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Friday, April 26, 2013

We Haz Email, and other upcoming articles!

The Coastal Bend Action Sports blog now has an email address, which readers may use to send pictures, recommend articles for us to feature, or even submit articles of their own! Feel free to contact us at

As for upcoming articles, the next article in the Gearing Up! series will be a general discussion of non-blaster gear, such as pouches and other useful stuff. Readers are encouraged to send us an email with photos or suggestions on how to cheaply assemble a kit for carrying your essentials into a foam fight! Do you shop at Goodwill, sporting goods store, or surplus store. Sound Off!


Hey folks, Rebound here. Seems REAL LIFE (tm) has reared its head, so im going to be stepping back for a while, an leave this place in Animal's capable hands. Ill still pop in from time to time, but other things have priority right now.

Gearing up! Part 1: Safety

This will be a multi-part series on selecting gear, from clothing to pouches, and where to get it.  There may be many more options than you think!  By default we will approach the topic from the angle of going all out tactical, with the caveat that we are providing options which you may choose to disregard or scale back at your own discretion.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blastersmiths UK, Development Blog: Dead Man's Flaps and Combat Efficacy

Our buddies across the pond  unleash a well deserved rant about gear and blasters as used against brain munching zombies, instead of a tape measure.  Well worth a read.

Blastersmiths UK, Development Blog: Dead Man's Flaps and Combat Efficacy

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Foam, Firepower, and SCIENCE!!

So, some of you guys may have heard of a blaster that's been leaked called the Rapidstrike.  Some of you have even seen pictures and video of it firing, like the one below (thanks to Urban Taggers for telling us about it).

Not bad new kid on the block, not bad.  Certainly faster than the Stampede ECS, out of the box.  Little noisy, but still impressive.  But somewhere along the way I saw someone say that this <sarc>Rapidstrike</sarc> was faster than a modified Stampede.  Now this was an affront that, not only as a Stampede owner but a man of SCIENCE, I could not let go unchallenged.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Flywheels, Flywheels, Flywheels, and more Flywheels!!!

So, with the impending release of the Rapidstrike, I had a thought. What if you could individually tune the flywheel motors to improve accuracy? So, my thought process was that if you put individual potentiometer based volltage controls, with a narrow voltage range, and set to your output voltage, you could make small adjustments to the individual motors. This may improve accuracy with overvolted motors.

Now, I just have to get the bits, put everything together, and test it. More to come on that.

EDIT: just to be clear, im thinking that by varying the speeds you can gain some vertical precision.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mega and the men who knew nothing.

So we're all excited about the mega line.  I'll admit it me too.  I'll probably be sticking to my stampede, but the options that new tools provide opponents thrills me.  Both Damian and I were absolutely thrilled with the Rayven and the Stryfe, because the provided other players with cheap access to the kind of firepower that Stampede users had had for over a year.

A few years ago when i got back into Nerf for the first time in many years (the last time i cared about Nerf before that, the Eagle Eye was new), I was absolutely thrilled with my Recon.  It was many things my previous experience with Nerf was not.  It was compact, it was magazine fed, and as someone who had enjoyed target shooting it felt familiar to my hands.  It was light and easy to move with in ways that Damian's Longshot wasn't.  It traded range for the ability to move, something that I desperately needed to offset ackwardness of movement that resulted from back injuries.

A year later, the Raider dropped.  It was amazing, like its predecessor it brought new options to the table, and thanks to the interchangeability of parts it  brought options to Recon.  With the advent of the Raider we suddenly had to worry about another player having quite a lot of darts that they could send your way at an alarming rate.  Other blasters dropped over the course of the year, but Raider was the hallmark that year.  For the purpose of this article I'd like to acknowledge those blasters, if not call them out by name.  Each is a tool that does different things, but for the purpose of storytelling they won't be mentioned.

Another year and another blaster, the Stampede dropped.  This year was the year my troupe of friends actually got to play with a group, allowing us to have a very objective view of the Nerf Foam Arms Race.  With our two stampedes (and one over-volted Vulcan) our group were routinely put up against opponents with different generations of gear.  So many different facets affected game play: experience, knowledge, tech, teamwork, tactics.  While a fully automatic Stampede with large magazines was a great easy to use blaster that made a great suppression tool, and made a great many eliminations, I was not guaranteed a victory against players that thoughtfully used the features of the building in which we played.

And now we are here, a year after Vortex and now we have N-strike elite.  And now that we have leaked images, we have reason to believe that we will be getting N-strike Elite Mega in the near future.  But what do we know about it, like really?

Well, Ash from MyLastDart has given us no reason to believe that his visit to the development labs didn't happen.  However his written article not only apparently violated his NDA (not judging bro), but also was such a jumble of excited information that it's not quite coherent.  What was coherent was that Mega is a new dart and line, aimed at providing a larger more accurate projectile to take advantage of longer ranges.  How much longer?  100 feet is the number that has been bounced around, and after the performance of Elite, I don't find this to be suspect.  Electronic plunger (what the stampede is classed as) and underbarrel weapon designs were mentioned, but not coherently enough to gleen anything from.

