An air system (abbreviated as AS with N-Strike number codes) blaster is a type of Nerf blaster that require the user to pump air into the blaster for it to be able to shoot. Some of the most well-known N-Strike rapid fire blasters are air system blasters.
Air system blasters are able to build up large amounts of power via compressed air to launch darts a good distance. Another advantage is that unlike an electric blaster, air-powered automatic blasters can shoot at a much faster rate, with one example being the Magstrike AS-10's eight to ten darts per second. Due to their design, they cannot jam.
While air system blasters are able to shoot at extreme rates, they're not without fault. For example, if the air tank on an AS blaster is cracked, it can leak air, thus decreasing range, fire rate, or even causing the blaster to cease functioning. Another problem is that AS blasters take time to pump; examples of these are the Titan AS-V.1's and the Rapid Fire AS-20's twenty pumps. This alone is a major factor when it comes to choosing between an air system blaster or any other type of blaster. Unlike spring blasters where it is advised to pull the trigger slowly for accuracy, it is advised to pull AS triggers very quickly for it to effectively release all the air pressure at once. Otherwise the blaster may lose range or simply not fire.
Outside of N-Strike
The air system itself has long preceded the N-Strike line, dating back to Nerf's earliest blasters.
While not utilizing firing triggers, many early blasters used air pressure systems to fire. These include the Air Launcher, the first true blaster, the Blast-a-Ball and Blast-a-Matic, NB-1 Missile Blaster and Glider Launcher, as well as many more.
Starting in 1993 with the Blast Hammer, some air pressure system blasters began to use springs to fire without a trigger. This would work by pulling back the cocking mechanism and releasing, with the expelled air causing the ammunition to fire. This soon became more common than the push-and-pull variation, and was heavily used in the Max Force line.
The advent of the modern air system was first used in 1997 with the Mad Hornet, the first air blaster to utilize a firing trigger, not including early Larami SuperMAXX blasters. Since then, a wide variety of blasters have used air pressure as a firing source.
In recent years, the popularity of this system has been dwindling, as less and less blasters are released using this system. The current most recent air pressure blaster is the missile-launching front accessory of the Demolisher 2-In-1, which uses the older push-pull air system. The latest air system blaster to use a firing trigger was the Magstrike AS-10.
Air system blasters
|Rapid Fire AS-20||2001|
|Secret Strike AS-1||2004|
- All N-Strike air system blasters are re-releases of existing blasters, with the exception of the Hornet AS-6. Even then, the Hornet is commonly believed to be an updated variation of the Blast Fire DX500.
|N-Strike number codes|
|Air system • Air system vessel • Clip system • Electronic belt fed • Electronic clip system • Electronic revolver • External single fire • Internal single fire • Revolver|