If you’re interested in hearing about a different (bigger) model of Nerf gun I bought, peek behind
The Firefly is basically a Maverick with a larger cylinder, stuck in a much bigger shell, with a lamp that simulates muzzleflash (and ‘charges’ the glow in the dark suction cup darts). The mechanism is similar; pull back a slide to cock it, fire, the barrel rotates, leaving it ready to fire again. It has eight shots instead of the Maverick’s six.
Inside, you can see how little room the components take up. Though it looks rather simple, it’s actually a very intricate maze of plastic and springs. Disassembling and reassembling it is a royal pain in the ass.
Performance wise? Next to the Maverick, it sucks ass. Big time. When you’re used to a Maverick, shooting this thing makes you feel like your new huge gun has…potency problems. The fired darts start falling barely two feet from the barrel, making ranges terrible. I modified this one by removing *all* the air restrictors, even the pegs the darts slide onto to keep them from falling out of the barrels. (Doesn’t seem to be an issue.) This brought the power back up to about the same as a Maverick.
It’s not something I want to do frequently though. With the Maverick, screws and one pressure-fitted metal rod are the only things keeping it together. The Firefly on the other hand has glued parts, which make it very difficult to open up the gun without destroying it. The back of the cylinder was also extremely difficult to pry off so I could get at the air restrictors. It took a good 20 minutes prying at it with a large flat-head screwdriver, and several times I thought I’d damaged the piece beyond saving.
I plan to give it a very nice paint job to see how it looks, but these aren’t going to be offered for sale with any frequency, if at all. They simply cost too much and are way too difficult to work with.
Christmas approaches. I’m trying to buy a glass hummingbird for Mom for Christmas. Dad’s getting a LED headlamp (similar to the one I bought), and my brother…well, maybe I’ll give him a box of one dozen crazed starving weasels. (He’s a brat.) :K) I’ll try and finish the videoclip CD I’ve been putting together to send to relatives as a combination letter/thank-you note for past gifts.
Hmm. I tried playing Guitar Heroes with Soltris tonight. It’s fun, and it isn’t too awful to learn, despite the intimidating number of buttons on the guitar. With a little practice, I might actually get pretty good at it.
Work tomorrow, so I’d better sleep. Take care everyone, and stay warm!