Nerf Alpha Trooper CS-18 Review | Dart Strike

Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18

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  • Series: Nerf N Strike
  • Capacity: 18 darts
  • Range: 30-35 feet
  • Year Released: 2010

Now Available!

The Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18 is now available for purchase at

Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18 Review

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.


  1. XIII says:

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

  2. King-Hamn says:

    To XIII
    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.

  3. Eldon M. says:

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

  4. Shotgun Shell says:

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

  5. red baron says:

    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 full 10/10

  6. Ferg says:

    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!!!!

  7. PERSON says:

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

  8. FEZ says:

    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.

  9. that guy says:

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

  10. Ironhand says:


    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!


  11. MENSO says:

    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.

  12. bill says:

    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!

  13. Steve says:

    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

  14. Luke says:

    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.

  15. Bondo says:

    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.

  16. the dude says:

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

  17. Jerry says:

    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!

  18. Ford says:

    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.

  19. dunno says:

    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

  20. eman231 says:

    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 :)

  21. James says:

    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.

  22. Sun says:

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

    • EroomDivad says:

      Yup. It’s lighter, less likely to jam, cheaper and the pump grip is better (IMHO). Less ammo but you can still put a 35 dart drum in it. So it depends if you’re asking ‘which is the better gun’ (AT), ‘which has the better clip’ (CS-35) or ‘which is teh better package’ (AT).

  23. Nerf Herder says:

    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!

  24. Scooter says:

    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!

  25. Qwert221 says:

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

  26. TripledoubleU says:

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

  27. iamkool says:

    the nerf alpha trooper kinda jams alot so becareful before you buy it. but on the other terms thumbs up!!!

  28. N3M3S1S says:

    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

  29. devil says:

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

  30. It's me says:

    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.

  31. nerfdude213 says:

    iam ganna get it soon and my friend has it and he saies its AWESOME!!!!!! it has like a recon like “but” thing and a recon birel extenshon kinda cool

  32. Someone says:

    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

  33. Aussie says:

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

  34. nerfdude213 says:

    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

  35. Dan says:

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

  36. Julian says:

    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.

  37. Bubs69 says:

    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.

  38. trev says:

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

  39. Dreadvenom says:

    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.

    • EroomDivad says:

      So you’d prefer that it couldn’t take a stock? Otherwise I agree with it all. Best gun I’ve used. And I’ve used the stampede as well as most of the N-stike blasters.

  40. This gun is so beastly I pown so much with it this 1 time it was me against 2 friends and as soon as the war started 2 shots 2 kills it provides long range, acurracy and is light weight also easily adjustuble

  41. kenia gonzalez says:

    i liked this nerf gun for my

  42. Connor says:

    Hey guys!
    i’m a huge nerf fan… I think ive got about 15 nerf guns and im wondering wether 2 get the alpha trooper. Does anyone who lives in Australia know if you can get this blaster at a different place?
    because my town (wagga wagga) only has target country

  43. Nerf fighter says:

    Best Nerf gun I’ve ever bought this thing ROCKS!

  44. sup dude 98 says:

    great gun wish i can have another one

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