Sniping our fellow editors is a much-beloved and long-standing tradition here at Popular Science HQ. Trouble is: our long hallways leave us no escape from our all too well-armed victims. That won't be the case for much longer; soon, we can be snipers. We got a sneak peek at the longest-range Nerf gun in history, the 100-foot-firing N-Strike Elite Centurion.
The Centurion is the first in a new line of Nerf guns that use MEGA darts. The darts are about twice the size of typical Nerf darts, which engineers say helps them get the momentum they need to fly further. The also whistle, an oddly satisfying addition to long-range shootouts.
To get the velocity necessary (nearly 55 mph) to catapult ammo one-third of a football field, the designers had to supersize the typical Nerf launch mechanism. With a dart-filled magazine in place, you pull back on a loading handle to allow the top dart to pop into the firing chamber. Pushing the same handle forward sets the firing mechanism in place, and pulling the trigger releases a spring-loaded piston that launches the dart.
As for the gun itself, we'll be blunt: this thing is freaking huge. It spans 40.7 inches from nose to heel, and at least 2/3 of that length is barrel. As with any gun, the longer the barrel, the straighter – and hopefully the farther – shots will soar.
The Centurion will go on sale this fall for $49.99.
what, no youtube videos of this baby firing ?? what a shame.
Just insert live self-exploding grenade ammo and I see an up and coming terrorist tool for the cheap.
A Nerf gun that can shoot as far as a modified Longshot straight out of the box?
Imagine what we can do by removing the air restrictor on this baby and adding some BBs in the darts for some added weight, hehehe....
With enough work it could be modified to fire even faster, but that would take an air compressor and a lot of tinkering.
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Have fun, Have Nukes!
I'm surprised you don't have a Hasbro rep breathing down your neck, telling you about how they're "blasters" and you're not supposed to call them guns.
I love the caption "The author, testing the goods"
Boss: "Corinne! What are you doing?!"
Corinne: "Research, sir! This is likely to take another couple of hours. I'll be doing field testing for the next couple of days."
Great. A Nerf arms race.
I can't wait to get this for my little brother. Not only will he harass my mother with it, but also when I visit I can use it on him. This may replace the <a href="http://rldinvestments.com/Kelly%20Calculator/js/Money%20Management.html">Rangemaster 3000.</a>
Can't wait to hack this.....
Mega darts were the "standard" ammo for about a decade and we shifted to Micro darts (that's what the small ones are actually called) because they fly much better. I get the feeling they've switched back to mega because you can get more distance with less velocity (making it more kid-friendly) but it will also hurt the gun's range and outdoor accuracy.
In the old days we would just stick a Crayola barrel in there and this gun would probably instantly jump to a 150'+ monster, but making it shoot micros or zeros is going to be tricky with the current clip systems. Now, if you were to scrap the clip and go for a breech-loading gun that fired micros and had a real barrel (nice tight PETG, not the threaded plastic they use that lets out so much air) this thing might be a real beast... But these days you could just print a better plunger rather than scavenging it as we used to do.
This is a weapon of massive potentional destruction. It needs to be band by the world!
Somebody needs to make 3-D printing plans of this, then make it out of better materials (and maybe modify the design) to where it will shoot one of those darts 100 yards. It would be hard to hit anything at that range, so any hits will be that much more satisfying.
Now, marry that to the Nerf Vulcan. Belt-fed automatic Nerf Sniper goodness!!!!
From the pictures it appears this has a Picatinny-style rail on top--so you could mount a red-dot sight or a scope. Might look pretty cool.
What a shame who needs things guns like these to entice youngsters to maybe become criminals.
Colouring and imitating killing devices a funny toy = SICK!
STOP KIDS PLAYING WITH GUNS of any shape and size.
Please never have children. We don't need any more people who think like you in the gene pool.
This is exactly what my 8 year old son needs, or should I say his Dad. We already set up a machine gun nest on our front lawn
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