If you’re anything like the staff here at AFoN you’ve been waiting very impatiently for the release of the newly redesigned Nerf Dart Tag blasters. We are very happy to inform you that they’re finally here! I bring to you the Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6.
It has been a while since we’ve seen anything new on the Dart Tag side of the Nerf coin, and it’s nice to see something fresh for 2011. The Speed Load 6 is an interesting blaster, and is the first I’ve seen to offer the built in clip. I have to say, the quick load build in clip is an amazing feature that offers dart tag players self contained dart storage and possibly the fastest reload time among similar blasters including clip system blasters from the N-Strike series. An amazing feature that was discovered while testing this blaster, and something Nerf has not revealed about the blaster is that it has a Slam Fire feature like that found on the N-Strike Raider. The Speed Load 6 comes with 6 newly colored darts introducing the white velcro strips on the tip and larger air hole that makes the darts whistle. The blaster offers no storage for extra ammo, but considering the quick reload of the built in clip I believe this could be a good trade off.
The Speed Load 6 has some pretty cool paint apps throughout, the yellow is a little deeper in hue than the standard yellow from the N-Strike series and the whole look of the blaster is sharp. I was especially impressed with the detail on the handle, this alone gives the blaster a great personality. The blaster has good weight and feels as natural in the hand as the Maverick. Another feature I enjoy about this blaster which appears to carry on to the rest of the series is the trigger, which has been redesigned with two holes where the trigger meets the body of the blaster and just looks attractive. The only gripe I have with the Speed Load 6 is a minor little thing. On the bottom yellow portion of the clip there is a circular emblem engraved into the plastic that has a “6″ in the middle it that quite honestly looked like a “G” and it took quite a while to realize what it was supposed to be.
After taking the time to play around with the Speed Load 6 I was very impressed. Power and range is as good as expected for a blaster of this size and would be great for applications even outside of strict dart tag play. I would go so far as to say this is a must have for any Nerf collection. Check out the Speed Load 6 and the rest of the new Dart Tag series at your local retailer and stay tuned to AFoN for more news and reviews.