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3.0 out of 5 starsFunctionable, But missing a chunk!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
Take a bit out of sales. Literally had a chunk taken out of the original packing like it was saved from the mouth of a shark. Entire corner missing and. A rough taping job. Wasn’t presentable, but functionable. Presentation says a lot.
My ProChrono Digital chronograph measured the speed of the 3 Mega darts that this stock Nerf Mega Fortnite HC-E blaster came with. It has an average of 69 feet per second (FPS) using Nerf Mega darts (it is not capable of shooting Nerf Elite darts without modification, but it can use the red Nerf Mega darts). The standard average velocity of a Nerf Elite blaster is 70 FPS so the HC-E would of be okay there, but it is below the average for Mega blasters in power. Like it’s Nerf Elite counterpart blasters in the Nerf Fortnite line, the AR-L and the SP-L, the HC-E has letters that mean something. It likely stands for “Hand-Cannon, Epic.” I am not familiar with the Fortnite video game, so I have no background information beyond that, but the styling seems to hint that it is modeled after a firearm (maybe the Desert Eagle). However, the front barrel is comically large and tapered and the coloration is very orange and purple so as to establish itself as a toy and differentiate itself from a real firearm. On one side is the Nerf logo and the Fortnite logo which are painted black, but the letters on the other side of the blaster are not painted like the “photogenic” side is. There are no nerf tactical rails or sling-mount attachment points on this blaster. The priming slide handle automatically retracts back when primed, which I find to be a nice feature. I found an embossed image of the Fortnite Loot Llama that appears on the left side, an Easter egg which is visible, but only when the blaster’s slide priming handle is pulled all the way back and held there. I have no complaints as far as the ergonomics of the pistol grip. Lastly, I have found that with some Teflon tape, you can fit an aftermarket “Worker” barrel insert to change the caliber of the dart to use Nerf Elite darts. While it is not as strong as the Hot Shock and Big Shock is, the performance is noticeably stronger than what Nerf has intended. In conclusion, this is a single shot front-loader that is supposed to be a cheap blaster, but is sold with royalties which make it a high-dollar blaster. The HC-E has some notable shortcomings. It is too big to fit nicely in a pocket and it might not be as holster-friendly as other Nerf side-arms, and personally for it’s size, I would have liked to see better Nerf Mega performance. The HC-E may not be fit for use in a Nerf War, but this pricy multi-brand blaster will probably still sell well due to the popularity of the Fortnite video-game.
Got this for under $10. Great buy. Shoots the big fat nerf bullets - the three included are the whistling kind. Forceful firing power, and a nice size, even for large adult hands like mine. I only wish that it had some method of holding the other 2 bullets - it seems like the design could have easily incorporated this.
This would be a great gun for a cosplay outfit as well - easily paintable design and relatively "cosplay-neutral" shape that would work well for a variety of characters.