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Not so Nasty
on 27 November 2013
Currently, writing this review, I own six Nerf weapons; Strongarm, Firestrike, Jolt EX-1, Rough Cut, Stryfe and RapidStrike CS-18. The CS-18 is the last Nerf weapon I have purchased, and I thought of it as a sort of 'elite' part of the N-Strike Elite (would you believe) series. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
So this review is a little bit touchy, given that these are - put simply - glorified toys that really give the youth of today horrendous encouragement for warfare; but all the same, one would think that this gun really is a few steps up from the others. For those of you reading this and considering purchasing this product; go and buy a smaller gun. Get a feel for what these things are supposed to be. This is a good gun, but awful should you buy it before any of the others.
This is long in comparison to the weapon's siblings, so you would have thought that length would give the dart heavy guidance - wrong. Darts don't fire in the same direction often enough for it to be classed as 'accurate' in terms of target-practice. You'll find yourself constantly altering your aim to attempt to accomodate the erratic nature of the darts being fired from the CS-18.
Brilliant, as far as other Nerf magazines go. Just buy a couple more; looking around a room for eighteen darts is a pain in the arse after a while. You end up putting the gun down and picking up a smaller one. Fortunately for us, there are other magazine capacities available - such as those that hold six or eight darts (I always seem to be able to fit in one more, but that increases the chance of jamming). Furthermore these magazines are standardised across all Nerf weapons that take magazines - you can mix and match. It just means you'll go through your magazine a lot quicker, so buy more than one of these smaller ones, too.
A good idea, but alas, could have been made with a longer extender and a break to stop it slipping should you not have it pulled out entirely. If your arms aren't too long or too short, you'll be fine. I'm sure the idea behind an extendable stock is something along the lines of accomodating a range of arm lengths and such, but of course, this really only accomodates two sizes properly. This stock should also have been removeable, making it an even more customiseable weapon.
I'm starting to not bother with the iron sight, because my darts don't fire anywhere near to where the sight points. I understand aiming around two inches higher with the CS-18's iron sight should rectify the malalignment, but frankly, this leads to my next quarrel.
This is brilliant. For me, it lives up to what is advertised; 3.2 darts per second (not that I fire two-fifths of every fourth dart anyway). Just bare in mind that the motor needs time to 'recharge', if you will; the longer you hold that trigger, the less powerful each shot is going to be. When shots are less powerful, shots don't fire as far. I'd imagine many customers would claim against the standard 75ft range advertisment, without having considered this.
Not as powerful as other weapons in the N-Strike Elite series, but this is to be expected. Nerf guns that are cocked to load are much more reliable in terms of power, anyway.
It is heavy compared to other Nerf weapons, but then it is also bigger. Chunks of plastic do get heavy. I don't see this as a downside, but someone younger than myself (maybe a fourteen year old) might very well complain about it. I just brag about it - "Here! Feel the weight of that..."
If you're smaller than most people, don't bother. Even when it is rammed shut the stock will get in your way, making it simply irrationally difficult to aim with the iron sight. Your standard-sized teenager, however, will be fine.
Pretty standard, which is a good thing. There are several attachment rails, making this a potentially formidable weapon. Good luck finding attachments, though. You're best bet is eBay; even Nerf's own sites don't advertise them.
Compared to the RapidStrike's semi-automatic counterparts, this is a little less reliable. You're looking at a 1/8 chance of the gun jamming a dart (normally the first in the pack), and this is rather annoying to fix. Thankfully that little orange shield is there, to let you get to the heart of the problem and to prevent you from, I don't know, getting yourself 'cocked'. I guess that makes it a cock-shield, huh? *Giggles childishly*
Whatever the case however, don't mistake this as a magazine fault the first few times - if you can see the spring in the pack working fine, then it more than likely is fine.
You press it and the engine starts rollin'. What more do you want?
If the 'cock-shield' (LoL) is pulled back (you really are dirty), then the gun's engine won't start unless you find the button it hits when it is closed. I haven't found that button on the RapidStrike, but it is in plain sight on the Stryfe. It's there for the same reason - to stop little fingers getting hammered. The gun will continue firing even when the clip is empty, but if the pack is taken out, the engine will halt. Nifty power-saver, eh?
Four C-batteries aren't going to affect the weight balance much, seen as if you can lift and hold the CS-18 in place, then you can adjust yourself according to the battery weight.
Like I mentioned above, if you hold the fire trigger and steam through a pack, shots will become less powerful. Give the gun time to retract the hammer for maximum power.
Unless you're hooved I doubt you'll find it hard to get a good placement for your hands.
Disappointing for me. I bought these guns and use them largely for target practice when I'm a little bored. This is a gun that would fair much better in a firefight. Just don't be tempted to use it as as melee weapon - this is what is most scary about the product.
What the hell do we give our kids these days? What's wrong with a damn train-set?