Review: Zombie Strike Fusefire
While not normally a huge fan of either Vortex (they don't tend to be modifiable) or Firefly tech (all my Nerfing is done in bright light), the Fusefire first caught my attention by having the Firefly tech built into the blaster. This isn't new, in fact the first of the glow-in-the-dark blasters was the Electric Eel, released back in 1997, followed by the Firefly REV-8 in 2005. However, all the Firefly tech blasters in recent years have used magazine based systems with the lighting mechanism built into the magazine itself. While this has had the advantage of letting any magazine style blaster fire glow-in-the-dark rounds, you'd have to have multiple Firefly magazines to keep going without reloading.
On to the Fusefire itself: there's nothing particular special about the packaging, other than the reference to the still absent Nerf Zombie App that's been advertised on some of the other recent Zombie Strike blasters. Despite the packaging claiming that the blaster comes with five Zombie Strike glow-in-the-dark discs, they are absolutely identical to the normal glow-in-the-dark discs that have been around for the past couple of years. Maybe there's a subtle difference to the glow or something, but I can't pick it.
The Fusefire has an internal magazine capable of holding five discs, loaded from the rear,,just above the cocking pull mechanism. The discs have to be pushed quite far in to be loaded properly (a small plastic catch moves in behind the disc when it's in position correctly). There is also additional storage for another five discs at the front of the blaster underneath the muzzle.
The Firefly tech is powered by three AAA sized batteries, stored in the handle off the blaster, with an on/off switch located on the left side, just in front of the trigger guard. Switching it on also lights up the translucent green tactical rail on the top of the blaster in two spots, giving it a nice glow, but also telling the zombies exactly where you are! One minor design problem is that the battery compartment lid feels a fraction loose, which is somewhat noticeable when you're holding the blaster normally. Probably easily fixable with a little bit of paper or something wedged in there. No biggie. The blaster is fairly heavy in hand, but feels quite sturdy. I haven't had a chance to really try it out in the dark yet, but overall I'm very happy with the Fusefire. This plus the Revonix seem to be the two best Vortex blasters around.