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#1 Roger Explosion

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:54 AM

Quite a while ago I came across this. Which appears to be a complete copy of Nerf's Nitefinder. SDL also have a clone of the disk shot, Strikefire and Dart Tag blaster. People on OzNerf will know that I had orignaly posted this comparison there, but I thourght I'd share it with Nerfhaven. Its not a complete copy paste job. Its better written and I also have internal pics as well.

Lets start with the packaging. Why? becuase there is alot of stolen graphics and bad engrish.

Nitefinder

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Laser Finder

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Oddly enough, there are 2 cardboard targets in the packet but only one stand. this stems from the SLD Dart Blaster (disk shot clone) which has 2 cardbord targets and stands.

Now for the darts.

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The orange head SDL darts are longer than the Nerf ones. The foam is also lighter.

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The heads on the SDL darts are much lighter and dont have the rubber peg that runs into the hole like the Nerf ones. The heads of the SDL darts come off very easy and are pathetic at sticking onto things.

Now for the guns them selves.
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They look almost exactly the same and feel exactly the same to use. The Laser finder is much harder to cock than the Nite finder and is much louder, due to it having a better spring. The paintjob on the laser finder is horrible. its scratched, the details are over painted the logo is peeling off and the paint feels a little strange. the battery doors are diffrent too. the Nitefinder has it battery door screwed on, where as the Laser finder has a hatch.

There is a reason why its called the Laser finder

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on the right you will see that the Laser finder has an actual laser pointer unlike Nerfs Red LED and lens. Keeping the Laser finder out of the hands of goobers is a must.

And what you've been waiting for. Range tests. Tests where done inside with both guns fired flat at arms length. Aming the 2 guns consistantly is quite easy with the red dots. just point at the same spot on the wall.

Nitefinder

Packaged dart:
In feet
25
24
26
25
25
25

Tagger dart
In feet
28
31
31
33
27
30

Laser Finder

Packaged dart
In feet
34
35
34
25
30
29

Tagger Dart
in feet
33
32
31
34
21
35

As you can see, the laser finder has more power. but did have some trouble with consistancy. It could just have been down to user error though.

Internals of the Laser finder.

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Basicaly the same as the Nitefinder. The screws strip very easy. I may have just got a bad one. I have another SDL gun and had no problem with the screws. The trigger spring and screw are all rusted. The air restrictor, like the newest Nitefinders are glued on.

Plunger rod

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The top one is a Nitefinder one and bottom is the Laser finder one. The Laser Finder has a longer and much stronger spring.

EDIT: Ignore the double O ring on the Nite finder Plunger rod. It was from a modified Nitefinder I had laying around.

Edited by Roger Explosion, 31 January 2010 - 11:31 AM.

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#2 cheesypiza001

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:15 AM

Nice review. Did you add an extra O-ring in on the NF plunger rod? (last picture)
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:43 AM

I was wondering the same thing? Did you use the 2 O-rings for the test? Or did you add it later?

Look at the back of the boxes, it looks like the "Aim with Accuracy-Even in the Dark!" was copy and pasted.

Edited by JATDO, 31 January 2010 - 10:45 AM.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:45 AM

If it comes wiht a double O-ring, I just had a nerd-gasm.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:51 AM

On a side note about the range test, I hope the light on the Nitefinder was centered correctly, because it can be moved around.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:53 AM

I might be trippin' balls here, but isn't SDL hasbro owned? The patents for the nitefinders are still in function (as far as I know) so if SDL is a separate company they would've been sued for their asses by now. I mean look, the same style logo's, fonts, images and graphics. Pretty much the same damn shell, except they have a slightly different molding or the light/laser housing.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:53 AM

"For Use With Shoot"

$16 for a NF KO with a better spring. Meh.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:56 AM

On a side note about the range test, I hope the light on the Nitefinder was centered correctly, because it can be moved around.

-Lotus

What? Correct me if I am wrong but I think Roger Explosion aimed "down the sights" not using the "laser".
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#9 LotusNerf

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:04 AM

*What I said*

What? Correct me if I am wrong but I think Roger Explosion aimed "down the sights" not using the "laser".


Aiming the 2 guns consistently is quite easy with the red dots. just point at the same spot on the wall.


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#10 Roger Explosion

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:29 AM

Nice review. Did you add an extra O-ring in on the NF plunger rod? (last picture)

Yeah, its added. It was just a plunger rod from a broken NF I had lying around.
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#11 Spud Spudoni

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:31 AM

I might be trippin' balls here, but isn't SDL hasbro owned? The patents for the nitefinders are still in function (as far as I know) so if SDL is a separate company they would've been sued for their asses by now. I mean look, the same style logo's, fonts, images and graphics. Pretty much the same damn shell, except they have a slightly different molding or the light/laser housing.


This is quite a possibility. A lot of companies I have seen (not just nerf related) BUY their products from a factory which can also use the mold for different companies. Hence the tech target, and rebel blaster re- makes. Correct me if I am wrong.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:15 PM

Very nicely written review. Between the real laser, hefty spring and cool green color these seem pretty nice.
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#13 nostyleguy

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:18 PM

Includes .... 6 Delicacy Darts

Wow, looks like a failed foreign attempt to use an automatic translator.
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#14 hawkshot

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:02 PM

I'm curious to see who has the copyright to the SDL.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:10 PM

SDL also have a clone of the disk shot, Strikefire and Dart Tag blaster




And, a bbb. http://black-tactica...-foam-bow-p-160
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:14 PM

Dude that real laser Diode can be used for a lot of hobby uses since the power source is so easy to be obtained and that a switch can be used on the laser as well xD
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:11 PM

The cover of the Laser Finder in similar to the Nitefinder. SDL must be owned by hasbro or else none of this would make sense.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:14 PM

Or SDL payed Hasbro to use (part) of their molds....
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:27 PM

Or it's from China, where they don't care about our copy rights
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#20 GreenyNerf96

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:28 PM

Its a rotate shoot. I don't see a rotation of any sort.

"Hey isnt that the nitefinder?"
"No, r-tard, its a rotate shoot, jeez."
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:20 PM

The cover of the Laser Finder in similar to the Nitefinder. SDL must be owned by hasbro or else none of this would make sense.


Faddle, if you actually read the thread, you would see I said the exact same thing. Hage-ka.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:36 PM

Dude that real laser Diode can be used for a lot of hobby uses since the power source is so easy to be obtained and that a switch can be used on the laser as well xD

Sorry for this noobish question, but does the laser in the Laser Finder work the same way as in the Nitefinder? Also Onyx, I myself was just thinking about doing a diode intergration into a Nitefinder light system for a project but this will be much easier to just pull out of the gun for said science project at school (watch all those loosers with their magnifying glasses and flashlights trying to light a piece of wood). Secondly, compared to a first generation NF spring, relatively how strong is this, and do you think the catch could hold an added party popper spring?

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

two sdl gun pics i found
http://www.dreamtoys...all&enlarge=yes

dART TAG
http://www.shop.munc...m/img/l8096.jpg


and heres a russian nf ripoff
http://black-tactica...-foam-gun-p-673
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:34 PM

and heres a russian nf ripoff
http://black-tactica...-foam-gun-p-673


Awesome PJ, but where's the PR?
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