The New N-Strike Elite 18-Dart Quick Reload Clip

Hello all! This is a quick opinion-seeking post. As many of you know, the new Nerf 18 round clip (the one being released in the Elite line) has one solid side (on the left) and one clear side (on the right). Cool right? Well, here’s where the opinions come in. My thoughts are that the clear part would be more useful on the left side of the clip. Reason being that in a Nerf war or HvZ event, most people are right handed, and will be pocketing their blaster into their right shoulder. When they look down at their blaster, they would be seeing the left side of the clip (the solid side). So in order to use the functionality the clear side offers, the player would have to un-pocket their blaster and turn it on its side so they could see the clear section of the clip. BasicNerf tells me that this isn’t a big deal, and I trust him, but I can foresee that “let me check my ammo really quick” scenario leading to someone being either stunned or zombified!

On the bright side, any section of the clip being clear is still an improvement over the old, solid Stampede clips. And you have to admit, rather than either emptying your clip to know you’re out, or taking it out of your blaster and counting the number of darts you have left through a TINY little window, checking your remaining ammo now only takes one second. Un-pocket, flip & check, Re-pocket, done. Also, now we can get 18 round clips without buying a huge Stampede or ordering them online! That in itself is just plain awesome!

So what do you think? Is the lefty-favored aspect of the new clip offsetting to you, or does the sheer fact that you can now buy them separately and the faster ammo check feature make up for it? I’m leaning towards the positive side of the argument. Leave your own opinion in the comment section below!

The new N-Strike Elite 18 round clip will launch with the Elite blasters this August. It will include 18 rounds of Elite ammunition, and will retail for $9.99.

Watch BasicNerf’s unboxing of the new clip here.

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