Nerf Stockade Review
The Nerf Stockade.
The word “Stockade” is used in reference to a defensive barrier, which is funny — because the Nerf Stockade is the successor to the Barricade RV-10 blaster. Then again, maybe it gets its name from that awesome shoulder stock…
The Barricade RV-10 was a great blaster in its own time. It was one of the first flywheel blasters from Nerf. It was also the highest capacity revolver available on the N-Strike line. The Barricade was a great, solid blaster. But there’s always room for improvement, I suppose. Enter in the Nerf Stockade. An Elite replacement for the Barricade. Physically unchanged, except for the blue paintjob. The Stockade was met with much excitement by fans of the original. But did it deliver? In a word, yes.
Nerf Stockade Form.
The form is unchanged from the Barricade, but we’ll go over it anyway. An introduction for the uninitiated, so to speak. The Nerf Stockade is a revolver blaster. It is more of a sidearm than a primary, due to its size. It’s covered in the cool Elite blues paint, which I have grown to love. It has a huge, oversized muzzle, that I quite like. Up top is a built in sight on the front of the blaster. That was a nice touch. Behind this is the jam door, which slides back to clear jammed darts. Next is a tactical rail mount. The tactical rail is perfect for the Elite Pinpoint Sight. In the middle of the blaster is the large cylinder. It has 10 chambers that you can load darts into. Nice. Behind this is the battery compartment. Directly underneath is the flywheel power switch. The pistol handle is a good size and it feels very comfortable to hold. The sling attachment point at the bottom of the handle is large and very accommodating for different types of connectors. Lastly, we come to what is the biggest difference between the Barricade and the Stockade.: The included shoulder stock. This is definitely the coolest addition to the blaster. Unlike the Recon stock, this one is nice and sturdy. It is able to hold 10 darts, firm and secure, right in the middle of the stock. This is a full reload for the Stockade, in a close and convenient location. Brilliant. This is what the Nerf Sharpfire stock could have and should have been.
Nerf Stockade Function.
The Nerf Stockade is a 10-shot revolver blaster. It operates on an electric flywheel mechanism, which requires 3 AA batteries. And yet they only sell batteries in sets of 2 or 4. Conspiracy? I think so. Anyway, the battery requirement of course means that the Stockade is semi-automatic. You don’t need to prime the blaster in order for it to fire darts. Just flip the flywheel power switch to the ON position. It’s that little orange switch at the top of the pistol grip handle, remember? Unlike all flywheel blasters today, the Nerf Stockade has an on/off switch instead of a secondary acceleration trigger. Many people like the newer design, but the switch doesn’t bother me none. It does, however, mean that the flywheels will be spinning the entire time you’re using the Nerf Stockade. Whether you’re in cover, creeping around corners, or even reloading, it will always be on. This has its advantages and disadvantages, of course. Just remember that you can flip that switch whenever you feel the need to do so. Time to fire the Nerf Stockade. Load up the 10 included darts into the cylinder. It doesn’t flip out to the side like the Strongarm unfortunately. This means you have to spin the cylinder as you’re loading darts. Next, make sure you put in the batteries correctly. Flip the flywheel switch into the ON position like we spoke about earlier. Now pull the trigger. That’s all there is to it, folks. A single dart will shoot out, sailing through the air oh so majestically. The Nerf Stockade is able to fire darts about 45-55 feet, or 65+ if it’s an angled shot. And you can send one of these darts on their way as fast as you can pull the trigger, thanks to the flywheels inside. The Stockade seems to have slightly above average accuracy, with a tight grouping of consecutive shots. That is, unless you push it to its firing rate limits. Then, like any flywheeler, the accuracy and range will take a hit.