Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Review!

This is for all double barreled shotgun fans...

The Nerf Barrel Break IX-2!

The Nerf Barrel Break is primed by "break-opening" its double barrels in a downwards motion.

A switch on the side initiates the opening of the barrels. Foam darts are inserted into the opened barrels to load and once the barrels are closed, the blaster is ready to fire. Each reload can fire 2 foam darts, after which it will have to be reloaded again.

The blaster can fire one dart at a time or both darts at the same time, controlled by the depth of the trigger pull. Firing range is around 25-30ft.

It comes with 10 Whistler foam darts and a special tactical rail mounted Ammo Holder that can hold up to 8 foam darts. The Barrel Break is compatible with most Nerf foam darts and tactical rail accessories.

For internal photos of the Nerf Barrel Break, click Here.

Review:

Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Box (Front)




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Box (Back)



Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Un-Boxed




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Contents




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Assembled




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Usage Instructions




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Break Action Mechanism




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Tactical Rail Accessory Compatibility




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Scale Comparison with Nerf Maverick



Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 - Demo & Test Fire Video




Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 at Amazon.com



138 comments:

  1. cool... i cant wait to see the insides of it and to get mine once it comes to the US

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  2. also... does this have a reverse plunger system?

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  3. bob,

    Yup, 2 reverse plungers.

    Check out my Barrel Break Internals Guide for more details:

    http://modworks.blogspot.com/2010/07/nerf-barrel-break-internals-guide.html

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  4. WW,

    Its approx. 45cm in length.

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  5. is the ammo holder good?cuz it looks like anytime the bullets may just fall out.cuz when in battle i'll be running around and i dun want to stop just to pick up my bullets

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  6. Zul,

    From my experience, the ammo holder grips on to the foam darts securely, they will not drop out when users are running. :)

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  7. Euan 'Nerf' French,

    Sure, it'll make a good sidearm.

    The usual mods can be done, ie. AR removals, spring replacements etc.

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  8. SGNerf,

    Do you mind sharing it's length in inches? My ruler doesn't have centimeters on it.

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  9. SGNerf,

    Full length, please!

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  10. WW's,

    Just take 45 cm divide by 2.54 cm, what do you get?

    Dude, brush up on your math, this is basic stuff.

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  11. SGNerf,

    I have figured it out already.

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  12. The barrel break is now on the US toysrus.com for 19.99... cheaper than i thought it would be :D

    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4319471

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  13. Anybody know about a release date in Australia and where to buy them?

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  14. richey,

    For Nerf blaster availability in Australia, perhaps you can check with the aussie nerfers over at the OzNerf forum:

    http://www.oznerf.com

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  15. cool, ill pick up one of these things and see if icant turn this into a pretty desent side arm

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  16. A)what's the average range
    B)can you go back to the dart tag vest on the wall when test firing please, i prefer it.
    C)can you break the barrel with one hand? i want some double gun slinging action!

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  17. nathanael,

    As mentioned in my review, the average stock range is around 25-30ft with Sonic foam darts.

    From long term feedback, more readers prefer the hands-on demo and features video style.

    I guess you could dual wield them, but priming each Barrel Break with only one hand will require some practice, 'cos the break action requires some physical force to operate... one method could be to grip the handle underneith an arm and do the breaking of barrel with one hand, load 2 foam darts, then flip the barrel back up and pull it back with the same hand.

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  18. maybe you could do both styles of tests

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  19. My Break barrel Shoots about 50 feet stock, the measurement was taken with an average of 10 darts. I was standing with the gun at about 50 degrees tilt to the ground and holding 3.5 feet off the ground. The gun is stock and all shots were fired as double shot.

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  20. NanoStriker,

    Yup, when fired at an angle, stock Nerf blasters can get further range too.

    But do note that when comparing average ranges, we usually use parallel-to-ground test shots (blaster held level to gound and fired), as this method is a more common baseline for range comparison.

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  21. Isn't it kind of impractical? wouldn't it be hard to reload on the run? surely a six shot easy load clip on a recon would be better? What's your opinion, being that at the moment I cannot get my hands on one. And what does "IX-2" mean? I think a good mod would to make it into a double CS system.

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  22. Zack,

    It all depends on the user... some players prefer to be able to fire 2 shots before re-priming their blaster.

    I guess those who use it also like its "break action" style. :)

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  23. Zack,

    The "IX" suffix is typically found in spring plunger blasters, and the "2" refers to the number of darts it can fire.

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  24. Is The Break Barrel Available In Singapore Yet?
    If Yes Where Can i Find One?

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  25. Edgar,

    The Nerf Barrel Break is available at Toys R Us stores in Singapore.

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  26. Very much a must for HvZ goers, I've built out a twist-draw holster originally for my maverick/recon, but the Barrel Break sits way better and comes with two shots off the draw. By far my favorite.

