The Nerf Rival Artemis is my first Rival, and it is a good first impression. It comes with 30 balls for its integrated mags but can hold more.
The Artemis is harder to cock than a dart blaster. I’m guessing it has something to do with being a Rival. I expect the same to be with Atlas, and I know it is with Apollo. My friend has one. It has slam-fire, but I cannot do it well. The one tactical rail can fit the normal N-Strike accessories but not as well as the tactical rails on the normal Nerf guns. Its range is about 75 feet. That is supposedly how far the Elites fire, but they only get about 60-70 feet. This has good accuracy like all Rivals. It could probably be a sniper, too. Artemis is very comfortable to hold but has a slightly hard trigger pull. Also, the barrels rotate.
As far as I can tell, it has two problems:
Sometimes it doesn’t fire, and the next time it fires two balls at once.
The balls are hard to remove without shooting.
Artemis uses a slide on the magazines to put in the balls. The holes are little so the balls don’t fall out if you shake it upside down.
I really like the Artemis and will probably be getting Nemesis once it is released.
Mega Mastodon is an awesome gun! First off, this thing is huge. It measures 31 inches long, 1 foot tall and 8 inches wide. I don’t know if it was necessary to make it so large. The area in front of the drum probably did not have to be so big. The battery compartment is quite large which brings me to my next point.
Mega Mastodon requires six D batteries to operate. That also adds to the expense of the gun. Being so big, the strap is somewhat necessary. I thought the strap was a just to make it seem bigger so more people would buy it. However, the strap is a good addition because it is heavy.
For the base I built out of boxes, I use Mega Mastodon as a turret to defend the base. I just run behind the wall and fire Mega Mastodon which is sitting on the central box.
Performance-wise, Mega Mastodon is great. It shoots quite far and is also the biggest and heaviest Nerf gun. The Vulcan previously held those records. It is not as long as the Centurion, though. I like it very well, despite its size, and I would recommend it for anybody who wants a big machine gun.
The Hyperfire was released in fall 2016 along with the Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike, Rival Khaos, and Mega Mastodon. On New Years Day, I played Capture the Flag with my friends. There were two ways to win. You either touched the pole at the other team’s base or shot the players on the other team. This is much more reliable than my Rapidstrike, which I got for Christmas, along with the Triad EX-3.
It requires four D batteries. Hyperfire only has one short tactical rail which is not very tactical. This definitely works better than my Rapidstrike but the design of the Rapidstrike is so much better. Hyperfire is very balanced because the batteries are in the back and the front is heavy. This could be the successor of the Rampage as well as the Rapidstrike. The Rampage is also made for high ROF which is why it comes with at 25 dart drum. You may have heard reports of Rampage jams. Those jams are uncommon in the Hyperfire. Overall, I would highly recommend this gun and the only flaw is the accuracy.
We have already seen Nerf’s spring 2017 blasters. They are mostly sidearms like the Negotiator. What about the rifles and machine guns? Some of those unreleased Nerf Guns are the:
Zombie Strike Dreadbolt
Alien Menace Voidcaster
First Order Stormtrooper Blaster
First, we have Nemesis. By far, the best unreleased Nerf gun is Nemesis. It is a machine gun. There is also a 100 round hopper which might be able to hold more than 100 balls. I will probably be getting this in summer even though it is $100.
Next, we have the Raptorstrike. The only thing it lacks is a scope. It has a flip up sight instead. This comes with two six dart clips, a foldable bi-pod, and eighteen AccuStrike darts. It has room for an extra clip in the stock. All of the other snipers are not as good. Centurion jams and Longstrike and Longshot are old. Also, will all the Elite AccuStrikes be named after birds?Alphahawk, Falconfire and Raptorstrike
This one is like a Mega Roughcut 2×5 with a handle prime. It fires 2 darts at once just like the Roughcut. I don’t want this, but I’m sure it’s good. I think the internals will be similar to a Rough Cut.
This Modulus has 3 fire options: 1 shot, 3 shots or continuous fire. It uses a switch like Dual-Strike and comes with two barrels that have reverse tactical rails.
Not much is known about this, but it is the first modern Nerf gun that is not a Rebelle to fire arrows. It comes with five arrows and a removable scope.
I would probably buy this if it wasn’t for the fact it is so much bigger than necessary. It fires three darts at once with ten shots before you run out. The appearance of The Judge looks like it has slam-fire.
This appears to be an oddly styled pistol. I can’t say it would be a good backup. It is bigger than most pistols because of it’s odd styling. It can hold eight darts.
The third stormtrooper blaster lately. This one uses flywheels and sideloads like the stormtrooper deluxe blaster. I don’t know what else to say about it.
The Combow is an interesting gun. It has a blaster and a bow. When connected, they fire two darts at once. You can see they use AccuStrike darts like RaptorStrike.
The 25th of January was Angels Night at the Honda Center. The sad fact was that the Ducks lost 4-0 to the Edmonton Oilers. It was still fun, though. We arrived very early. There was a tent giving out free Ducks shirts. The shirts were size large or X-large.
They had an Angels logo on the sleeve. The Honda Center, I discovered, is very nice. There is a lot of marble. It also doesn’t feel as packed as some stadiums do. They started practicing early with about 50 pucks. We were very high up.
The Oilers scored their first goal in the second period. They scored 3 in the 3rd period. Kids played hockey during the first intermission. During the second intermission, we went to get hot dogs. I got a picture with a cardboard Ducks player.
It was very fun despite the fact that the Ducks lost.
