Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Review!

Strike decisively with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator!

The Nerf Retaliator is a spring-powered direct plunger blaster. It is based on the same main exterior casing design and priming method as the Nerf Recon, but features a new blue Elite color scheme with white detailing.

It comes with the new 12-dart clip and 12 x Elite foam darts. The clip is translucent on the right side for easier viewing of the ammo count.

Elite foam darts are lighter than Streamline foam darts, and their tip weight are focused further forward to enhance performance. In addition, they can also be used with most Nerf blasters.

The Retaliator combines the efficiency of it's direct plunger system and the new Elite foam darts to achieve longer ranges. The box states "fires up to 75ft".

The blaster is packaged with a matching barrel extension, assault grip and shoulder stock. It is compatible with most other N-Strike tactical rail accessories too.

Average stock range is around 45-55ft (parallel-to-ground) or 65-75ft (angled-to-ground).

For internal photos of the Nerf Retaliator, click Here.

Review:

Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Box (Front)



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Box (Back)



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Box (Side)



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Un-Boxed



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Contents



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Assembled



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Angled View



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - 12-Dart Clip



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Clip Comparison



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Foam Dart Comparison (Side)



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Foam Dart Comparison (Back)



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - With 6-Dart Clip



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - With 18-Dart Clip



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - N-Strike Accessory Compatibility



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - N-Strike Accessory Compatibility



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Shoulder Stock Comparison



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Comparison with Nerf Recon



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Comparison with Nerf Maverick



Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator - Demo & Range Test Video




Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator @ Amazon.com


152 comments:

  1. So nothing seems really new in these Elite blasters then?

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    1. No... Allot is new, not from appearance but on the internals, they are more or less completely different due to the direct plunger, which is way more efficient then the Reverse Plunger that the Recon used.

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    2. aside from the 50 foot stock ranges, no not really

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    3. this gun is sick. I just got it, and the accuracy is razor sharp. the bullets hit your target faster than ever before, and the range is insane!

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    4. ive purchase one of these modded bad boys from ebay but i cant seem to load it. i managed to cock the gun but the "slider" will not slide forward fully. as a result, i cannot shoot the gun. something is blocking the 'slider' from moving forward fully. do you know how to fix this?
      i will pay for the repair of course.
      sms : 90224036

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    5. Anonymous,

      Its most likely the internal bolt lock is mis-aligned or damaged... just check around at the NerfSG forum (www.nerfsg.com) to find other local enthusiasts who have the time and are willing to help you fix it.

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    6. I have the same problem as Anonymous, but mine isn't modded. Also, I can reload and fire mine, but every now and then that problem will happen and eventually fix itself. Also, the place where the hand grip slides on is jammed, you can put the grip on, but only just take it of. I dare say it was just a faulty product.

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  2. How bad is the fish tailing compared to streamlines? Thank you for the nice review :P

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    1. Anonymous,

      Overall, the Elite foam darts exhibit slightly less tendency to fishtail in flight compared to Streamlines.

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  3. How much does it cost and where did you buy it? Should I buy Recon or Retailator?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Get the Retaliator... its the latest improved version of the Recon. :)

      The set i reviewed was ordered from Amazon.com, you can find the product link at the bottom of my review.

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    2. Retaliator it is the improved model

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  4. @SG Nerf

    How does the barrel extension affect the darts ranges?

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    1. Anonymous,

      With the extension barrel fitted on, the ranges tend to decrease by 10-15%.

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    2. How much does the retulator cost

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    3. Anonymous,

      The set i reviewed was ordered from Amazon.com, you can find the product link at the bottom of my review.

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  5. SG Nerf,
    How do the Retaliator's and Recon's barrels differ in the accuracy increase and range decrease they offer?

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    1. P13c30fch33s3,

      I've tested both and they are the same, main difference is just the color and detailing.

