N-Strike number codes help to tell how many darts a blaster has, how a blaster is loaded or fired, and what type of blaster it is. As the name states, number codes are used for N-Strike blasters, as well as some N-Strike Elite blasters. For example, a CS-6 blaster would be a clip system blaster that holds six darts.
There are a few common codes in the names of N-Strike blasters:
Clip system (CS)
- Main article: Clip system
The Longshot CS-6, Longstrike CS-6, Recon CS-6, Raider Rapid Fire CS-35, Deploy CS-6, Rayven CS-18 and the Alpha Trooper CS-18 are clip system loaded blasters. All clips and drums are interchangeable between clip system blasters.
Electronic clip system (ECS)
- Main article: Electronic clip system
- Main article: Revolver
The Firefly REV-8, Maverick REV-6, and the Spectre REV-5 are revolver system firing blasters. Both the Maverick and Firefly have prominent barrels that rotate when the blaster is fired. An exception of this is that Spectre's revolving system revolves when it is primed.
Electronic revolver (RV)
- Main article: Electronic revolver
The Barricade RV-10 is the only electronic revolver in the N-Strike series. It features a revolving barrel much like a regular REV blaster, but instead is fired by battery power.
External single fire (EX)
- Main article: External single fire
The Nite Finder EX-3, Element EX-6, Jolt EX-1, Triad EX-3, and the Switch Shot EX-3 are single fire blasters. These blasters are muzzle loaded and get their name for having an external pull-back mechanism that is used to prime the blaster. These blasters are known by their extreme ranges due to their direct plungers.
Electronic belt fed (EBF)
- Main article: Electronic belt fed
The Vulcan EBF-25 is the only electronic belt fed blaster in the N-Strike series. It uses battery power to let the blaster fire automatically. The Vulcan can also be manually fired without battery power. The Vulcan uses a motorized direct plunger.
Internal single fire (IX)
- Main article: Internal single fire
The Scout IX-3, Reflex IX-1, and the Barrel Break IX-2 are internal single fire blasters. Much like its External Single Fire counterpart, these blasters are muzzle loaded. However, these blasters have internal cocking mechanisms; instead of an orange ring pullback, and they have reverse plungers.
Air system (AS)
- Main article: Air system
The Magstrike AS-10, Hornet AS-6, Secret Strike AS-1 and the Rapid Fire AS-20 are all air system blasters. When pumped, they store air within a tank or bladder, which is usually reserved for an all-out blast.
Air system vessel (AS-V)
- Main article: Air system vessel
The Titan AS-V.1 is the only air system vessel in the N-Strike series. It is a lot like an air system blaster except that it is a lot bigger and can carry blasters on it, which is why vessel is added to the code.