Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blood Angel's "Stock" Darts Analysis Update


Blood Angel's back with an update to his ever growing stock dart analysis. Enjoy!
Stock Darts: January 2015



General Weight Data:
Elite Streamline
Dart Weight – 1.03g
Tip Weight- 0.76g
=73.8% of weight in tip

Koosh Dart
Dart Weight – 1.16g
Tip Weight – 0.89g
=76.7% of weight in tip

Elite Suction Cup Dart
Dart Weight – 1.00g
Tip Weight – 0.69g
=69.0% of weight in tip

Cheap Knock-Off Dart
Dart Weight – 1.03g
Tip Weight – 0.72g
=69.9% of weight in tip

Dart Tag Dart
Dart Weight – 1.26g
Tip Weight – 1.00g
=79.4% of weight in tip

Whistler/Sonic Dart
Dart Weight – 1.60g
Tip Weight – 1.30g
=81.3% of weight in tip

Nerf Suction Cup Dart
Dart Weight – 1.36g
Tip Weight – 1.11g
=81.6% of weight in tip

Buzz Bee Suction Cup Dart
Dart Weight – 1.36g
Tip Weight – 0.96g
=70.6% of weight in tip

Buzz Bee Extreme Dart
Dart Weight – 1.64g
Tip Weight – 1.21g
=73.8% of weight in tip


Air Zone Xtreme Darts /
Primetime Toys Superdarts
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Dart Weight – 0.90g
Tip Weight – 0.60g
=66.7% of weight in tip

Fasports Full Vinyl Jackets
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Dart Weight – 1.30g
Tip Weight – 1.00g
=81.3% of weight in tip

Knock-off Suction Cup Dart
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Dart Weight – 1.26g
Tip Weight – 1.00g
=79.3% of weight in tip

Nerf MEGA
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Dart Weight – 2.58g
Tip Weight – 2.01g
=77.9% of weight in tip

Voberry Dart
Dart Weight – 1.39g
Tip Weight –1.05 g
=75.5% of weight in tip

Usage, Observations, and Opinions:

Elite Streamline – These are the default darts by which all others darts are compared; thereby, making their performance average. Their max effective range for an area target is about 30 feet (at best). A good general muzzle velocity for these darts is about 55-75 fps. Higher velocities destabilize the darts and the consistency just drops to nothing. I see a lot of angled shots that get pretty close to target at farther range, but hitting an aware moving target is very unlikely with a single shot.
Koosh Dart – The best performance for their cost. Out of all the streamline styled darts these dart have the best combination of cost, accuracy, on target velocity, weight distribution, range, and consistency. If you are using a stock blaster, then you will clearly notice the tighter groupings and a drop in range. Some have complained about the glue and construction quality of these darts; however, if you take into account that you can run through four koosh darts for every one Elite streamline, then it seems to balance out a little more. There has been newer improved glue for the tips by seller BW12. Reports have been that the tips are better, but the foam is noticeably weaker. The best use of these darts seems to be higher voltage flywheel blasters. The max effective range for an area target is about 70-85 feet. A good general muzzle velocity for these darts is about 80-95 fps; however, reports have been coming back saying that velocities of 115-155 fps are still very combat effective with great on target velocities (making them difficult to dodge). Koosh darts start to have problems with tighter fit barrels (9/16 brass) at around 105 fps. The tip starts to bend back and the dart gets stuck in the barrel. The foam diameter is also slightly larger than standard nerf elite streamline darts. Comparatively, if you shoot 96.9fps with an Elite Streamline you will get about 86.5fps with Koosh darts.

Elite Suction Cup Dart – These are the most accurate and consistent of the streamline sized stock darts. The range drop is higher and the on target velocities are slower.  With practice, you can start to predict the drop rate these darts and they will start to fall right where you want them. They are expensive but you are getting a well glued, accurate, consistent, and clip compatible dart. The max effective range for an area target is about 60-80 feet. The range report is deceptive though, as the velocities past that range make the dart very easy to dodge. A good general muzzle velocity for these darts is 115-130 fps. Like the koosh darts, these dart tips start to bend back at around 105-110 fps and get stuck in tighter fit barrels. Comparatively, if you shoot 96.9fps with an Elite Streamline you will get about 103.8fps with Elite Suction Cup Darts.

Cheap Knock-Off Dart – These darts are horrible. Do not buy these. Just don’t. They suck.

Dart Tag Dart – The rest of the following stock darts are meant more for half inch PVC barrels. Mostly used in blowguns and other homemade, these darts are typically heavier and carry heavier tips. The Dart Tag darts are reported to be the best balance between range, accuracy, consistency, and on target velocity. Some have been known to take the hook and loop system off the darts to improve performance. I, personally, have not done this and have neither data nor observations to support a performance increase due to hook and loop removal. Nerf still makes and sells Dart Tag darts at Toys R Us, but they are expensive. I have used a few of these and found them to have similar performance to whistler/sonic darts. Comparatively, if you shoot 207.8fps with a Nerf Suction cup dart you will get about 232.8fps with Nerf Taggers.

