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#1 User is offline   Avatar of WoeBrian 

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  Posted 04 November 2007 - 10:47 PM

So you play nerf... simple foam-shooting guns that happen to be harmless little weapons that couldn't harm an animal. Well after the introduction of modifications maybe we'd have to change that statement. Anyways let me get to what I am trying to say. Wear eye protection if you play with modified or powerful nerf weapons.

Just the other day, I was at my friend's house along with another friend and we happened to pull out a few nite-finders/disc shot pistols and play around. Well my other friend and I ran away to my house, stocked up on some ammo and came back. The friend we had left at his own house, decided to pull out his modified Longshot and was pissed off. So we snuck into the house and I got split up and I heard shooting upstairs. Walked up to the room and about 5 inches away from my right eye was, I met the barrel of the Longshot and BAM... Thank God (sorry if you religious people don't like this) he didn't have any modified ammo with him because he can't make his Stefans flat and most of them were pointed like rifle rounds. Anyways my eye had no time to close so I was hit dead on and my eye was totall blurry. I can now see but there is still time-to-time blurriness. This happened two days ago on Friday and I am probably going to see a doctor tomorrow after school. This is just a warning for those of you who might think nerf is something you don't have to wear eye protection with. Well when you have modified something to shoot beyond what is safe, it is better to do so. I usually do wear eye protection when playing with modified nerf weapons however that day I was playing with stock pistols shooting stock dart taggers and mainly was not expecting the modified longshot that has a range of about 70-80 (we have not properly range tested but it is capable of those ranges)

Play safe guys, it's not fun when you have to walk around with a blurry or even blind eye.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 11:31 PM

I always wear at least a pair of sunglasses when I nerf.

When I want no tint, I wear safety glasses (which are less than $5 at any given hardware store). Not the big clunky ones or goggles, but just the clear sun-glass-looking ones.

A lot of my friends don't wear them, but I just say, hey one unlucky shot is all it takes.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:18 AM

Oww, that's gotta hurt. The same thing happened to me, only it was with a dremel, and a cut off disk that almost hit me in the eye, and I don't have to see a doctor, and my dremel wasn't pissed off at me... So, wear eye protection when dremeling too.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:39 AM

Thanks for the safety reminder…and I hope that blurriness goes away.

My introduction to Nerf guns was by being shot in the eye at close range by a stock Lock ‘n’ Load. Yes, it hurt like a sunnovabitch for about 20 minutes. That was my first time seeing that, hey, these things have some power….and that was with a stock suction tip mega. It’s not hard to imagine the damage that can happen with something faster, harder and smaller. Play safe.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 08:01 AM

I've been hit in almost every place imaginable on my body: ears, forehead, lips, knuckles, neck, elbow...the list goes on. However, the most painful and potentially harmful place to get hit is easily the eyes. This is a huge phobia of mine in particular as I am in the visual arts field, and if I lose my eyesight, I lose everything. This is why you rarely see any video footage / pictures of me without my Ray-Bans on my face. I usually only take them off during lunch when everyone's hands are holding food, not blasters.

I hope everything turns out okay for you, Brian - hopefully this is only something temporary. This is a good reminder to everyone that enjoys this hobby of ours: Be safe, and have fun. But safety always comes first.


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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:57 AM

Hope the eye blurriness goes away. I got hit with a flying piece of plastic in the eye while dremaling. Ever since then I have always worn safety glasses. This is a good reminder to people to wear some sort of eye protection
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 11:29 AM

Eye protection is a definite MUST HAVE for me. I was recently in the most hostile nerf environment I've ever been in (a dorm room with 6 guys equipped with either a modded mav or a modded nf, watching hockey), and got smoked in the eye. In all fair ness I should've known to be wearing my eye gear, especially considering all we were going for was head shots. Blurry vision absolutley affects your aim, wear eye protection!

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:04 PM

I think this should be stickied in the nerf wars section. We can share stories about when we didn't wear I pro and what happened. Fortunately we were using stock darts, but someone shot and I turned the corner at the same time and ta-da! Right in the eye; could see straight through it for 3 hours. It was when we didn't know about modding.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:20 PM

I got hit in the eye with a dart tag dart. Luckily my eye was closed but the next day I couldn't open my eye because it was sealed closed with a long, thin scab. It didn't hurt but it was very embarrising when everyone was like "what did you do to your eye" and I have to answer "I got shot with a Nerf gun" then they are like "wow what a wuss."

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  Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:31 PM

Yeah, eye pro is a MUST!!!! The other day I almost got shot in the eye by my noob of an eight year old brother with my freshly modded at2k. FOUR PUMPS! Man, I would have been cussin' my lips off, then my brother broke it. He tried to see how strong the barrel was and ripped it off. But hey, I hope your eye feels better. You are lucky that didn't blind you!

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:34 PM

I got shot with a Streamline(?) dart in a crossfire, and the kid wasn't even aiming at me. I guess the moral of the story is, always wear protection, because accidents happen.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:42 PM

View PostGroove, on Nov 5 2007, 11:01 AM, said:

I've been hit in almost every place imaginable on my body: ears, forehead, lips, knuckles, neck, elbow...the list goes on. However, the most painful and potentially harmful place to get hit is easily the eyes. This is a huge phobia of mine in particular as I am in the visual arts field, and if I lose my eyesight, I lose everything. This is why you rarely see any video footage / pictures of me without my Ray-Bans on my face. I usually only take them off during lunch when everyone's hands are holding food, not blasters.

I hope everything turns out okay for you, Brian - hopefully this is only something temporary. This is a good reminder to everyone that enjoys this hobby of ours: Be safe, and have fun. But safety always comes first.


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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:52 PM

Maybe we should sticky this as the official 'Nerf Safety' thread.

Try to wear gardening gloves while dremeling, even though they're uncomfortable.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:15 PM

Eye protection is always a must. My friend had his right-eye cornia scratched by a stock tagger from 10' away with a Maverick. He wore an eye patch for three days.

Also, if you touch your Dremel, have glasses on. My cut-off wheel broke and embedded part of the blade in my shitty DTG glasses. Not cool. If I wasn't wearing those, I wouldn't be seeing out of my left eye. A face mask is also a good idea for Dremels, especially if you are cutting brass/metal or sanding. PVC powder and brass shavings are two of the last things you want in your lungs. As far as gloves go, it's not a bad idea as long as they can't catch the Dremel and increase the chance of you being cut. That almost happened with one of my older pairs, but the cut-off wheel shredded the threads and I could pull my hand away before anything happened.
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  Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:34 PM

Perfect example, still makes me laugh.

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