Review: Nerf N-Strike Bowstrike
The Bowstrike is an amusing little addition to the lower end of the Nerf blaster spectrum. While from a functional perspective it adds nothing new (at a first glance its form factor is almost identical to the Firestrike, hence part of the name), it adds a bit of fun by having a couple of bow arms and a sight pop out of the sides and top respectively when cocking the blaster. Firing the blaster then retracts the bow arms and sight again.
Grip size-wise, it's about average, perhaps a smidgen small. It fits in my hands acceptably, but I wouldn't want it any smaller. It's a front loader and rear pull cocking mechanism (same as the Firestrike), however due to the addition of the sight, it has no tactical rail on top. This is a fairly small loss–I've rarely found tactical rails on the smaller blasters to be overly useful. From a performance perspective, while it's not labelled as an Elite blaster, in my initial test firing it seems to hold up quite well to Elite blasters. I'm now way overdue to do a round of performance testing on all my latest blasters, and will try to include this little fella when I do, and update this review appropriately!
Given the price on these, I think the Bowstrike makes for a fun variation on the current Jolt/Firestrike/Triad/Doublestrike/etc selection. Particularly worth considering as a cheap gift for anyone whom you're trying to get interested in Nerf! Included are three standard Elite darts (code J). Oh, and for reference, this is an orange trigger import model 😄