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We take Nerf seriously at my college, so you can be confident that this unit's gotten a lot of use! I personally own the Nerf N-Strike Maverick - Colors May Vary, Nerf Dart Tag Sharp Shot, Nerf N-Strike Magstrike AS-10, Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Dart Blaster, Nerf Vortex Vigilon, and this unit. On the whole, I can't really recommend the Quick 16 on any front, save maybe capacity. Maybe. But it's not a bad blaster on any front, and might be fun for some kids.
+ Capacity. 16 shots can last you a long time in a Nerf fight, and the clip loads easily enough from the top. What does this mean? It means that you should never run out of ammunition. Just pick up shots as you walk by and load them into the clip (but be sure to avoid orange-tipped streamline darts, as these will jam the blaster like nobody's business).
+ Good clip design. There's a helpful slit cut into the side of the banana clip that gives you a quick glance at how many darts are legt in the magazine. I personally marked off a few reference points (12, 8, 4) with a sharpie, which made it even more useful.
+ Decent accuracy. This blaster packs a 2.5kg spring, so there's not a whole lot of force behind it. That said, it does shoot reasonably far, and the low amount of force means the darts don't tail quite as much as a higher-weighted blaster.
+ Slam fire works-- sometimes. When it works, you can spew a lot of shots from this blaster. When it doesn't, well...see the CONS section.
+ Great feel to the blaster. The grip is ergonomic and the handle/trigger assembly is just right. Think of this like a pump-action shotgun and you'll do fine. Try to use this rifle-style, and, well, people will laugh at you.
- Jams. Words cannot express how much the Quick 16 jams up. And when it jams, it jams hard. That jam door in the blaster? Good luck clearing a fouled barrel through it. We had to develop special tools from paperclips to pry dead darts out of this blaster. Of all the blasters I own, this one kills darts the fastest-- and I don't mean a little rip here or there, I mean darts getting bent in half or having huge slashes ripped into their sides. This mainly has to do with the slam-fire mechanism and the inherent variables in loading the darts into the clip.
- Slam fire will jam this blaster. Nerf even warns you that firing too quickly will likely clog your barrel with destroyed darts. If you load the clip carefully with all-new darts (which is possible, it just takes practice), you can fire at a great rate. Otherwise, you'll get two or three shots before needing cover for a few minutes to dig out the latest ruined dart.
- Mediocre range. I'd estimate that this blaster gets between 20-30 feet of range at practical angles of attack (a.k.a. not 45 degrees, because that a truly unhelpful angle to fire at in a Nerf battle), weighted heavily towards the low end. So while you can (sometimes) shoot darts quickly, they won't get very near the target.
- Poor iron sights. Again, this isn't a precision weapon and if you use it as such, you will be demolished by the likes of the Sharp Shot or heck, a good Maverick.
- Low modding potential. There are many mods out there, yes, but it's just not as easy to get this guy open as say, the Maverick. If you work at it, you can do some cool things, but the same can be had with much better blasters with less effort.
On the whole, it's a fun blaster to use, but I wouldn't recommend it to a younger child. It's just too frustrating trying to clear jams every few minutes. If you're an avid Nerfer, this might be worth a look, but there are better weapons to stock your arsenal than the Quick 16 (note: the Speedload 6 is not one of them!).