After the field trip to the Museum of Music, we went to the Ecovivarium reptile museum. They had lots of, you guessed it, reptiles. The museum only took rescued animals which is 98% and animals donated to them which is 2%. They have two turtles. One of them is named George, and he is just a shell. There is also Ninja who is alive.
Ninja lives in a pyramid that is a good size for him. One of the reptiles had survived a fire but had some of his toes burned off.
Another was blind. One of them can change gender by losing a lot of his tail. He can’t switch back, though. A lot of the stories were quite sad. There was one water monitor who was showing off when enough people were there.
At the end, we had snakes slither along our legs. One of their snakes, Valentine, might be in the Guinness Book of World Records because he is gigantic.
Valentine was rescued the night of Valentine’s Day. The snake was being kept in the garage and was dying. Thankfully, Valentine was rescued and nursed back to health.
The water monitor, Max, was going to come out. He was staying in the back of his habitat because he thought he was not going to see us. He was sad. One of the kids, Griffin, went back there so Max would come out. He did. That field trip was as fun as the one to the Museum of Music.
Yesterday, we went to the Museum of Making Music in San Diego. They started by taking us to the guitar lab where we learned about electric guitars. The body of the guitar, which is the part that you strum, can be any shape. The most popular shape is the Stratocaster which is what you usually see when you think of an electric guitar. The neck is the part which is sticking out of the guitar. We then went over the pickups. They are magnetic, and they take the sound and send it through the wire to the amplifier.
We had some African drums which we played after. They had a hole in the bottom to make the sound. Some of the kids conducted including me and my sisters.
Next, we went on a tour through the museum. In the first room, there were a few instruments from each family. The four instrument families are: woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. They had some rooms where you got to play the instruments. Inside the last room, they showed MTV. In one band, all of the guys had long hair, and they were wearing brightly colored outfits. One of the musicians looked in the camera sideways.
Then, we went to a room with a bunch of instruments that you could play. For all of the electric ones, you had to use headphones. They even had an electric drum set.
That was a very fun field trip. There was another one after it. I will write about that soon.
On the last day of our Christmas trip to Lousiana, we went to the Global Wildlife Center. Riding on a bus, we viewed and fed animals on a safari through their property. They had lots of animals. We weren’t allowed to feed the zebras because they bite.
The deer followed us around the whole safari. Some of them were fighting.
They even had llamas and alpacas! You were allowed to hand-feed them. We each got one cup of animal feed. At the end of the safari, since I had some feed left over, I dumped it out. There was a big animal gathering with all of them trying to eat the food. Some cows looked like Texas Longhorns but they weren’t. They were from Asia.
In the gift shop, I bought some sunglasses that have mirrors on them so you can see behind you. That was one of the most fun things we did during that vacation.
On Wednesday, we had an all day class about guide dogs. It was quite fun. Our teacher barely has any vision as I will describe later. She also has a website for her classes.
After we were introduced, the class started. The first thing we did was try to figure out the objects in the box. To do so, we were blindfolded. I went first. I thought one of the things in there was a Shopkin. I told them it might be something my sister collects. Grace guessed Shopkins which caused everybody to start guessing Shopkins whenever we didn’t know what it was. I may be to blame for that.
After the guessing, we received braille cards. Our teacher, Miss Joy, wrote one of the people’s names in braille. She wrote Grace.
We found out how beneficial canes are to blind people by using her cane to feel bumps and see how it would work. After that, she read Looking Out For Sara. It is about a guide dog named Perry who helped the author get around.
Miss Joy’s dog, named Roja, had an obstacle course. We laid down pretzels and saw if he was distracted by it. He wasn’t.
We visited a puppy guide dog in training. Her name was Cila. They had lots of pictures with her. The owners talked about training her, too.
We went on a path and pretended to be a guide dog, handler, and also tried to distract the dog. When it was my turn to be the dog, I was distracted by everything.
We were assigned to talk about different types of service dogs in our groups. I was with Christian. We made it like we were on a TV show. He talked about the dog, and I did the intro and outro. The show had a lot of sponsors. I made up what I was going to say right there. I did have some plan, though.
Christian and I came in second place which meant we were second to go around the block with the goggles that show how her eyesight is. In her right eye, she can’t see at all. In her left, she can barely see.
I made a tripwire with a hose hooked around a stool. We had to move some of the stuff that we put out back. I simulated a recycle can knocked over after a storm. We all navigated the obstacle course quite well even though there was the tripwire.
It is quite easy when it is a person guiding you. It must be harder when you have a guide dog. Miss Joy’s dog tried to bring her to her garage, but she used a command to make her go forward. We only had two items out for her. The guide dog led her through perfectly.
The field trip is very fun and I would do it again.
Communikate is my sister, and she made a blog post about this too.
There were more songs and then we sang “Rudolph” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” While we were singing, some of the girls walked around handing out cookies. We were each allowed to have two.
We took some photos outside and then went to have lunch at Fashion Island.
In Barnes & Noble, we had a lightsaber fight. I won most of the time. Even with one lightsaber against Asher and Griffin, I won. We fought where they used toy guns, and I still used a lightsaber. They won by Asher distracting while Griffin snuck up and shot me.
After that, we went to look at the lights on Balboa Island.
There was one lady who put up over 3,500 teddy bears.
We ran ahead of the parents and played tag. Eventually, it turned into a game called Infection. In the last game, I survived the longest along with Griffin. What I didn’t know, was that Sarah had survived, too. She had been hiding the whole time!