Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review

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.


2 thoughts on “Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review

  1. I will agree that the I have had an issue with my Speed Load 6 with jamming, but as it only seemed to happen when my 5 year old or my older slightly clumsy friend were using it I chocked it up to user error. I am disappointed to hear that this may be more of a problem that I thought. Out of the original pack of darts that came with my Speed Load 6, 2 of them have been damages beyond use which I guess could always be worse, but still is a problem for the blaster. I am glad to hear you hold the Quick 16 in as high of regard as I do and hope you are able to enjoy the Speed Load 6 at least a little.

  2. I recently picked up both the Speedload 6 and the Quick 16. I think these are the only blasters that can slamfire non streamline darts (?). The Quick 16 feels a bit oversized, but it also feels really solid. I was able to fire micro darts, whistler darts, and tagger micro darts. It performed flawlessly without a single jam. It’s a good blaster.

    The Speedload 6 is a mess. Just like the Quick 16, it’s much larger than you would expect. The Speedload is also very heavy. It’s not just that the blaster’s heavy, it’s specifically front heavy. Even though the gun is wieldable, it always feels off balance.

    The real problem with the Speedload 6 is jamming. Unlike the Quick 16 which can fire just about any dart, the Speedload has problems firing the darts that ship with it. In about 30 minutes of test firing, I don’t think I made it through a single six dart magazine without a jam. Even worse, all jams are catastrophic. Darts get wedged half way into or even folded into the chamber. In these scenarios the jam door isn’t very helpful. More often than not, the internal mechanism blocks access to the dart. I had to fish out jammed darts using a dental pick. In every case darts were ruined; in many instances the heads of the darts were ripped clean off.

    Priming the blaster more forcefully seemed to help to some extent, but I found that priming the blaster with a good deal of force will frequently slamfire the next dart even when you’re not touching the trigger.

    With all these issues, I assumed that I’d purchased a bad blaster. The Quick 16 which uses the same basic design performed flawlessly. I returned to the store and exchanged the blaster for a new Speedload 6. While the replacement did not exhibit the accidental slamfire behavior, it still ate darts at about the same rate.

    It’s possible that I had two bad blasters in a row or that perhaps I’m inept, but after two bad blasters in a row I’m weary. If you were looking at this blaster vs the Quick 16, the Quick 16 is the hands down winner. In general I’d recommend not getting this blaster.

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