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Adventure Force Sentry x2 Review

One of the things I have enjoyed the most in the last two years is watching the offerings from Dart Zone increase in quality, novelty, and/or value. Usually more than one. The second half of this year looks like it will be no exception.

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Overview It's very easy to dismiss the Sentry as what it looks like on first blush - a Kronos work-alike. That's understandable. The Kronos hit the market and as the rare, nearly perfect, out of the box competitive blaster and there wasn't a clear winner in this space. It is natural a competitor would eye that result. We'll get a little more into that comparison later. As with all Adventure Force blasters, this is manufactured for Wal-Mart by one of the three second-tier blaster makers. So far, all of the HIR ball-blasters have been made by Dart Zone as indicated by both the box labeling and the "Powered by PT-DZ" call out on the blaster. 
The Sentry X2 is just shy of 31 cm long and a little und…
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Dart Zone Commandfire
Adventure Force Quantum
Dart Zone Velocity
OOD Jupiter
Adventure Force Light Command
Dart Zone Titanium
Adventure Force Accelerator Revision