My 9 year old son, was given this toy to trial before the release date, he absolutley loves the gun, the rapid fire action is a winner with him, his 15 year old brother also loves the Nerf as well as all the adults who have seen the gun. There is a good range on the dart tags when fired and they can easily reach the end of our garden which is about 80ft long, the dart tags are very easy to load, and the gun very easy to fire. Its not too bulky for storage and being able to buy replacement dart tags is a bonus, as even though he has been careful to fire the darts only in the garden some have been lost. Even though the darts can be fired over a long distance, they do not hurt you if you are hit by one, which is probably highly likely if your boys are like mine!!! My son has shown the gun to his school friends and everyone likes it, 2 of them have actually pre-ordered the gun before the release date. If you are thinking of purchasing this product I would highly reccomend it, you will be buying a quality product with a proven track record, that is easy to use, and will provide hours of fun, for anyone from 8years to adult.