Then Randomshadow09( a well-known range tester)He revealed a new Nerf concept; Smart ARs. This was the piece of information that attracted me to the Triad, along with many others.
First, I'll start off with the packaging. As you can see below, the Triad's packaging is very minimal; just the blaster and some darts, the usual for a single shot blaster.
Another interesting thing that I found was that the Triad is equally decorated on both sides. It's interesting, as the Jolt previously didn't have it, nor did the Blue Elite-coloured Jolt. The only difference between the two sides of the Triad is the name plate. Note that on the name plate the word 'Triad' in caps looks like 'Triao', as the 'D' looks like an 'O'. The kid who first showcased the Triad mistaken the blaster to be called the 'Triao'.
Now, I'll talk about the Triad's features. There is now a 'smart' AR system. You can see down the barrel that there are three ARs in each barrel. The ARs are the Triad's 'smart' firing system which lets the blaster know which barrel is loaded, much like the RoughCut. So basically the air flows from the plunger tube and into one of the open ARs(which is pushed back by a dart), and fires that dart.
And thanks to that unique system, you can fire 3 darts very quickly when it's fully loaded, at 1.5dps at the best. It's nearly impossible for any other single-shot to do so, as every other single shot so far usually takes more than 2 seconds to reload. And so the smart firing system gives the Triad a huge advantage over ordinary single shots.
Operation is very almost exactly the same to the Jolt's; just pull down on the priming rod and pull the trigger to fire. The only difference is that you don't need to load another dart in after your first shot.
By now you would've noticed that the Triad is very large, but that's a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that the handle is alot longer, which means it is alot more comfortable to hold and it allows for a bigger plunger, which equal's better ranges. The handle, which is straight is surprisingly comfartable, though larger users will still find it uncomfortable.
The top section is also being large as my fist curled up. This means the Triad can no longer fit into small places that the Jolt did. However, you can make a holster to hold the Triad, in a post here.
Some Nerfers are still confused about the differences between the Triad and the Jolt, so I'll explain the differences now.
Firstly, the blasters differ noticeably in size. The Triad is alot bigger and more powerful than the Jolt, but that's not any surprise considering the Traid is an Elite blaster. The plunger draw is longer than the Jolt's by quite a bit and the ARs allow more gaps more air, as well.
The firing system and ROF are changed. The Triad knows which barrels are loaded and fires alot quicker than the Jolt, at 1.5dps, which is extremely fast for a single shot, while the Jolt takes about 3-5 seconds to fire one dart.
And just some comparative pics so you get an idea of the differences between the two blasters.
Note that the Triad's priming stroke is about 1cm longer than the Jolt's in primed position.
Ranges were 15m at the best, with 14.5m on average. This is very good for a grey-triggered Elite blaster, as it reaches the 15m claims.
Other micro darts like Whistlers get only 12-13m, though, which is kind of pathetic.
ROF is insane for a single shot, up to 1.5dps, thanks to the weak Aussie spring.
Accuracy is pretty decent, although it isn't good as other single shots like my Sharp Shot. Most of the shots were pretty straight, up to about 13m, then they started swerving off.
In conclusion, the Triad is simply a fantastic blaster. It provides alot of power, has an insane ROF(for a single-shot) and is a great sidearm. At $8 at Kmart, it's definitely worth it and I highly recommend it, even the detuned Aussie version.
Test fire video(take 2):
Value for Money: 5/5
Rate of Fire: 2.5/5
Personal Rating: 5/5- A fun and useful sidearm, with great looks and excellent stats. Just an excellent addition to anyone's collection, and is definitely my favourite single-shot, along with the Jolt and Sharp Shot.