Nerf Mods & Reviews, there's a lot to talk about. The Elite Barricade certainly surprised me, but I'm more surprised as to why have two Flywheel-based blasters in the Elite Lineup and still have the Barricade one running off 4.5 Volts? To achieve those "Elite Distances" that the commercials for this new line have been boasting, there needs to be a voltage increase for the Barricade or improved motors driving those darts forward.
With the Hailfire's design, the solution would be simple: just have more batteries in the blaster to drive the motor faster. But with the Barricade design being reused on this blaster, you're stuck with 3 AA battery slots that'll limit your range using standard batteries. This leads me to believe even MORE so that the underlying performance booster in these dart blasters is the new dart design itself. The blasters are probably tweaked themselves, but a new motor inside the Barricade wouldn't get it THAT much more range. A newer dart that is weighted better and can achieve longer ranges would be needed.
If my speculation about the better dart design is true, and if the dart is truly "Universal", the Elite Dart could improve every blaster Nerf has ever made to fire Micro Darts. I'm getting more and more excited for the darts from Elite than anything else, which seems odd, but the promise of improving blasters without having to modify or make your own is an attractive promise.