My adult friends and I hold regular Nerf battles in a nearby park, and I have two Nerf Recons--the predecessor to the Retaliator--which I've heavily modded to shoot farther and more accurately. On the way to the last Nerf battle, we stopped at another store and my friend bought a Retaliator for [$] and we were all amazed at its performance. It easily outclassed my modded guns from the previous generation, even when my Recons were using the same darts. Bravo, Nerf.
The nerf retalliator is like a modded nerf recon with an extended magazine or clip and the stock is much durable and sturdy plus a grip which looks more like a custom m4a1 and it just feels so comfortable and the range is so unbelievable since it has a direct plunger system
The new elite retaliator is an excellent successor to the Nerf Recon. The retaliator is basically the same shape, only the inside has a new direct plunger system, giving the blaster twice the power of a Recon. The retaliator is worth the price, and it comes with the gun itself, assault grip, barrel, sturdy stock, and 12 darts and a magazine. Ranges are easily up to 50 feet so I would definately reccomend it!
This is not a bad entry level gun if you want to try out the the Nerf Vortex family of guns that shoot discs instead of foam darts. Think of this as the Nerf Maverick equivalent for the Vortex family.
It is a very solid and well built although a little on the heavy side.
The chamber is really cool the way you push a button and it automatically snaps open.
The only downside is that it only holds five discs.
You should consider the Lumatron instead. It is a slighlty larger and more expensive handheld Nerf Vortex gun. However, it allows you to use the cannisters that you can preload with either 10 or 20 discs. And you can can carry multiple cannisters with you. The Lumatron is certainly worth the extra money.
That being said, again, this is not a bad starter gun for the price.
The Rayven CS18 N-Strike Elite is a great Nerf toy Blaster. It combines long range with great accuracy and a large dart capacity. Added bonuses are the glow in the dark darts and the neat whirring noise made by its electronic motor.
I've recently started playing Nerf Wars with my nephews, and have been exposed to about a dozen different blasters. In my opinion this is simply the best.
My two nephews, ages 8 and 10 seem to agree.
Its one downside is that without batteries, its basically a paperweight.
Awesome gun. Shoots farther than any other gun I have owned. Large ammo capacity comes in really handy when your oppenent gets down to his last rounds. It makes a whining noise, but when your oppenent hears it- it is usually to late, cause he has probably already been hit. Sometimes the bullets come out of the clip and get stuck when you try to rotate to your next clip, an easy fast fix. The 8 rotating clips is great- can hold up to 144 rounds, with the 18 dart clips. I have 48 bullets in my gun now, and HARDLY EVER go through all of them. Overall an awesome gun that can distibute a lot of ammo.
This is an overall great gun. It shoots farther than most of my modded guns and is much quieter than them too. Does actually shoot up to 75 ft like the box says and is very good. The only problems I have with it are that it only comes with 4 instead of the full 8 clips and when rotating the clips it sometimes gets stuck, but otherwise I would definitely recommend buying this gun.