Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:41 PM
In terms of overall Reliability, Power, Range, and Accuracy, I would say that the Vortex line wins out. Most indoor/ stock dart wars are more geared towards RoF than accuracy/ranges so the pump action/ slam fire blasters/ electric are generally somewhat dominant. However, unlike the Praxis for instance, the slam fire dart blasters (at least the Raider) eat darts for breakfast while my Praxis never jammed once, even in slam fire, before I traded it for a Long Shot. The main downside for the Vortex line indoors would be the necessity for surplus magazines/clips unless you're using the Vigilon or the Proton, which don't offer quite the firepower that the Praxis is capable of achieving.
Dart Tag Line
So for the 1st/2nd gen Dart Tag blasters (ie Red, Blue, Orange, Green before Swarmfires and the likes, and counting out the Dart Tag Nite Finders), I would say that they offered good RoF but with pretty horrible performance in other categories. For instance, the DTB or Hyperfire had a nice open 10 round turret but was an ergonomic disaster (at least to me). The top priming handle (similar to a Maverick or Recon's) could have been relocated to the foregrip which would have helped the whole balance factor a lot. Also, I found that after firing the taggers out a couple times, they would pop out of the turret (with the ARs in of course) and be a general pain in the but. Crossfires/ Strikefires were just revamped Scouts that were outclassed by the Proton and Nite Finder. The Furyfire, though pump action and pretty comfy to use, had absolutely crap ranges.
With the newer Dart Tag blasters, we got another Scout remake, two more slam fire dart eaters, and the Swarmfire. The Speedswarm is just the dumbed down version of the Swarmfire and is not worth getting. If you want a reliable, high RoF, indoor blaster, with a turret, I would definitely go for the Swarmfire. With the necessary battery upgrades, it can achieve a good RoF. The Quick 16 and Speedload 6 just suck in general. Blue trigger or not, they only use taggers, jam like a band, and have crappy ranges. Yes, they can reload on the fly but there's no point in reloading if you're just going to jam the dart. Since the Snapfire has not been "officially released", I'm not going to include it, but it seems very promising for indoors/ stock wars.
The clip system line is actually quite promising once modified, but that's the main catch. A stock Long Shot just sucks. A stock Raider just sucks. Most blasters require either aftermarket kits (ie OMW), key modifications, or even an Elite counterpart (*cough* Raider *cough*) to achieve reliable ranges. The Nite Finder is obviously a beast once it's modified, and is so simple even I can do it. However, unless you're in a massive indoor stadium, you'll be out-performed by someone Raider spamming. I really think that we're leaving out the electric blasters. The simplest battery replacement with a couple of Trustfires and a dummy battery you can make with spare wire can drastically buff the Rayven. I just added another battery box to the side and with about 5 minutes of solder work can get a high RoF blaster, that uses clips without jamming issues, and gets a lot more muzzle velocity than an AR removed and power-stocked Raider. Of course, accuracy is limited, but if you're playing indoors with stock darts, that is not an issue. The high RoF airblasters with bladders (ie RF20, Magstrike, Powerclip, Wildfire, etc.) are pretty good but require some serious pumping. Vulcan/ Stampede require some electrical work (unless you're just looking to buff the RoF) and I ended up killing my Stampede gear box while doing so.
Rocket/Missile type blasters are a heck of a ton of fun of course, especially when there's cardboard boxes and Titans and people hiding behind said boxes involved. Yes, you need to pump them up, but the satisfaction of a direct Titan hit is only matched by getting someone with a stomp rocket. Also, the ballistic ball blasters are quite fun, especially if you're Bobololo and happen to have multiple Pulsators on hand. But still, the vastly underrated Buzz Saw is pretty cool as well. Yes, basically everyone in the house can hear exactly where you are, but it is pretty amusing to dump out 4 ballistic balls at someone in rapid fire. The BBB is pretty cool as well, especially because you can just shove a marker barrel in there and shoot both arrows and darts. I haven't exactly had much experience with other brand arrow/missile launchers other than the BBBB and the UMB/BBUMB but they don't really perform as nicely as the Titan. (On a side note, my TRU has still been stocking the Unity Power System sets for the last 8 years since they were released. I don't even know if any of the other retailers had stocked the UPS originally but they obviously don't now).
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