Zombies: everyone’s favorite guilt-free shooting target. In just about every iteration of modern zombie fiction, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before everyone has a gun and is lighting up the undead left and right. The fine people over at Hasbro certainly took notice of this trend when they started the Zombie Strike series of blasters back in 2013, a product line that persists to this day, which is a feat in and of itself. So what laid the groundwork for such a line? That’s what we’ll be looking at today with the Hammershot.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Hammershot was one of the very first Zombie Strike blasters, released in 2013 alongside the Sledgefire. The Hammershot is a 5-round revolver style blaster, which, itself is nothing new. What sets the Hammershot apart from other blasters like the Spectre REV-5 or even the Strongarm is its priming mechanism. Instead of a traditional priming slide which would require a second hand to operate, the Hammershot uses, unsurprisingly, a hammer style of prime that can be operated entirely one-handed. If you read my previous review, you’ll know that the premise of effective dual-wieldable blasters is quite alluring to me, so it should come as no surprise that I own a couple of these, thanks in part to my boy Ethan. The outer shell of the blaster is entirely original work and has a lot of really nice layering of plastic which gives it some visual depth. This is also helped by the use of this super cool, very subtle swirly metallic orange plastic which I believe is completely unique to this blaster. There’s some interesting texture work going on too with the faux wood grain and faux cloth wrap on the handle. I was skeptical of the cloth wrap at first because I thought it looked goofy and sort of out of place, but ergonomically it works just fine with no harsh lines or edges. The handle itself is rather long, extending well past the bottom of my hand, but the extra length does provide a nice amount of surface to grip while working the priming hammer with your thumb. As something of a side note, the distribution of weight around the trigger as well as the larger grip make it very easy and entertaining to spin the blaster around your index finger like a gunslinger. In doing so, I’ve managed to fling mine into the floor several times without so much as a scratch, which speaks to the build quality of the blaster. This is probably largely due to the relative simplicity of the internal mechanisms and outer construction. Unlike blasters such as the Spectre, the Hammershot has no barrel or stock attachment points though it does have a single attachment rail along the top of the blaster. The blaster performs admirably with shots flying far and hitting with substantial force. I would recommend it more for outdoor play and advise caution before using it to light up your younger siblings unannounced. The Hammershot comes packaged with 5 Zombie Strike green Elite darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the Zombie Strike line was first announced, for me, the Hammershot took the back seat as far as my attention goes. There had been more than a handful of revolver blasters over the years and the premise of the shotgun style Sledgefire overshadowed the Hammershot. While it’s true the Sledgefire may be the more mechanically interesting of the two, it’s hard to deny the sheer utility of the Hammershot.