As usual, many thanks to Buzz Bee Toys for sending these Ultra Tek blasters to me for review, and note that their contribution does not affect the reviews in any way.
Out of the box. Nothing unusual.
Let's take a quick look at Buzz Bee's new 8 dart clip (mag).
Note that the 8 dart clip (mag) lacks any translucent/transparent side or any slits to see how many darts are loaded, however due to the thinness of the clip (mag) and the contrast of the dart colours you can often see how many are loaded anyway.
Elite darts fit and feed just fine in the 8 dart clip (mag).
Now Buzz Bee getting in on the interchangeable clip (mag) action is already a great step for them, as it greatly improves their blasters' practical use. However Buzz Bee has another few tricks up their sleeves, one being that their 8 dart clip (mag) fits and works in most Nerf blasters.
A look at the magwell of the UT8. In typical Buzz Bee fashion it's a less sophisticated version of Nerf's, being a little smaller and thinner. This doesn't affect usage much, but it is something to note if your blasters normally get bashed around a lot.
Note also how the UT8 lacks any sort of dart receiver in front of the breech.
Here's a closer look at the clip (mag) release, which is a really odd piece. Where most of Nerf's clip (mag) releases are pull backwards or push inwards, the UT8's (and the other UT blasters for that matter) is a push upwards. It's very awkward to actuate with your trigger hand since you have to reach out with your middle finger and push a small button upwards. Even with your off hand it's a little awkward to actuate, but if you grip the loaded clip (mag) and push upwards with your thumb, you can get the clip (mag) out fairly easily.
Using the UT8 is simple, the same as any Nerf clip (mag) system blaster.
It's all well and good for Buzz Bee to have gotten in on the clip (mag) action, but this is their masterstroke:
The UT8 (as with all other UT clip [mag] system blasters) use and fit Nerf clips (mags)/drums perfectly. This is excellent as it means that you don't have to construct an entirely new ecosystem to support the UT clip (mag) system blasters, unlike for instance Vortex or BoomCo.
Unfortunately, the Aus-spec one doesn't. Ranges from the UT8 average 9-10m, with very few outliers. So it's competitive with higher end N-Strike and the weaker Elite blasters, but not with the higher end Elites like the Retaliator.
Accuracy though is pretty good. Naturally thanks to the heavier, denser UT dart, the UT8 is capable of pretty accurate shots, with very few clipping the usual door frame at 8-9m range. Easily superior to pretty much all Elite blasters. Do note that it's not quite as good as say Buzz Bee's Air Max blasters, which were ridiculously and amazingly accurate.
ROF is comparable to a Retaliator, 2-3dps is possible with a good priming action. This is helped greatly by what I believe is an excellent slide design.
The UT8 fills the role of an entry level compact clip (mag) system blaster, much like the Stryfe or a bare Retaliator, but being a Buzz Bee blaster, is significantly cheaper than any Nerf offering. In the US the UT8 (Champion there) retails for 10USD - about the same as a Strongarm, incredibly cheap for a clip (mag) system blaster.
While it doesn't have the tacticool of Nerf's clip (mag) system things, it does its job fairly well. Sure the Aus-spec UT8 doesn't have that great a range, but the US-spec Champion performs much like any ordinary Elite blaster, and regardless the UT8 is very easy to upgrade for more power.
If you're on a tight budget but want to get in on the clip (mag) system action, then the UT8 is a solid choice. For what it would cost to get a Stryfe, you could get a UT8/Champion as well as a spare 18 clip (mag), a bunch of darts or even a second UT8/Champion. Alternatively you could spend that extra money on an upgrade spring to bring the UT8/Champion on par with or beyond Elite-spec performance.
Either way the UT8 is a decent blaster for a very low price, so I'd definitely recommend picking up one.
Pros: Cheap, cross compatible with Nerf's clip (mag) system, easily moddable, did I mention cheap?
Cons: Not as tacticool as Nerf's clip (mag) system, poor stock range (UT8 only)
Value for Money: 5/5
Rate of Fire: 3.5/5
Personal Rating: 4/5 - while it lacks the tacticool and sophistication of Nerf's offerings, the UT8 is a very solid and incredibly cheap entry level clip (mag) system blaster, and also has a lot of mod potential.
My BlasterHub review of the UT8: link
Let's look at the internals of the UT8.
Once the muzzle is off, you simply have to remove all the screws from the slide (which comes off easily) and the body.
The plunger tube is of a decent size, probably enough to get the UT8 hitting superstock velocities (100+fps).
The UT8 is great for modding. Removal of the AR significantly boosts performance, and additional/replacement springs are very easy to fit in. All I did was throw in a spare spring of mine (felt like a stock spring from something else) and immediately got significantly improved power while still maintaining ease of use. With a proper upgrade spring I have no doubt that you could hit superstock velocities from the UT8.