If possible, include the following:
- Nerf gun, details of the gun with muzzle velocity if possible (e.g., Longshot with X pound spring, brass barrel, chrono'd at 150 fps)
- Distance from barrel (point blank, 20 ft., etc.)
- Type of dart (especially dart tip), dart mass (if known or if can be estimated; note which)
- Location of hit, whether it was a direct hit or a graze
- Result of the hit, with photo(s) if possible (e.g., welt for 10 minutes, broke skin and healed in a few days, permanent blindness, etc.)
- When the hit occurred, and at what war (e.g., BCNO in 2005)
There have been several similar threads in the past, but generally they lacked the detail above. Examples: (1), (2), (3), (4).
Dart safety tests are also welcome in this thread. Here are some examples: (5), (6), (7), (8). I'd prefer as much detail as possible (including raw data with muzzle velocities, dart masses, blinded experiments, etc.), but anything is welcome.
The point of this thread is to not prove that Nerf is dangerous (it definitely can be, if done poorly, as is true of many things), but rather for us to focus on how we can improve safety in the sport. I'm hoping that the data in this thread can be used to better understand Nerf safety and develop realistic KED limits. (If you just want to brag about a ridiculous shot you took, you can do that here too.)
One last point: Don't post in this thread if you are just going to point out how stupid someone was in their post, e.g., "Why the fuck did you stare down the barrel of a loaded gun?" We all make mistakes, and I don't want to clutter up this thread. Other discussions about the hits are okay.
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Two of mine:
At the last war I went to (sometime last year) I was directly shot on the (top) external part of my left ear from about 20 to 30 feet away. I am not sure what the gun or darts were like, but I'd guess the darts were slugs. This shot was interesting because it was extremely painful and caused my ear to ring for a few minutes. There was no welt or bruise, or any other effects.
I've been shot by a +bow with slugs directly on the fingernail from about 15 feet away (at Dart of War at the University of Maryland in 2011, if I recall correctly). That hurt a ton for a few minutes --- no long term effects.
Edited by Doom, 11 May 2013 - 06:48 PM.