It is a Toys "R" Us exclusive in the United Kingdom.
The Longshot CS-6 features a bolt-action priming system. There is a collapsible, integrated stock that can store an extra clip and an integrated folding bi-pod located in front of the main blaster. There is a tactical rail on top of the blaster located on the carrying handle, though it can be uncomfortable for those users with bigger hands. The jam door is located under the tactical rail and slides back when the bolt is open. This may or may not be inconvenient for removing jams, depending on the user's hand size, since there is a lack of space between the carrying handle and the jam door.
The Longshot was the first Nerf blaster to feature the clip system, which allows the blaster to feed Streamline Darts or Elite Darts from removable clips or drums.
The yellow version of the Longshot CS-6 was released in 2007. The blaster was put out of production in the United States in mid-2010 due to the release of the the Longstrike CS-6. Due to the shortage in North America during this time, it was priced at very high prices on eBay and other auction sites. Amazon had them starting at 224.99 USD, sometimes even matching the typical mint price for the 1994 Nerf Action Crossbow.
The Longshot was spiritually succeeded by the 2013 N-Strike Mega Centurion, however, this was disliked by the Nerf community. The Longshot was given a re-release in 2014 in the form of the Z.E.D. Squad Longshot CS-12, a blaster sharing the same shell, internals, and scope as the Longshot CS-6. The Longshot CS-12 notably lacks the front blaster and the integrated bi-pod. The blaster was then given a better re-release in 2015 as an Elite Repaint. Unlike the Longshot CS-12, this re-release came packaged with the scope, front blaster, and integrated bi-pod.
The Longshot has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike (yellow, black, gray, and orange)
- Original/Midnight (blue, yellow, black, gray, and orange)
- Red Strike (red, black, gray, and orange )
- Elite Repaint (blue, white, black, gray, and orange)
The Longshot CS-6 has been considered one of the most popular Nerf blasters for integrations. Modders attach Mavericks, Titans, the Longshot's own secondary blaster, and other models to the bottom of the Longshot, by cutting, sanding, and attaching the two with sticky putty or adhesive. In some cases, modders have run coat hangers or wires around the existing internals to allow the main trigger to fire attached underbarrel blasters. In other cases, instead of integrations, the priming action is converted to underhanded shotgun-style.
The Longshot internals are fairly complex. It has a direct plunger system, having the largest plunger of all the clip system blasters, which makes it one of the most powerful stock clip system blasters. The internals have several locks built into the firing mechanism. One of them doesn't allow the trigger to be pulled while the bolt is back, another doesn't allow the blaster to be re-primed immediately after firing; this makes the user wait a second at most to re-prime the blaster. Another lock stops the clip from being removed while the bolt is forward.
All of the blaster's clip, trigger, and jam door locks can be removed via modification.
Orange Mod Works has released one special mod kit for the Longshot: an Immortal Kit which includes a stronger spring and replacement polycarbonate parts.
Reloading and firing
To reload the Longshot, pull the bolt back and press the clip release button on the right side of the blaster to remove any loaded clips. Load up to six Streamline Darts into the provided six dart clip and load the clip into the blaster.
Push the bolt forward to the starting position to prime it. Pull the trigger to launch a dart.
While most N-Strike blasters can fire Elite Darts, the original version of the Longshot has difficulty firing them without modifications. This is not the case for Longshots with the standard N-Strike color scheme. It is thought that there is a difference in the breach between the two versions, resulting in a failure of the original Longshot to fire Elite Darts and allowing the newer version to do otherwise.
- The Longshot is featured as a weapon in the video games Nerf N-Strike and Nerf N-Strike Elite.
- In Nerf N-Strike Elite, the Longshot fires two darts at once.
- The original blue Longshot is often dubbed as the "Midnight Longshot", similar to the original blue Maverick's nickname, the Maverick Midnight.
- The original blue Longshot came packaged with two clips; the new yellow version only comes with one (not counting value packs).
- The original version also came with yellow clips instead of the newer orange ones.
- It is the only Nerf clip system blaster that has a direct plunger prior to the release of the 2012 N-Strike Elite line, with the exception of the Stampede ECS.
- Since this blaster is so big, it can be hard to swing the barrel to fire at a moving target. This can affect accuracy, because when swung, the dart could be slammed against the barrel wall.
- This is one of only two blasters (the other being the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35) to not be a part of the Sonic Series, but are available in another color sub-series.
- The Longshot likely holds the title of the longest retail availability of any Nerf blaster, spanning well over a decade with multiple re-releases.
|The full image gallery for Longshot CS-6 may be viewed at Longshot CS-6/Gallery.|
- ↑ Vigilante (2012-03-12). Longshot CS-6 Basic Nerf Review (Write Up). BasicNerf.com
- ↑ TheWiredDJ (2012-12-28). Fix for Elite dart jams in Longshots. NerfHaven.com.
- Longshot CS-6 instructions on the Hasbro website
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|N-Strike||Alpha Trooper CS-18 • Deploy CS-6 • Longshot CS-6 • Longstrike CS-6 • Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 • Rayven CS-18 • Recon CS-6 • Stampede ECS|
|N-Strike Elite||Alpha Trooper CS-6 • Alpha Trooper CS-12 • Cam ECS-12 • CrossBolt • Delta Trooper • Demolisher 2-In-1 • Hail-Fire • HyperFire • Infinus • Rampage • Rayven CS-18 • Rayven Stinger • RayvenFire • Retaliator • Rhino-Fire • Stryfe|
|N-Strike Modulus||Evader • Mediator • Modulus ECS-10 • Recon MKII • Regulator • Tri-Strike|
|Zombie Strike||RevReaper • Scravenger • SlingFire|
|Other Nerf blasters||AccuTrooper • Allegiant Blaster • Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) Deluxe Blaster • Desolator • Double Dealer • First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster • First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster (GlowStrike) • Rapid Red • RaptorStrike • Sergeant Jyn Erso Deluxe Blaster • StratoHawk|
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