Nerf’s New CS-35 Dart Gun
My boys love their Nerf guns. Neil got the new CS-35 yesterday! It came from his cousin in California as a birthday present, and it was completely unexpected, by even me. Neil was thrilled. It seems Nerf is coming out with more and more complicated hardware these days. This gun continues with that trend as it is nothing like the guns from 10, 5, or even 2 years ago. Its defining feature is its rapid fire ability, made possible with an easy to operate pump action grip and a rotating drum that can hold 35 darts at a time. I’m not going to say it’s totally groundbreaking or anything, but it’s totally fun, and it is a unique experience. With other Nerf guns you find yourself taking aim at some unsuspecting person (in my case my wife) and shooting. But, before you can pump for another shot, your target has gotten off her chair and come after you with a vengeance. That’s always been a problem for me. Now, with this new gun, you can get her perhaps 10 times before she pummels you! For that reason, Neil now has a clear advantage over his brother. Of course they would never abuse each other like that, right? I took a few pictures and videos for demonstration purposes.
I do have a giant complaint about Nerf Guns. They intentionally make the ammo incompatible across different gun models. Nerf’s idea is that guns with clips require different ammunition than manual loading varieties that need typical suction darts. I understand that, but between the 10 different Nerf guns we own there are probably 4 different kinds of ammo that I’m constantly finding jammed into the wrong guns. I feared that would be the case here too, but it seems the Long Shot and the CS-35 ammo are interchangeable. I’m glad Nerf didn’t screw us into buying even more darts this time.
These are the boys with the box before opening it. It’s pretty big compared to a 7 year old.
This is what you get in the box, complete with annoying twisty ties.
Me and my 5 year old managing his Long Shot Nerf Gun.
This is a size comparison. The CS-35 is clearly a more manageable weapon. However, the Long Shot does separate into two guns and goes from 3 feet long to about the same length as the CS-35.
The CS-35 has a telescoping stock of about 3 or 4 inches for big and smaller people.
I took a couple of videos just for fun. Alan still prefers his Long Shot because of the included scope, which he thinks makes all the difference. The reality is though that these guns appear to have about the same range and accuracy to them. That’s been another of my complaints about Nerf. While their guns look different and unique, the actual range of all of them is about the same.
This is the video of Neil explaining his new Nerf Gun: