While at Target, I picked up a Triad for about $7 or so. They have been out for a while and they had quite a few in stock when I was there. The Triad is not an exclusive and can also be picked up at Kmart, Walmart, and Toys R Us stores as well. In my opinion, if you are new to Nerf blasters, this is perfect to start with. It’s relatively inexpensive, easily concealable, has a good payload/fire rate, and is easy to use. It is really your biggest bang for your buck.
The triad comes in a blister pack that can be opened with minimal effort (easier with a knife or scissors) and comes with three Elite darts. If your office doesn’t have an ammo dump of darts to borrow from, I recommend that you purchase a small package of extra Elite or Whistler darts. Three darts will not be enough for a sustained firefight. The more darts the better, but even a refill pack of 12 Elite darts will only set you back five or six bucks and it’s a lot better than cowering in your cube after three shots, waiting for someone to return fire.
The Triad is one of the smaller of the Nerf brand blasters on the market but not as small as the palm-able Jolt. It can fit in a good-sized pocket or, if necessary, behind your back. It is compact, but not uncomfortably so for my average-sized hands.
Jolt EX1 with Triad EX-3 for size comparison.
FireStrike with Triad EX-3 for size comparison.
To prime your blaster, just pull down cocking handle at the base of the blaster until it clicks and you are good to go. The trigger requires about as much pressure as you would expect. Now, this is where the Triad truly stands out. The blaster holds three darts fully loaded, but only fires one dart per prime. This gives you a much faster fire rate than the single fire blasters like the Jolt and FireStrike. Although it’s ammo capacity is still noticeably less than most Nerf blasters on the market, like the revolvers and clip-fed blasters. So, you will still have to watch your ammo consumption during battles.
This is an elite blaster and produces standard Elite ranges. So, in closing, I have the following stats:
- MSRP: $6.99
- Concealability: Pocket
- Payload: 3 darts
- Elite dart effective range: 5 cubicles with a maximum range of 7 cubicles
- Streamline dart effective range: This blaster will not fire streamline darts.
- Whistler dart effective range: 4 cubicles with a maximum of 5 cubicles
- Suction dart effective range: Untested, equal to Whistler dart ranges.
Blasters are fired at shoulder height and perpendicular to the ground (not angled to increase range). “Cubicles” are measured in 8 ft increments and rounded down after dart drop is factored in. I did this to emulate office combat conditions. Your height, angle of blaster, quality of darts, among other variables with change ranges significantly.
For other Nerf Triad reviews, try the links below: