Background and Identification
The RapidStrike CS-18 is a foam dart blaster released by Nerf (a.k.a. Hasbro) on September 1, 2013. It was originally branded as part of the N-Strike Elite blaster series, but was later rereleased in 2014 in the Elite XD series. The main difference between these two versions is the branding and the color (orange for the original, white for the rerelease) of a strip on the side of the blaster. You can see pictures of the original and the updated version on the Nerf Wiki.
Despite the varied coloring, the design of all models is the same with a clip loading system, an extendable stock, and five tactical rails for mounting add-ons to the top, bottom, and side of the blaster. To fire darts, the CS-18 uses two flywheels that squeeze a dart between them and send it flying forward. The lower trigger on the blaster spins up these flywheels while the upper trigger pushes darts forward into the wheels. You can either fire darts one at a time or hold down the upper trigger to fire up to three darts per second. Power for the flywheels is provided by four C batteries that sit in a compartment just below the barrel.
To identify this blaster, look for a raised patch on the side of the device with the words “RAPIDSTRIKE CS-18” embossed on it. This blaster is heavily modifiable and repairable. You can find a teardown and repair example in this video on YouTube.
- Elite darts
- Stock clip has capacity for 18 darts
- Flywheel system
- Two triggers (one to accelerate the flywheels and one to launch darts)
- Automatic firing (up to 3 darts/sec)
- 55 feet (16.7 meters) when fired horizontally
- 75 feet (22.8 meters) when angled upward
- Four C batteries
- 23.5 inches (59.69 cm) with stock retracted
- 26.8 inches (68.072 cm) with stock extended