|Blaster type||Single-fire revolver dart blaster (reverse plunger)|
|Stock ammunition type||Micro Darts|
Sonic Micro Darts (UK only)
|Size||10" x 6"|
25.4cm x 15.24cm
|Average retail price||8.99 USD|
|This product has been discontinued, but may still be in limited stock in retail stores.
It is modeled after a revolver; it has one tactical rail on top of the blaster on the priming slide. The Maverick's turret advances counter-clockwise (when viewed from the front). The rotating turret holds six darts and partially flips out from the left side to reload. There is also a small sight on top of the blaster as well.
It is possible to dual-wield this blaster as a result of the slide mechanism's built-in attachment points. In the popular "string/lanyard" method, a length of thin rope or similar material is tied to the hole at the end of each blaster's slide. This allows the blasters to be primed by pulling them away from each other, causing the string to pull back on the slides. The string can be looped around the user's body to allow the blasters to still point forward while being reloaded.
There is a different, less popular method of dual-wielding in which the top of the slides are put together and pushed in opposite directions, priming both blasters. The advantage of using this method is that there is no restraint to the user's movement, therefore increasing mobility. The disadvantages to using this method are that it takes more practice, and it results in slower action in the act of priming the blaster.
A far less common but possibly more practical method is to pull the slide back with the fingers of the hand holding the blaster. Whilst this requires far more practice than the above, it means that the blasters can be cocked individually.
Some users prefer to hold the Maverick with their left hand. This allows one to reload quicker, as the index finger can be used to press the button that makes the chamber swing out. However, because the barrel swings out to the left, right handed users may have to go cross armed to reload, making the reload process more awkward.
The Maverick has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike standard color scheme (yellow, black, and orange)
- Original/Midnight color scheme (blue, yellow, grey, and orange)
- Clear Series (clear plastic and orange)
- Sonic Series (clear green and orange)
- Gear Up (orange, white, and black)
- Whiteout Series (white, black, and orange)
The Maverick is a popular candidate for modification due to its simplicity and low price. One simple modification allows the turret to fully flip out and rotate 360 degrees for easier reloading (known as a "full barrel drop" or a "Russian Roulette mod"). Removal of the air restrictors allows for higher firing power. In addition, some Nerfers choose to buy a second Maverick, make the rotating turret come out completely, and reload the blaster using the second Maverick's turret. Some modders combine three barrels together, so that they simply turn the barrels until the next one is in.
Despite lots of modification possibilities, the range on a Maverick is very difficult to increase due to its reverse plunger system.
Exclusive to Walmart and K-Mart is a two pack of Mavericks with twenty-four Sonic Micro Darts (under the Whistler Dart refill label). The Maverick also has a "double your darts" and a similar "refill and reload" value pack that comes packaged with twelve darts instead of six.
Reloading and firingEdit
To reload the Maverick, the user must first drop the turret by pushing the turret's button located on the left side of the blaster. When the turret is down, the user can place up to three darts in the barrels at a time, a total of six darts are loaded into the barrels. The turret must be placed back up into the blaster's shell; more skilled users can flip the turret up and into place with a quick flick of the wrist. The blaster can accept any dart type, including Streamline Darts. Tagger Micro Darts and Whistler Darts jam more frequently.
To prime the blaster, the user must pull slide back and let it return to its original position. Pull the trigger to fire a dart.
|Firing range||8/10||This blaster fires on average around thirty to thirty-five feet (further if the original blue version). The Maverick features a reverse plunger system, which gives it less than desirable firing ranges as compared to other blasters of its size, such as the Nite Finder EX-3.|
|Accuracy||9/10||The Maverick has good accuracy. Many users have trouble aiming the blaster at longer ranges, so practicing with the blaster makes for better accuracy.|
|Reliability||9/10||This blaster jams seldomly. Modifying or removing the air restrictor will increase the chances of jamming due to the dart not leaving the chamber. Jamming may also occur if the blaster is fired too rapidly. The trigger also sometimes malfunctions, and jams due to the barrel not rotating all the way. This is mainly caused by pulling the trigger to fast.|
|Rate of fire||8/10||It can unload two darts per second if one has their hand on the slide, as opposed to holding the Maverick like a pistol, but it will often jam. It is recommended to be fired at a rate of one dart per second to avoid unnecessary jams.|
|Capacity||8/10||This blaster holds up to six darts at once.|
|8.4/10||The Maverick REV-6 is a good blaster which can take lots of different types of darts. It can possibly be used as a primary, however due to the poor range, it is recommended to use this blaster as a secondary or a sidearm instead.|
- The Maverick is featured as a weapon in the video games Nerf N-Strike and Nerf N-Strike Elite.
- The original blue version of the Maverick is noticeably more powerful than the newer yellow ones, primarily because of a better O-ring. Even if one modifies a yellow Maverick by removing its air restrictors, the blue Maverick is still more powerful.
- Hasbro modeled its Transformers Classics Megatron toy off of the Maverick. Hasbro later modeled the Avengers Captain America Brigade Blaster after the Maverick as well.
- In 2012, it was named the 2011 Boy's Toy of the Year in the United Kingdom by the Toy Retailers Association and the British Toy & Hobby Association.
- The word "maverick" is used to describe someone who shows independence in thoughts or actions. This may be akin to the revolver-style design of the Maverick, a popular weapon choice for renegades and lone-gunman in media.
- The Maverick is one of few N-Strike blasters where the screws can be seen when the barrel end is on the right of the blaster, rather than when the barrel end faces the left, like on most recent Nerf blasters.
- The Maverick is one of the most commonly dual wielded N-Strike blasters.
- Strangely, on the side of the Double Blast Bundle (a set which includes both N-Strike and N-Strike Elite), it claims the blaster is titled the Maverick REV-5.
|The full image gallery for Maverick REV-6 may be viewed at Maverick REV-6/Gallery.|
- Maverick REV-6 on the Wal-Mart website
- Maverick REV-6 on the Toys "R" Us website
- How to Dual-Wield Mavericks/Strongarms
|Regular blasters||Firefly REV-8 • Maverick REV-6 • Spectre REV-5|
|Special blasters||Barricade RV-10 (Electronic revolver)|