While performance is the most important aspect of a Nerf gun, the style of a Nerf gun is definitely one of the points of considerations that we take into account when we are shopping around for a new blaster.
After all, style further enhances a blaster’s performance, making it exciting to fire at enemies on the battlefield no matter how many times we may choose to take it out and use it.
Among some of the most stylish blasters are those that are featured in themed product lines such as the Nerf Doomlands 2169 series.
Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond Blaster Review
Even some of the most basic of blasters, like the Vagabond, has been enhanced in such a way that it stands out when compared to similar products that have the same features.
Is the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster on your list? Take a look at the comprehensive guide below to learn more about what you can expect to receive from this post-apocalyptic weapon!
Style and Design
Have you ever used the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster? If so, the best way to describe this blaster is to say that it is the Strongarm with a much cooler design and a longer body.
As you may have already guessed, the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster comes with the typical color scheme of the Nerf Doomlands 2169 series, featuring a golden orange and charcoal black color scheme that embodies the grittiness that makes the line feel so special.
Of course, you also receive the special transparent portion of the body at the back of the blaster that shows off the firing mechanism as the gun operates.
Although this weapon would fall into the category of a handgun, its distinct style choices make this an attractive option to bring into any battle.
With the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster, you can load six Nerf darts into the rotating barrel of this weapon.
This may not be considered to be enough ammo for a typical Nerf gun, but it is plenty for the Vagabond considering that it is essentially a handgun with an extended barrel.
If you need a handgun that steers clear of the usual formula and stands out, the Vagabond will definitely frighten the enemy far more than a traditional sidearm would.
Firing Style and Range
Another truly unique feature on the Vagabond is its firing style. Rather than going with the priming mechanism at the top of the gun that users have to pull back in order to use the weapon, the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster comes with a pump-action style mechanism to get the job done.
This does not necessarily create a massive change in the overall firing or efficiency, but it can be a cool feature for those who are looking for something new and exciting in their blaster.
However, this may not be the right gun for you if you are looking for N-Strike range as the Vagabond is best for close to mid-range blasting.
What We Like
- Easy to Load: While the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster does have an extended barrel, the good news is that you don’t have to reach all the way to the front in order to load your weapon.
Instead, there are little dips in your weapon located towards the front of the weapon that allows you to slide in your darts as you go. This feature makes your blaster far easier to reload compared to some weapons.
- Brings a Refreshing Take to the Traditional Handgun: Nerf tends to follow the same formula when it comes to handguns. They either produce a weapon that looks similar to the Strongarm or they go for a design that is thin and can only shoot a dart or two at a time.
The Vagabond takes all the best features of the former weapon style and adds the Nerf Doomlands 2169 flair to it, which just makes the weapon that much better. True, design isn’t everything. But it is something that does make this weapon more fun to use.
- Still Easy to Carry Around: The good news about the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster is that the extended body doesn’t impact its usability very much. This means that it still functions well as a side weapon and can be carried around relatively easily.
If you were worried about getting tired while toting around a beast of a blaster, you definitely won’t have to worry about that issue with this weapon.
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t Have a Barrel That Slides Out: This is something that is not an actual issue with the gun itself but will always come up in conversation when it comes to Nerf blasters. The barrel that slides out of the blaster’s body makes it simple to load your blaster.
Meanwhile, like many other options, the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond uses a rotating barrel that is fixed in place (albeit with a different design than the average handgun). Put simply, it would be nice to have a barrel that slides out of the weapon for easier access.
- Range May Not Be Right for Everyone: Some of Nerf’s handguns can fire off darts impressively far, making them great for those who plan on going against enemies in an environment that has tons of space.
The Vagabond, on the other hand, only provides the firing distance needed for close to mid-range combat. For those who play in decent sized spaces, this may be the perfect weapon.
For those who play outdoors or in larger indoor areas, this may not be the sidearm you want. Consider this factor when you are looking into this weapon as your next purchase.
- Using the Pump-Action Mechanism Can Be Awkward for Some Users: The Vagabond may have an extended body, but it is still relatively small. This means that the pump-action mechanism featured at the bottom of the weapon goes for about as long as the blaster’s body length.
This design can be awkward for some users to manage, especially if this is a product being given to an older user. It would be far easier to use if the Vagabond came with an extended pumping distance so that it was more comfortable to carry and use.
Our Verdict: Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond Blaster Review
When it comes to style, there is no other handgun out there like the Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond blaster. When it comes to functionality, there are some areas where this blaster falls short of our expectations, especially in the design and distance of the gun.
That said, if you are looking for a blaster for a younger Nerf enthusiast who has no problem using it and is often close to their enemies, this is a great choice.
This product is a fine purchase, but you should make sure that you keep the above points in mind if you are going to buy the Vagabond.