EDIT (3/7/14): I picked up a pair of non-freak Firestrikes, and so their performance will replace the freak Firestrike's performance.
The Firestrike is very small, particularly when compared to blasters like the Retaliator. Compared to the Nitefinder, the Firestrike is a little smaller, in particular the dart holders being within the shell unlike the exposed NF's dart holders, and the handle being surprisingly short compared to that of the NF.
The priming bar is more comfortable than an NF to pull, due to the handle being curved, more so than the NF's.
The Firestrike has the same sort of pathetic focussed LED light as the NF, but instead it is activated by a secondary trigger not unlike that of the Stryfe. Unlike the Stryfe's however, the secondary trigger only depresses about 2mm, simply to press the button inserted behind the trigger. For an experienced flywheel user like me, it feels extremely weird to have the trigger depress only 2mm.
The trigger and trigger guard are quite small, such that I am unable to spin the Firestrike using the trigger guard. Additionally, the trigger does not depress as much as most triggers I have pulled on other blasters.
As mentioned earlier, the handle is smaller than that of the NF, and smaller than most blasters. It barely fits my hand comfortably, so for larger users the Firestrike will probably be uncomfortable to hold. The tiny spike on the end of the handle may help, but in general the Firestrike's handle is pretty small and uncomfortable for larger users.
Note the small hook at the bottom of the handle. What this does is hooks onto the priming rod of another Firestrike, allowing you to prime Firestrikes with one another. While this is seemingly intended to allow you to dual wield, as a single shot, the Firestrike is not a very good blaster to dual wield anyway since you have to reload every shot.
The Firestrike, as an Elite blaster, has high range expectations. Even as the detuned Aus version, ranges of up to 15m are to be expected.
Non-freak Firestrikes get around 11-14m. Its shots are quite inconsistent - some darts dive into the ground early, while others sail on for a bit longer.
Accuracy isfairly good for an Elite blaster, but still nothing compared to the Nitefinder. Most shots fly relatively straight, so you have a decent chance of hitting a human sized target at 10m.
ROF is the same as all single shots, about 1 shot per 3 seconds depending on your skill.
The Firestrike is available throughout Australia (and the rest of the world) for at very least $8 AUD. This is about the same as an NF and Triad.
Value for Money:
Rate of Fire: 1/5
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 - a cool single shot, but the handle is a little too small. I don't use single shots much any more, but they're still fun.