This is probably the most satisfying Nerf gun I've had the honor of firing. The extended clip holds 18 darts, a capacity only matched by the Vulcan and the drum-fed Raider. If you just press and hold the trigger, you'll go through the whole clip in about 5-6 seconds. You can fit one or two more darts in the clip, but this flattens the darts and renders the gun prone to jamming. Just stick to the 18-dart max and you'll be just fine. The Stampede propels the darts at a fair speed, and they will bounce off of things if you fire at point blank range. It's fairly accurate if you restrict yourself to single shots or short bursts, and can hit a target about 30 feet away without too much trouble. I pity the poor fool who dares to engage an entrenched Stampede-gunner. Accuracy is further improved by the bipod grip attachment, and is surprisingly steady when deployed and rested on. Even when on the move I can fire with reasonable accuracy despite the gun's weight, and I'm a little guy. You can't rest the gun on the bipod with an extended clip loaded, but that's not really a big deal at all. The only downer about the gun is the so-called shield. It does cover a decent part of the body, but larger gunners will find the shield's surface inadequate. It also blocks the gun's sight, so you have to aim through the shield's "mesh." If you keep low (either on a wall or prone on the ground) and entrench yourself with the bipod, deployed, you can be pretty hard to hit, but any other time you'll need to rely on cover and good reflexes. Between paying for firing full-auto and paying for the 6 (!!!) D-cell batteries to power it, this is definitely one of the more expensive Nerf guns out there. That said, the joy of firing off dozens of darts in rapid succession will never get old. All that's needed to go with it is a good sidearm like the Maverick, Barricade, or even the versatile Recon. Bravo, Nerf!
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