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So much fun!
on December 2, 2011
First impression on the Vigilon? FUN!
(Note: The only other Nerf gun I own is a Maverick, so most of my comparisons will be to that lovely revolver)
It feels beefier than my Maverick, though I don't think it weighs much more. It feels great in the hand, like you've got yourself a real canon.
Loading it is a cinch. A switch accessible by your thumb opens up the side-loading magazine. Stuff in 5 discs, slap it shut and you're good to go. And in case of a misfire there's a switch on the side that clears out the loaded disc really quick, so props on that. It makes a very satisfying sound when you cock it, and the discs fly out at a nice zoom. Maybe not as fast as typical darts (comparing to my Maverick again), but I think that's countered by the range. Holy cow do these discs fly! If you've got some distance and practice, I can see making some tricky banked shots by tilting it to one side or the other.
Only major downsides I see are going to be with the whole Vortex line, specifically with the ammo. The discs will ricochet in any direction off of everything. Though they're bright green and pretty easy to spot, I can imagine them getting lost in an indoor environment very quickly. And at the moment, a 10-disc refill pack is $10. At a dollar a shot, these things are pricey! (Though I've noticed you can get the combo pack that has 10 discs and a magazine for the bigger Vortex guns for $8, how does that make sense?)
In summery, this thing is SO MUCH FUN! I'd give the Vigilon 5/5 stars, except for the expense of extra ammo.