Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster (Colors may vary)
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- Made using safe materials
- Tested for quality and durability
- The Rapidstrike CS-18 blaster holds 18 Elite Darts
- Acceleration Trigger powers up the motor for rapid firing
- Fires Elite darts up to 75 feet
- Clip holds all 18 Elite Darts and is see-through for instant firepower checks
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The Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 blaster delivers elite distance in a streamlined, lightweight design that's made for maximum mission mobility. This Nerf N-Strike Elite motorized blaster comes with 18 Elite Darts in a see-through clip. With just one pull of the trigger, you can deliver an all-out blitz of motorized, rapid firepower.
- Blaster fires darts up to 75 feet
- See-through clip for instant dart check
- Blaster is compatible with Nerf Mission App Tactical Rail Mount (not included)
- Ages 8 and up
- Requires 4 C size alkaline batteries (not included)
- Includes RapidStrike CS-18 blaster, 18-dart see-through clip, 18 Elite Darts, and instructions
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Nerf CS-18 N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike (Colors may vary)
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 24.02 x 12.01 in||4.45 x 21.3 x 13.43 in||7.01 x 12.76 x 2.76 in||4.02 x 24.02 x 12.01 in||18 x 12 x 4 in||4.02 x 24.49 x 12.76 in|
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It has a well-made feel to it (as most of Nerf's dart guns do), it feels comfortable, and there are no parts that creak as if they're going to fall off. It's also nowhere near as finicky about being used as the Stryfe, which I think set the high bar for being annoying about having a zillion-and-one ways and so-called reasons for stopping you from firing it.
It is possible to do single-shot firing, as well as just holding the trigger to spray darts. The only caveat is that you have to disciplined enough to remember to continuously hold the lower trigger to keep the flywheel motors running -- if you don't, then single-shot firing can easily result in jamming on a dart.
It is a shame that they're selling this with just an 18-dart clip -- at least the Stampede was shipped in an elaborate kit that included multiple clips and a bandolier belt to carry them. This gun deserves to be provided with a similar set of equipment. But, to be honest, this gun doesn't really come into its own unless you use the 35-dart drum magazine with it. I've tried this combination, and it really makes this the complete keep-your-enemy's-head-down kind of gun.
There are only three complaints that I would put against it...
1) The motors driving the flywheels really are noisier than they need to be -- the motors in the Stryfe are definitely quieter.
2) The ability to attach barrel extensions to the front of this gun is not well implemented -- almost all of the barrel extensions wobble in place a bit when attached to the front. On the other hand, this gun is already sufficiently long that it's hard to see why you would want to make it much longer -- maybe Nerf has some other forthcoming barrel extension in mind?
3) The battery compartment really should have been put towards the rear of this gun -- with the battery compartment being built in up front, this gun is a bit nose-heavy, which makes one-handed operation a little unrealistic -- if the battery compartment had been put towards the back, the weight of the four C-cells could have been supported by a fore-arm.
Only the first complaint is what I would call a significant one -- the noisy flywheel motors take away any possibility of sneaking up on somebody with this with the motors running. It's the one advantage that the Stampede and Vulcan have over this gun -- neither of those guns needed to make a sound at all until you were ready to pull the trigger. If you carry this dart gun with you, you'll need to have a simpler manually-operated spring-type dart gun for that initial sneak-attack shot -- and then you can use this dart gun to spray darts when everyone already knows you're there.
I recommend this.
An update -- 11/6/13...
I still recommend this dart gun. However, I also recommend setting aside its 18-dart clear plastic clip and picking up one of the 35-dart drum magazines to use with it, instead. Having had this dart gun for a while, I'm noticing that the spring in the 18-dart clear plastic clip seems to have become somewhat weaker, and the something about the plastic that the clip is made from somehow causes or enables a great deal of friction between the tips of the dart and the interior of the clip. As a result, the darts don't immediately move up the clip as they are fired, which appears to be leading to frequent jamming.
The 35-drum magazines seem to be made of a plastic that doesn't suffer from this weird friction issue -- I don't know if it's actually a difference in the plastic material or maybe a slight difference in smoothness of the interior that causes differences in friction -- but the darts do seem to stick more to the interior of the new clear 18-dart clip. Also, frankly, the 35-dart drum was always the better choice for a dart gun like this, anyway. It can go through darts so quickly with its rapid rate of fire that an 18-dart clip is used up too quickly.
One comment - often the first one (dart) jams with a completely full clip... maybe the spring will relax over time with use... Otherwise - its great!
The extending stock works very well, but the barrel extension attachment lets things down. It's a separate piece of plastic from the rest of the blaster and is not firmly attached. This results in barrel attachments being slightly loose (plus the Longstrike barrel doesn't attach due to some extra plastic molding on the Rapidstrike.
The only other issue I found was that the section that the magazine fits into is slightly too big, meaning the magazine moves around a little. Not enough to have any noticeable effect when firing, but still a flaw.
The multiple tactical rails are great, as are the attachment points and the carry handle. All in all, a great new blaster from Hasbro, and wouldn't have taken much more to be almost perfect! I only wish they'd sell extra clear magazines to go with it!