Nerf Longstrike CS-6

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Longstrike Review

First things first: The Longstrike is hands down one of the coolest looking Nerf guns ever made, and Hasbro will undoubtedly sell a million of these based on appearance alone. We all want a true Nerf sniper rifle, and based on appearances, the Longstrike seems to fit the bill.

As stated on the box, the Longstrike is the longest Nerf blaster. Now, make sure you read this sentence carefully, as it can be a little misleading. It doesn't have the longest range of any Nerf blaster, it's just the longest (over 3 feet long).  I haven't measured it exactly, but it only seems to be a couple inches longer than the Longshot.

Unfortunately, the range on the Longstrike is a bit disappointing, especially seeing as it's modeled after a sniper rifle. Instead of using a direct plunger system like the Longshot, Hasbro has opted to use a reverse plunger system like that found on the Deploy and Raider. Most shots will fall in the 30-35 feet range without the barrel attachment, which isn't bad, but isn't great either. Using the barrel attachment seems to have a pretty negative impact on the range.

For those unfamiliar with the internals of Nerf guns, the effect of a reverse plunger system is that the plunger can't achieve the speed that it can with a direct plunger system. As a result, the plunger doesn't create as much force, and the darts don't travel as far as they could with a direct plunger system.

Thankfully, you can see some pretty significant improvements with only a couple basic modifications. Removing the air restrictor will add about 10 feet on average, and replacing the spring will add even more. You're not going to hit Longshot ranges no matter what you do, but rest assured that you can make some significant improvements with little more than a screwdriver, xacto knife, and hot glue.

To a lot of people, what I just said will be complete gobbledy-gook, and that's fine. So if you aren't into modding your Nerf guns, none of this may matter to you, and you may prefer the Longstrike over the Longshot. Afterall, the out of the box ranges don't vary by a huge amount, and the Longstrike is much lighter and less bulky than the Longshot. It ultimately comes down to a matter of preference.

The Longstrike does feel very sturdy, and it gives the impression that it is a very well made blaster.


As with other recent N-Strike guns, the Longstrike is compatible with the interchangeable parts found in other N-Strike guns.

One cool feature is that the Longstrike can hold 2 additional clips in the shoulder stock (you'll have to buy these separately), and having two clips at the ready can cut down significantly on reload times while you're in the heat of battle.


The Longstrike is one of the best looking Nerf guns ever made, but it isn't one of the best performing. Though some simple modifications can increase the range, it still seems a little silly to create a Nerf gun that resembles a sniper rifle but only shoots a little farther than an out of the box Nite Finder.

Here's the box:

nerf longstrike box

nerf longstrike box

Here are the Longstrike's accessories (courtesy of SG Nerf):

nerf longstrike accessories

nerf longstrike accessories

And finally, here is a picture of the Longstrike's internals. I haven't taken mine apart yet, so I couldn't take my own picture -- photo credit goes to Mod Works.

nerf longstrike internals

nerf longstrike internals

{ 12 comments read them below or add one }

Bullseyesniper87 February 5, 2010 at 3:49 am

Ok I just got mine at the store in Ypsilanti, MI. Honestly I love it. It may not shoot as far as I would like, but if you put the drum on it and then compare it in terms of weight to the longshot the longstrike would win hands down. The weight, the look, and the feel made this gun worth buying. Like I said before its not about how you can modify the gun its about how you use it. If your doing humans versus zombies then use this with a drum clip on it or the raider. They are both very good guns, and since I like the concept of sniping I have no issue with this gun. You can snipe someone who has their back to you from at least ten feet away, at most thirty feet with the barrel attached, same distance as the longshot with out the barrel. Also think about this the longshot can only hold one clip in the back the longstrike can hold two. To me it would make more sense to have both of them because you never know which gun will be the best for what you want to do. So if you call yourself a true nerf fan then you will buy this gun regardless of what you think of it.


jason February 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

this is way better the nitefinder i agree that gun is good but this is better in alot of ways:
-the range is about the same
-long strike holds 18 darts at max but nitefinder holds three
-this holds clips
-this has a detacable barral
-comes with flip up site
-site is accurate
-holds two clips in the stock

but i agree it is a good gun because of it acuracy but so is this gun!!!!!!!!!


Nerf General November 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I dont have this gun yet, however this gun would be perfect for Army, or S.W.A.T, games, which means if you have any night games or anything you can take the laser from The Recon(if you have one), put on top on the tactical rail and go in the bushes and camp their for assasinations, and for short distances you can take the barrel off and go from their, thats why I cant wait get my hand on that Longstrike CS-6!


Nerflover856 May 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I got this gun, and i was a little disapointed about the range. (I thought i would have at least 40 foot shots) Still, its a great gun.


WWJEREMY May 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I got this and was dissapointed with a lot of things about it. Range, accuracy, all things that make a good Nerf blaster. But I dont regret buying this. Its fun, at least. You can put a dart in the built in barrel and it can work as a shotgun. Great for 1vs1 2 hit kill Nerf wars.


WWJEREMY May 18, 2010 at 1:11 am

The reason the Longstrike has a reverse plunger system is so the Longstrike can be released in Australia. The Longshot and the Maverick are banned there.


tyo October 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

the longshot and maverick arn not banned in Australia, i live in Australia and i have a Maverick and the maverick and the Long shot are in shops hear


Nerfan June 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Okay, first off, as a response to the above comment, the Maverick doesnt have a direct plunger system, but the NF does, and you have those, right?

Second, the review:
Out of the box, performance is passable. I didnt expect it to be like a Longshot, but rather a Recon, and its somewhere in between those two. The Longshot doesnt have much more than three feet more range than this, but I prefer the feel of the Longshot. Although, thats not saying that this is uncomfortable. The add-on barrel doesnt so anything to improve the blaster, so just leave it off.

Next, modded review. Like the Recon, it has a reverse-plunger system that gives it poor ranges. Theres really not too much you can do to it, so dont buy this if youre a modder. Buy the Longshot instead while you can, since its being discontinued.


nick November 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

this gun is a very good range gun. ive had some darts fire like, 3 feet, and others about 30 feet. if you like long range, youll want to make this gun part of your nerf collection. remember, its nerf.or nothin.


Steelforcer November 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Well, I love sniping, and people said it has a poor range. Reversable plunge I need an answer, would I be able to reverse the plunge? I only modded a nerf gun once. (deploy) I dont have the longstrike but I do have the longshot.


JjAaYyYy November 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Firstly i was wonder what would you guys think was better a recon or longstrike also how much is the longstrike in Australia and where can u get it. this would really help Thanks B=-+(:p < side on view


BioformerCorviz November 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

long-shot is no longer available, but this is the next best thing, im hoping
getting it this weekend or for christmas

i really want the long-shot, but ITS DEAD!
to stores anyway

this is much less bulky, has 2 clip storage (im not a good person at saving bullets), AND has TRIPLE aim system

GOKU, whats his aiming level?

ITS OVER 1.000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!


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