The AM6 is another one of Buzz Bee's air powered Air Max blasters. Like its other Air Max brethren it's not widely available in Australia, so I'm reviewing the US-release version.
Like the other Air Max blasters, the AM6 was kindly sent to me by Buzz Bee for review, and as usual their contribution has no effect on the review (besides permitting it to exist).
Like its AM brethren, the AM6 has a few more details than previous Buzz Bee blasters, such as the extra bits of orange shell and a few more molded details, however is certainly still nowhere near Nerf's level of detail.
Overall I find the AM6 to be ergonomically superior to the AM10, it has a superior pump, handle, trigger and also a better weight balance being shorter.
Performance wise the AM6 is very similar, basically identical to the AM10.
Range is about 13-15m quite consistently thanks to the highly consistent Extreme darts.
Accuracy is excellent, mid to longer range shots are still quite close together and hitting a human sized target at near max range is not that difficult.
Being an air blaster with a manual pump, the AM6's ROF isn't great. 2 pumps are required for maximum power, which gives a ROF of nearly 1 dart per second if you're really fast. Single pumps lose a lot of power, but get you into the 2+dps range.
Is the AM6 a practical blaster? Well...not really.
It's too large to fit the traditional sidearm role, which means it has to go up against primary and secondary blasters like the Stryfe.
Compared to pretty much anything springer or flywheeler (e.g. Stryfe, Retal), the AM6 is significantly slower firing, and typically also has a much lower capacity. Sure the solid range and great accuracy is nice, but the accuracy is highly dependent on using Extreme darts, and range is easily matched by angling other blasters. Sure it's nice to be able to hit superior flat ranges with great accuracy, but clip/mag system blasters can just fire about 3 darts at an angle and achieve a similar effect.
If you're doing just target shooting then the AM6 is a pretty solid choice. Like the other AM blasters, the AM6 with Extreme darts is so incredibly superior to Elite blasters, to the point where you can hit a target from relatively far away in one or two shots where the Elite blaster may not even hit once with a full load of darts.
The AM6 is not readily available in Australia. In the US, I believe it retails for something like 10USD, about the same as a Strongarm. For that price, the AM6 is a pretty solid buy, it's relatively cheap and fires really well, however as I stated earlier the AM6 is not a blaster I'd consider war practical. The AM6 is only suitable for goofing around and target practice.
Value for Money: 4/5
Rate of Fire: 1.5/5
Personal Rating: 3/5 - while the range and accuracy are pretty good, it just doesn't have the capacity and ROF to compete with most modern blasters in a stock/superstock setting.