Whistler/Sonic Dart – These are the second heaviest stock darts, have the second heaviest foam to tip ratio, and have the heaviest overall dart tip. It can be said that the whistle slot cut out of the tip affects the overall consistency of these darts. People have said that the darts tend to slope or otherwise veer in the direction of those whistle slots. Personally, if you think that it is a large concern then try to align all of these darts with the whistle slot facing either up or down. From my personal observation, I find these darts to have the long maximum overall range. However their consistency and accuracy is questionable after 40-45 feet. Their on target velocity is the fastest I’ve seen, thus far, from stock darts fired from modified/homemade blasters (making them near impossible to dodge). I’m not sure if you can still find these off the shelf, but you can definitely find bulk orders of them on eBay. Comparatively, if you shoot 207.8fps with a Nerf Suction cup dart you will get about 215.6fps with Whistler/Sonic Darts.
  
Nerf Suction Cup Dart – These are the dart standard by which I will base all my micro dart data off of. These darts have a performance that falls in-between the Buzz Bee suction cup darts and the Buzz Bee Extreme darts. These darts are extremely consistent and can be very accurate at the 45-60 foot distances. The on target velocities are also relatively higher, compared to the other suction cup darts. I don’t think Nerf makes these darts anymore. I’m pretty sure you can still find them on eBay.

Buzz Bee Suction Cup Dart – These dart are very consistent. Their flight pattern is predictable, which makes for tight groupings. However, their drop rate is very high. You can see that around 45-60 feet these darts start to fall very quickly. Their on target velocity is very slow. The slow velocity and consistently predictable flight path makes them fairly easy to dodge at the darts extended ranges. These darts can be purchased in bulk at Toys R Us and will cost about $35 for 200 darts. Shop around online and you might find a better deal somewhere. Comparatively, if you shoot 207.8fps with a Nerf Suction cup dart you will get about 237.6fps with Buzz Bee Suction Cup Darts.

Buzz Bee Extreme Dart – These darts are drastically different than their non-extreme counter-part. The suction cup portion has a solid stem inside a denser foam body. I can tell you that removing the dart tip from the foam is not an easy task. The suction cup and stem are well glued inside the foam. These are the highest quality stock darts that you can buy off the shelf. The range of these darts is similar or near that of the whistler/sonic darts. The performances of these darts were similar or near that of the Nerf suction cup darts. It should be noted that I have had a few of these darts jam in my half inch PVC barrel. I am not sure why they jam, but my guess is that the suction cup tip is slightly larger than the regular Buzz Bee suction cup darts. They cost about $5 for 18 darts, which is pretty expensive but still less than the elite suction cup darts. The higher cost is clearly put into the awesome quality of these darts, but do you really need that much quality in a dart you might end up losing or destroying? Comparatively, if you shoot 207.8fps with a Nerf Suction cup dart you will get about 234.6fps with Buzz Bee Extreme Darts.

Air Zone Xtreme Darts /
Primetime Toys Superdarts – I didn’t see much difference between these darts and the nerf elite darts. Their accuracy might be a little better, but not enough to justify the price of getting these over elite darts, koosh darts, FVJs, or the newer voberry darts. The velocities and ranges are about the same as elites darts. The foam was pretty close as well. Comparatively, if you shoot 96.9fps with an Elite Streamline you will get about 102.7fps with Superdarts.

Fasports Full Vinyl Jackets – The foam tends to vary with each batch you buy. The tip is made of a hard plastic or rubber that most feel is unsafe for stock class games and HvZ games. The heavy weight and heavy tip make this darts ideal for modded blasters. Velocities between 130fps – 150fps make these very consistent darts and the loss of range is not too bad. I would highly suggest these darts for modded blaster games. They are super cheap and glued very well. By comparison the .50cal VelocityTag dart tips I have weigh 1.15g and are made from a squishier rubber than the 1g hard plastic FVJ darts. These darts work very well in 17/32 and 9/16 brass barrel air blasters. If these had a softer tip or even just allowed where I played, then they would be my choice darts. Comparatively, if you shoot 96.9fps with an Elite Streamline you will get about 85.3fps with FVJs.

Knock-off Suction Cup Dart – That isn’t much to say about these darts. They are just like all the other suction cup darts I use. I got them because they were cheaper than all the other suction cup darts I was using and I feel the purple color would stand out during the games. At first I was worried about the overall weight being 10g lower than the other darts, but the tip weighed in at a full 1g, so the balance is there. The range is just about the same as the other suction cup darts give or take 5 to 10 feet. And the velocities are similar as well. Comparatively, if you shoot 207.8fps with a Nerf Suction cup dart you will get about 209.8fps with these purple knock-off darts.

Nerf MEGA – The giant mega darts. These are pretty scary at times. The velocities average 70fps to 75fps that my nerf magnus puts out is nothing special. But considering that the kinetic energy behind that MEGA darts is 2.5 times that of an elite dart is something to think about. They are not the most consistent darts out there. I find that they are just as erratic elite streamlines and have a slight balance issue. They also do not do well at higher velocities. Anything past 100 fps is just a waste. They are expensive, they deform quickly, and so far there are no cheap alternatives for this caliber of dart.

Voberry – Mmmmmm, berries. These darts have a lot of weight behind them, but I feel they that the weight distribution is off. I was excited when I weighed them to find a hefty tip and higher weighted dart. However the performance of these darts becomes pretty useless after about 30 ft. I would say they preform excellent at close range, but no better or worse than stock elite streamlines after 40 feet. This is pretty good, considering they are much cheaper. The stems of the tip were glued on very well; however, the rim of the tip seemed to have no glue on it what so ever. But don’t let that worry you. The stem is glued on so well, that the dart will break apart the foam before the tip separates. Comparatively, if you shoot 96.9fps with an Elite Streamline you will get about 84.0fps with Voberry Darts.

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