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Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Review

Updated on March 26, 2015

Nerf’s new Stampede gun supersedes the Vulcan EBF-25 released in summer of 2008. Both are fully automatic foam dart cannons that are capable of firing several shots per second. Although comparable in many ways, each gun has its own unique characteristics. The Stampede has done away with the sometimes gimmicky features of the Vulcan, in favour of a more practical approach. Overall, the Stampede is indisputably the better toy.

The ECS is the first Nerf gun to employ a fully automatic clip system. Three extended clips are included in the box along with one quick-reload clip. An extended clip can hold up to 18 darts. There is a generous supply of 60 foam darts for loading into the clips.

You’ll also get a few handy accessories that create an unfair advantage for the user. Firstly, there is a removable shield that can be attached anywhere along the tactical rail. The visor on the shield allows visibility and at the same time protects the face from the onslaught of enemy attacks. It’s pretty flimsy but still more than ample for blocking foam darts. The pop-out bipod is a huge improvement over the stand that came with the Vulcan. It attaches to any tactical rail along the bottom of the Stampede ECS. From there you simply have to press a button to release the feet. Its purpose is to allow you to stabilize the gun on a surface such as a table or trash can.

Also of note, you will need a whopping six ‘D’ batteries to operate the unit which are not included.

Weighing in at 5.5 lbs. the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS will make any kid 8 years old and up look like a miniature Rambo. The difference is of course that the Stampede provides kids with a totally safe outlet for their military fantasies. Battles with friends or siblings equipped with similar Nerf launchers will no doubt create hours of fun in the backyard.

Foam dart don’t generate much impact so it may be safe to use in the rec room. Then again the overall mayhem caused by the kids avoiding each other’s gunfire will be a far bigger threat than the guns themselves. It’s most prudent to designate this as an outdoor game.

The ECS rapidly shoots harmless foam dart up to 50 feet if the gun is angled correctly and the wind is blowing right. A typical shot with the nozzle pointed perfectly horizontal will go 30 feet. By holding the gun at an upwards angle the average is increased to nearly 40 feet.

The price tag seems a little high until you consider this is an affordable alternative to taking the kids out for laser tag. If your kid is particularly careless you may have to keep buying replacement darts to so be sure that it isn’t being launched throughout the neighborhood.

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Review Verdict

The generous supply of clips and ammo make the Stampede worth the high price. Toys of this kind often suck parents in with an inexpensive gun, only to find later that it doesn’t have enough accessories to truly make it fun.

The annoying jamming problems that plagued the Stampede are no longer a problem with the ECS. This along with the new clip system makes the Stampede ECS a suitable replacement as Nerf’s new flagship model.

The only real negatives to speak of are amount of batteries needed and how easy it is to lose foam darts in the backyard.


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      wicklesscandles 7 years ago

      My grandson love Neft guns, but this might be a little too much. Buy his grandpa wouldn't have a chance in the next match up. Might be worth it just to see that!