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Winmau Dennis Priestley 21g Review


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Winmau Dennis Priestley are available in either silver and gold version.
The silver type has odd weights: 17, 19, 21, 23, 25g.
The gold type has even weights: 22, 24, 26, 28g.

It's certainly a very popular darts to warrant so many weights.

The model shown is 21g.
It comes with black 30mm points, medium red nylon shaft, and rhino 100 micron thick Dennis Priestley flights.

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Shape and Dimension
At a length of 46.5 mm, the Dennis Priestley is long for a front-loaded darts.
In fact, I dare say it's the length of a straight darts' territory.

The bulb is of a small type with a diameter of 7.3mm and sits directly in the very front.

Remember these two characteristics; I will come back to this in the conclusion.

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Grip
The ring grip extend 3/4 of the way up the barrel.
Grip level is only a two as the ring grip is very shallow and not spaced out further enough.

I've been throwing these darts for a month and I recalled a few slippages during my throws. So grippiness is definitely an issue
My suggestion for Winmau is a thinner/deeper ring grip or have the rings even more spaced out.

Did I mention the grip needs to also extend further back? The rear of the darts is smooth and stenciled with the words "The Menace" but I would care less if they were absent.

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Aesthetic
Red and black theme with its lovely shape makes the darts very alluring.
I coupled them with black nylon shafts and Harrows Skull flights for ultimate eye candy.

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Flight Characteristics

The way the Priestley flies are not the same as other front loaded darts.
This is attributed by its long body and by having the bulb at its extreme end.

If you've played with a lever before, it's harder to balance
- weight that is placed further from the fulcrum than one that's placed closer.
- weight that is placed on a longer lever than one placed on a shorter lever.

It takes me more than a couple of throws to adjust to throwing the Priestley when I switched among straight or common front-loaded darts.
My wrists have to c0ck (forum won't let me use the word) back a lot more.

(Of course, throws are completely personal - you might not have the same problem as me).
But my personal opinion is that the Priestley are more difficult to control.

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Would I recommend?

For experienced front-loader?
Absolutely. It doesn't hurt to try; maybe this will work out better or maybe not.

For first time front-loader?
For people testing the water of front loaded darts, try other front loaded darts before the Priestley. It's a different breed and does takes some time getting used to.

For collection?
Absolutely. These darts are certainly of an unique shape and therefore flight.
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Bulls V8 darts comes very close but the rear ends of Dennis Priestley extends about 6mm more which changes the dynamic imo.

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Excellent review and incredible pictures.

I've always loved the Priestley darts. Thanks for doing such an in depth, detailed review. +1

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A few more hours and my 17g version will be here Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. great review
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Woot man GREAT review! Tempting me with them and I know I don't like front weighted Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. big +1
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Great review Mr K, very thoughtful and love the use of the Lego, wish I had some Lego lol, I was Lego mad as a kid but where it all went is a mystery?

The Priestlys are a nice dart but I agree they can feel strange at first due to the shape.

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(09-23-2014, 02:36 AM)Cyanide Wrote: Both the silver and gold are available in 15 grams if ya know where to look Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Are they yours? I remember seeing them on auction site Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
Doesn't Dennis the Menace use 17g now? Or did he at one point uses 15g?
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(09-23-2014, 02:48 AM)david the Spartan Wrote: A few more hours and my 17g version will be here Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. great review

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Maybe post a picture after as to how you dress it up!

(09-23-2014, 03:13 AM)Cankles of Fury Wrote: Woot man GREAT review! Tempting me with them and I know I don't like front weighted Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. big +1

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(09-23-2014, 09:04 AM)Getagrip Wrote: Great review Mr K, very thoughtful and love the use of the Lego, wish I had some Lego lol, I was Lego mad as a kid but where it all went is a mystery?
The Priestlys are a nice dart but I agree they can feel strange at first due to the shape.
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Maybe you had pica at one point and ate them all?! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. XD
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But thanks for the +1 from the star reviewer himself!
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Yeah I may have chewed them all, I stuck erasers up my nose, swallowed bongies (iron marbles) and coins, poked matchsticks in my ears lol and even cut my knee shaving when I was 4, I had no facial hair at the time and could only find hairs on my knee lol!!!

In short I was a little git!
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(09-23-2014, 12:06 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Yeah I may have chewed them all, I stuck erasers up my nose, swallowed bongies (iron marbles) and coins, poked matchsticks in my ears lol and even cut my knee shaving when I was 4, I had no facial hair at the time and could only find hairs on my knee lol!!!

In short I was a little git!

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(09-23-2014, 11:51 AM)Mr.K Wrote: Are they yours? I remember seeing them on auction site Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
Doesn't Dennis the Menace use 17g now? Or did he at one point uses 15g?
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Dennis started out really light back in the 80's. 13 or 14's. Went to 15 for a bit, now uses 17's.
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Great review buddy! I love the Priestley's, I have a set in 20g soft tip.
I look forward to your next review +1
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Great review. Showing the balance points with different stems quite useful as well
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(09-23-2014, 08:45 PM)Cyanide Wrote: Dennis started out really light back in the 80's. 13 or 14's. Went to 15 for a bit, now uses 17's.

Guess he's getting older! lol

(09-23-2014, 09:07 PM)JayKay Wrote: Great review buddy! I love the Priestley's, I have a set in 20g soft tip. I look forward to your next review +1
(09-23-2014, 09:30 PM)SlingBlade Wrote: Great review. Showing the balance points with different stems quite useful as well

Thanks for the encouragement, guys! XD
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I like the feel of the Priestleys but just cant get on with them,
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is it xmas eve....that was loooong...lol...but a great review,loads of infoGuests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Good Review.
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