It’s always exciting to see new and innovative systems and mechanisms in Nerf blasters, whether they actually work or not. It’s nice to see the effort and the willingness to try. What really makes entirely new systems so exciting is how many other blasters use the same old tried and (usually) true methods in between. Today, we’ll be looking at one of those old classic designs, the slide-primed single shot pistol, specifically the Dart Tag Sharp Shot. So what sets this one apart from any other single shot pistol out there? Let’s have a look and find out.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Sharp Shot was released in 2011 for the newly revamped Dart Tag line and then again the following year with allegedly improved internals, denoted by a blue trigger. As mentioned above, it uses functionally the same system we’ve seen on other pistols like the Scout IX-3 or Eliminator where you load a dart in the muzzle, rack the slide and fire. The big difference between the Sharp Shot and any other similar pistol is really the looks. Keeping in line with that particular iteration of the Dart Tag series, the Sharp Shot features smooth, rounded edges and a nicely contoured overall shape. Not only does this serve to look real nice, but it actually works to ensure there aren’t any weird sculpted areas that could create hot shots while using the blaster. The other thing that was different about the Sharp Shot was the accessory that came with it. Originally, the blaster was packed with a 2-ended plastic carabiner that had a ball joint swivel in the middle. The idea behind this was so that you could clip the pistol to a belt loop or whatever so it was on your person but then if you needed to grab it quickly, the ball joint would pop apart with a stout pull, making it act kind of sort of maybe like a holster in theory. Personally, I never once used it and mine has since gone missing, but I can’t say I feel bad about it. For the time, the Sharp Shot had ok performance. It was still a pistol after all, so no one really expected it to shoot like a laser. In this day and age, however, it doesn’t hold up so great. I’d say if you have one or can find one for cheap, it feels great in the hand and looks pretty cool to boot, but unless you’re planning on effectively overhauling the entire mechanism, don’t expect it to be much help busting into your younger sibling’s room. The Sharp Shot comes packaged with the quick detach clip and 4 Dart Tag Velcro whistler darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t remember too much of how and when I bought this blaster. It was a few years ago at this point. I probably bought it mainly for the looks, which is understandable. I want to keep this one in its original condition, but if I happen to find another one, it might be a good base for a prop blaster, should the need arise.