Just about every boy loves a toy gun and the latest addition in the very popular Nerf range, the N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster, is proving to be a big hit. It’s styled like a rifle, and unlike many other toy guns, it holds and fires magazines full of multiple projectiles in semi-automatic style shooting.
The projectiles that it fires are made of foam for safety reasons, although they’re called ‘darts’ to sound more cool. These darts will work with any other N-Strike Elite blasters and some of the other Nerf guns too. So let’s load up the CS-18 Nerf blaster and see how it measures up.
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Nerf Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster Review Video
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster Features
* Shoots much further than most toy guns, with a 75 foot range
* The acceleration trigger feature allows ‘rapid strike’ fast repeat shooting
* Rapid strike mode fires 3.2 darts per second
* Comes with 18 Elite darts in a transparent clip
* Requires 4 size C batteries (not included)
* Age range: 8-16
Nerf Rapid Strike CS-18 Blaster Review
Nerf guns are very popular with kids, especially boys, and there are already a lot of them to choose from. However, the Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster offers an innovative feature. This is the first Nerf gun that offers a motorized rapid-fire shooting system along with a clip holding 18 darts. Together these allow you to shoot with machine gun style delivery, just by holding the trigger down. Kids love this fast-shooting aspect of the gun.
All you have to do to access this rapid fire feature is hold down the acceleration trigger. You’ll hear the motor firing up, and when it’s ready you just press the trigger and marvel as the foam darts fly out of the gun at the rate of over 3 per second. There’s a clip that turns automatically to deliver new darts to the barrel for firing. The clip is transparent so you can always see how many darts you have left.
The range is excellent too: Nerf say up to 75 feet, which is a long way! Obviously you lose accuracy at that distance but that’s a minor point. If you’re shooting at a target it’s likely to be well within that range.
You’ll need size C batteries to power it. No assembly is needed other than fitting the batteries (which requires a small Phillips screwdriver). Feedback from customers suggests that as the batteries run down, the range and speed of the gun also fall, so kids are likely to want new batteries often. We suggest you use rechargeables so that you always have some on hand. It’s a lot cheaper that way, too.
The stock is adjustable to fit different-sized users. This is an excellent feature when you consider the gun is popular with kids from age 8 right up to around 16, and there’s a big difference in a person’s size at those two ages!
Some users have reported that the gun jams from time to time. There is an access hatch for unjamming it and if you do that patiently, it should be fine. You may need to do this for your kids though, if they aren’t old enough to do it for themselves.
If you already have Nerf guns in your house, you’ll be glad to know that the CS-18 Blaster takes the regular Nerf Elite darts like the other guns in the N-Strike Elite range. If not, you’ll probably want to order extra clips and darts because kids will want to be able to fire more than 18 before they have to go and pick them all up!
In summary, there are a lot of nice features for young gun-lovers on this new Nerf model. The semi-automatic shooting and the long 75-foot reach make the N-Strike Rapidstrike CS-18 a must-have for any fan of Nerf blasters. The price is pretty good for this type of toy too – another bonus for parents!
Published 5 February 2014