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Nerf N-Strike Rayven CS-18

The Nerf Rayven CS-18 is a brand new piece in the N-Strike lineup that promises to offer fast paced, high tech shootouts. A blaster based around a flywheel system, the futuristic look and feel of this gun promises great things and the gun actually delivers on that promise.

With two tactical rails, barrel extension compatibility and a rapid firing rate, the Rayven is versatile, capable of short and long range combat but perhaps most capable at mid-range. With accuracy up to forty feed, but closer to twenty five or thirty on most days, the Rayven is best for fast and frantic action when you need to fire off a dozen accurate darts in quick succession.

With an AA powered flywheel, the gun is great for fast paced, dual wielding action, firing out its 18 shots in quick succession, or 36 darts for dual wielders. There’s an iron sight available if you line the dot at the tip up with your tactical rail, and while the gun is capable at slow-and-steady sharpshooting jobs, it really is best suited for more engaged action.

If you are going to do some sniping, use the Spectre or Longstrike barrel extension, as other extensions might result in the dart ricocheting around inside the barrel, resulting in a shorter range shot rather than a longer range shot.

The Rayven takes Streamline darts and comes with glow in the dark darts which make it a lot of fun for night time warfare. It feels like you’re in a video game when you fire out a half a dozen glowing green darts in rapid succession.

Surprisingly quiet and small for such a potent weapon and not prone jamming, the Rayven is probably best used as a standard primary weapon with a Longstrike as your sidearm and a non-battery operated blaster as your backup. Perfect for stealth and run-and-gun attacks.

The darts will fly as fast as you can pull the trigger, which, with the 18 dart clips, makes the Rayven probably the closest thing you’ll see in the N-Strike lineup to a standard issue Colt 1911 or a Beretta. As long as you keep the batteries fresh, you’ll never be left outgunned in any firefight. If you’re ever going to outfit a whole team with matching weapons, the Rayven is the perfect starting point for any arsenal and probably the very best gun to pickup if you’re a beginner just looking for a single piece to start your collection.

With the same hinge open jam door as the Recon and sling holes at the top and bottom of the stock, the Rayven functions perfectly as a primary weapon. It’s fast, versatile and reliable, almost never jamming if you treat it well. At about 13.5 inches long, it’s portable and it feels really cool in your hand with the clip behind the grip. If there’s only one problem with the gun, it’s not as capable at super long range as some weapons, but then, it’s not supposed to be. This is perhaps the pinnacle of Nerf dart blasters right now.

Daarkii - November 3, 2013

Well, the Rayven is indeed one of the better foamers out now, but it does seem to suffer when used in dirtier conditions. I’ve found mine is incapable of withstanding even the slightest dirt ingress as the wiring is not very well soldered to the machinery. However, this may just be a result of being and Australian version. I’ve had to clean it out after every game in order to keep it functioning properly for te next one. It also drains the batteries fairly quickly if the flywheels are left spinning, which is the preffered thing to do in proper engangements. To peak the performance of the Rayven, try using Trustfire or Eneloop battereis. They are the right size and their voltage output/capacity is outstanding. These are expensive, RC class batteries but in a stock fight I’d invest in them, otherwise replace the power supply as soon as possible and install your own motors. Outrunners are the best for flywheels as they are extremely efficient and do not run your battereis dry very quickly for superb performance. All rtings considered, the Rayven is a great foamer to start with and performs admirably. I’ve found it is best used in conjunction with a Maverick for quick combat swaps. It’s really fun and performs better than many of its contemporaries but through a number of minor faults, it can be outclassed by nearly every other foamer around. it is the best all-rounder out now but it cannot be uesd as a successful suplement to other classes of foamer. It’s still darn fine for its price though!

??? - July 3, 2012

I really want this gun, i love its size, and how the clip goes behind the grip, but there are a few things I wanted to know first. 1) How many clips are included with the gun? 2) What clips from other guns are compatible with the rayven? And 3) what other darts work with the rayven? (other than the streamlined ones)

    ts20fan - July 18, 2012

    1) One clip is included
    2) All clips can be used in the Rayven, except the Dart tag clip.
    3) Sorry, glow streamlines and normal streamlines are all that work.

stira - April 19, 2012

I’m Canadian so I don’t have Target. I have Zellers instead but they didn’t have it.

stira - April 19, 2012

At Walmart of course

stira - April 19, 2012

Umm… one problem… To those who have it how much does it cost? O_o

Jayson - April 15, 2012

the nerf p90 semi-auto sub-machine gun

piko - April 4, 2012

I hope they make a yellow version. This gun has good features (clip-system with motor) but the green color is just disgusting.

