The RapidStrike CS-18 is an automatic blaster. It features five tactical rails: one on the carrying handle, one on top, one underneath, and one on each side of the blaster. It also has an integrated, adjustable shoulder stock, a small flip-up iron sight on top of the barrel, and four strap points: one on the end of the handle, two on the end of the tactical rail, and one above the muzzle. Like other N-Strike Elite blasters, its clip release button is located in front of the firing trigger and its acceleration trigger.
The barrel of the RapidStrike is rifled, similar to the Retaliator barrel extension. It is compatible with barrel extensions. Due to the barrel extension connector being a separate piece of plastic from the main barrel, it can loosen up, resulting in a loose fitting barrel extension.
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In May 2013, it was released early in the Philippines due to the release error on the part of the distributor, making it the first country to have it in stores.
It was re-released in 2014 with improved Elite XD internals and a white, blue, grey, and orange color scheme; this re-release was shown off at the 2014 New York Toy Fair.
The RapidStrike is discontinued in Australia.
The RapidStrike CS-18 has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike Elite (blue, orange, black, and gray)
- Elite XD (blue, white, black, and orange)
The RapidStrike is commonly modified to be smaller and “minimized” through the removal of most of the front half of the blaster.
Voltage modification is also popular with the RapidStrike, to increase rate of fire and improve performance.
A value pack named the “RapidStrike CS-18 Rapid Reload Pack” (labeled as a “Double Your Darts and Clips” pack in Europe) contains the RapidStrike CS-18, two clear eighteen dart clips, and thirty-six Elite Darts. This pack is exclusive to Walmart stores in the United States and to Müller stores in Germany.
Reloading and firing
To reload the RapidStrike CS-18, release the acceleration trigger and remove any loaded clips while holding the clip release. Load up a clip and load it back into the blaster.
Hold down the accelerator trigger and pull the firing trigger briefly to fire one dart, or hold the trigger for automatic firing. It may take a moment for the flywheels to come to full speed; firing before that can reduce the dart range.
- It is most likely the spiritual successor to the Stampede ECS, due to various similarities between the two blasters, such as its abundance of tactical rails and fully automatic capability.
- Around the time of the blaster’s release, the official Nerf page on Facebook boasted that the RapidStrike could unload its magazine in 5.62 seconds (roughly 3.2 darts a second). This time is reported to have come from a Nerf-produced video of the RapidStrike which was officially timed during testing phase, though RapidStrike commercials just round it back off to six seconds.
- When the RapidStrike is in its smallest form (the stock is collapsed and no barrel extensions are equipped), it is the same length as the Rampage.
- On the box for the Mission App Tactical Rail Mount, it features a RapidStrike which, oddly enough, features a white stripe instead of an orange one.
- This white stripe was later introduced as a repaint as shown in the New York Toy Fair 2014, and then later released as the Elite XD version of the blaster.
- The speed of the flywheels has two stages. The slowest stage occurs when the acceleration trigger is pulled; the second, faster stage occurs while both triggers are pulled. This cures the problem in other flywheel blasters where rapid fire decreases the flywheel speed and reduces range. The change in speeds can be heard when the clip is empty.
- The Ultimate Nerf Blaster Book erroneously refers to the blaster as the Rapidstrike CS-18 and the Rapid Strike CS-18.