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#1 Doom

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:29 AM

Lately I've been compiling data about darts. One thing I've found to be lacking is the available data about stock dart diameters. There basically is none, and for the moment I have no access to Nerf guns or darts to make my own measurements. Would someone with calipers mind measuring the diameter of the heads of their stock darts? Post that along with the dart type. Foam diameter and other dimensions would be interesting too, but I'm most interested in the head diameter. This'll be useful for an upcoming dart safety article, and I'll be appreciative otherwise.

To be more specific, if you look at whistlers, for example, you'll see that the head is bigger than the foam. For streamlines, the opposite is true; the minimum diameter of the head is smaller than the foam. This is the diameter I'm most interested in.
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Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

Elite head: .465
Elite foam: .515

Streamline head: .465
Streamline foam: .515

Whistler/dart tag dart head: .575
Whistler/dart tag dart foam: .515

These darts were unused prior to these measurements.

These were measured with digital calipers.
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Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:29 PM

Glad to help, Ben. Here are my measurements.

Nerf suction cup dart—foam:

.4995
.4965
.489
.5005
.501
.500
.4925
.507
.497
.4995
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Avg=.49825 Rounding for significant figures Posted Image .498

Nerf suction cup dart—head:

.578
.564
.5675
.5825
.569
.5685
.573
.5725
.567
.573
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Avg.=.5715 Rounding for significant figures Posted Image .572

Buzz Bee suction dart—foam

.502
.503
.505
.503
.5035
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Avg.=.5033 Rounding for significant figures Posted Image .503

Buzz Bee suction dart—head

.596
.5945
.5905
.596
.596
.592
.5935
.5915
_______
Avg.=.59375 Rounding for significant figures Posted Image .594

I'm pretty sure that none of these darts have ever been used. I measured these with digital calipers and made sure that the calipers touched but did not compress the foam or head during measuring.

Edited by DartSlinger, 05 April 2014 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:01 AM

Birch, DartSlinger, thanks for taking these measurements. They'll prove very useful in my upcoming article.
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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:23 PM

This might be old news, maybe not, but we have this thread on different stock darts from the HvZ forum. Might be useful to be using darts from the same production run.
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Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:51 PM

This might be old news, maybe not, but we have this thread on different stock darts from the HvZ forum. Might be useful to be using darts from the same production run.


Didn't notice this reply. I did look through that thread before, but I don't think the subject has been discussed on NH before. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Given torukmakto4's findings, I'd suggest anyone who posts stock dart diameters, masses, etc., also posts the tip code.
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