The Recon MKII is a Nerf blaster that was released in spring of 2016 under the N-Strike Modulus series.

It comes packaged with a barrel extension, a detachable shoulder stock, a six dart clip, and six Elite Darts.[1]


The Recon MKII is a clip system blaster advertised as being a "4-in-1" blaster, due to its included accessories. It has two tactical rails: one on the slide and one on the right side of the blaster. There is also a rail on the underside of the barrel extension that, depending on the version, may or may not be functional.

It advertises a firing range of up to ninety feet (twenty-seven meters).[1]

Official description


The Recon MKII originally suffered from a design flaw where, because of the handguard in front of the handle, the Recon MKII only accepted six dart clips, twelve dart clips and Flip Clips. Banana clips and eighteen dart clips fit in but could not be securely locked due to a protruding section that was blocked by the handguard. All drums excluding the thirty-five dart drum had even larger protruding sections that made it impossible for them to fit at all. However this problem was later corrected when Hasbro addressed the issue and released a fixed version. The fixed version and old version can be told apart by the barrel; the fixed version has five holes on the top (on each side), while the original version has only three. The original version is easily fixable by cutting off a plastic wall inside of the blaster in the front of the clip well.

In 2019, the Recon MKII was re-released in a blue color scheme under the N-Strike Elite series as the Recon CQ-12.


  • Due to its appearance, priming mechanism, and name, the Recon MKII is probably a successor to the N-Strike Recon CS-6 and the N-Strike Elite Retaliator[2].
  • Some stock images of the Recon MKII have the words "Recon MKII" written in a different font than the actual product.
  • There are a couple of small differences between the older blaster core that was recalled and the newer core replacing that can be used to determine the version.
    • It had been previously believed that new cores only came with barrel extensions where the tactical rail was ribbed to prevent use with attachments while old cores' barrel extensions did not have this ribbing. However some old blasters have been found packaged with this ribbing and likewise some new blasters have been found packaged without it, so the ribbing on the barrel extension can not be used to tell the version of the core.
    • The front of the old core has a small protrusion near the bottom with a five-dot "dice" pattern on each side. This prevented attaching tall barrel extensions, such as the Mega Dart Barrel Extension from the Tri-Strike, to the Recon MKII. The new core has this protrusion removed to give the core a flat front.
    • The new core has a sloped groove on the back of clip well to accept protrusions from larger clips and the sides of the well near the back have been straightened to accommodate the wider protrusions of drums. The old core has no groove and the sides bend towards each other towards the back.
    • The hand guard on the new core is narrower to provide additional space for protrusions from larger clips. This creates a noticeably shorter sloped section at the bottom of the hand guard.


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The full image gallery for Recon MKII may be viewed at Recon MKII/Gallery.

Official videos


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul Mindemann (2015-10-19). New Nerf Products Outed by Online Retailer.
  2. NERF Official (2016-04-04). NERF - 'Modulus Recon MKII' Blaster Files: Inspiration.
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