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  27. bob,
    Not very well. In my tests they reached a max range of 2m with the streamline darts, compared to 8m with the micro and whistler darts.

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    1. It shoots streamline very well, but you
      have to put them in so 1 forth of the dart is
      sticking out.

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  28. aaron,

    As mentioned in my review, average stock range is around 25-30ft.

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  29. I just bought the Barrel Break ix-2, It's a whole lot of fun. The only thing I didn't like was that when I got mine from Toy's R Us, they didn't include the tactical rail for the ammo. It says sold separately on the box and that kind of suck.

    Is this the same for anyone else?

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  30. SoulEater6828,

    The Ammo Rail is supposed to be packaged with the Nerf Barrel Break, i'd suggest you exchange it at the store for a new set which has it.

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  31. Is the tactical rail attachment sold seperatly?

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  32. aaron,

    The Ammo Rail attachment is included in the Nerf Barrel Break package.

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  33. SG,Have you tried shooting it in streamline?Is it more than 2m as according to SteveTehPirate?

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  34. youknowwho,

    Although streamline darts can be used in the Barrel Break, the performance of those darts are less optimal due to the dart chambering design of the Barrel Break.

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  35. Oh come on!!! Its a good gun?!?!?!?! I'll laugh my head off. This post is more about the cons than the pros because this gun has more cons than pros. I'll list it down.

    pros:
    Good range
    Can fire twice(if fired single)
    Super cool way of reloading it.
    OK for a backup weapon

    cons:
    Slow reload
    Jams almost every 4 times
    Hard to FULLY insert darts inside
    Bullets drop out of ammo rail often when jumping or ducking or running
    Annoyingly small for a shot-gun(I mean really small.Not comfortable)
    Can't be used as a secondary weapon(I don't care what SG Nerf or Euan 'Nerf' French said)
    Ammo rail blocks vision when lifted higher than shoulder height(to get more range)

    So it sucks. I hate it. Unless you use it as your backup weapon, don't bring it into a battlefield or buy it for collection.

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  36. This reminds me I can recreate the scene from Resident Evil Afterlife using two barrel breaks :)

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  37. Will it...

    1. Shoot tagger darts?
    2. Shoot suction cups darts?
    3. Jam from time-to-time or often?
    4. Flip open the barrel like a real sawn-off shotgun just by swinging the gun?
    5. Have a hole at the bottom of the handle like like the Raider and the Recon?
    6. Can I add something like a paper cylinder to the darts, so when I fling-break the barrel, the shells will fling out like a real sawn-off?

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  38. Will it...

    1. Yes.
    2. Yes.
    3. It rarely jams 'cos the ammo are manually loaded.
    4. Tough, as the "break" action requires effort to prime the blaster, so it doesn't just swing so easily.
    5. No spare ammo slot in the trigger handle.
    6. There isn't a feature to eject shells, wrapping paper around the foam darts would most likely just mess up the chambering and firing process.

    If you want to have shells popping out when breaking open the blaster, get the Buzz Bee Double Shot instead... happy picking up all the shells. :)

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  39. I won't be picking up the shells.... I'm just gonna blast and reload in style.... XD

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  40. I picked up a Barrel Break today from my local Toys R Us. TRU Canada is having a sale on them (only $15 each).

    I ran into an issue. When I angle the barrels down to crank them, then angle them back to their standard position, don't shoot, and angle back down again, the barrels lock into place in the open position.

    I then have to remove the screws from the body and slide the two halves apart slightly until they click. Then angle the barrels back down, flip them up, and pull the trigger.

    There doesn't seem to be a jam clearing mechanism, so when the barrels lock, I have to reach for a screwdriver and split the sides until my fiddling around produces a click sound. Is this normal?

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  41. 1337W422102,

    Doesn't seem normal, perhaps you should just exchange it at the store for a new working unit.

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  42. I kept trying to use the gun, but found more and more went wrong. Opening the barrels resulted in more of a grinding/clicking sound, suggesting that something inside is messed up, and it wasn't able to fire out of the left barrel at all. The dart stayed on the cross-shaped piece and no air went through the left barrel when I pulled the trigger halfway and all the way back.

    I returned it today for a refund. It's a fun gun, but I'm really not please with the errors I encountered.

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  43. 1337W422102,

    Seems like you got a really faulty unit, good idea to return it to the store for a refund.

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  44. sorry if this is annoying, but are you going to post a mod guide?

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  45. Oscar,

    Nope, i'm not planning to post a Mod Guide on the Nerf Barrel Break.

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  46. Do you know if there is anyway to get my hands on some of those dart holders? I'd like to put a couple of those on my buzzbee version of this.

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  47. Reverend TB,

    I guess you'll just have to get more Barrel Breaks to get more of those ammo holders. :)

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  48. IsseyPissey,

    I've no idea... perhaps you can just check with the dept stores in NZ.

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  49. What would rate the Barrel Break out of 10?

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  50. Nerf 101,

    6 out of 10 perhaps... imho, its more for the "break action" style factor, rather than practical effectiveness in actual Nerf games. :)

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  51. Hey is it available in Singapore?> and where can I get it?(:

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  52. Desmond Yeo,

    At local Toys R Us stores.

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  53. TO SG Nerf:

    Oh great! Thanks! I am gonna get mine real soon. Cause I went to Toys R Us at Vivo, didnt get to see it..

    Oh by the way, I checked at Paragon the Metro, there are no longshots there anymore! haha just an update if its useful!(:

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  54. someone help me when i do single shot i can't shoot the other one

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  55. jimmy,

    Seems you got a faulty unit, just exchange it at the store for a new working set.

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  56. where can i find just the ammo rack?

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  57. Brandi Niedermeier,

    The Ammo Holder comes packaged only with the Barrel Break, it is not sold separately.

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  58. Francis,

    At Toys R Us stores in Singapore.

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  59. what is better the long strike or this plx awser

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  60. thomas,

    If comparing those 2 blasters, the Longstrike will be more effective in Nerf games because it uses the N-Strike clip system.

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  61. Is the Barrel Break still available in SG??

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  62. nivek99,

    It seems to be sold out at most dept stores locally, quite rare nowadays. You'll just have to shop around to find them.

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    1. I found 3 at my local toysrus. Took me an hour to get some workers to help me get them (they were in the back)

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  63. Oh man!! 1st the LongShot now the Barrel Break! Coming into a hobby late sure stinks!!

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  64. will any new barrel break stock be coming?

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  65. nerf boy,

    No idea, just check directly with the dept store staff on when they plan to re-stock.

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  66. do u know y stores don't restock barrel break?They only stock other guns is very strange

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  67. nerf boy,

    Perhaps it's a limited run model? Or maybe the dept stores just prefer to stock the more popular models. :)

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  68. i use SG nerf because it is informational evan though i live in oz any way can the Kidwell mod
    on this blaster

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  69. thomas,

    The "kidwell mod" can also be done on this blaster too, but most experienced Nerf modders wouldn't recommend that method of removing the AR.

    Its because drilling out the AR while the bolt is still inside the blaster tends to result in plastic bits and dust getting stuck inside the plunger o-ring seals and decreasing the efficiency, so its not really an optimal way of modding a Nerf blaster.

    In addition, you'll also have to be careful not to drill too much and damage the plunger tube itself.

    Imho, its still better (and much neater) to open up the casing and remove the AR properly. :)

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  70. What is your review on this gun? (:

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  71. Chase,

    I guess its more of a novelty blaster, more for style than for actual Nerf games. :)

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  72. does singapore sell this,if yes,where?

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  73. New Towner,

    They seem to be all sold out in local stores now.

    You'll have to search at overseas stores or online to get them.

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  74. can i know which websites does this?

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  75. New Towner,

    Check at Amazon.com or eBay.com.

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  76. they say they cant shipped them here,what do i do?

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  77. New Towner,

    In that case, you'll need to use a 3rd party international shipper.

    Here are some links to them:

    http://www.vpost.com.sg

    http://www.onenow.com

    http://www.borderlinx.com

    Do check their rates and read their terms properly, the shippers calculate shipping rates by volumetric weight, so be prepared for higher than expected overall costs if the delivery box is larger than the original box.

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  78. There's TONS of these in Thailand right now. All the Toys R Us have them in large quantities.

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  79. Hi SGNerf

    Will dropping a Nerf N-Strike blaster affect the range or the internals ?

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  80. Keith,

    Possible, if the drop impact happens to damage any of the internal components or working parts.

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  81. Hi SGnerf,

    do you recommend the barrel break, deploy or the raider?

    thanks.

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  82. Hey SGnerf,

    Would this be a good secondary weapon? I kicked butt out of my friend today with the barrel break after my praxis ran out of ammo. He had a recon, maverick, and nite finder.

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    1. moogaffy,

      I've seen some players use it as a secondary blaster at Nerf games, i guess it can be quite effective if you are able to carry it around as an additional blaster.

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  83. is it a good gun and is it worth the money

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    1. Susanth Kakarla,

      Imho, its a fun novelty blaster... nice for collection purposes. :)

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  84. i have been searching all over but could not find it. Is it discontinued? If not where could i find it?

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    1. Anonymous,

      I guess it depends on the availability at your local stores, could just be out-of-stock.

      In Singapore, they were re-stocked at local Toys R Us stores a few months back, and those were the bonus packs with included N-strike tactical light.

