Okay, first post: If you buy one single Nerf gun in your whole dumb life, like if you have enough of a stick up your butt to say “I’m only buying ONE and that’s IT for such a frivolous, pathetic hobby”, then it had better be this one. The Maverick REV-6.
Let me break down for you why this is basically the best all-around Nerf gun:
- Lightweight, not a lot of moving parts. Easy to figure out, easy to repair.
- Six shots, which can be fired pretty rapidly (depending on how fast the shooter’s hands are, I guess)
- Easy and quick to reload— just stick the darts in the holes ya dingus
- Spring-powered, not air-powered, which once we get into some air-powered Nerf arms later on this blog you’ll see why that is such a MASSIVE advantage, in power and just in plain practicality in a fight
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, it looks LIKE A BIG, CHUNKY, IMPROBABLE REVOLVER. You, the reader, probably already know how to use it, because you’ve seen revolvers before and you have a basic idea of which end to hold onto and which part the bullets go into. The only difference is that this one is exaggerated enough to obviously not be a real weapon, while still maintaining that essential weaponiness (might make a post about that later). The Maverick is a popular substitute firearm for sci-fi costume people for THIS VERY REASON. It is a gun that sparks the imagination.
- It is fairly cheap for a Nerf gun. Usually they’re between $15 and $20, and for the amount of fun you can have with one, that’s some good-ass value.
AS TO WHY THIS POST ISN’T ACCOMPANIED BY A REAL-LIFE PHOTO OF A GUN: I had one for a while that I had nicknamed the “Super Slice” (I was really into pizza when I named it, I guess), but it either got lost and mis-claimed by someone at my friend Kit’s apartment or buried beneath layers of strata in my other friend Mad’s old car. I blame nobody for this.
It wasn’t a perfect Maverick, as I had left some darts inside of it in a hot car for a little too long. The glue from the dart’s tips melted and left a cruddy residue that would jam any future darts loaded into the gun, so really getting any good shot out at all depended entirely on luck. (PROTIP: DO NOT LEAVE DARTS INSIDE OF YOUR GUN WHEN YOU AREN’T USING IT.) I still really had a lot of fun with that gun, though, so i’m commemorating it here. Maybe someday I’ll get my hands on another one— maybe even one of the completely awesome transparent models.