I was digging around in my son's old closet looking for some art supplies I had stowed away, when I found a bag of suction cup darts, and a bunch of guns. I just KNEW I had purchased some guns in the past when my son was about 5, and I know I only would have bought Nerf, but saw he wasn't able to use blasters back them, and put them away. Now I have re-found them...I found 3 crappy little Target-brand blasters that don't work, 2 larger BuzzBee Tek 6 blasters which work OK, and...much to my happiness, 2 Nerf Mavericks!
This might not be a big deal for some, since everyone who's into Nerf in the slightest has Mavericks...but I didn't think I did since my memory is obviously shot. I was even planning on buying a bunch of Mavericks in a lot on Ebay for parties or handing out to kids since they are so numerous and cheap now on Ebay. Well, now I finally have my own to play with. I knew I would have only bought Nerf-brand. The off-brand ones I probably bought to see if they were easier for my son to pull but everything got put away when he could not.
Anyway, rambling over...I'm stoked to have these Mavericks and now I can clearly see the upgrades they made when they put out the Nerf Strongarm. It's the same kind of blaster like the Maverick, but the entire barrel of the gun will come out with the side button push so you can feed the barrel easier. The Maverick only allowed for the barrel to come out a little bit for barrel-feeding.
I've decided that if I do do a birthday party or something for my son with Nerf wars, I'd try to get more Strongarms rather than Mavericks since they are easier to load, but the Maverick is a classic pistol. Can't really go wrong. Dart insertion is a bit tighter than with the Strongarm and you have to make sure you insert the darts all the way into the barrel so they don't scrape against the front of the gun when you but the barrel back into place...Strongarm has a bit more wiggle room and overall like that style of insertion so much better (giggety). The pull-back to cock is roughly the same strength though. Will have to see how they compare if I ever get around to doing firing tests for distance.
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