Once you crack the gun open and crank up the power, the fishtailing and spiralling gets even worse.
So the Savvy buyer will pick up a Nerf gun from the shelf, turn slightly to one side, and pick up a hundred pack of Dart Zone darts for ten bucks or less. Less than a dime for a more consistent grouping.
Competitive types will buy off-brand Waffle Heads in bulk and end up at pennies a shot for a dart that still holds a tight group even when thrown at doubke or triple the stock velocities.
This interferes with the Gillette business model, of course, where you take a thin margin on the gun and make it up with fat margins on the reloads.
So, then, behold: The Ultra dart.
It's halfway between Elite and Mega in both diameter and weight but shorter in length. It uses a styrofoam style stiff material for the dart body that's actually more fragile than the old foam. And it's ten bucks for a pack of twenty.
The most important bit is the multi-lobed tail end, though. It fits into the gun like a key.
If a dart is loaded that doesn't fit the lockout shape, the gun skips it.
And most importantly, that shape has been patented, so Hasbro has a legal stance against aftermarket groups making and selling better replacements for far less.
Pre-release testing has shown there's only a marginal increase in accuracy, and every dart out of the starter gun tumbles. Admittedly the stater gun uses flywheels, but a well-built wheeler firing Waffles can be a tackdriver.
But that gets back to the core of the issue; Giving this gun better ammo to see if it's the darts causing the issue would require disabling the DRM, the Dart Rights Management system.
On the other other hand, there's now a sizable Not-Nerf supply of arms in the Elite standard caliber, both for sale as Ready-To-Fire Walmart models, and high-end high performance customized kits.
So after the wall of text, do you have any opinions? Do you have any opinions I haven't already said? Have I shot myself in the foot already?
Edited by Nutjob R/T, 30 September 2019 - 04:06 PM.