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Rayven CS-18 (N-Strike Elite)

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Not to be confused with the original Rayven CS-18.

Not to be confused with the Rayven Stinger.

The Rayven CS-18 is a semi-automatic clip system Nerf blaster that was released in 2013 under the N-Strike Elite series. It is operated by four "AA" batteries.

It comes packaged with a N-Strike Elite Firefly Tech clip and eighteen glow-in-the-dark Elite Darts.

Details

The Rayven is a medium-sized bullpup blaster that has been updated to feature long-distance performance. It is much stronger and louder than the original.

It features two tactical rails: one on top of the blaster's integrated carrying handle and the other on the right side of the blaster. It is compatible with barrel extensions, despite not being packaged with one. The weapon also features four attachment points for a sling or a bandolier: two above the muzzle and one each at the upper and lower corners of the rear stock.

History

The Rayven was first discovered on the back of a glow-in-the-dark dart Elite Dart package, alongside the Stryfe and Retaliator.

This is the direct successor of the N-Strike Rayven CS-18. It was succeeded by the N-Strike Elite Rayven Stinger in 2013.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Rayven, press the clip release button to remove any empty clips. Load the packaged eighteen-dart clip with up to eighteen Elite Darts. Load the clip back into the blaster.

Turn on the Firefly Tech clip (optionally). Turn on the blaster by holding down the acceleration trigger. The user may wish to spool the flywheels up to for maximum dart range; this takes three to six seconds.

Pull the main trigger to fire a single dart.

Trivia

  • The Rayven CS-18 is the second Nerf blaster to have a bullpup design- the first being the Firefly REV-8.
  • If one were to load the darts in a clip for the Rayven backwards (opposite of what the clip says), it would fire with the same velocity as if the dart were pointing in the right direction without modification of the blaster. This practice is arguably good for quicker magazine refills, but promotes laziness and decreases accuracy.
  • It may be slightly difficult to remove the Recon or Retaliator barrel extension from the Rayven.
  • Due to the shape and size of the weapon, the Rayven CS-18 can easily be dual-wielded. However, dual-reloading in combat could be difficult without practice and attached slings.
  • The Rayven cannot fire Buzz Bee Long Range darts despite their similarities to elite suction darts. If attempted, the dart makes a loud *clack* and sits loose in the barrel. No obvious damage is done to the dart.

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