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The Blast Bow is a Lanard missile blaster that was released under the Total X-Stream Air series.

It comes packaged with three Missile Darts.

Details

As its name suggests, the Blast Bow heavily resembles a bow. Fake bow strings are seen on the arms of the blaster, which are purely for aesthetics, as well as returning the priming mechanism, and do not enhance the performance of the blaster. The firing mechanism of the blaster can be attached or detached from the bow arms, although it will still be attached to the bow strings. It is presumed to be air-powered as the handle returns into its original place at a rather weak pace; this indicates a lack of a possible spring. It may also be held on its side to imitate a crossbow, as none of the internals prevent this from occurring.

It does not feature a firing trigger. Instead, it is fired similarly to an actual bow, by pulling back on the handle and releasing. Three missile holders are located on the upper limb of the blaster. The missile holders are held into place by a detachable piece which can be placed on either the left or right side of the blaster.[2]

The Blast Bow has been known to suffer from issues regarding its fragile state, and many reports of the blaster broken have been reported.[1] While it is unknown why the Blast Bow is susceptible to breaking, a possible explanation could be overdraw on the priming mechanism and general fragility of the plastic.

It advertises a firing range of up to forty feet (twelve meters).

History

As with many Lanard blasters the Blast Bow's official year of release is unknown. The blaster is speculated to have been released sometime between 2003 and 2005, as the Blast Bow was seen in images of the 2005 Lanard line.[3]

The Blast Bow was re-released in 2012 as a promotional blaster for the film The Avengers as the Hawkeye Bow and Arrow. It was also re-released in 2014 under the Total Crush series as the Siren Strike.

Color schemes

The Blast Bow has been released in the following color schemes:

  • Blue and silver
  • Red and black
  • Red and silver

Modification

The Blast Bow uses relatively simple internals and, due to its status as a triggerless blaster, is rarely modified. Unfortunately due to the method of priming, modification potential on the Blast Bow is incredibly limited. Barrel swapping, minimization and converting it to fire darts are possible methods, although an increase in firing range is likely not to be by very much.

Gallery

The full image gallery for Blast Bow may be viewed at Blast Bow/Gallery.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Amazon logo Lanard Blast Bow. Amazon. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-11-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lanard - Blast Bow- The Air Powered Bow System. Online Toys Australia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-11-03.
  3. NerfHaven logo MattPaintballer (2005-05-12). Where To Buy Lanard Products (Forum thread). NerfHaven. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-11-03.
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