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Not to be confused with the fictional Raider CS-6.

The Raider Rapid Fire CS-35, later renamed the Raider CS-35, is a clip system Nerf blaster that was released on September 9th, 2009 under the N-Strike series.

It comes packaged with a thirty-five dart drum, thirty-five Streamline Darts and a detachable shoulder stock.


The Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 is a pump-action clip system blaster. It features the ability to be slam fired, with the blaster advertised as being able to do so at incredible speeds. It has a side-loading clip well, rather than a bottom-loading one, which may be uncomfortable if a long clip, such as an eighteen dart clip, is used. Furthermore, the large drum can block the user's view somewhat if they are firing from the shoulder.

On the side opposite the clip well, there is an orange jam door that allows users to remove jammed darts. An extra dart can be placed in the bottom of the trigger handle. It is compatible with detachable shoulder stocks, and has two tactical rails for mounting accessories; both are located in tandem atop the blaster. There is a priming indicator in the rear mounting nub for shoulder stocks. However, this is obscured when a stock is attached.

Unlike most clip-fed spring-powered blasters, the Raider's clip release has no mechanical locks, allowing it to be activated at any time. This makes removing clips and drums possible without needing to have the priming handle in the rear position. However, it may still be difficult to remove clips in the process, as the forward bolt keeps it in place.

Official description


The Raider CS-35 was the first blaster in the N-Strike series to have a special release date. It was the first blaster to have a release campaign for September 9th, which featured the tagline of "the Nerf raid begins". Special releases on September 9th continued to be a Nerf tradition, with the release of the Stampede ECS in 2010 and the Hail-Fire in 2012; the Vortex series was also released on September 10th, 2011, a day after Nerf's special release date.

The Raider was also the first blaster to feature slam fire.

This blaster was first available in Australia.[citation needed]

By 2010, the blaster's name was shortened down to Raider CS-35, which became its more well-known name. This was also used for the Clear Series and Gear Up variants of the Raider.

The Raider has a direct successor called the Rampage, which was released under the N-Strike Elite series in 2012.

Color schemes

The Raider has been released with the following color schemes:


The Raider CS-35 is not popular within the modification community, due in part to its reverse plunger system. Orange Mod Works has released two special mod kits for the Raider: a Stage 1 package with a stronger spring and a "starter" Massacre Kit, with polycarbonate replacement parts.

Value packs

There exists three value packs for the Raider. The Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Bonus Pack includes a Raider, two thirty-five dart drums, and seventy darts. There is also the Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Special Value Pack, which has two variants: one that includes a thirty-five dart drum and a hundred darts, and one that includes a thirty-five dart drum, two six dart clips, a Flip Clip, and sixty-five darts.

In 2011, the Bonus Pack was re-released with Nerf's new box colors, but only as a promotion at Toys "R" Us for one week[citation needed]. This re-release would give it Special Value imagery on it, rather than that seen on the original Bonus Pack.

Also available is a Double Your Darts pack, which included double the standard amount of ammunition. This would also later see a re-release, as the Raider CS-35 Reload pack.


  • The Raider has more special value packs than any other Nerf blaster.
  • It is the first blaster to feature a digital camouflage texture on its shell.
  • A fictional blaster known as the Raider CS-6 was present in the Nerf N-Strike video game. Just like the Raider CS-35, it had a side-feeding clip and pump-action operation, and may have served as an inspiration for the blaster's creation.
  • The Raider CS-35 is erroneously referred to as the Raider CS-6 on the packaging for the eighteen dart drum. Whether this mistake has anything to do with aforementioned fictional blaster is unknown.
  • It is the only N-Strike slam fire blaster to come with a detachable shoulder stock, despite several other slam fire models having rear attachment points (such as the Alpha Trooper CS-18).
  • This is one of only two N-Strike blasters (the other being the Longshot CS-6) that are not available in the Sonic Series, but are available in another color sub-series.
  • The Raider may be more comfortable for right-handed people, as they can rest the drum on their left arm.
  • An error exists in the Raider's included instructions, with the second step saying "Firing a gain", rather than "Firing again".


The full image gallery for Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 may be viewed at Raider Rapid Fire CS-35/Gallery.

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