penis up your anis - March 26, 2012

dill dow

penis up your anis - March 26, 2012


SF STAINLESS - March 25, 2012

@lj. The nerf firefly was made Back in 2005 an it is a bullpup gun

Kees Vanbergeijk - March 25, 2012

“Hi, so I’m just starting out moding and I want to mod my rayven to give it the 35 drum and increase the voltage to 24v. But I can’t seem to find anywhere to buy just the drum and I also don’t know if it is possible to get the voltage up that high. any suggestions?”

    stira - April 19, 2012

    Dude just buy the 35 dart drum with the Raider… Its the ONLY way to get the 35 dart drum

zelmar108 - March 9, 2012

Looks like a P90 to me.

nerfer101 - February 19, 2012

i agree it is about time on the bullpup design a rather good design

nerfer101 - February 19, 2012

it works gr8 with the longstrike barrel

lj - February 15, 2012

finnally a bullpup style!!! took you forever nerf

lol - February 15, 2012

O_O WOW looks like a mini version of the stampede im buying it definatly i have got the stampede but now rayven here i come

Sneekyninjaguy - February 13, 2012

Love this gun cuz it shoots far. only problem is its only good in accuracy if you add a barrel at the end.

Pedro - February 4, 2012

I totally agree!!!! I AM LIVID!! Because they only allow you to sell 2 of their FUSION razors on ebay each month.. they are stepping on our rights as citizens to do what we will with the money we used to purchase their products. It is a shame, really. Since I will not go out of my way to purchase their products and many will do the same leading to a huge drop in their sales.. oh pity.

The nerf man - February 1, 2012

I think the rayven’s mag can be used in any cs (clip system) nerf guns etc stampede, raider, longshot, longstrike, recon because of the g-I-t-d (glow in the dark) mag. I only found out about it today. The rayven is awesome I’ m going to get one

nerfer101 - January 30, 2012

i finally got the gun love it except 4 the trigger it seems a little stiff but great rate of fire nerfsniperwillkilya was correct it is quieter than the barricade.im a fan of the tactical rail on the side of the rayven and the bullpup design

Somegie - January 29, 2012


you could think that

padsta - January 29, 2012

it looks sorta like a mini bullpup style stampede, am i right?

Anton - January 28, 2012

I think the raider is better

nerfsniperwillkilya - January 24, 2012

It’s quiter then the Barricade!

nerfer101 - January 24, 2012

how loud is it compared to the

nerfer101 - January 24, 2012

how loud is compared to the

nerfer101 - January 22, 2012

is the rayven better than the alpha trooper?

nerfer101 - January 22, 2012

love the color pretty sweet looking does the clip really make the darts glow? i want the gun so bad!

Jon - January 15, 2012

I was just wondering how loud it is. I have the barricade, and it’s fairly noisy.

E, Xane - January 14, 2012

ATTN: NERF! WTF is up with all the vomit green guns?! at least the “caution sign” yellow had a kind of industrial look to it, but green? You mess up a really good looking gun like the vortex lineup, and then continue it here? Seriously, wth is up? If a cop is stupid enough to mistake a nerf gun for an automatic rifle, odds are it’s color isn’t going to matter.

I mean, heck. With the internet how it is today, why not just give us a choice to go online @nerf and order our gear in the color cocktail we want, from gear up’s black and orange, to white out. Charge more for it, don’t care, it’s cheaper and easier then having to dismantle it and get spray paint to fix your color blindness. Heck, you can even make a business model off of it.

I know, I know.. shutting up now. Still Nice looking gun, bum ugly color. *marches off*…. *marches back* NERF! ALSO!. Learn how to use compressed air canisters! If you can fire BBs and paint balls with compressed air, you can sure as heck fire foam darts. And it won’t have to make electrical whines from compressors, spinning wheels, or electric pump actions that fire most of your semi/full autos. Also. Firefly vortex blasters. Make it happen. SRSLY. Now I’m done.

dappy the duck - January 10, 2012

how many is it ?

dappy the duck - January 10, 2012

looks cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frost - January 7, 2012

hope it will reach the UK soon realy want to get it and does not look 2 expensive. i have been looking for a aasault rifle sort of gun for ages and this is it it’s perfect 🙂

Chris Woytowitz - January 6, 2012

I am holding one in my hands, right now, in a target in california. Found this site checking for a review.

Reed - January 5, 2012

it is in stores overseas, australia and singapore I believe. Hasn’t reached the U.S. yet, but should this spring.

peter - January 5, 2012

Do you know when it is in stores? i cant find it on the internet or stores

dappy the duck - January 5, 2012

looks cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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