      On a side note, the Retaliator's extension barrel has new spiral lines in the faux barrel (instead of straight lines in the Recon's extension barrel)... but that is just a cosmetic design, the barrel is too wide for any "rifling" to work and doesn't offer any noticeable performance enhancements.

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  6. SG Nerf
    You have the 75ft version of the Retalitor right?
    These versions are more powerful than the international versions so can you make a comparison between the 15m version and the 75ft version? I just wanted to know if the detuned versions get 45-55ft flat.

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    1. Nerffan,

      Yes, the units i have currently are the original "75ft" versions.

      I don't have the "15m" versions though... actually, i've not even seen them available anywhere so far.

      But if i happen to come across them, i'll definitely do a quick comparison test to see the difference.

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  7. Should i get this or the Rampage? Which one is better do you think?

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    1. Anonymous,

      For Nerf games, the Rampage would be more effective overall... 'cos it has the slam-fire feature, primes via a pump action foregrip and comes with a 25-dart drum magazine.

      On the other hand, the Retaliator is good as a sidearm if you just use its main blaster unit, which has a compact form factor.

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  8. Hey SgN ,
    Hail fire is out on amazon.com !!
    It costs 49.99 USD! so expensive

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    1. N-Strike 3 team,

      Thanks, i also spotted it and posted up the info too. :)

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  9. Does the retaliator get 45-55ft ranges with or without the barrel extension.

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    1. Anonymously Anonymous,

      The ranges in my review are done without the barrel extension (as it is not required for the actual operation of the blaster, its just an accessory).

      With the extension barrel, ranges tend to be slightly lower, around 10-15% less, due to the foam darts bumping against the walls of the barrel.

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  10. Question:

    Can the New darts fit on other types of Nerf guns? (ie Maverick or Speedswarm) or is it compatible only with Clip System Guns?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, the Elite foam darts can be used in other types of Nerf blasters too.

      Their tip's internal stems are shorter, so they have better compatibility with more Nerf blasters (like Maverick or Speedswarm).

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  11. I noticed that these new elite darts don't work well in the longstrike, do you know why?
    (it makes a loud noise that sounds like the plunger is being damaged and decreases the range.)

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    1. Anonymous,

      They seem to work fine in my blasters, i guess you can test various foam darts and perhaps check your blaster to see what causes it.

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  12. I'm stuck between this and the raven, I'm leaning towards getting the rayven, what do you think.

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    1. Matt,

      Well, Elite blasters get better stock ranges compared to the Rayven, but the Rayven has the advantage of being semi-auto... if you don't mind the buzzing noise of its flywheel motors during operation.

      I'm not a fan of flywheel blasters so i'd usually pick spring plunger ones, but its just my personal preference. :)

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  13. Am I the only one thinking that they should just make a whole new blaster with all these features instead of just upgrading the Recon?

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  14. Is it available in Singapore?

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    1. Anonymous,

      At this moment, not yet. I ordered my units from online at Amazon.com.

      But once they pop up in Singapore, i will definitely post an update on it. :)

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    2. what do you think is the price when it appears in singapore?(estimation)

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    3. can u tell me when this retaliator coming out in malaysia?

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  15. Looks like a phenomenal gun. Definitely gonna get myself one of these, it just seems precisely what I wished the Recon was. I like how they are upgrading old weapons, whilst creating unique weapons, like the HailFire. I am in love with this gun... :D

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  16. This is an awesome gun I bought it yesterday

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  17. I noticed that you said the elite darts work with the older guns, but do the streamline darts work with the new elite models.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, normal streamline foam darts can also be used with the new Elite blasters.

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  18. What is the difference between this front barrel and the recon front barrel?

    And, what do you think is the best gun in all situations?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Their front extension barrel design are both mostly similar, the difference is mainly cosmetic.

      The Elite version comes in blue and has spiral lines within the barrel... while the N-Strike version comes in yellow and has straight lines in the barrel.

      Note that the spiral lines in the Elite extension barrel does not affect the performance, its just a cosmetic design (the breech is still not a sealed system and the barrel diameter is still wider than the foam dart).

      The Elite versions are definitely the better blasters in all situations, they are designed to be improved versions of the older N-Strike models and get better ranges out of the box.

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  19. Did anyone notice that the Retaliator on the box and the real Retaliator is different? The one on the box has digital camo and white around the BLACK Nerf logo while the real gun doesn't have any of those? Even the Nerf logo is painted on the Assault Grip...

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  20. This is only my thoughts but does it jam as often as the recon or worse? like some say whats new isn't always inproved!! I know that the recon was recalled for priming reason will we all expect that from the retatiator?!

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    1. Anonymous,

      So far, i've not encountered any jamming issues on my units. I guess it depends on the user's blaster priming technique and the condition of the foam darts used.

      Btw, the Recon was recalled due to the exposed plunger tube in the first generation design which protruded out behind the blaster (it was a safety issue) so they had to add a cap to cover it. The recall wasn't due to jamming issues.

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  21. OK!!OK!! So i'm not the best speller.
    Whoa HIT the brakes here!!
    Does anyone know what ranges they get after modding'em

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    1. Anonymous,

      You can check out my Retaliator Mod Guide:

      http://www.modworks.blogspot.com/2012/07/nerf-n-strike-elite-retaliator-mod-guide.html

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  22. This is a little off topic, but I have a problem with elite darts in my alpha trooper. I have seen videos of elite darts getting the same ranges as streamlines in the AT but in mine they hardly go 5 feet. Does anybody know what's wrong?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Maybe the batch of Elite foam darts you used happen to be a loose fit in your particular Alpha Trooper unit, so it affects the performance.

      Sometimes there are slight variations in foam dart diameters, so just try various batches to see if there are any difference.

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  23. Hi I was wondering whether I should get the stockade or the retaliator. I will be getting both eventually but was wondering what I should get first. Btw I've only had the recon I've never used the barricade

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    1. Sameer,

      You can get the Stockade to try (if you have access to them), its basically an improved version of the Barricade, both are motorized flywheel blasters.

      I guess you'll have to test it out to see if you like using flywheel blasters. They have a different feel compared to spring plunger blasters... some nerfers like it, some don't. It'll be based on your personal preference.

      As for the Retaliator, its an improved version of the Recon, works the same but gets better ranges.

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  24. Hey SgN
    I had tried on the retaliator both original and longstrike barrels.
    With original: 45ft-55ft average
    With longstrike's:35ft-45ft average
    Do u think the riflings in the retaliator's improve the range?

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    1. N-Strike 3 team,

      Not sure, i didn't spot much difference when i tested with both... maybe because i don't consider 5-10ft difference significant, 'cos each shot varies +/- a few ft in distance anyways.

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  25. Can the n-strike elite use the mainstream darts and elite dart on the Recon cs-6?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, they are all compatible.

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  26. I'm considering buying the Retaliator for HvZ and Assassination on my college campus, but I'm not sure if it is worth it. I already have with me a Barricade and Firestrike, but I became excited when I heard about the 75ft range. However, I was extremely excited five years ago with the 35ft range of the Longshot until I realized that is not far for a gun fight. Is the Retaliator's range really that impressive, or should I wait?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Well, the new Elite blasters can achieve 45-55ft flat range (or up to 75ft angled), so they are definitely a noticeable improvement over the older N-Strike blasters.

      If you prefer to use stock blasters, then the Elite blasters and Elite foam darts will allow you to get longer ranges right out of the box without requiring additional modding.

      For modders, they can be easily improved further with relatively simple mods, ie AR removal, stronger springs etc.

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    2. Thanks. I would prefer to have a rifle, but only if it shot powerful enough. I am planning to make my own weapon (my degree is in Mechanical Engineering) to ensure it has the desired range

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  27. Hi,
    How did you get the pinpoint sight?
    Please update us if there's a new promo for it

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    1. Benjemyn lin,

      I got a few from back in 2009 in dept stores and recently a few in early 2012 when they were special limited-edition promo items.

      If there are any new promos on them, i will post an update on this site.

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  28. SG, will the main unit (no stock or extension) fit in the handgun pocket of the tactical vest? I have a few 6 dart clips that I could use if needed. Thanks!

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    1. Anonymous,

      Its too tall to fit into the holster pocket in the Nerf tactical vest.

      You can try using a larger drop leg pouch or dump pouch to holster it instead (that's usually what many players use).

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  29. Hi Sgnerf I just wanna ask about your own opinions on whether I should buy the retaliator or rayven or longstrike?I am so vexed up trying to evaluate their pros and cons.....

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    1. Anonymous,

      Get the Retaliator, its currently the blaster that gets the longest stock range amongst those models that you've mentioned. :)

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    2. Ooooh ok thanks. I shall buy the RETALIATOR then~~ :)

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  30. Not sure if anyone asked this yet. Have you tested the Retaliator with the original orange streamline darts? If so, how do the range and accuracy of streamlines compare to Elite streamlines?

    I ask because I play HvZ on a college campus and have a large stock of streamlines. I would like to buy the Retaliator as a way to increase my effective range and accuracy, but the Elite streamlines are a bit expensive and I'd prefer to use the originals to save the money as long as it won't hurt performance.

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    1. Anonymous,

      With streamline foam darts in a stock Retaliator, the average ranges tend to be reduced slightly by around 5-10ft (due to the heavier tip weight) and the accuracy is noticeably lower as they tend to swerve much more in flight (due to the weight imbalance).

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  31. Should i buy rampage or retalitator?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Best to get both. :)

      But if you can only choose one, then it depends on your gameplay style...

      If you prefer a compact blaster that is maneuverable and light, then get the Retaliator (it can be used as a clip-fed pistol, without the extension barrel or shoulder stock).

      If you prefer a larger blaster with higher rate-of-fire and ammo capacity, then get the Rampage (has slam-fire and 25-dart drum magazine).

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  32. Is it worth it to shell out for the N-Strike Elite blasters? Or should i just stick with my current kit of Longstrike/Maverick/Reflex/Secret Strike/Vest?

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    1. Anonymous,

      The new Elite blasters are designed to achieve longer ranges both in stock condition and when modded, so they are definitely worth getting to replace your current blasters.

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  33. Will the old n-strike clips work with the elite retaliator?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, the Elite Retaliator is compatible with both the newer and older clips and drum magazines.

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  34. Hey sgnerf,
    I'm in NZ and the Retaliator has arrived. It has 15m on the box instead of the 75 feet. What's the difference if any???

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    1. RaidenWarbound,

      Urban Taggers in Australia managed to do an internal comparison of the 75ft versions vs the 15m versions, and they found that Nerf basically just used weaker springs in the 15m versions.

      You can read it here:

      http://urbantaggers.blogspot.com/2012/10/n-strike-elite-retaliator-orange-vs.html

      So i guess its just a matter of replacing their springs to get them up to par with the 75ft versions. :)

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  35. Should I get retaliator or rampage?

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    1. Anonymous,

      For Nerf games, get the Rampage... its has the slam-fire mode and comes with a 25-dart drum magazine, therefore more effective.

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  36. Which fires further Rampage or Retaliator

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    1. Anonymous,

      Both blaster models average around the same ranges... any differences spotted is just slight manufacturing variations between individual units (depends on your luck).

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  37. When modified, what are expected ranges. Mods included would be air restrictor removal, and i dout it realy needs a new spring, but if it was to get a spring mod what would you reccomend.

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    1. Anonymous,

      You can refer to my Retaliator Mod Guide, all the info is posted there:

      http://www.modworks.blogspot.com/2012/07/nerf-n-strike-elite-retaliator-mod-guide.html

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  38. Hey SG,
    How is the Retaliator for sniping?

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    1. Anonymous,

      It depends on your definition of sniping and the types of blasters other players are using (ie. if they are using modded Longshots, you will still be out-ranged anyways)... the stock Retaliator can hit targets reasonably well at 30-40ft distance, but at longer ranges its not really as accurate due to the Elite foam darts still having the tendency to swerve and curve in flight.

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  39. SG,

    You say that the Elite blasters are compatible with the old N-Strike clips. Does using the old clips in the Elite guns, and, specifically, the Retaliator, affect the performance at all?

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    1. Anonymous,

      I have not found any difference in performance when using the older N-Strike clips... they are all designed to be interchangeable between the various clip-fed blaster models.

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  40. SG Nerf,

    I can't seem to find Retaliators anymore in Toys R Us,what happened to them?

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    1. Kyriel Abad,

      Looks like they are sold out at the moment... i guess you'll just have to wait for them to be re-stocked. :)

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    2. Argh,I wanted to buy one Retaliator and a 30-Dart Pack for a pinpoint sight!

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  41. Hi, on the nerfsg free forums you have holsters for your mavericks (I post the link below). I would like to ask if it is possible to fit a retaliator with a 6 clip in one of those holsters?

    http://nerfsg.freeforums.org/nerf-maverick-holster-t4.html

    Many Thanks

    Andes

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    1. Andes,

      Unfortunately i've already traded away my grab-it pack holsters a while back, so i can't test them with Recons... but from what i can remember, the Recon seems to be too tall to fit into it (especially with the clip loaded).

      There is a newer version of the grab-it pack though (which its supposedly larger), so maybe that new version could fit. I guess you'll have to get one to try out. :)

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  42. My nephew got this for christmas, and in less than a day the next morning, the cocking handle jammed.

    It got stuck midway after cocking and won't slide forward. This essentially blocked the middle screw; preventing complete disassembly. Fortunately after hours of partial dismantling and inspection, it managed to somehow slide forward completely; the middle screw was finally exposed and I managed to realign all the internal bolt mechanism.

    It was firing smooth after that, but shortly got jammed the same way again. Swell.

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    1. icelava,

      Sounds like your nephew got a "lemon" unit (sometimes that happens, it just depends on luck)... i guess it would be a good idea to just exchange it at the store for a brand new working set, save all the hassle of having to constantly fix it. :)

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  43. Hi, just picked up the Retaliator. Noticed that the range is around 40-50ft, but I have noticed that indoors mainly, that the bullets are not accurate ie. they drift of to the side. Most of them never hit where I am aiming for. However, when outside, they are quite straight and accurate. Is this normal or should I go back to the store and exchange it for a new one?

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    1. Anonymous,,

      Thats odd, usually its just as inaccurate indoors as it is outdoors. :)

      I guess it could be due to the impression of a larger space when outdoors, so over longer distances it seems more accurate (maybe indoors the inaccuracy is more noticeable)... imho, the benchmark for accuracy in both indoors and outdoors for such blasters means you can aim and hit a target the size of a dinner plate at 50ft consistently without the foam dart ever swerving or curving (i've not seen any stock versions using stock foam darts ever achieving that type of accuracy anyways).

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    2. Hi, thanks for the reply, I think that because it it's outdoors it seems more accurate like you say. I went outside and tried hitting a tree from around 10m away with a slight breeze and only a tiny amount hit the tree, which is a very thick one. I live in NZ and I have read some articles that's AUS and NZ models dont have as much range as the US ones. I also got a Vortex Lumitron and I could hit the tree by aiming to the side. Do you think i should exchange the retaliator for the Praxis ( as I want a stock version of the lumitron. Thanks

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    3. Anonymous,

      Well, blasters like the Retaliator usually need to be modded to achieve longer ranges and customized foam darts for higher accuracy... i guess if you were to use blasters in stock condition, the Vortex blasters do get slightly better ranges and accuracy, so you could consider them (though ammo compatibility can be an issue in Nerf games 'cos majority of players still prefer to use foam dart blasters).

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    4. Hi, just realized I can't get a refund so I might have to sell the retaliator to buy a praxis. By the way, how do you get or make customized darts? Thanks

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  44. Anonymous,

    You can refer to my calibrated foam dart conversion guides here:

    http://modworks.blogspot.com/2010/08/custom-calibrated-foam-darts-conversion.html

    http://modworks.blogspot.com/2010/10/custom-weighted-foam-dart-tip-seal.html

    Alternatively, you could also order custom made silicone tips and foam materials directly from inform3r at the OzNerf forum to make your customized foam darts and stefans:

    http://oznerf.forumotion.com/t4969-velocity-tag-blue-tube-blue-rod-glowing-foam-dart-heads-petg-photon-storms-magnums

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  45. dear sgnerf

    I have already got the nerf deploy vigilon raven and jolt but is this nerf gun worth buying?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Sure, its a good blaster to get for your collection.

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  46. Which should i buy the ruff cut or the retaliator?

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  47. Thanks
    should i get ruff cut or the strongarm as a secondary weapon

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    1. Anonymous,

      If comparing between those 2 blasters, go for the Rough Cut, 'cos it his higher ammo capacity.

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  48. Hi sg
    im looking for a new gun and wondered weather the stryfe or through retaliator was better?

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  49. Hi

    Can i use Whistler Darts with the Retaliator? I am quite new and I just can't find any information on that.

    Thanks

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    1. Anonymous,

      Whistler foam darts cannot be used in clip-fed N-Strike or Elite blasters (like the Retaliator). Those type of blasters are designed to use only narrow tipped foam darts (whistler foam darts are wide tipped and will cause jams in those blasters).

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  50. Hi. I was wondering if you know wether this rifle has the same problem with breaking the "end" of the plunger, requiring it to be padded to survive extended use. Or can I just play with this new one without waiting for it to break?

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    1. Anonymous,

      The Retaliator uses a direct plunger system, which is different from the reverse plunger system in a Recon... in direct plunger systems, there is no repeated impacts on the back of a plunger tube, hence no issue with punching a hole through the back.

      Instead, a direct plunger system transfers the impacts to the front of the plunger, so there may still be breakage in the front section and parts if its air restrictors are removed and the blaster is dry fired too often.

      You can see how its direct plunger system looks like here:

      http://modworks.blogspot.com/2012/07/nerf-n-strike-elite-retaliator.html

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  51. Should i get the retaliator as a primary in nerf wars (like going to friend's houses for informal,small ones), even if it is my first clip-fed blaster?

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    1. I got the retaliator! However, the first day i got it, it had some jamming issues. It would always jam at least once each time a clip is fed. I waited a second day and through 10 darts it jammed THREE times. did i get a bad unit or am i doing soemthing wrong?

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    2. Anonymous,

      To use the blaster properly, make sure the foam darts are not bent, damaged or worn out, as those will cause jams.

      Priming technique is important too. You have to pull the priming slide back fully, then push it forward completely before firing... if you don't prime it properly, the foam dart will half-chamber and cause jams.

      If your foam darts are in perfect condition and you practice good priming technique, and it still jams frequently... then you probably got a faulty unit. Just exchange it at the store for a new working set.

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  52. Thank you for your help!

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  53. I'm quite new to the magazine-type nerf guns, as i have been collecting the revolvers. Just a quick question, will all the nerf magazines work with the retaliator? They look to be the same size, just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, the various clips and drum magazines are compatible with the Retaliator (as well as all Nerf clip system blasters).

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  54. SG Nerf,

    My Retaliator has sub-par accuracy. It is even worse than my Recon's! The accuracy varies so much, it can hit dead on one shot, then go 3-4 feet to the right the next shot. Do you have any ideas as to why this is happening? I have not modded it at all.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Could be the foam darts are abit worn out or bent? I guess as the Retaliator has more stock power and range, any imperfections or faults in the foam darts might probably tend to show more.

      Recons have lower stock power and range, so that might be why inconsistent foam dart accuracy are abit less noticeable.

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  55. My retaliator is having jamming problems that occur when I begin to "pull forward" on the cocking mechanism.I pulled back fully, then when I pull up, it stops about half way up, causing me to have to slide back the cocking mechanism 1-5 times extra in order to clear up the jam. Does anyone have a suggestion for fixing this problem? I am planning on exchanging the retaliator for a new one. Would this be the correct course of action?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Looks like either the bolt lock or some other internal parts in the blaster are faulty or mis-aligned.

      I guess you could open up the casing and try to troubleshoot the issue... or just save the hassle and exchange it at the store for a new working unit.

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  56. I am trying to decide whether to buy the Retaliator or save my money and buy something else. What should I do?

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    1. Anonymous,

      The Retaliator is a good blaster to get... alternatively if you have a slightly higher budget, get the Rampage as it has more ammo capacity, pump action foregrip and slam-fire mode.

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  57. Can the Retalitor fit with other darts example Velcro Darts or Suction cup darts or only Streamline darts?

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    1. Samuel Wong,

      The Retaliator is designed to only use elite or streamline foam darts.

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  58. This gun is epic! It is way better than the Recon. Just one question: Is there any other difference in the internals other than the plunger system?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Its mainly the plunger system which is different (which pretty much makes up the majority of the internal parts anyways). :)

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  59. My Retaliator's shoulder shock wobbles. Is this unusual?

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  60. Why do they not provide a scope like Recon

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  61. Does the retaliator work well with the longshot barrel extension? How much is the range decreased by in that example?

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    1. Anonymous,

      The Retaliator can be used with the longshot barrel extension... but the range would tend to drop around 15-20% due to the foam dart bumping about against the extra barrel walls.

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  62. $50+ for this gun on Amazon.com and I have to wait for it to ship? I don't know whether should I just get it from Toys R' Us @$59.90 or online. Any opinions?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Depends on whether you can wait for it to be shipped over... if you need it quickly, then just get it directly from local Toys R Us stores.

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  63. Hi SGNerf! I was wondering whether to get the Nerf Elite Stockade or the Retaliator. Which one do you suggest and which one you like more personally?

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    1. Shashwat Jha,

      I'm not a fan of flywheel blasters due to their buzzing noise and lack of tactile feel, and the Stockade has limited ammo capacity which requires additional time to reload during games.

      The Retaliator has the improved direct spring plunger system, its clip system allows ammo capacity to be expanded and reloading it with clips is much faster too.

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  64. Whats better Rampage or retaliator

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    1. Anonymous,

      If comparing between those 2 blasters and if the price difference isn't an issue, the Rampage works out better feature-wise... it uses a pump-action fore grip, has slam-fire mode and comes with a higher ammo capacity drum magazine.

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  65. should i buy hail fire or retaliator

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    1. Anonymous,

      Get the Retaliator, its easier to handle and doesn't look like a weird pot cover/lawn mower contraption. :)

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  66. Is this gun a shoot and "reload" semi automatic or auto?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Its not automatic or semi-automatic... you have to manually prime this blaster each time before firing a shot.

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  67. Can u use the retaliator with a drum mag?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, it is compatible with all N-Strike clips and drum magazines.

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  68. Do streamline darts work in the Retaliator as well?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, but the overall performance and accuracy would not be as good.

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  69. SgNerf,should I buy rampage , hailfire , or retaliator

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  70. i got this gun last night and honestly it sucks! it keeps getting jammed and wont fire and it bends the darts and rips them. this is the worst nerf product ive ever owned.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Jamming issues are usually due to user priming practices... you have to make sure it is primed fully back and then fully forward to properly chamber each foam dart before firing... don't just prime it half way or 3/4 way, as that will always result in jams.

      If you are priming it properly and it still jams alot, then you probably got a faulty set... then just exchange it at the store for a new working unit.

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  71. How much are the sonic ice retaliator and the sonic ice rampage in sg?

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