We have now seen box art and a side view image of the Centurion, and from this we can gleen a few facts.
*This thing is going to be quite large.  Like Longshot with barrel extension obnoxious large.  We can assume from experience that it will break down somewhere so as to not have ridiculously large packaging.

*It's a plunger blaster.  It's got priming handles on it and the handles ride on what appears to be a ver y very long track.  The long track could be due to either a very long plunger stroke, or a multi part action.  We however know that it's not a flywheel blaster, and it's unlikely that the stroke would be that long for an air blaster.

*It's probably not electronic.  previous experience with CS system blasters tells us everything above the bolt handle is plunger tube and firing components, and space below the priming slide appears to be at a premium, additionally there isn't enough space for a sprocket large enough to drive the action the full length of that priming slide.

Ash threw around the term electronic plunger, and found a page where a Mega Javelin can be ordered(?), without an image.  I find it a bit more likely that the Javelin is this electronic plunger design than the conjecture that it's a new missile launcher.

But at this time i'll say simply that we don't know enough to make any final conclusions, but that I'm personally excited to see what comes of it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nerf MEGA Line, Conjecture, opinion, wishes

The Nerf MEGA Centurion got my Imagination running. I'm a Sniper Whore and make no bones about it, so the thought of this monster has me saving my pennies already.   Non standard ammo dosn't bother me,  because i really havn't gotten used to the idea of standardized ammo yet.  I DO wish there was more info on what, exactly, an "electronic plunger system" is. This could be several things, from autococking, to round counting, to simple sound effects. As for the MEGA Darts themselves, I've wanted "magnum" darts for a while, and a pistol to shoot them out of.

There, that pretty much exhausts what we know about the thing, other than that something called the Mega Javelin is also listed.

Now, here's what i'm hoping:
Centurion: Electronic Plunger is an autococker. So sue me, i like repeaters.
I also hope that the fact that not all of them have the thing is an indication that they're making a move to an upgradable/modifiable/repairable platform.
Javelin: i'm hoping this is either A: an "elite" titan, airpressure or otherwise, or B: A MEGA Stampede, full auto/burst fire, clip fed.

Future of MEGA:
I'm hoping for a pistol of some sort, by preference CS, though i'm not opposed to a revolver, i think it'd be a cartoonishly monsterous one if its more than 3 shots (think The Mask, or Roger Rabbit).
Another Bullpup in the MEGAline would be nice, either pump action or flywheel repeater.

Not related to the MEGA Line, but we still need a good bursting grenade. Spring launched soft foam balls would be perfect, say 3/4th of an inch in diameter, purchasable in lots of, say, 50 or so for 110 or 15 bucks.

EDIT: So, it turns out the centurion and javelin both have the same EAN (read upc for us yanks) number.

Nerf Rebelle, Animal's two cents (adjusted for inflation)

Alrighty, My first post on the blog, whew take a moment to take it in... okay that's enough of that!  Fair warning the below is written as it comes to mind.  I've never been accused of being a wordsmith.

So, Nerf Rebelle: Did it NEED to happen?  No.  Not really.  Is it Sexist? In the words of Tom Tucker from Family guy (re: mustaches) "Only slightly, only slighty".  My argument however is that this is not inherently a bad thing.

While time has proven that females can and will use the already existing N-strike and other lines, the females that adopt these are (warning conjecture imminent) largely late teen, or adults.  Sociologically we know that puts these females past the, for lack of a more friendly term, point of no return for deciding whether or not action sports are "fun" or "feminine" (yes some women do care about that).

Rebelle, isn't aimed so to speak at these women.  It's aimed at the younger audience, whose parent have all the buying power, and is attempting to ride the wave of strong female characters in media.  It is.... really an attempt to support the target audience of these heroines with toys that allow them to be like Katniss of The Hunger Games.  It's providing the opportunity for parents to reinforce these positive images and encourage active and imaginative play, much like my own parents did when they bought me my first nerf blasters.

And to that end it will help get more females into foam sports down the road.  Not all of them, mind you.  Just like most males laid their blasters aside as they grew older, we can expect that not all females will remain into foam sports or even shooting.

And contrary to most "for girls" spinoffs of boys toys, Hasbro has gone to great lengths to make a point of not treating girls like they are stupid.  From the limited shots we have seen of the blasters themselves, only the color schemes seem to be inherently feminine, and that is largely due to results of focus groups designed to make these appeal to a female demographic.  I've already decided for myself to buy a couple rebelle blasters and repaint them in a tribal flame pattern.

Welcome to the Machine!!!!

Everyone (he says to the empty room), please welcome our new poster, case modder, and all around fellow foamsmith, Animal. Animal, say hi to everyone. Play nice.


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