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Nerf N-Strike Exclusive Alpha Trooper CS-18 Dart Blaster

by Nerf

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  • 18 dart drum magazine!
  • rapid fire blasting!
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B004LKIJBW
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,907 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Product Description

18 dart drum magazine! rapid fire blasting!

Customer Reviews

In my estimation the Alpha Trooper is the best Nerf gun I have ever used.
RG
Likes: 1) Being modular, you can fit most other Nerf N-Strike and Recon accessories with it, like scopes, stocks and other clip magazines.
John B. Goode
If you are clever with your fingers then you can load that one dart quite easily into the gun without the drum magazine.
The new guy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Nerfinator on August 27, 2010
If you decide to buy this gun,don't buy it from amazon, buy it from target, only $20, unlike amazon.

I rated the Educational value 1* because shooting people with foam isn't the most educational activity

I was able to get ranges equal to/exceeding nerf snipers, not sure exactly how far though.

PROS:
Great range
Great accuracy
18 dart drum
slam fire

CONS:
Only 1 accessory rail, in the right place for a scope
No barrel attachment (but you don't really need one)
The stock attachment piece didn't work for 100% of my nerf stocks, like my recons, but it finally worked with my super soaker shot blast's stock

THE FINAL OPINION:
The cons are minor, and the pros far outweigh the cons, 5*s, and my new favorite gun, until the stampede, that is!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Salamanderman on November 8, 2010
I had a 1st gen recon (which apprently was recalled) and was starting to feel the sting of my buddies newer models. I knew that I had to upgrade but didn't want to shell out fifty bucks for a stampede and be tethered to batteries. The Raider was a serious consideration but the massive drum was a drawback for me (I prefer a smaller profile) so I decided to go with an Alpha Trooper. This is a VERY solid Nerf blaster that feels like a mix between the recon and raider, taking the best from both and all for a great price (at Target). It shoots well and jams are rare if you are careful. Even slamfire shoots smooth after some practice. The 18 (20 really) round drum is a great mag and is SO much smaller than the Raiders drum (despite only holding 15 less darts). I attached the recon stock and a single point "sling" and picked up a few more clips and I am good to go. Next up is a few light mods and a paint job! This is a great blaster and is worth every penney.

EDITED 11-16-2010
I removed the air-restrictor from the AT. It was easy and there are a ton of videos on Youtube demonstrating the process. It easily added 15 feet of range. I have had some issues with my drum. It cycles darts fine while they are in the drum but seems to get hung up when the black dart pusher reaches the vertical clip portion. This is probably due to a weak spring as my raider drum has no problems here. Maybe mine was a lemon but I have to knock a star off. I have found that using it in the raider works better, probably because the side loading raider requires less spring tension to push a dart up. Speaking of, the raider drum is too bulky to effectively use with the under priming Alpha. Stampede 18rd clips are your best bet.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. McDowall on January 12, 2011
Most of the reviews so far are fair. Definitely take note that this (as of Jan '11) is still selling for $19.99 at Target - don't buy this from the reseller here.

This is my go-to Nerf gun for the following reasons:
- 18 round drum magazine just keeps going and going
- takes clips from any CS gun
- slam fire is fun to use and conveys "shock and awe" nicely, at least as far as my 5 year old is concerned
- shotgun-style pump is easy to use, even for small kids. The Maverick's and the Recon's slide are harder to operate.
- this gun looks cool and handles well

There's only one real drawback here, and this is probably only relevant for people who take their Nerf battles seriously: it only fires the Streamline darts. These darts look like they're going to outperform the velcro Dart Tag ones, but they don't. At 20' range you can empty the whole 18 round drum at someone and only hit them half the time. The darts go all over the place. Your strategy with the Trooper is therefore to move fast, get in close, and hose the guy down until you hit him. Oh and carry extra clips.

It's true that you can modify the gun and/or darts in order to get more accuracy but I'm not keen on firing hot glue tipped or weighted darts at my kids, and I for sure don't want them firing them at their friends.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
My son just got this blaster for his birthday, and while it's fun to use, it does have a couple of shortcomings.

General Nerf gun info
If you're new to Nerf guns, be aware that the name of the gun gives you clues as to how it loads, the capacity and the type of darts it uses. This was a new realization for me - not all guns can use all the darts that Nerf makes. In this gun, CS stands for "clip system". This means you load the "clip system" darts into a clip or magazine, then insert that into the gun. The "18" means this gun comes with an 18 dart magazine. Since this uses clip system darts, you cannot use the suction cup, velcro, or whistler darts that many of the other guns use - they won't fit into the clip. Also, you can't use the clip system darts in the other types of guns - they'll fit, but won't shoot very well.

Things I like about it
We really like playing with this gun. You load the darts into the clip, slide it in place, and you're ready. On the front of the gun is the slide. Pulling it back will allow a new dart to enter the chamber. Pushing it forward loads the dart and sets the trigger. If you hold the trigger down, you can keep moving the slide back and forth and darts keep shooting out each time you move the slide forward. This is called "slam" shooting since you can slam your opponent with darts as fast as you can pull the slide back and forth. If a dart won't load, you can turn a dial on the magazine to reset the darts. Also, if a dart get stuck in the chamber, there's a sliding door on top of the gun that you can open to clear it out or see what the problem is.
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