foremost. The darts are a little heavier and the velcro tips are very unfriendly to eyes! Switch to whisters or suctions and get stuck in!
The Speedload 6 is my new favourite blaster. The design, the performance and the look of it makes it a winner. It will fire whistlers and suction darts as well (bearing in mind my comments about HvZ and Dart Tag darts above), but whisters have a tendency to fall out of the barrel if they are anything *but* brand new. I had better luck with the painted 'camo' whistlers. As far as Nerf Wars are concerned, I think once these are released we will see a lot out there holstered up as 'secondaries'. And a word about holsters for these.......they need to be big! I'm using a small multi-purpose 'tent bag' which does the trick.
|Until next time folks! Pic courtesy of A.G|