Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18

Nerf Alpha Trooper CS-18 N Strike

Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18 Quick Facts

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Series:Nerf N Strike
Ammo capacity:18 darts
Range:30-35 feet
Released: 2010

The Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18 blaster will be released in August of 2010, and it looks like it has a ton of potential to be awesome.

I don’t have all the details yet, but here is what I do know:

  • It will be a Target exclusive
  • It features an 18 dart drum
  • It has rapid fire capability

I’ll post more details as they come.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

XIIIMay 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

aight, what I can guess from the box. of course, the 18 clip. most likely reverse plunging (dagnabit), “rapid fire”= pumping, like anyother of these guns, and if you look at the back, it looks like there might be a place for the recon stock.


King-HamnJune 18, 2010 at 1:59 am

All we can do about the reverse plunging is hope your assumption is false.
And about the recon stock. You might want to mod it first cause it is very flimsy and I mean, VERY, flimsy.


Eldon M.November 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I think this gun looks awesome. That’s why I’m getting it, and boy, it looks like a blast.


Shotgun ShellNovember 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have it…it is a Raider in pistol form, with a smaller drum.


red baronDecember 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

i have one it can hold a recon stock and the range is 35-40+ feet!

its my favourite with a recon stock and a longshot scope

its powerfull comfortable and fast and agile i give it a full10/10


FergDecember 9, 2010 at 12:52 am

i got this gun a few weeks ago and it is awesome fun. I’ve also got the raider and i can tell you that the rapid fire is 10x as smooth and easier to use. i can unload the barel on one of my friens in about 7 or 8 seconds. my only problem is with the barrel: even with carful handling mine always jams. still a great gun though!!!!


PERSONDecember 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

This has a less effective air restricter(really ineffective) which means THIS BLASTER SHOOTS ABOUT 40 FEET with not damaged darts.


FEZDecember 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

OMG this gun is awesome or in other words, legendary… wait for it, dary (bad joke, lol). Its fire rate is awesome and sometimes I use the barrel with my recon. The recon and alpha trooper togehter are perfect for anyone.


that guyDecember 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

just got this gun and it is so BEAST. the range on it is so good, if only the snipers were like this. lol


IronhandDecember 26, 2010 at 2:35 am


I’m blown away by the Alpha Trooper.Here’s why:

1.18 SHOT DRUM.The mini-drum magazine works beautifully, looks cool, and at 18 shots, holds 3x more than the standard clips.
2.SMOOTH ACTION.The pump is sturdy, smooth, and comfortable.I NEVER jam with this gun.
3. POWERFUL.Even without modification, this gun is surprisingly accurate and has good range.I’d rate it just below a Longshot.
4.ACCESSORIZABLE.Because the slide is foregrip-style instead of a topslide, it doesn’t get in the way of your scope the way the Recon’s does.Although it doesn’t come with a stock, it can take the Raider stock or the Recon stock.
5.GOOD LOOKING.This is the nicest looking N-Strike available in my opinion.It is a great size, handles well, and looks amazing!

Check your local Target store for the Alpha Trooper- I found some on sale for a very reasonable price this holiday season.Good hunting!



MENSODecember 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I picked this up for my 7yo girl so she can compete w/ my son and I.I have a Stampede, while my son has the Barricade, but now I rather use the Alpha-trooper.It’s small enough, and smooth enough that she can get off enough shots to compete.She tried the Recon, and the Raider, but both are too big.I find that the Alpha-trooper fires off consistenly well beyond 40ft, and it hurts when she gets her target.Awesome little weapon.


billDecember 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

This is a great blaster! The 18 dart drum and rapid fire capability are amazing! In any Nerf battle I have, I always win using the alpha trooper! Long range firing combines with accuracy for an unbeatable weapon!Buy This!


SteveDecember 31, 2010 at 11:46 am

The alpha trooper is AMAZING. ONLY problem is that the one i bought has a range of only 25 feet and i was expecting 35 or more. Otherwise a very accurate and portable nerf blaster. i give it a 9/10


LukeDecember 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

it is awesome. it shoot smoothly it dosnt jam you can put in 20 darts without it jamming its portable and it has alot of range and best of all its not reverse plunging and the useless air restrictor make it the best gun ever, i put on the pinpoint mission kit sight and the recon stock (with exttra clip) and i never lose nerf war. this is the best gun ever.


BondoJanuary 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I have to agree with all of the comments praising this blaster–except one–mine is not very accurate at all.My darts curve and jink at about 30-35 feet.It may be a defect with my particular Alpha Trooper.At any rate, it’s an excellent blaster and I enjoy it almost as much as my kid’s barricade.


the dudeJanuary 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

I really like the look of this gun, but I don’t think its available in the UK.


JerryJanuary 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

In my office on Friday afternoons major Nerf warfare breaks out. My Alpha trooper holds its own with longer range than most, combined with the large magazine. The shorter form is better for cubicle warfare as well. Definitely a hit!


