|Blaster type||Electronic clip system dart blaster (motorized direct plunger)|
|Stock ammunition type||Streamline Darts|
|Stock capacity||18 (clip)|
|Size||29" (73.66cm) long|
|Weight||7 lb (3.17kg)|
|Average retail price||49.99 USD/GBP|
The Stampede ECS (known as the Blazing Burst ECS in Japan) is an electronic clip system Nerf blaster. It was released on September 9, 2010 under the N-Strike series. It is powered by six "D" batteries.
The Stampede features the default N-Strike yellow, black, and orange color scheme. It has digital camo detailed on the blaster, much like the Raider CS-35 and the Longstrike CS-6. It does not feature an external priming mechanism, as the blaster is powered solely by batteries.
It features six tactical rails on it, the most of any current Nerf blaster. One is on top of the carrying handle/built-in iron sights, one is on top of the barrel, two are beneath the barrel, and the last two are on both the left and right sides of the barrel. The latter two are covered up when a Blast Shield is attached to the mount atop the barrel.
Like most blasters, the jam door is located on top of the Stampede, under the carry handle. Because the blaster does not have a priming mechanism, it does not have a lock and can be opened at any time to remove jammed darts.
Clip release buttons are located next to the trigger, on either side of the blaster. The power lever is on the left side of the trigger as well.
Two points for clipping a sling or a carrying strap are located at the back of the blaster near the battery compartment. There is also one point located at the front of the blaster above the muzzle.
The Stampede is fully automatic, but can be fired single by pulling back the trigger for a second or so.The Stampede features a motorized direct plunger system, giving it unique priming and firing style. Its internals push forward first. In doing so, the Streamline Dart to be fired is pushed into the breech and the blaster is primed simultaneously. The piston is then released to fire the dart using a mechanical equivalent of a slam fire trigger. A return spring (the visible black spring) resets the firing mechanism, letting a new dart rise up the clip.
It should be noted that because of its firing mechanism, darts that are not loaded perfectly will become damaged. Consistent use will result in dart missing small pieces on the rear. This does not seem to affect the blaster itself although it will affect accuracy.
The Stampede ECS is one of the heaviest Nerf blasters. Most of the weight is located at the rear of the blaster where the huge, D-sized batteries are held, meaning that the center of gravity is backwards from standard firing position. This can be mitigated by adding weight to the front in the form of attachments, but will overall increase the weight.
The Stampede ECS was originally prototyped as the Stampede ECS-50, which would have featured a fifty dart drum. Mock-up packaging was created for the blaster which included the fifty dart drum. The fifty dart drum was cancelled due to complications with the drum. The blaster has then changed to the Stampede ECS-18 and finally to the Stampede ECS. Despite the blaster being packaged with clips instead, many websites and shelf labels still refer to it as the Stampede ECS-50.
The Stampede was the big release from Nerf in 2010. To help promote it, there was a blaster re-release campaign called the Clear Series.
The Stampede comes in the following color schemes:
Voltage modification for this blaster is limited by its ability to mechanically fire, not the failure of its electrical parts. Recommended voltage is from 12 to 16 Volts, but over-heating and jamming problems may then occur more often if fired for too long.
Reloading and firingEdit
To reload the Stampede, the user must first remove a clip if one is inserted in the blaster. To do so, pull down on the clip release buttons located on either side of the trigger. Load up to eighteen darts into the provided eighteen dart clip and then load it into the blaster. Make sure the jam door is fully closed so that the indicator is green. Turn on the power button and pull the trigger to fire the blaster.
|Firing range||9/10||The Stampede can fire up to ranges of thirty to forty feet, thanks to its direct plunger system. Ranges of forty-five feet can be achieved if the blaster is at an extreme angle. Bad darts will not shoot further than twenty feet.|
|Accuracy||7/10||Being a clip system blaster, the Stampede isn't very accurate. But its rate of fire makes accuracy less of a necessity.|
|Reliability||8/10||This blaster shouldn't jam unless bad darts are used. Sometimes the blaster has a part in the firing mechanism that can cause darts to get jammed. However, if the darts are inserted correctly, it is not likely to jam. Low battery power can also make the Stampede less reliable, as in all powered blasters. The Stampede can only be used if powered by batteries. It cannot be manually fired.|
|Rate of fire||10/10||The Stampede fires around three darts a second when using fresh batteries. Using high quality batteries will ram up the rate of fire to four darts per second. The blaster has a short lag between priming itself and firing the dart, not long, but enough to give warning to a dart being fired. The Stampede runs off six D batteries which have a voltage of nine volts. Increasing the voltage by replacing the batteries will result in a higher rate of fire, but can result in damage to the motor.|
|Capacity||10/10||The blaster holds up to eighteen darts in one of its included eighteen dart clips. The Stampede comes packaged with three of these, as well as a standard six dart clip.|
|9/10||The Stampede is an excellent all-round blaster, lacking only accuracy. It is a match for the Swarmfire and the Vulcan EBF-25.|
- Some people confuse this with the Stampede REV-12, a blaster featured in the Nerf N-Strike and Nerf N-Strike Elite video games. The only similarities between the two are the names. Some other people confuse this with the Spartan NCS-12 due to the extensive similarities as well.
- The Stampede ECS is the second blaster to appear in the Vortex trailer, the first being a Gear Up Raider CS-35.
- At its 49.99 USD + GBP starting price, this is the most expensive Nerf blaster in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The commercial for the Stampede is the longest one for any N-Strike blaster.
- Shaking the Stampede while firing may prevent the blaster from firing.
- The Stampede ECS was ripped off by Leyuan, a Chinese pirating company. It was renamed and all Nerf-related imagery was removed from the packaging and the blaster. It came packaged with a bipod and a few clips.
- In some rare cases, if the blaster is turned off while holding the trigger, it may fire automatically when turned back on, even if the trigger is not pulled.
- If Blast Shield is placed in its normal postion atop the blaster, the iron sights and top tactical rail will be blocked. By attaching the sheild upside down on the front-most bottom rail then the sights are now usable and the top rail can be used to attach scopes.
- It has been noted that the internal piston mechanism is heavily reminiscent of the gearboxes found in airsoft (albeit upscaled in size to account for the larger projectile).
- Some stores still carry it as the Stampede ECS-50
- It is the only N-Strike blaster with an N-Strike number code that has no numbers.
- It appears, based on several observations with the thirty-five dart drum inserted, that a fifty dart drum would fix several problems with this blaster. It would rebalance the weight, and also make the bipod less awkward to use.
- When the 18-dart clip is used, the bipod is too short to hold it up on a flat surface.
|The full image gallery for Stampede ECS may be viewed at Stampede ECS/Gallery.|
- Stampede ECS on the Nerf website
- Stampede ECS instructions on the Hasbro website
- Stampede ECS on the Walmart website
- Stampede ECS on the Toys "R" Us website
|Clip system blasters|
|Regular blasters||Alpha Trooper CS-18 • Deploy CS-6 • Longshot CS-6 • Longstrike CS-6|
Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 • Recon CS-6
|Special blasters||Rayven CS-18 (Light It Up) • Stampede ECS (Electronic clip system)|