The new Nerf Vortex Proton is a truly amazing gun. It shoots the disks to ranges up to 60-70 feet unmodified. It is easy to shoot and reload in the heat of battle. To shoot the Proton, you merely pull back the cocking handle at the back of the gun (like the Nite Finder) and insert one of the disks into the space. You then push down the switch on the side of the gun above the trigger, and the disk slides into the gun. The Proton is now loaded. All that’s left is to aim and pull the trigger. If the Proton jams, you can push in the ejection button located on the cocking handle which will release the disk. Point the gun at the ground while still holding the ejection button, and the disk will just slide out. This is how you operate the Nerf Vortex Proton.
After the gun was taken apart, I figured out how the gun shot the disks since it doesn’t shoot the way the darts do. It turns out, the gun flings the disks toward the target, as opposed to regular Nerf guns, which use a plunger system. When you pull back the cocking handle, it pulls back a hook-like mechanism that hooks the bottom of the disk when it is loaded. When the trigger is pulled, it releases the “hook”, and it shoots forward, pulling the disk with it. The disk is then shot out of the barrel and sent flying toward the intended receiver.
The disks themselves are rather interesting. They are designed like frisbees, so when they are shot, they catch air beneath them which sends them much farther. However, when they are shot, they take a rather curved path because of the design. So, they may not be be overly accurate. Also, they tend to like to bounce and roll, so if you didn’t see where they stopped, they may be difficult to find and may end up being in a place completely opposite to where you thought they were. So, be aware of this fact when decided if you should get a Proton or any other Vortex blaster.