Reddragon Peter Wright Snakebite Lunar SE 22g
Introduction
Today I review the Reddragon Peter Wright Snakebite Lunar SE dart in 22g. It is a fairly long name for a dart - but the barrel is on the long side as well, so that is fitting. It is manufactured from 90% tungsten. The dart is part of Reddragon’s „Lunar series“ of darts, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first visit of men on the moon. There are other player’s darts included in this series: Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton, and Jamie Hughes. The commonality between all these darts is the atomised finish, instead of the regular finish of the darts, from which the series is derived.
The Peter Wright Snakebite Lunar SE dart is available in 22g and 24g as steel tip variant, and in 22g as a softip dart. Their design is based on the Mamba 2 design. If you want to see some very fine shots of the Mamba 2 and read a very good review of the darts, I recommend reading and watching Getagrip’s review of the Snakebite Mamba 2 here: https://www.dartsnutz.net/forum/showthre...?tid=31486
I bought the darts from a German darts shop (dartshopper.de) for € 67.90, but you can get them from reddragondarts.com direct for £ 49.90, making them a good alternative to the Mamba 2, if you want the grip pattern, but don’t need or want the colour of the Mamba 2, which costs £ 58.90.

Packaging/Content
The package is a nice cardboard box, just like all of the Snakebite darts (even the 2020 championship comes in the same packaging), featuring a lot of Snakebite images and graphics. The tray is made from dense foam, holding the the darts and accessories, and has a flap, so that you can pull it out very easily to get access to the content, which is:

    •    3 tungsten barrels with smooth black Trident points
    •    3 white (Lunar 50 edition) medium sized (42 mm), Nitrotech polycarbonate stems
    •    1 set of standard sized Hardcore extra thick flights

Everything is there to begin throwing. Not less, not more.

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Weight
The darts are sold as 22g darts. They are good matched, with 2 darts being exactly the same weight of 22.09g and the third on a bit off, at 22.03g. That is inside the 0.1g weight match boundaries, claimed by most manufacturers. With the provided setup, the weight raises to  24.00g.

Shapes and Dimensions
Shape
The barrel is a tapered straight barrel. Reddragon calls it a specialist design, because of the grip pattern. The name of the grip pattern is a triple axis design with buttress grooves. Whatever it is called, it looks impressive and like a lot of design work. The barrel consists of five sections. First is the tapered section, providing a seamless transition into the Trident point. The taper is smooth, except for 6 longitudinal grooves in the latter two thirds. The next section is the first of two sections consisting of the buttress grooves pattern. The sections are separated by short mid-section, made of three rings. The end of the barrel is slightly tapered towards the stem, and features another six longitudinal grooves.

Dimensions
The overall length of the barrel is 54.7mm, making it a fairly long barrel. The taper section is 8.4mm long, followed by the first buttress groove section, being 10.8mm long. The ringed section is 7.8mm long. Next is the second buttress grooves section, with a length of 16.4mm. The smooth rear section is 11.3mm long. The diameter of the barrel is 6.3mm. It is drilled to the depth of 12.2mm at the rear. The centre of gravity of the barrel alone is 24.3mm from the front and moves to 29.35mm with the provided setup.

All dimensions can be seen in the picture below.

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[Image: 5-RD-SB-Lunar-setup-COG.jpg]

Grip
As the dart barrel features two sections with the same grip pattern, one in the front and one in the back, it should be suited for all kinds of grip, except those, who like to grip the darts really close to the point or really close to the stem. For me, as a medium to medium-back gripper, the grip sections are all in the right positions, and the ring grip section provides a nice point of orientation, to allow for consistency in the grip.
The atomised triple axis design with buttress grooves (had to write it again) provides a lot of grip, without being as aggressive as the shark grip section of the World Champion 2020 Edition. On a scale to 10, I give it an 8 to 8.5.

