Let's take a look at the new Air Max darts. Like with the Ultra Tek darts, the blasters in countries with stricter laws get flat tipped darts, while the full power North American ones (called XL Distance darts) have suction cups.
Interestingly with my two AM darts one was noticeably thicker than the other, and seemed to get better ranges.
Like the other multishot UT blasters, the AM/Baron uses a rotating plunger to switch between barrels. Naturally being a two shot blaster it just switches between top and bottom alternately.
Range is pretty solid even for this small blaster, with the AM darts I'm getting around 11-13m ranges very consistently. Switching to Nerf's Mega darts yields ranges up to 15m and beyond, depending on what the darts feel like as they're wildly inconsistent and inaccurate, as we know them to be.
Accuracy using the AM darts is also pretty impressive. The darts fly very straight and end up with a spread no more than 0.5m even at full range. Naturally switching to Nerf Mega darts makes accuracy go out the window.
Rate of fire is not very good seeing as the prime is quite long and stiff, but pretty hard to measure (and fairly pointless) for a two shot blaster. Both darts within a second is probably what can be achieved consistently and relatively easily.
The Air Max/Baron retails in the US for a measly 5USD, which is a fantastic deal.
As a Mega blaster it's competitive with the Magnus for power and cheaper than a Bigshock while also having one more shot than the Bigshock. As a blaster overall it packs a lot of power and mod potential for a ridiculously low price, as well as being quite fun to use even in stock form. Overall I'd highly recommend picking up one (or a couple), whether you want it for Mega blasting, modding it into a mean dart blaster or even just for fun.
Pros: Incredibly cheap, performs competitively well, great accuracy, simplistic internal design allows for very easy modding
Cons: Overall ergonomics are not great - small handle, stiff, long prime stroke, awkwardly long length
Rate of Fire: 2/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Personal Rating: 4/5 - a really cheap Mega firing blaster that can compete with the Magnus and has pretty good mod and integration potential, the only things bugging me are how small the handle is and how long it is overall. That and I've lost interest in single shot blasters.
Once again, many thanks to Buzz Bee Toys for sending the Air Max to me for review, it's a fantastic blaster.
Now for the AM/Baron's simple internals.
Considering the size and draw of the plunger tube, I have no doubt that provided the catch holds up to stronger springs, you could get a lot of power out of the AM/Baron. Even better, because the barrel switching uses a rotating plunger tube, there's no need to keep the ARs in, so you can just rip them straight out and straight up rebarrel for regular darts no problem.