Velocity - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
My ProChrono Digital chronograph measured the speed of the darts fired by these stock Dart Zone Blitzfire blasters at an average of 78 feet per second (FPS) using Nerf Elite darts (they are capable of shooting any standard Nerf Elite darts; blue, green, white, orange, purple/grey, Starwars themed, Accustrike, battle camouflage print, and decorated Rebelle darts). The standard average velocity of a Nerf Elite blaster is 70 FPS so these are definitely stronger than the average. A lot of the shots were in the 80 FPS range. However, note that there were also some terrible velocity readings using knockoff aftermarket Nerf darts (some as low as the 50 FPS range). These blasters are made of lower quality plastics than the plastic that Hasbro uses, and as a result, their internal parts are not projected to last as long as most Nerf products. My predominantly blue Blitzfire seems to be defective, as it fires off accidentally when the blaster is primed quickly. This accidental involuntary slippage of the catch mechanism is just sloppy craftsmanship coupled with low quality materials, but it still works if you prime the blaster slowly and calmly (lol, terrible). This is kind of like playing to the Blitzfire’s strength anyway, since the Blitzfire lacks the Slam-fire ability of many of it’s Nerf competition (the ability to fire off darts in rapid succession by holding down the firing trigger and repeatedly priming the blaster to fire a dart off every time it is primed), resulting in some semblance of rapid fire. Since the cylinder of the Blitzfire rotates on the pull of the trigger, Slam-fire is indeed impossible with this blaster. As a side note, whilst testing the blasters over the chronograph, I found that I was able to get a greater percentage of readings over 80 FPS (using Nerf Elite darts). There is a tactical rail that can accept Nerf accessories. There is no doubt in my mind that Dart Zone intended for this to be cross compatible with Nerf tactical rail accessories. It is however lacking the detent that keeps the intended accessory in place, and any such accessory may slide forward and fall off if you are not careful. Well, it is on the priming handle anyway, so most users will probably not even choose to put one on. As far as ergonomics, I am content with the feel of the pistol grip as it is held in hand. Pulling the trigger is labored (especially if the blaster isn’t primed), and this is because of the ratcheting cylinder being connected to the trigger-pull function. The draw weight of the priming handle is a bit excessive and may be hard to pull all the way back for younger users. This is likely due to using a stronger spring that was needed in order to outperform Hasbro’s Nerf products in the area of raw power. But to make the product stronger is not always the best idea, since only a stronger user will be able to use it (further narrowing your projected customer base). In addition, the Blitzfire is made of cheaper quality plastic, and the durability of it’s parts will definitely not be the best, especially with the added pressure on the internal parts from it’s stronger spring. In conclusion, on the playing field the Blitzfire has shown to be more powerful. I have noticed that the Blitzfire used to come with a dart-holding flip-up/down leaf-sight, but these do not come with anything. No worry there, since it is not an important part IMHO. I would like to see Prime Time Toys and Dart Zone put more effort into their product testing. Selling defective blasters like the accidentally firing one that I received is discouraging to say the least. I am okay with using cheaper blasters that can out perform the other blasters on the market but they will need to be able to last.