Hasbro introduced the ‘Elite’ range to offer a much better experience, ranging from solid design to unbelievable dart ranges. The N-Strike Elite retaliator is a power packed edition. When it was launched, our first reaction was what’s not to love? A barrel extension, along with removable shoulder stock, a more than handy tac-rail assault grip, single attachment strap and as many as 3 tactical rails. But the question remains, does it live up to expectations? So we have tested the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator on various aspects and here is the review.
First things first – The Design
The best feature of its design is its versatility. Adding accessories to the main gun is easy and it does add to the functionality. With the kit you get you can add four different blasters and it also allows to add accessories from other guns too. It would be fair to say that the Elite Retaliator is the most multifaceted of the Elite series. Apart from these handful of accessories, we were quite impressed with the ergonomics of the gun. Little additions like the slats, extra dart storage which is provided in the handle and simple yet elegant things like the embossed logo, These small things add to the whole experience.
Next, it is an absolute pleasure to hold this gun. The designers got it right in areas of weight distribution and molds are designed keeping the adults in mind. However there is one area where the designers did get it wrong and that is the trigger action. Pulling the trigger seems resistance free at start but when it is almost done, we faced a lot of resistance. This lag so to speak is quite unimpressive. The other thing to dislike is the overhead mechanism. This affects the time to prepare between the shots and can have an impact in combat situations.
Performance – does it hold up?
This edition is quite simple to use. To launch the dart you simply have to push the priming slide. We would say that whole process seems to be slow since you have to pull the slide before every launch.
It takes a little practice and overtime we managed to do so. So how many seconds would it take to completely release a full clip consisting 12 darts? Our best results were 8 seconds. But it can easily take around 12-14 seconds to do the same for a beginner.
One of the big factors while judging the performance is the range of the darts. The manufacturers claimed that the best you can get is 75 feet. So we put it to test. Did we reach 75 feet? Yes! Every time? No. After a lot of tries we were able to reach the ‘advertised’ range but it was more of an accomplishment. If you are one of those who just likes to fire darts in open areas to see how far they would go, you would be delighted once in a while, but not always. One major hindrance to the tall range claims is the accuracy problem which is discussed later.
How accurate is it?
While talking about accuracy of this edition, we need to consider two scenarios. One with normal use and the other with barrel extension.
Now if you don’t have the barrel extension the accuracy would be below par. After repeated testing the accuracy left us wanting for more. Yes we are able to achieve a dart velocity of around 75-80 feet per second but simply speaking the dart didn’t go where we wanted it to go.
The second possibility is you shoot with the barrel extension. We can say there is an improvement with the accuracy, but is it ever so drastic? No! But if accuracy is crucial for your requirement, you are better off with the barrel extension. However, there are certain downsides of using it. Firstly there is a consider drop in the range of the darts. At best you will get a distance of 55 feet. Not more than that. Secondly, the dart velocity also takes a hit.
Our recommendation would be to not use the barrel extension. The downsides were just too over powering. But the barrel extension does add to the looks but in long distance combat it might not be of that help.
The final verdict!
As far as the design and ergonomics are concerned, this Nerf gun is right up there. It is good to hold, care has been given to minute details and as package it works and looks quite intimidating to your opponents. The accessories are easily the main selling point of this edition. You can use them in wide range of scenarios. On the flipside, the weird trigger pull mechanism, sub-par accuracy and slow use are the clear negatives. You will need more darts and we weren’t pleased with the ones you get. But taking all factors into account we will give this a 8.5 rating out of 10.==> Click Here to Avail Today’s Discount on the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator