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Beware Defective Stampedes!
on November 8, 2010
This one is very cool and fun, but my first two did not work at all. After two exchanges, I got one that worked, but the first two times I got guns that did nothing when you pulled the trigger. It was like there weren't even any batteries in it. The third gun works great, and with the same batteries, so there must just be a defective batch of these guns.
The rate of fire is a little slow, slower even than the Vulcan, I think. And it takes maybe a third of a second to fire the first shot, so ambushes will be tough with this one. The other fellow will have a brief warning as the motor winds up. The gun is very butt-heavy with the batteries in it, and it will not sit on its bipod with one of the 18-round mags in place. It will sit comfortably with the 6-shot mag, or with the small 18-dart drum mag that comes with the Alpha Trooper Nerf guns. It should really be shipped with the Raider 35-dart drum, though. I've tried one, and it really completes the package nicely.
The supplied sights become useless when the shield is in place, and they are very awkward at best, since they sit so low over the barrel. This one was really meant for a scope or somesuch to be mounted on the top rail, or (more likely) simply to be pointed rather than aimed. Ergonomically, the weapon can be rather clumsy. The thumbhole stock makes it hard to obtain a proper firing grip.
In spite of these shortcomings, the Stampede is FUN. This is the light machine gun or automatic rifle companion to your Vulcan machine gun and Raider carbine. Get one of these in every squad of your Nerf army for offensives, and use your Vulcans in fixed defensive positions. And get lots of extra mags, darts, and belts.