I’ve never owned or even used a nail gun before, but as I was expecting to do a job that involved a lot of stapling I decided to give this pack a try. The good thing about it is that you get a good selection of nails and staples, so you can try out the different sizes to make sure you’re intuitive selection is, in fact, the ideal selection. Having this wide selection of nails and staples with the gun also encourages you to use it more, since you might not have bothered using this tool if you needed to go buy the right nails first.
It is not possible (at least for me) to place the nails with millimetre precision, but I don’t think the jobs you’d use a nail gun for demand this. The nails themselves (for those who’ve never used a nail gun either) are small diameter, slightly square and headless, with notches along their length that hold them in place once fired into wood. I’d always imagined something like at the end of one of the Lethal Weapon films where a bad guy gets his skull nailed with regular nails, but instead a row of Tacwise nails looks like a rectangle of metal cut into small slices along its length.
The gun is simplicity itself to use. Loading is no harder than putting staples into a desk stapler and just as quick. Then you press the tip against the surface to staple/nail and pull the trigger. Bingo. If there’s no pressure on the tip the gun won’t fire, though I assume this safety feature is common to all guns. If the surface you are working on might be marked by the bare metal tip there’s a rubberised cover that you can put over it to protect fragile materials. When you use the protective tip the nails don’t tend to hammer flush, so you may need to tap with a hammer to finish the job in these cases.
After only a few staples of my first use I had a jam. This was easily dealt with because you just unclip the top of the gun and tweeze the jam out. I was surprised and a little concerned to have had a jam so quickly, but in the end I think the jam was due to me not holding the gun completely perpendicular to the surface because it hasn’t happened for a while since.
The Tacwise 191ELS is reassuringly hefty yet useably light, if you get what I mean. It feels solid enough to last for a good few years, even with heavy use. There’s no case to store it in, but at the same time there are no little pieces or accessories that need to be carried around with it (aside from the protective tip for the nose, but that can be kept on the gun most of the time). The (Amazon) price seems reasonable for this bundle, as do the prices I’ve seen for extra nail/staple packs. If you feel you have the need for a nail gun I bet you’d probably be pretty happy with this offer from Tacwise.