|This product has been discontinued.|
It cannot be purchased in retail stores. The only way to obtain it is through second-hand websites and stores.
It is a Toys "R" Us exclusive in the United Kingdom.
The Longshot CS-6 is a bolt-action clip-fed blaster advertised as a "2-in-1 blaster". This is due to the included front blaster, which connects to the Longshot with the use of its barrel extension attachment point. The Longshot also features a carry handle with a tactical rail built atop it, a set of folding bipod legs, and an integrated shoulder stock that can be extended out, to additionally make the blaster longer. The folding legs allow the blaster to be used against a flat surface, which can be helpful when the blaster is at its full length.
The blaster's jam door is located under the carry handle, which can be slid open to provide an access point for jams when the blaster is half-primed. Two strap points are built into the blaster, one above the muzzle and one against the back of the carry handle.
While most N-Strike blasters can fire Elite Darts, the original version of the Longshot has difficulty firing them without modifications. This is not the case for the later, yellow variant of the Longshot. It is believed that there is a difference in the breech between the two versions, resulting in a failure of the original Longshot to fire Elite Darts and allowing the newer version to do otherwise.
It advertises a firing range of up to thirty-five feet (10.6 meters).
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Take your blasting skills to the extreme with this two-in-one blaster! This blaster is more than three feet long and can launch foam arrows up to 35 feet away! Aim with accuracy and precision using the targeting scope. Two quick-reload clips hold a total of 12 STREAMLINE DARTS. There’s even a fold-down bi-pod to help you steady your aim for important shots. Looking for a quick shot at close range? The blaster has removable parts to give you one-handed freedom with a single-shot blaster! In either mode, load up, aim, press the trigger and watch the darts go the distance!
The Longshot was the first clip system Nerf blaster. It was also the first blaster to use interchangeable barrel extensions.
It has been re-released five times, starting in 2007 with a new, yellow color scheme; this version of the Longshot notably only came packaged with one clip, rather than two. The Red Strike Longshot released in 2009 as a part of a Black Friday deal at Walmart stores.
The blaster was notably discontinued in the United States in mid-2010, possibly due to the release of the Longstrike CS-6, which may have acted as a follow-up or successor to it. Because of continued high demand of the blaster, and the shortage the discontiuation created, prices on websites like eBay skyrocketed, sometimes even matching the typical mint price for the 1994 Nerf Action Crossbow.
Five years after its last version was released, the Longshot was re-released as the Z.E.D. Squad Longshot CS-12. The CS-12 notably lacks the front blaster and the integrated bi-pod, but still is the same blaster as the yellow Longshot. The same year, the yellow Longshot was re-released with new packaging and Elite Darts.
Another re-release came in 2015 as a part of the Elite Repaint line of N-Strike blasters. Unlike the Longshot CS-12, this re-release comes packaged with all its original accessories. A similar re-release came in 2020 for the ICON Series, which shares its color scheme with the yellow version.
The Longshot has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike (blue, yellow, black, gray, and orange)
- N-Strike (yellow, black, gray, and orange)
- Red Strike (red, black, gray, and orange)
- Elite Repaint (blue, white, black, gray, and orange)
- ICON Series (yellow, black, gray, and orange)
Longshot CS-6 internals are fairly complex. It has a direct plunger system, with the largest plunger of all the N-Strike clip system blasters, making it one of the most powerful stock N-Strike clip system blasters. The internals have several locks built into the firing mechanism. One of them doesn't allow the firing trigger to be pulled while the bolt is back. Another doesn't allow the blaster to be re-primed immediately after firing; this makes the user wait a second at most to re-prime the blaster. Another lock stops the clip from being removed while the bolt is forward. All of the blaster's clip, trigger, and jam door locks can be removed via modification.
The Longshot has been considered one of the most popular Nerf blasters for integrations. Modders attach Mavericks, Titans, the Longshot's own front blaster, and other blasters to the bottom of the Longshot by cutting, sanding, and attaching the two with sticky putty or adhesive. In some cases, modders run coat hangers or wires around the existing internals to allow the main trigger to fire any attached underbarrel blasters. In other cases, instead of integrations, the priming action is converted to a standard pump-action style, rather than bolt-action.
Another popular modification to the Longshot converts it from a bolt-action priming mechanism to a pump-action one. The pump-action handle usually takes the place of the bipod arms, and connects to the original bolt arms to guide in priming.
The Longshot CS-6 Super Value Pack features the Longshot alongside a Dual-Mode Light Beam and a Recon barrel extension. A similar pack, the Longshot CS-6 Special Value Pack, includes a yellow Nite Finder EX-3 Sight.
- The Longshot, when it was first released, was the longest Nerf blaster to be released. This has been usurped by later blasters, such as the Longstrike and Centurion.
- The Longshot is featured as a weapon in Nerf N-Strike video game series, as the LongShot CS-6.
- The original blue Longshot is often dubbed as the "Midnight Longshot", matching the nickname given to the original blue Maverick.
- The original blue version of the Longshot came with yellow clips, rather than the newer orange ones.
- It is the only N-Strike clip system blaster that has a direct plunger; the Stampede ECS uses a motorized direct plunger.
- This is one of only two blasters, the other being the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35, to not be a part of the Sonic Series, but are available in another color sub-series.
- The Longshot likely holds the title of the longest retail availability of any Nerf blaster, spanning well over a decade with multiple re-releases.
- Having a six dart clip in the stock compartment can act as a monopod of sorts, which will allow the blaster to sit completely flat against a surface.
|The full image gallery for Longshot CS-6 may be viewed at Longshot CS-6/Gallery.|
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- Vigilante (2012-03-12). Longshot CS-6 Basic Nerf Review (Write Up) (Article/Review). Basic Nerf. Archived from the original on 2017-07-14. Retrieved on 2016-05-13.