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The Hidden Shot is a single-fire Nerf blaster that was released in 1995 under the Ambush Rip Rockets series.

It comes packaged with three Micro Darts that feature glow-in-the-dark heads (unrelated to glow-in-the-dark darts).

Details

It is a pocket blaster that has the ability to fold in its barrel and handle, making it able to fit into pockets very easily. Folding the barrel up above the blaster readies it for use. It features two dart holders on the flat, backside of the blaster.[4]

This blaster features an iron sight on the top of its barrel, and is primed using the orange priming mechanism at the front of the blaster. The Wrist Blitzer is very similar to this blaster, although it is mounted to one's wrist and the Hidden Shot is not. Although the Hidden Shot was intended to be compatible with Micro Darts, it is also capable of firing Mega Darts.[5]

History

This blaster was featured in the 1995 and 1996 Kenner Guide pamphlet. The Jurassic Park variation was released sometime in 1997 to support the film's release. It was sold alongside the T-Rex Tranq Gun under the guise of a tranquilizer gun within the Dino-Tracking Gear Set.[2] Like most promotional blasters, it likely had a short lifespan, and when promotion for the movie ended, this blaster was most likely discontinued.

A 1997 catalog featuring the Dino-Tracking Gear Set showed the Hidden Shot under a modified color scheme. It is likely this was the prototype color scheme and was altered before production.

The blaster was given a re-release in 2000[3], where it was sold until at least late 2001[6].

Color schemes

The Hidden Shot has been released in the following color schemes:

Modification

Being a pocket blaster, the modification potential of the Hidden Shot is rather limited. Still, standard spring-related modifications can be completed such as air restrictor removal, spring replacements, and barrel replacements.[7]

It should be noted that the Hidden Shot will require a catch system strengthening if the user wishes to exchange the spring for a more powerful one.[8] The way the air is sent to the barrel of the blaster will also require a small notch to be removed from the replacement barrel should the user decide to remove the original barrel completely.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Hidden Shot, place one Micro Dart into the blaster's barrel. Pull the priming mechanism forwards until it cannot extend any further.

Pull the trigger to fire the dart.

Trivia

Gallery

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The full image gallery for Hidden Shot may be viewed at Hidden Shot/Gallery.


References

  1. NerfCenter: Hidden Shot (TM). NerfCenter.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Figure Realm: Dino-Tracking Gear Set - Action Figure Gallery - FigureRealm.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 NC News: Larami Expands Nerf® Line for 2000 - NerfCenter.com
  4. LordDraconical (2011-12-13). Review: The Vintage Nerf Hidden Shot, and pocket blaster comparison - YouTube. YouTube.com.
  5. Nerf Land: Rip Rockets Reviews - Hidden Shot - WebArchive.com
  6. NerfCenter: 2001 Previews - WebArchive.com
  7. NerfHaven: Hidden Shot Mod. NerfHaven.com
  8. NerfHaven: Hidden Shot. NerfHaven.com

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