N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Review

I know it’s a little late, but I finally had a chance to sit down and give a full review of the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 1 Raider Rapid Fire CS-35
  • 1 Removable/Adjustable butt stock
  • 1 (35 round) Barrel clip
  • 35 CLIP SYSTEM darts
  • “Package Deals” are available offering extra darts and/or a second barrel clip

I first heard of the Raider in the Wii game, then later in 2009 we got the news that Nerf was turning it into a physical blaster boasting the highest dart capacity of any previous blaster.  Nerf really followed through on their boast.  The Raider is one of the more lightweight blasters on its own, but when the fully loaded 35 round barrel clip is installed the added weight is enough to make up for the light base.  The clip fits snugly into the blaster, and unloads smoothly with very minimal jamming.  Sporting two firing modes(Single fire and Slam fire), you have the option of either popping darts off one at a time with smooth fairly accurate ease or unloading “spray and pray” style by holding down the trigger and slamming the pump action over and over again(which is quite satisfying).  The pistol grip pump action on the Raider is one of its more attractive features, not only does it make the blaster incredibly easy and smooth to fire, but it adds stability while holding and aiming your shot.  I was very pleased with the new removable adjustable butt stock featured with the Raider, it is probably the most impressive attachment I’ve seen for this application.  It is more stable and durable than the butt stock that came with the Recon, and it looks better on the Recon as well(if you don’t mind your blaster being “two tone”).

I really had to look hard to find shortcomings for the Raider, and the only complaint I really have for it is the paint job.  It comes down to a matter of personal taste, and is a matter that can certainly be overlooked given the genuinely solid design and functionality of the Raider as a whole, but I just don’t like digital camouflage. Thankfully the digital camouflage is less emphasized due to it being a difference of matte vs. glossy paint, and I can live with that.  All in all the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 is a fantastic blaster that really grew from its humble birth as a 6-shot pump action blaster from the Wii game.

My final opinion of the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35:

I like it!  I like it a lot.  Package deals are available at retailers offering the Raider with more darts(usually a full extra clip worth) and/or a second clip.  Hopefully Nerf offers the clips on their own, they really are that awesome.  I recommend the Raider to any Nerf fan(especially a clip system fan) looking to expand their arsenal, shoot some zombies, or just annoy the family cat :)

Rating:

Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Blaster: 4.5 out of 5

Accessories: 5 out of 5

Overall rating: 9.5 out of 10

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5 thoughts on “N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Review

  1. It works GREAT in slam fire mode, but sometimes the darts just… poop out in single mode. Oh, well. I use it more in Slam anyway! =)

  2. @Tom: Hmm, you might have gotten a dud unfortunately. It happens every once and awhile with Nerf guns, I know I’ve gotten a dud Recon once, and Mr. S has gotten a bad Hornet.

  3. it’s accuracy aint bad at mid/short range and it looks really great with a CS6 Clip. Range is pretty average but it’s the clip system bullets more than anything that effect this I think.

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