|This product has been discontinued.|
It cannot be purchased in retail stores. The only way to obtain it is through second-hand websites and stores.
The Vulcan EBF-25, also known as the Havok Fire EBF-25 in Europe, is an electronic belt-fed Nerf blaster that was released in fall of 2008 under the N-Strike series. It requires six "D" batteries to fire automatically.
The Vulcan EBF-25 is a large belt-fed blaster with two firing modes: a battery-operated fully-automatic firing mode, and a manual single-fire firing mode. The latter uses a bolt-action priming mechanism. The belt auto-advances as darts are fired, and collects in the included ammo box, which attaches to the side of the blaster.
The blaster features an large carry handle, not only to assist in carrying it, but to act as a grip for firing it from the hip. An included detachable tripod accessory allows the blaster to also be used stationary on a flat surface, similar to that of a turret. The Vulcan is also compatible with the Rhino-Fire tripod, in lieu of its own.
It has three tactical rails, two on the sides of the blaster and a third on top. It also has three strap points, one located on top of the muzzle, one under the front of the blaster, and one at the end of the blaster.
It advertises a firing rate of up to three darts per second.
|This is an official description from Hasbro.com. Please do not modify it. (view the archived product listing)|
Complete your N-STRIKE arsenal and prepare for the ultimate in battery-powered blasting! Be ready for any battle with the yellow N-STRIKE VULCAN EBF-25 blaster - an awesome, fully automatic dart cannon with three tactical rails! Load the blaster with fresh batteries and fire at a rate of up to three darts per second! Watch as the belt feeds automatically through the blaster, letting the barrage of firepower continue as you battle your opponent. The piston-powered internal launching system makes it an unstoppable force! Switch to single-shot mode for precision blasting. The removable tripod folds for easy transport - or a quick escape from enemy fire! Even your toughest opponent won't know what hit him when you unleash the power of the N-STRIKE VULCAN EBF-25 blaster!
Prototypes of the Vulcan were far larger than the final version. This includes the Vulcan BF-50, which was far different from the final version. It notably plugged into a power outlet, rather than being battery-operated; however, according to The Ultimate Nerf Blaster Book, the final version was always intended to have a motorized direct plunger system. It also featured a larger, cylindrical ammo box, known as a "belt drum", which held a fifty dart belt. Initial plans for the blaster also included a rotary barrel that moved as fired, like the Dart Zone Gatling Blaster and Scorpion Gatling Blaster. The Vulcan BF-50 is notable for having shown up at Nerf promotional events.
The Vulcan was announced in early February of 2008. News began to spread around February 13th, after it was discussed on popular forum NerfHaven. There was heavy speculation before pictures were revealed that it was going to be an air system blaster. Pictures were revealed several days later on the 18th of February. Early versions of the Vulcan featured a chrome-colored handle at the top of the blaster, no yellow plates on the tripod, and an orange belt. It also featured more yellow and less grey on the center of the shell.
The Vulcan, in a more complete form, made an appearance at an unknown convention in early June of 2008. The blaster was shown firing roughly between two and seven feet, barely leaving the blaster itself in some cases, leading to disappointment among some fans. This may have simply been due to the fact that this was an early model and not a finished version. Early rumors claimed a release on July 1, 2008.
Shortly after release, the blaster became somewhat of a flagship product for the Nerf brand. It was part of many promotions, one notable one being 2009's Great Dart Giveaway promotion. Rumors of its discontinuation began spreading around September of 2010, however this did not occur.. It was also re-released as a Red Strike blaster, as a 2009 Black Friday Walmart exclusive. Additional re-releases came in 2010, for the Clear Series and Sonic Series.
A newer version of the blaster was released later in its lifespan. The packaging description, which originally read "The Largest Full-Auto Nerf Blaster", was changed to "Full-Auto Belt-Fed Blaster". This newer version of the Vulcan notably has a higher firing range and better reliability. In some countries, stock were cleared out when the N-Strike Elite series was introduced, including Singapore, where Vulcan blasters were cleared out of stores between October and December.
The Vulcan did not make the transition over to the N-Strike Elite line. When Hasbro was asked the status on the Vulcan, they refused to comment, possibly hinting an upcoming re-release. By December of 2013, the Elite Repaint re-release of the Vulcan came out, this time under the international name Havok Fire EBF-25.. This version features identical performance to the N-Strike variant.
The Vulcan EBF-25 has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike (yellow, black, gray, and orange)
- Red Strike (red, black, gray, and orange)
- Clear Series (clear plastic and orange)
- Sonic Series (clear green and orange)
- Elite Repaint (white, orange, black, and gray)
The Vulcan can be modified to have a faster rate of fire, typically by increasing battery voltage. This also comes with the drawback that the motor may overheat and will wear faster from such a modification.
Ammo belts can also be modified by linking multiple belts together infinitely; however, due to bulk reasons, the common modified belts hold a total of fifty darts, made of two standard twenty-five dart belts. The Vulcan's ammo box only holds a twenty-five dart belt with the lid closed; thus with the extended belt mod, the user is forced to either leave the ammo box door open or use the Vulcan without an ammo box entirely. The lack of an ammo box can potentially leave users at the mercy of belt feed errors, as the Vulcan may have a more difficult time feeding the belt on its own as it needs support, particularly near the start and end of any given ammo belt.
One solution is for the user to help feed the belt by holding it up by hand, though this can be uncomfortable, and is still not as reliable as an ammo box may be. Some modders have even circumvented the issue by modding a real military ammo box and attaching it to the Vulcan.
Reloading and firing
To reload the Vulcan, load up to twenty-five darts into its belt. Open the ammo box and Vulcan cover and load the belt correctly (logo face up) into the blaster. Close both lids in order (ammo box first, then the main firing cover).
For automatic fire, turn on the power button and pull the trigger to fire a dart.
For single fire, turn off the blaster and pull the bolt back and forward all the way. Pull the trigger to fire a dart.
- The Vulcan may have inspired the creation of the Air Zone Punisher Gatling Blaster and the Dart Zone Scorpion Gatling Blaster.
- It is the second heaviest Nerf blaster ever sold, at 7.7 lbs (3.49 kg), behind the Mega Mastodon and the Titan CS-50, which both weigh 7.72 lbs (3.5 kg).
- The camouflage Micro Darts found in the Ammo Bag Kit seem to fit very stiffly into the belt links. This allows a great amount of air pressure to build up before the dart is fired, thus significantly increasing range and reliability.
- It is featured as a weapon in the video games Nerf N-Strike and Nerf N-Strike Elite.
- It is possible to attach the Blast Shield from the Stampede ECS onto the blaster with the the top tactical rail by using either the Dual-Mode Light Beam or the tactical scope, as they can both hold attachments.
|The full image gallery for Vulcan EBF-25 may be viewed at Vulcan EBF-25/Gallery.|
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