Southern Brisbane Nerf Club

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS review

You've gotta love big guns. There is a child's voice inside us all that says "WOW, LOOK AT THAT GUN! IT'S HUGE". And this applies to all guns, whether it be an actual firearm, Airsoft, Nerf, or in a video game. The Stampede and Vulcan are no exception. It's never a question of "do you like big blasters or small ones?", no. It's more like "do you prefer the Stampede or the Vulcan?", and the answer is never "neither".

The Nerf Stampede ECS (Electronic Clip System), is a full automatic clip-fed bringer of the foampocalypse. With good batteries, it'll get three or even 4 darts per second, with Trustfire/Ultrafire batteries, EVEN MORE! In the box you'll get three 18 dart clips and a 6 dart clip and enough darts to fill them all (60 in total). You also get a blast shield as well but few people use it as it looks a bit silly and blocks your view. There is a pop-out bi-pod too that can double as an assault grip.

When fully loaded with darts and batteries (six D size) the Stampede is heavy. Definitely for mature aged Nerfers but kids do get a kick out of firing it at just about anything... even my 3 year old daughter (3 at the time of writing this). When not firing the Stampede it is completely silent, this is due to the fact that it uses a motor driven direct plunger and not flywheels like the Elite semi and full automatic blasters. This blaster can easily attain the 35 foot N-Strike range (45 feet can be reached at an angle of 45 degrees). There are a multitude of tactical rails on the Stampede but using them would only add to the weight.

When firing the blaster it is quite noisy, but, if you have to fire, chances are, you've already lost the element of surprise anyway. The barrel on the Stampede is quite long, many modifiers like to downsize their Stampedes to reduce barrel-drag, but, this ruins the aesthetics of the blaster in my opinion.

At the time of me writing this, the Stampede is still available in some stores, but by the end of 2013, Nerf would've phased out the N-Stike line, pushing Elite, Rebelle and Zombie Strike. Due to its design, the Stampede seldom jams, jamming is usually caused by damaged darts.

The Stampede is a great blaster, very good second hand examples can be found on eBay and Gumtree (Gumtree is in Australia only), some for as low as $20!!!

Pros:
1. full auto
2. comes with 60 darts and clips for them all
3. it's big :)
4. motorised direct plunger
5. mod potential
6. comes with 2 accessorise (blast shield & fore-grip/bi-pod)

Cons:
1. weight
2. it's big :(
3. noisy
4. could jam if using older darts
5. delay between trigger pull and first dart fired



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