The First edition Longshot, which came in Blue.
The 2007 Longshot CS-6 is an iconic Nerf blaster for Nerf enthusiasts and modders. It was the first clip system blaster, and it was also the first to introduce & use the notorious Streamline Dart. With the blaster being almost five years old, is this still a viable battle choice in stock skirmishes? We’ll answer that question, look at it’s history, and more in this review. Also please note, everything I talk about in this review (ranges, size, accuracy) is without it’s front barrel blaster, unless i specifically mention the barrel being used.
The Longshot retailed for $35 USA, and comes with front blaster/barrel extension, one six dart clip, six Streamline Darts, and a tactical scope.According to the Nerf Fan Wikia, it’s about 3 feet long with it’s barrel extension and weighs about 6 lbs with everything on it. It first came out in it’s blue color, pictured above. It supposedly has a stronger spring then the yellow ones, although I haven’t tested it out myself. It was then released as in a yellow color, and later Walmart had in an exclusive “Crimson” color.
Ignore the bad black paint job, it was purchased from a friend. Get glance at the yellow one though.
The Longshot in it’s Walmart “Crimson” color.
The blaster is very easy to use. Just pull back on it’s orange handle to prime it, then push it forward to load a dart into the seal. Pull the trigger and it fires a dart. The look of a real life sniper rifle, along with it being the oldest clip system blaster out there, has made it a popular choice among casual Nerfers. Modders like the Longshot due to it’s simple internals and high modding potential. However, it has gone out of production in the USA since mid-2010, while it continues to sell overseas in certain countries..
The scope is a little hard to use, and isn’t on point accurate. It’s clip systemed, so it will take all the other bigger clips that have came out after this blaster. The barrel extension makes the blaster a good 3 feet, and while increasing the accuracy, it also reduces range about 5 feet and reduces mobility. It also comes with one Tactical Rail for all your Tactical cool attachments. It’s gray stock is adjustable, but it only comes out to too points. Those being all the way out or all in way in. The bi-pod isn’t really battle useful, but it’s still a plus. It can also store an N-Strike clip.
The Longshot is a nicely built blaster. It feels like a solid, Nerf rifle in your hands. The tactical rail also helps you to aim, and it doesn’t do a bad job. Just line up the sights and fire when ready. Even know Streamlines aren’t the most accurate, getting a decent bead and aim on your target will help in general. Looking through the scope during battles and games is a bit tough. You have to wait until the lines come into focus, then line up your shot, and then fire. Also putting your eye to the scope cuts off your peripherals. I honestly would not recommend it to someone who wanted to use a scope or sight.
The Longshot Scope
Looking through the scope
The bolt action helps prevent jams by making users manually, and correctly, loading darts into the chamber. However, the trade off is that your rate of fire will be lower. It’s not as low as you think though, because even under pressure, a decent Nerf player will be able to spit out a decent rate of fire. You can move the bolt back and forth to load a dart quick quickly, and then fire a dart.
The size is about an Alpha Trooper with a fully extended Raider stock. A little on the big side, but not too big. This makes maneuvering around things such as corners or doors, a little bit difficult. Don’t even try to use the full blaster (barrel extension with blaster) indoors. It’s just too big and awkward for corners and doors.
The front barrel extension/blaster
The Longshot Front Barrel is more gimmick then useful. It fires about 10-15 feet, which isn’t very useful in any Nerf War. I could see it being useful if an enemy rushes you and you need to fire off a last resort shot, or if your playing Humans vs. Zombies and your out of ammo in your main blaster. You could use this attachment to fire off another shot and stun that zombie. But if you in this situation, then, for lack of a better phrase, your probably screwed anyways and a single shot won’t really help you. Attaching the barrel also makes you lose about 10 feet in your blaster’s range, which again increases accuracy. Again, take your pick of accuracy or range, but the extra size it puts on the blaster doesn’t make it worth using in my opinion.
In solitary usage the Front blaster is easy to use, but lacks the performance compared and desired from many other single shot blasters (Nite Finder, Jolt, Proton, etc etc). 10-15 feet as a single shot sidearm just isn’t going to cut it these days. The blaster is easy to prime, and easy to use, and increases accuracy for the main blaster. But other then those things it doesn’t have that much going for it.
All in all, the Longshot is a short of legendary blaster, with it’s reputation proceeding it. With it’s still relevant clip system, solid feel & design, and decent rate of fire, this is still a viable choice for Nerf wars. I’d it a 7.5/10 without it’s front blaster, and a 7/10 with it one.