Saturday, May 28, 2011

Foam Freedom: Rant in Response

So Urban Taggers, arguably the premiere blog and source of NERF information on the interwebs, brought up an interesting discussion. "What really MAKES it for you?" There are several sub-groups of fans for as many different types of toy blasters and melee weapons and manufacturers there are. Though one very common push among current blaster and toy gun fans is that they should all fire darts.

Personally, I think there is room for more than just dart launchers is our lives. With the announcement and demos of the new NERF Vortex blaster line, there has been a lot of discussion both for and against disk launchers. Disks, darts, water or . . . balls, this blog will be happy to cover the whole range of them. We definitely need it to shoot SOMETHING, but we're not bent on one form of ammo.

Generally we're fans of the foam. Foam is a great substance, especially for it's safety aspects. You'll hear a lot of pubescent and otherwise self-involved Airsoft fans insist that to "grow up" is to play Airsoft. But foam takes the cake for a lot of reasons in this book; A) You can fire most, if not all foam blasters in the house without breaking stuff. B) You can fire most of the foam blasters at kids without really causing pain. C) You can carry most stock foam blasters in public without inciting a panic in anyone (besides intended victims). D) It's way easier to find and re-use your foam ammo.

So in all, I'd say there can be a large variety of answers to what really "makes it" for me. Give me a blaster with some good ammo that I can pop off at anyone, then you can probably get a smile out of me. Two of my personal faves: NERF Maverick and Air Zone Power Strike 48!

~Chris Jacobs


  1. Nice response! It's interesting you've chosen the Powerstrike 48 as one of your personal fav's; it's a blaster that has survived considerable amounts of criticism regardless of it's faux trigger and flywheel mechanism because it still performs pretty well and looks great (and shoots foam).

    I find my mentality changes though- with water, I don't actually care what the blaster looks like, as long as it has a trigger and shoots really far. With Laser tag, there's not much out there so I take what I can get but performance definitely has to trump aesthetics. But with projectile blasters, I'm a lot more picky about wanting the full package- maybe because there's so much choice:)

    Pocket |

  2. I can't help it with the Power 48. The Power!

    Agreed. I'm much more concerned with output than look with water blasters. Though the new line of Super Soakers are something I'd surely pick up for their value as props.

    I remember as a kid dreaming about making laser taggers in the shape of all sorts of real and fictional weapons.