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  85. when is it in nz and also the pinpoint sight looks sick on it is that in nz to?

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    1. B-dog hippos,

      No idea about the stock availability in NZ, i guess you'll just have to check at the dept stores around your area.

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  86. should i buy the barrel break or deploy as a secondary?

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    1. B-dog hippos,

      The Barrel Break is usually seen as more of a novelty blaster, 'cos of its limited ammo capacity and correspondingly slower rate-of-fire.

      In comparison, the Deploy would be a better choice for actual Nerf games, due to its clip fed system.

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  87. hi sg, i'm in australia sydney and i can't find any barrel break but i came from kl, malaysia. does these two places sell barrel break

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    1. Anonymous,

      Well, i have no idea of the stock availability in Australia or Malaysia, you'll have to shop around more to find them... they seem to be mostly sold out in Singapore though.

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  88. could u use the springs from two recons or other guns to increase the range?

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    1. LSFGspectre,

      Its possible, though you'll need to shorten the springs to fit the Barrel Break's shorter plungers... note that if you cut springs shorter, their spring load will also decrease accordingly.

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  89. hey SGnerf you reload really fast on your barrel break my fastest reload is really slow on this blaster.

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  90. I guess it would depend on how much you use the blaster and how good you are at reloading shotguns

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  91. I hope I can get one

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  92. looks really cool IMO. dunno if i'll get one tho because i live in Australia and they are really expensive to import/buy online ($55)

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  93. Hm... My store here in Katy Tx has both the new jewel green and the traditional yellow varieties. Still not sure if I want to buy one. XP

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  94. On another note, I bought one of the jewel green Barrel Breaks and have to say... It's a lot of fun to shoot as well as reload. But I want to know if anyone else has had issues with the gun shredding nerf darts?

    My cherry tipped whistlers are featuring shreds and tears along their bases.

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  95. Hey, SG.

    Can we use the new elite darts on this gun? Im planning to have this gun as my secondary weapon. Can you post the result for me? :)

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, Elite foam darts can be used with the Barrel Break.

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    2. Cool! I don't have to worry about the darts now.

      Thanks, SG! :)

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  96. how much is this barrel break.

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    1. Anonymous,

      SGD$49.95 at Toys R Us stores in Singapore.

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  97. Is it better than the double shot.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Well, it has the same rate-of-fire (only 2 shots at a time, then requiring a manual reload) and the range is similar to a double shot too... though its abit more compact in size, i guess the main difference is the design. :)

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  98. Its design is freaking awesome!!
    I just bought me one and, I have to say, the feeling is goooood!!! Here in Brazil it's really annoying that we're so short on nerf... I can easily find Recon, Raider, Deploy, Maverick, Reflex and Nite finder, but that is it! My Longstrike was hard to get, as well as the stanpede and the element (got the last one! wanna mod its scope to go with my customized Longstrike).
    But I'll tell you the MOST depressing fact: PRICE.
    The Barrel Break, I got it for R$ 129,00 which is worth about U$ 65,00. What do you think of that??!!

    Anyway, it's a tie on which is my favorite nerf: Longstrike and Barrel break.

    Bye

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  99. Sgnerf does the barrel break shoot the usual ranges with Elite darts?Although its bad with streamlined darts....

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    1. Anonymous,

      Well, its not optimized for those type of foam darts either... you might get slightly better ranges than streamline foam darts (due to better weight balance), but its still not as good as with wider tipped foam darts.

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  100. Hi SG Nerf, though this may not be exactly related to the topic, which Nerf gun do you personally feel is the best among them all? Thanks :)

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    1. Anonymous,

      Nerf Stampede... at this moment, its still currently the only motorized spring-plunger (with good sized plunger volume) full-auto clip-fed blaster in the market. :)

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    2. Alright, thanks for the advice haha, will consider :) Then what about non-motorised blasters?

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    3. Anonymous,

      If non-motorized, then i would go for the Nerf Longshot... it has the largest spring plunger volume amongst the current Nerf blasters so far and get the best ranges after modding.

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    4. Haha, thanks :) Hope I can find it :D

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  101. Fake or real? Nerf "ELITE" N-Strike Barrel Break IX-2 Blaster!

    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=18723366

    This is so unexpected, but being a Toys R Us exclusive this gives me very high hopes to see and ELITE Alpha Trooper at Target!

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  102. i want to get this toy 4 my b-day or something

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  103. Is the dart rack that comes with the Barrel Break compatible with elite darts?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, the ammo holder can be used with elite foam darts too.

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  104. Hi sgnerf,
    Does the lever button[just above the trigger] to eject the barrel makes any screeching noises

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  105. sg nerf,
    is there a mod that allows you to hold more darts in the barrel
    break IX-2

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    1. Chris Meyer,

      Haven't seen any of such mods on this blaster so far.

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