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My ProChrono Digital chronograph measured the speed of the darts fired by this stock Nerf Fortnite AR-L blaster at an average of 63 feet per second (FPS) using the 20 special edition purple tips and light blue foam Fortnite Nerf Elite darts that it comes with (it is capable of shooting any standard Nerf Elite darts; blue, green, white, orange, Starwars themed, Accustrike, battle camouflage print, and decorated Rebelle darts). The standard average velocity of a Nerf Elite blaster is 70 FPS, so the AR-L is somewhat underpowered. It also seemed to have a slightly longer spin-up time to reach the optimum velocity (my rating was taken at peak rev), which could mean that there are electronic limiters within the blaster. AR-L likely stands for Assault Rifle- “Legendary” or “Light,” but I am unfamiliar with the reasons as to why it would be called Legendary since I do not play the Fortnite video game. It is intended to be powered by 4x AA 1.5V alkaline batteries (not included). It has a fat cartoon-like 10 dart banana style magazine but the internal parts are designed like a regular Elite 10-dart banana magazine, so you can still use interchange with standard Nerf magazines. But you cannot visibly see the darts through the plastic, and the black seemingly rubber bumper on the bottom is actually a plastic part to compliment the overall aesthetic. This magazine has a secret moulded image on it: a stamped impression of the Fortnite Llama. This image on the magazine is in a weird place on the right side, tucked away during use, and can only be seen when the mag is removed. I find it a neat feature because it is sort of like a video-game “Easter egg,” only in real life. The dimensions of the blaster are comically oversized in general (from end to end it is 30 inches long), so it is not just the magazine that is built to look puffy. This is likely because the AR-L is modeled after a video game weapon, that was modeled after a real-life military grade firearm, specifically, the FN-SCAR (Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle). This is also the reason it has an atypical front barrel for a Nerf blaster. It looks like an orange Rook Chess piece that has fallen over, and it is obviously is not compatible with any Nerf barrel attachments. It does have a poofy FN-SCAR-inspired tower sight that flips forward (and pivots back, somewhat) which corresponds with a 3-position flip down black rear iron sight. The length of the barrel is considerably too long for a dart blaster, which could play a role in the AR-L’s sub-par FPS velocity readings. Darts have the tendency to lose kinetic energy if they transfer it to the side of the tube that they have to travel through inside the blaster. The longer the barrel, the greater the chance of losing that kinetic energy, and the shorter the distance the dart will travel once it leaves the blaster. I estimate that the distance of tubing that the dart needs to travel through in the AR-L is about 10 inches long. That is 1/3 of it’s total length. Anyway, moving on; In between the sight lines you will find a Nerf tactical rail that will allow you to mount most standard Nerf tactical rail accessories. Despite the shoulder stock being puffy, it is rather short and it is a fixed stock; There is no way to take it off (without removing the screws) and no way to adjust the length of the FN-SCAR-like stock. This is rather disappointing considering the heightened price point and the fact that they could easily have made it removable and compatible with other Nerf blasters. There are 2 more size related issue on the blaster, which is 1.) the relatively small sliding jam-access door located on the left side of the blaster, and 2.) the awkwardly small-looking pistol grip. For functionality, they are both not that small, but in proportion to the rest of the blaster it does look a bit smallish. Ergonomics suffers with the squarish handle, and it takes away for the amusing black grip detail that it has. One thing that surprised me (meaning I was surprised at myself) was that I found the acceleration trigger had harsh lines on it. I first noticed this while doing my chronograph testing when I had to hold the trigger down to wait for the 3-4 seconds it takes for the motors to rev up to speed. This may sound nit-picky at this point, but it does affect the experience of operation if you keep pressing it (while focusing on it like I ended up doing). If anyone cares to notice, the battery door is also located on the left side of the blaster, an unfrequented trait for Nerf blasters (although the Demolisher and Evader have their battery door locations on the left as well). All of the yellow locks you might see on the sides are faux locks and are just there for looks. The FORTNITE logo is embossed on the shell of the blaster but only painted on the right side. There are fake scratch damage “scars” embossed on the shell (pun intended), but it is barely noticeable and at least there are grey and black panels to help fill space and boost the AR-L’s artistic street-cred appeal. In conclusion, like the Nerf Starwars edition of Nerf blasters, this collaborative Fortnite blaster is pricy in order to pay off the royalties, but it also has to meet the performance restriction standards of the targeted market age range, which results in it’s lack of performance in nearly every category compared to the likes of the average Nerf Elite semi-auto flywheel blaster. While it’s price point is hard to justify based solely on it’s lackluster performance, I think it will still sell well by virtue of the popularity of the Fortnite video game and perhaps the familiarity of the design cues borrowed from the FN-SCAR that it is loosely based on.
My son was looking so forward to this as we had pre ordered it a month ago. After opening it and trying different batteries, the gun doesn’t work.
We got a replacement and found that we did not have the orange door on the side shut. I think this was user error not the gun. I will update again it in the next few weeks. Three stars for now as this should have been in the instructions (which are lacking)
Like others, the motor died within 5 minutes of opening the box. Side hatch was shut, batteries replaced, all in all it's just a cheaply made and very overpriced cash-in on the latest fad. Don't waste your money on it and definitely don't get your kids' hopes up about playing with this.
I'm a big fan of fortnite especially Fortnite X Nerf BLASTERS epic games you have done it again keep being epic no flaws in it it's like 101% pure awesomeness I love fortnite and the AR-L BLASTER. Five stars and two thumbs up for Amazon and epic games.
Preordered this 3 months ago. First one worked for about 30 shots & the.motor wouldn't start up. Just had a replacement sent, fired 10 darts & quit working. Yes, I made sure the orange door was closed. Been using Rayovac batteries. Gonna try a different brand battery or I'll have to return another. So disappointing!
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