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An XLR Disc, also known as a Vortex Disc and a Xtra Long Range Disc, is a type of Nerf disc and ammunition that was released in 2011 under the Vortex series.

Details

XLR Discs are only compatible with Vortex (or Zombie Strike) blasters. They are much thicker and more durable than the "classic discs". This thickness allows them to be shot through the air with no hindrance to accuracy or firing distance. If a disc hits an object, it rebounds off of that surface to allow for ricochet shots if done correctly.

To compare with other Nerf products, it has a green foam outer part. The foam is made out of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) plastic. They are basically miniature Frisbees that rely on their spin for their range. They have notably more mass than darts, but must be fired steadily and perfectly flat to optimize range.

Due to the method they are propelled in most blasters (by spinning them), there is some deviation from the intended target in the direction that the disc is spun. Spinning the disc clockwise makes it turn right,while making it spin counter-clockwise makes it turn left. The deviation is consistent, and thus, when taken into account, blasters using this ammunition are far superior to those that fire darts (which suffer greater spread due to the shape and firing mechanism). The curving is caused by the Magnus effect.

History

The XLR Disc is the successor to Nerf's original foam disk design. Nerf experimented with about fifty different disc designs before settling on the current one. One XLR Disc came packaged with each Gear Up blaster to help promote the Vortex line.

The XLR Disc had release with the Ricochet, Ripshot and Fusefire in the first Zombie Strike line; after those blasters, the XLR Disc fell to the wayside,and was discontinued from production. The Vortex VTX sub-series in 2018 brought the discs back into production.

Glow-In-The-Dark Disc

A special glow-in-the-dark variant of the XLR Disc was packaged with the Lumitron and the Fusefire. These discs were able to glow when charged up in either the Fusefire or the Firefly Tech magazine; they will not be able to glow if used in the other magazine types.

Color schemes

The XLR Disc has been released with the following color variants:

Modification

One simple modification used by few Nerfers is to tape a BB pellet into onto the bottom of the XLR Disc. This gives it more momentum when fired, making it spin faster and thus more efficiently.

Refill packs

XLR Disc refill packs come in the following sizes:

Size Price
XLR10 10 5.99 USD
11.99 SGD[1]
XLRDisc10 10 ?
S-l300-0 10 ?
Zombie Strike Glow Disc 10 ?
Red Camo Vortex 10 ?
Blue Vortex Camo 10 ?
XLR20 20 9.99 USD
NERF-VORTEX-VTX-DISC-REFILL 20 9.99 USD
XLRdisc-ZStrike 20 9.99 USD
XLR40 40 14.99 USD

Trivia

  • XLR is short for Xtra Long Range.
  • The discs fly slower than darts, making it easier for someone to dodge them. If the blaster is fired after taking a running start, the discs will fly quite faster than if they were fired while standing still.
  • If the discs are wet when fired, they will wobble and become very inaccurate.

Gallery

The full image gallery for XLR Disc may be viewed at XLR Disc/Gallery.

References

  1. SG Nerf. Singapore Nerf Store Stock List. SG Nerf. Archived from the original on 2019-06-09. Retrieved on 2015-01-27.
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