NERF Longshot – review

Longshot is long. Pic by Khalili Siddique, http://www.weddingphotographyincornwall.co.uk/

Longshot is long. Pic by Khalili Siddique

The Longshot is one of the most beautiful pieces of kit we possess. Somewhere between an Aliens pulse rifle and a sniper rifle, depending on what bits you attach, the Longshot also uses NERF’s rather neat six-shot removable clips as a means of storing ammunition. This means you can reload it faster than any other gun, and coupled with a half-decent range and smooth firing mechanism it’s a pretty decent choice if you don’t fancy the automated blam-power of the more recent range.

As with the Recon, the Longshot will also take the newer 18-round Stampede clips and 36-round Raider gun magazines. Unlike the Recon, it doesn’t look totally bloody stupid while doing so. Well, a bit stupid. But one of these with four 18-round clips taped together upside down for ease of reloading – that’s both a pleasure to fire and a pleasure to look at. Good, old-fashioned NERF fighting, like it was back before they introduced batteries into their guns.

It’s a little picky about which darts it likes to use, and ours tends to jam if the darts are misshapen, which makes it completely useless as clearing a jam takes longer than a standard run lasts. It does also come with a detachable extra gun which fires a single shot. This feature is almost entirely useless.

Fully constructed it is around four feet long, which a) makes it highly difficult to manouevre and b) is totally worth it.