Nerf Modulus IonFire Review

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For those of you who thought the Nerf SharpFire was cool, but not tacticool, you can stop complaining now…

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Nerf Modulus IonFire

The Nerf SharpFire released not too long ago and now we’ve already got a Nerf Modulus remake. The Sharpfire has the same basic design, but it was a bit slimmer and it came with proprietary attachments, including a long barrel attachment and a stock that came with dart storage and a belt clip to fasten it on to your waist. The whole Sharpfire could actually fit inside of the stock and it was perfect fo storage. On the other hand, in the modern days of N-Strike Elite, proprietary attachments just aren’t any good. The whole point of these newer, more tacticool blasters was to push the limits on connectivity and modularity. This culminated when we reached the days of completely interchangeable Nerf attachments. Any blaster with a tac rail or barrel attachment nozzle or a stock adapter point could use any Nerf attachment. That’s the way it was, and that’s the way we liked it. The Sharpfire skipped a beat on this feature, but the Nerf Ion Fire gets the blood flowing again, in a big way!

Nerf Modulus IonFire: Sharp Aesthetics.

I think the Nerf Modulus IonFire looks really great. Where the SharpFire looked so reminiscent of the old NES Zapper, the Nerf Ion Fire bears no such resemblance. It gives off nothing but ultra tacticool Nerf Modulus pistol blaster vibes. Whereas the SharpFire used a proprietary system to attach the barrel and stock attachments, the Modulus Ion Fire has traditional N-Strike barrel and stock attachment points. It also features two tactical rails. That’s more connectivity than some full sized primary class blasters have! So far, I think it’s safe to say that the Nerf Ion Fire is super duper tacticool. Moving on to the paint job, it doesn’t disappoint there either. Unless, of course, you hated the original Nerf Modulus paint job. If that’s the case, then yeah, you’re going to hate this too.

Nerf Modulus IonFire Blaster Performance.;
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This is the part of the Nerf Ion Fire that deters some Nerfers from wanting to add this blaster to their Nerf War load outs. The Nerf Modulus IonFire is a breech-loaded single shot blaster. That means that when you want to load the Ion Fire, you have to pull back the slide to open the breech. Once the breech is open, then you can go ahead and load a single dart directly into the breech. Next, push the slide all the way back to the forward position, closing the breech. Now you’re free to pull the trigger and fire the dart. You must repeat this entire process each time you want to shoot the Ion Fire. This method of firing is, in my opinion, extremely fun to play around with. On the other hand, it’s also extremely slow to fire this way. And that’s a fact. As far as what kind of power you can expect from this thing, it’s not a lot. The original Nerf Sharpfire was an N-Strike blaster, it was never even advertised as being Elite. Since the Nerf Modulus IonFire is basically a re-shell of the Sharpfire, you can expect the performance to be mostly comparable. However, I did see slightly better performance out of the Ion Fire, but ultimately, it is still sub-Elite.

Nerf Modulus IonFire Final Thoughts and Opinions.:

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So, first of all, let me be frank with you. I am something of a Nerf Modulus fanboy. I absolutely adore the original Nerf Modulus ECS-10 blaster. This blaster goes perfectly with the original Modulus, as far as aesthetics are concerned. Unlike the Nerf Modulus Recon MKII, the Nerf Modulus IonFire maintains that great balance of green and white and orange and gray. So if like me, you really like the Modulus, then you’re probably going to be pretty pleased with the way this thing looks, too. However, performance is another thing entirely. Sure, you can mod this thing and make it super powerful, but the power isn’t this blasters biggest fault. The thing that puts people off about the Nerf Ion Fire is the breech loading system. It is just too slow and there really isn’t too much you can do to fix that. So, I would say the Nerf Modulus IonFire is a great pistol to use around the house and to just play around and have fun with, but if you’re looking for a great secondary for your next Nerf War, you’re going to want to look elsewhere.

Nerf Modulus IonFire Recommended Attachments.:

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Now maybe you’d think for this section that I’d be using the Nerf attachments included with the Nerf Ion Fire, or maybe even the attachments that I put on the blaster in the photo in the aesthetics section of this review. But the truth is really neither. While I think the attachment setup I put together above is amazing, I wouldn’t really use it in any real scenario. The combo included a Nerf Modulus Proximity Barrel, a Nerf Nitron scope, and the Nerf Modulus Recon shoulder stock. I also used the Nerf Ion Fire ammo holder attachment, and that might actually be the only thing I would run on this. For a pistol, you don’t really want to have too many attachments weighing it down and making it bigger than it is. Pistols are supposed to be small and slim and easy to conceal.

Featured Nerf MOD:

None yet.  I haven’t seen anything out there, but if you wait a little while… I’ve got something pretty cool planned for this blaster.

Nerf Ion Fire Blaster


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