I realize that I am a little late to the party, but here is my review of several products that I recently purchased from NarrowBase LLC. For those of you who do not know, NarrowBase LLC is a company that produces 3D printed Nerf compatible tactical gear.
Here is the box that my order came in. Let’s take a look inside.
Here are the contents of the box: two NMAG MOLLE magazine holders, one HammerShot Holster, and the requisite MOLLE attachment bars. All of their products come in a myriad of colours, but I chose black to match the rest of my tactical gear. Let’s look at the mag holders first.
The texture easily betrays them as being 3D printed. However, they feel solid and well made.
I ordered the MOLLE Butterfly style mag holders, one left and one right. This allows the two mag holders to be mounted side by side without wasting any space. NarrowBase LLC offers several different mounting options to fit various configurations. They even carry basic belt clips if you aren’t running a MOLLE rig.
The mag holders mount easily to MOLLE webbing using the MOLLE attachment bars. These bars are sold separately in three different lengths to suit different mounting options. I went with the short bars for these. Installing the bars requires a bit of effort, as the fit is pretty tight, at least on my MOLLE webbing.
That said, the attachments are secure. You can remove the bars in order to reposition the mag holders, but the possibility of them being accidentally dislodged is remote.
As you can see from the above pictures, these mag holders are compatible with just about any Nerf clip system magazine that I have, including my Raider drum. I don’t recommend dragging a Raider drum around like this, but the NMAG will hold it securely. These mag holders can be mounted upside-down as well, and will still hold magazines securely. That said, I prefer to work with gravity instead of against it.
Priced at $12.99 (US) each, these are an investment, but given the build quality and ease of use, I believe that it is a reasonable asking price.
Here we have the HammerShot holster. This is the single NarrowBase LLC product that I was most excited about, and it does not disappoint. The finish and build quality is identical to the NMAG magazine holders. This holster is also available in a left hand draw version.
As this holster was designed specifically for the Hammershot, it fits like a glove. At first, the fit was pretty tight, requiring a sharp pull to free the blaster. However, as I break it in, the draw seems to be getting smoother. There is no thumb break to deal with, and the passive retention of this holster ensures that the blaster isn’t going anywhere.
Using the medium length attachment bars, the holster mounted securely to the MOLLE webbing. Once again, it took some doing, but this rig is solid.
The open design of this holster is great for HvZ (Humans vs Zombies) or Stock Class Nerf wars. It allows for the carry of a readily available secondary blaster without hiding the fact that this blaster is a toy. The orange shell of the blaster can clearly be seen even when the blaster is holstered.
On the other hand, I would not recommend this holster for cosplay purposes. While it looks great, the fit and texture would quickly destroy the finish on any painted blaster.
I have made or modified several holsters for Nerf blasters in the past. This is the most secure fitting holster that I have used. At $22.99 (US) this holster costs more than the blaster it’s made for, but you would be hard pressed to find a better holster for the money. As of this post, NarrowBase LLC only produces holsters for the Hammershot and the Firestrike. I hope that in the future they will develop holsters for other common back-up blasters as well.
As you can see in the above picture, there is a decent amount of clearance around the cylinder. I am hoping that this means that the holster will still be compatible when my Orange Mod Works O-Tac replacement cylinder shows up.
Here you can see my new gear attached to my MOLLE compatible tactical belt. I have yet battle test this rig, but it is, by far, the most comfortable and practical way to carry extra mags and a secondary blaster that I have used to date.
In conclusion, build quality and fit are excellent. Prices are reasonable for what you get. As for durability, time will tell, but they seem capable of taking at least as much abuse as the average blaster. These are high quality products that I would recommend to any serious nerfer.
The above review was unsolicited. I am not affiliated with NarrowBase LLC.
Thanks for reading.