As the Sept 14th NJ war slowed down I carried out a few tests. Our goal was to fire a level blaster from shoulder height over a chronometer and down 100' of measuring tape to compare the initial velocity of a dart and the distance traveled. To fire the blaster level we had two people on either side of the shooter inspect the firing position. People down range determined the distance traveled which was controlled against skipping thanks to grass and careful observation. These methods were nearly identical to what Beaver had done previously
. 1 to 1.1 gram slug darts were used. Multiple types of blasters and variably pumped air guns were used to get a good range of initial velocities.
What's really cool about this test is that the data is very similar to what Beaver had previously observed. Here's the two data sets plotted together. Raw Data
Given the lower than expected distances that both groups observed and the careful attention to how "flat" our blasters were, I think it's pretty safe to say that most reported ranges are not shot "flat."
Thanks to Andtheherois, Ballistic Joe, DX, Nerfoholic, and Donquixote for collecting the data with me.
Edited by koree, 15 September 2013 - 02:09 PM.