Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35

Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35. Tonight you sleep with da fishes.
The Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35 was the first gun to come with a massive 35 bullet drum, with cues from a gangster tommy-gun. In Australia, it was also the first Nerf N-Strike gun to come in another colour other than yellow. If blue and orange is more your cup of tea, the Raider is the gun of choice:)

SO.. let's start with just the aesthetics. It's dark blue and orange (although there is a new clear version that's floating about). The gun comes with a detachable stock that is interchangeable with other compatible N-Strike guns- ie the Recon:) It's got the tactical rail grooves on top of the gun for you to fit it out with scopes and sights and other N-Strike add ons to make it LOOK tough. It has two hand grips, one for the trigger and one for cocking the gun. Nice!
Nerf Raider Box. Justin Bieber wants his haircut back.
The Raider is very lightweight, even with the 35 bullet drum attached, but obviously more so if you were to load it with a standard 6 bullet clip. The drum supports the Streamline darts and is relatively easy to load.

Now for the fun part. 35 bullets at your disposal? Whoo hooo! A simple cock of the front hand grip loads the gun and you're ready to go. Pull back on the trigger and let a round fly!

But.. this gun also comes with "Slam fire" which basically means by keeping your trigger depressed, you can simply pull back on the front grip rapidly and those foam bullets will come a flyin'! In general this will mean rate of fire goes up.. and probably accuracy will go down. But who cares about accuracy when you're showering your loved one with orange foam dart goodness?!:)

Apparently the internals of the Raider are identical to the Recon, which means modders aren't a fan of the reverse plunger system it uses. Personally, I find it does shoot further than the Recon, but as always, I am using it in a confined apartment space.

Raiders are a LOT of fun and I personally have it as my Nerf tagger of choice. They're pricing is ridiculous- I've seen them for $30-$90 AUS- crazy!

Usability: 8/10
Out of the box performance: 7.5/10
Cool factor: 9/10
Price point: 9/10 (I got mine for 30 bucks)

15 comments:

  1. this is one of my favorite guns and my son has been using this at 2yr old

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  2. i hate it
    it jams every 2 shots and each sot only goes 1metre max
    it sucks

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    1. That is not the gun models fault, simply a flaw in the particular one, or YOU breaking it or somethin like that

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  3. I think it has an awesome rate of fire and great versatility for different missions (so I can either shower with darts or snipe). Also, the post ahead of me was posted 5 hours ahead of my local time!

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  4. Good gum, once i had a nerf war with twenty people. I was on a reon squad, ambushed their entire base with this, we were playing by the 5 lives thing, 3/4 of the had 4 lives left. one of the best guns.

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  5. really not a bad gun if you load up darts propperly it is pretty heavy (but thats due to drum mag).i recomend using a 6 dart mag

    a view of a 11 year old

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  6. I'm about to get this gun and I'm wondering how it would go against the alpha trooper cs-18. Please tell me which one you think is better in a comment.

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  7. If you have the choice between the two, I'd recommend the AT. The newer blasters seem to have better ranges; also the AT is easier to use and I personally much prefer the 18 round drum to the 35 round drum of the Raider for my purposes. But.. I honestly love BOTH of them and think head to head they are much the muchness other than personal taste.

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  8. The longshot was my personal favorite till this guy came out. Perfect for those up close and personal encounters. IMO, humbly I might add, I think it beats the Alpha trooper all day long. I mod my guns, so the out of the box power of the AT is irrelevant. Keep it up UT!

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  9. I have had the raider since late august of last year and it has only jammed once. It OWNS!

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  10. I just missed out !!!!!!
    check it out

    http://www.target.com/p/nerf-n-strike-raider-cs-35/-/A-13266887#

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  11. AmazingFireworksJuly 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    I have a stock that came from a garage sale that is just like the raider stock except it says "S" where it says it has the N-strike logo on the normal raider stock. Have any idea where it came from???

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    1. The S means Super Soaker, which is made by the same company. It can be used with nerf guns.

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