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The Air Tech 3000 (also known as the AT3K) is a Nerf blaster that was released in 2002 under the Air Tech series.

It comes packaged with six Micro Darts.

Details

The Air Tech 3000 is a mid-sized air system blaster that operates in a similar fashion to other Air Tech blasters, the 2000 and 4000. It holds six darts at a time and has a "Liquitron power gauge" on the top of the blaster. The design of the blaster features what appears to be an air tank towards the rear of the blaster, but this is merely for aesthetic purposes; the actual air tank is located towards the front of the Air Tech 3000. Pumping the blaster once rotates the barrel.

Like other Air Tech blasters, the Air Tech 3000 features a "Liquitron" power gauge, which displays how much air power the blaster has stored in it by the use of a liquid. This gauge is located at the top of the blaster. While it has no performance-improving value, the Liquitron power gauge was a recurring gimmick in the Air Tech line that was seen on all blasters in one form or another. Each time the blaster is pumped, it releases a dark blue/green liquid into the gauge.

History

The Air Tech 3000, specifically its liquitron power gauge, was filed for patenting on August 30, 2002, likely just before the release of the blaster.[2] The blaster was released alongside the rest of the Air Tech line in the summer of 2002, and was initially released in a single pack.

The Air Tech 3000 was re-released in 2003 under the 2003 series and again in 2005 under the Action Blasters series. The latter re-release came primarily in a twin-pack with only minor design changes, notably the Nerf logo being altered from its original 2002 state to the modern variant.

Alongside its smaller sibling, the Air Tech 2000, the 3000 has achieved a strong legacy. Though the blaster has not seen a successor, for many years the Air Tech 3000 has been held with high esteem from fans.

Color schemes

The Air Tech 3000 comes in the following color schemes:

  • Blue, silver, and orange
  • Silver, blue, and orange

Modification

Because of the versatility of its platform as well as its potential power, the Air Tech 3000 was a favorite of modders for a long time after it's release. With longer barrels, plugged pumps and reinforcements, a modded Air Tech 3000 was often the choice of many at professional Nerf battles. Staggering performance levels could be obtained by overhauling the blaster internals, with results often exceeding 100 feet.[3] Barrel replacements are incredibly common and often the go-to for Air Tech 3000 modifications.[4] The pump draw can also be extended by slight internal modifications, leading to increased air output per pump.[5]

Though not as common as with the Air Tech 2000, there have been some attempted integrations involving Air Tech 3000 internals.[6] Cosmetic changes including the ability to rear-load barrels have also been performed.

Value packs

A twin blaster value pack of the Air Tech 3000 was released under the Action Blasters series. It came packaged with blue and silver blasters.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Air Tech 3000, simply place six darts in the blaster's turret and pump the blaster three to four times.[7] The blaster fires from the bottom barrel.[8]

To fire, pull the trigger back.

Trivia

  • Every time the user pumps the blaster, the trigger becomes harder to pull.
  • Like the Maverick REV-6, users can manually spin the blaster's barrel unless it is pumped.

Gallery

References

  1. Nerf: Browse Products (June 2003). Web.Archive.org
  2. Untied States Patents: Pressure gauge for pneumatic toy gun, Patent 6698414. Patents.com
  3. NerfHaven: Airtech 3000 Overhaul. NerfHaven.com
  4. NerfHaven: Nerf AirTech 3000. NerfHaven.com
  5. NerfHaven: One Pump At3k. NerfHaven.com
  6. NerfHaven: At3k Raider. NerfHaven.com
  7. WalcomS7: TAG BACK! - Nerf Air Tech 3000 (AT3K). Youtube.com
  8. LordDraconical: Review: The Vintage Nerf Air-Tech 3000 (AT3K). Youtube.com



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