Nerf Speedload 6

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Series: Dart Tag Guns
Ammo capacity: 6 darts
Range: 25-30 feet
Released: 2011

 

Nerf Speedload 6 Review

The Speedload 6 is one of the most unique Nerf guns to be released in recent years, both in terms of appearance and functionality. Sort of a hybrid between a pistol and a rifle, I suspect that the Speedload will be one of the 2011 Dart Tag blasters that we will be using for a long time to come.

The Speedload 6 features an integrated clip system with a six dart capacity. The integrated clip is found on the left hand side of the gun, close to the barrel. Given the location of the clip, left handed people may find it a bit awkward to load. But for the rest of us, loading the darts is quick and easy. With a little practice, loading six darts will only take a few seconds.

I have only had the darts jam once when using the Speedload 6, and it was my fault (doh). Thankfully, jams are easy to fix by opening the well-placed jam door on the front right side of the blaster.

There are two ways to fire the Speedload 6: slamfire mode and standard mode. To activate slamfire mode, just hold down the trigger and repeatedly pump the cocking mechanism. This firing method works well, and I was really surprised  (in a good way) to see this feature on a Nerf handgun.

The stock range on this blaster is 25-30 feet, which is really pretty great for a handgun. Ive been consistently impressed with its consistency and accuracy.

The Speedload 6 comes with six whistler tagger darts.

Conclusion

The Nerf Speedload 6 is a very versatile blaster that will please most Nerf fans. The slamfire mode is an excellent addition that separates this blaster from others, and the overall design and execution is top notch. Id recommend this blaster to everyone.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Speedload 6 from Nerf. While it was an awesome and appreciated gesture, it did not influence my review in any way.

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kallum April 18, 2011 at 5:35 am

hw did you get a free speedload.

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Mike June 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I imported one of these from the US to the UK. I played around with it for a little bit before I sold it onto a friend because I didnt like it. Its too heavy to be a pistol but too small to be an effective rifle and while the chunkiness might be appreciated in younger hands, the HvZ crowd of university students are likely to shun this for these very reasons.

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Phoamy June 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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. Its a good blaster.

The Speedload 6 is a mess. Just like the Quick 16, its much larger than you would expect. The Speedload is also very heavy. Its not just that the blasters heavy, its 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 dont 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 isnt 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 youre not touching the trigger.

With all these issues, I assumed that Id 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.

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

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Kevin June 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Excellent review, thanks for taking the time to write that up.

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Prunes August 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

I just got this gun. It is amazing!

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