Impressions of the barrels and darts

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[Image: 8-RD-SB-Lunar-1-barrel-front.jpg]
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[Image: 13-RD-SB-Lunar-3-darts-board.jpg]

Conclusion
The Reddragon Peter Wright Snakebite Lunar SE dart is nicely machined piece of tungsten. Throwing it is a pleasure, as it doesn’t have the tendency to fishtail or wobble, even if the release is not perfect. It flies very smooth and straight. One thing that I didn’t mention in the description is, how well the combination of barrel, point, stem, and flight works.
By the time of writing I have used the original setup for 4 weeks and still have the first set of stems and flights installed and the stems and flights took some heavy hits and a Robin Hood, or two, without showing any signs of fatigue. This shows, how good the Trident points work, in being gentle to the flights and stems. And not one of the stems is broken or out of shape.
In short: A wonderful set of darts, very easy to handle and if you like a muted design (not so much colour here, except for the flights), and if you like straight barrels with grip, then these darts might be a set to take a closer look at.
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Not for me but a good set of arrows nonetheless - thanks for the great review and pics, have already added to the review index Smile
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Great review and pics. Thanks a lot.
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I think I could really like them.
Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for the review and the nice pics.

I've had the 24g Snakebite Lunar for a while now and it's always going to be in my top 3 dart sets. Just a pleasure to throw.
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Stunning pics and great review, thanks!
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First I'll give you +1. The review makes me want to get these, even though I know they are too long and too thin. Your pics are great too.
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Great review and pictures, thanks SmileSmile
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thanks for the great review and pictures. i have been thinking of trying some mambas as the dimensions and grip placement are pretty similar to my xqmax mvg darts. i'm still hoping the final MVG signature model from Winmau gets released. if not i may have to switch.
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Flights: Harrows Prime

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Nice review Don! Smile
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(03-22-2020, 07:55 PM)mc1958 Wrote: Not for me but a good set of arrows nonetheless - thanks for the great review and pics, have already added to the review index Smile
Thank you. That's what reviews are for. Giving an impression and some direction, if a dart might be right.

(03-22-2020, 09:02 PM)Cateye Wrote: Great review and pics. Thanks a lot.
Thank you, Cateye.

(03-22-2020, 10:00 PM)Borisbbadd Wrote: I think I could really like them.
Thanks for the review.
So you want to give them a try?

(03-22-2020, 11:50 PM)Laconic Wrote: Thanks for the review and the nice pics.

I've had the 24g Snakebite Lunar for a while now and it's always going to be in my top 3 dart sets. Just a pleasure to throw.
Hi Laconic,
it seems we have a similar taste regarding darts, with you having the Whitlocks, too.

(03-23-2020, 12:58 AM)YoungStarDC Wrote: Stunning pics and great review, thanks!
Thank you for reading and the kind words.

(03-23-2020, 02:26 AM)SlingBlade Wrote: First I'll give you +1. The review makes me want to get these, even though I know they are too long and too thin. Your pics are great too.
Thank you. Highly appreciated.

(03-23-2020, 09:17 AM)jt4527 Wrote: Great review and pictures, thanks SmileSmile
Thank you.

(03-23-2020, 11:07 AM)rich345 Wrote: thanks for the great review and pictures. i have been thinking of trying some mambas as the dimensions and grip placement are pretty similar to my xqmax mvg darts. i'm still hoping the final MVG signature model from Winmau gets released. if not i may have to switch.
Didn't know this. Keep my fingers crossed for you. If you don't get the model you want, just give them a try.

(03-23-2020, 04:16 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Nice review Don! Smile
Thank you very much. Trying to learn from the best. Smile
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+1 for a great review, I have been playing with the WC 2020 darts, but I like the look of these better, so I am going to have to try them.
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(03-23-2020, 09:46 PM)Levonster Wrote: +1 for a great review, I have been playing with the WC 2020 darts, but I like the look of these better, so I am going to have to try them.
Hi Levonster,

Thank you for the rating and the kind words. Not only the look is different, but also the handling and feel. The grip is definitely different. More grip in the rainbow half of the WC 2020 dart. The balance feels different, too. So they have different flight characteristics.
Just give them a try.
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