FordJanuary 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

In my opinion, the best nerf blaster ever. Everything is great, but the darts start to veer off target at about 30 feet. It’s portable, lightweight and easily my favorite.


dunnoJanuary 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

i had the raider and I loved it. I was able to beat more than three people at once with it. But of course, one of my brother’s friends threw it on the ground and it broke. So I am really looking forward to getting what seems to be a smaller version of it. :D


eman231February 4, 2011 at 3:50 am

i got a dud, mine only shoots around fourty feet with new darts 1/5 times, the other 4 times it shoots to the end of the barrel and falls out, sounds like i should get a new one :)


JamesFebruary 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I would like to say that this is the BEST Nerf Gun I have EVER used in my life.The shots travel far and the rapid fire is awesome, plus it has never jammed, ever. Plus the 18 shot clip lets you keep going so you could of easily taken out the enemy team in war situation by the time the mag is empty. By the way, I am English and there is no Target stores in the UK so I got mine from Argos(a hint for all of you british nerfers out there)for £19.99 (about 27 dollars, i think…) PS The size makes it good for cramped quarters.


the dudeJune 12, 2011 at 5:31 am

You legend thanks I didn’t know where to get it but I do now thanks to you!


SunFebruary 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm

1 question- is it better than the raider????????


Nerf HerderFebruary 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

This gun is fantastic!I’m getting a crazy range, it fires as fast as you can slam it, it has an 18 dart drum, but it can actually hold 20, it seems to be pretty durable, it’s only jammed once for me, but there’s a door in it that lets you easily clear it, and it looks really cool.Totally worth the 20 bucks!


ScooterFebruary 22, 2011 at 12:03 am

Hey I don’t have this gun but with all the comotion it is top on my list. My mom won’t take me to target…even though she promised to! This 18 dart gun is supposedly super smooth and fires nicely. Thats all I know but its enough to buy! Please buy it and have a wonderful time!


Qwert221February 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This is WAY better than the raider. I also love how much the pump action makes it feel like a shotgun.


TripledoubleUMarch 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Does the raider or longshot clip fit into the alpha trooper and vice-versa?


ts20fanMay 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Yes. They work in each other.


N3M3S1SApril 15, 2011 at 3:53 am

I picked this up 2 weeks ago and in stock form it’s pretty awesome. My stock Recon has a bit more “punch” when darts hit but this one is easier to arc and dead on hit something. First day I got it I was arcing 50 foot shots at my friend who was hiding behind a car with no problems.

It’s lightweight, looks nice, and responds well to mods. I’m in the middle of hiiiiiiighly modifying mine. I’ll be sure to add pics to the Nerf facebook when it’s done(I’m the guy who posted the black and gray Recon & Barricade). I’ve started many wars throughout the house lately, and with this gun I’ll definitely win. :p


devilApril 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

i am not sure if i should buy this gun or not and how much is it i havent checked the price yet


UbernoobzerJune 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

It is 19.99 + tax


It's meMay 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I got this gun for my b-day and its amazing. It shoots about 30 feet and has great aim. You can put 19-20 darts in the clip but I pefur 19 because it normally gets Jammed with 20. This thing is small but powerful. I would give it 9/10.


SomeoneJune 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

This gun is ok – for me it jams A LOT when in slam-fire mode, especially with the drum mag.
Otherwise, if it doesn’t jam its a great gun


AussieJune 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Are they still selling them in Australia? it looks SWEET! :D


nerfdude213June 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

its cool my friend got it for his B-day and i love it i have enuf to get buy mah mom wont let me cuz i got 20 nerf gunz but ill be selling a few of ebay (or to my friends) for about $10 each+ $5 shipping, shipping to US only


DanAugust 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Epic gun, can fire faster than the vulcan, good range and great accuracy.


JulianAugust 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

I put a brass breech in mine,it’s went from 40 feet to 85 to 90 feet . It’s small and fast and works great with a raider drum.


Bubs69August 20, 2011 at 3:14 am

There is something about this gun that I love but I can’t put my finger on it?? It shoots great distances especially with new ammo but does have the tendancy to ruin ammo after a few rounds. Something with the feed mechanism but that doesn’t bother me its just a great weapon right out of the box. I have 12 of these and have not modified not one. An absolute must for collectors or players.


trevAugust 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm

should i get this gun?I read some of these comment and it sounds pretty awesome!


DreadvenomSeptember 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I just bought this gun today due to the fact that I have been using a Firefly for wars for quite awhile. Although I love the Firefly and it will always have a place in my heart, I am so glad that I upgraded to the Alpha Trooper. I’ve shot just about every nerf gun in the N strike line aside from the Stampede and the Alpha trooper is my favorite. It’s very lightweight and small which makes it easy to sprint with (which you have to do quite often in wars). And the 18 dart drum may hold a lot of ammo but doesn’t look like it does because it’s so small and compact. The rate of fire is amazing, the range is about equal to the Recon, and the accuracy is pretty great. There’s only 2 negatives to this gun and that’s the lip on the bottom of the cocking mechanism (because it kind of just gets in the way of my hand and feels uncomfortable) and the other negative is the fact that it can hold a stock but doesn’t come with one. Overall though I give this gun a ten out of ten because those 2 negatives don’t really cause the gun to be less effective in battle by any means.


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