A dart post, dart peg, or dart stem is a long, usually orange, rod that fits in or under the dart when a dart is loaded into the barrel of a blaster. There are some blasters that don't have dart posts, because the darts aren't manually inserted into the barrel; this often includes flywheel-powered clip system blasters.
The dart posts of a blaster are usually orange, with most posts in older blasters being black, and are the exact length to fit the cylindrical hole in all types of darts. These posts help accuracy by a small margin, because when they are fired, the darts stay stabilized. Blasters that include dart posts are ones such as the Element EX-6, Nite Finder EX-3, Spectre REV-5, and Firefly REV-8.
Some blasters utilize the post as the air delivery, like the Air Tech 1000, SuperMAXX 250, Rocketstorm, SuperMAXX 350, the Titan AS-V.1, and blasters that use ammunition such as the Elite Missile. In these blasters, the post acts as a barrel, with the air only leaving the blaster from the tip of the post. Some blasters that have barrels, however, still utilize the post as the air delivery, like the Warthog. These dart posts are sometimes known as reverse barrels.
Shortening or removing the dart post from some N-Strike blasters can allow them to use darts such as Streamline Darts, Stefans, and other darts the blaster normally couldn't use. This is due to the longer stem in the head of the Streamlines hitting the end of the dart post, which doesn't allow the dart to seal properly. This can also help to increase air flow slightly.
- Clip system flywheel blasters do not have any dart posts, due to the way the dart is delivered.
- Early electronic revolver blasters such as the Barricade RV-10 and Stockade also do not have dart posts. Later blasters such as the Incisor, however, do feature a dart post.
|External features||Barrel • Cylinder • Jam door • Muzzle • Priming mechanism • Tactical rail (RIVAL • Buzz Bee • BOOMco. • X-Shot) • Trigger (Acceleration trigger • Firing trigger) • Turret• Unjamming button|
|Firing mechanisms||Air bladder • Air tank • Flywheel • Plunger (Direct • HAMP • Motorized direct • Reverse) • Popper • String|
|Dart delivery||Bolt sled • Breech • Conveyor system • Dart tooth • Pusher mechanism • Rotation mechanism|
|Plunger parts||Catch • O-ring • Plunger head • Plunger tube • Plunger rod • Spring (Torsion)|
|Other internals||Air restrictor (Intelligent) • Dart post • Flywheel cage • Lock|