I'd offer a rebuttal, however, as I previously implied, my friends and I all use guns that are modified extremely lightly, if at all; as such, Slug and I are talking about very different play environments. However, allow me to do a more detailed tactical analysis, at least in terms of my local, stock, metagame.
It's quaint and novel and it does at the very least perform much better than all of the other previous blasters that used an inverted plunger. However I'm not inclined to recommend it nor do I particularly like it...To me it's just a neutered Longshot. I'm not really fond of the Longshot either because it too has the box magazine, is overly bulky, and isn't at all accurate. But at least the Longshot shoots far enough (when it's not jammed).
That's an excellent review Slug, made me think a little harder about the impulse to get one. I can't help but think that this thing might have more potential than what we've already seen.
Are there any fans of Box Magazines and Longshots that can offer a rebuttal?
Also, would this be allowed in a Pistols Only war?
First off, in my circle, the maverick is the benchmark against which all properties of all other guns are measured, and is by far the most common gun to be facing down (I know the maverick is unpopular, to say the least, on these forums, but that's a discussion for another day). As such, do not be surprised if I use it as a point of reference in my discussion.
When dealing with stock guns, the two largest factors (skill set aside for a moment) in determining who will survive any given encounter are capacity and rate of fire (Note that by capacity I mean the amount of darts that can be fired before a manual reload is required: as such, a maverick has a capacity of six, a nitefinder has a capacity of one.) In my experience, even relatively powerful stock guns can be dodged by a quick opponent, making the ability to shoot again while they're in the process of repositioning their body and regaining balance invaluable. The maverick and its ilk (The firefly, the DTG, etc.) were all good at this, but also suffered from a common weakness: an atrocious reload time. Once you've run out of ammo with a maverick, suddenly even an opponent with a nitefinder can fire faster than you, complimenting the advantages they already had in range and accuracy. For a long time, the one exception to this rule was a friend of mine who had a maverick with replacable cylinders (and about five cylinders total). Then the longshot came out.
In my review of it on nerfhq, I summed up the longshot as being a larger, more powerful, and, most importantly, faster-reloading maverick. Though that is a bit of a simplification, for many of us, the longshot was a godsend regardless. Once I managed to get my hands on a few extra clips, the longshot quickly replaced the rapidfire 20 and magstrike as my primary of choice, and even my beloved maverick spent the majority of its time in my custom holster. Indeed, the ability to switch a spent clip out for a fresh one and refill it during a lull has proved valuable at several wars (once again, mostly stock weapons,) at least for me. Further, when raiding a target's house for my assassin game, the longshot is my first choice when expecting heavy resistance. now, onto the recon:
Despite the longshot's inherent awesomeness, it did have some pitfalls. As I said in a previous post, carrying it on campus, for the purposes of assassin, was largely impractical. For this reason, my maverick has had a place in my bookbag for a long time, however, this brings us back to the issue of reloading a maverick. Enter the recon: In its basic form, slightly larger than a maverick, when fully assembled (including crossfire on the underside,) all the power of the longshot plus an insurance policy in case they try to take advantage of the small window you do give them as you reload. Also note that the "laser" helped me make an otherwise impossible shot last night, as I was firing at a very awkward angle and couldn't have acquired my target without it (I was firing from the driver's seat of my car, while parked in a parking lot. My opponent was in front of the car, and, as a result, I could not see where I was aiming.) Now, I do admit that the recon has pitfalls: when the front barrel is attached, though the range sometimes seems to improve, there are also times when the dart flies as if it were made of lead. That said, the recon's ability to act either as a primary or a fairly concealable defense weapon, or anything in between, makes it one of the most formidable stock guns i've seen in a long time.
Lastly, with regards to the amount of darts that can be carried, as previously said, my harness allows me to carry four clips at a war (I only have four clips, so I haven't had the opportunity to try to carry more). In my experience, in wars of about twelve people, six per side, I have never needed more than three clips. because of this, I would rather have the rapid-fire capability granted by the clips than a large volume of darts which must be loaded one at a time.