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The Rough Cut 2x4 is a Nerf blaster that was released in 2013 under the Multishot Madness sub-series.

It comes packaged with eight Elite Darts and instructions.


The Rough Cut is a pump-action blaster with a two-by-four barrel layout. It can fire two darts at a time, using a two-step firing trigger to do so, allowing the user to fire a single dart, by pulling the trigger halfway back, or two darts at the same time, by pulling the trigger all the way back. It features the use of an intelligent air restrictor system, allowing one or two darts to be fired from any of its eight barrels. It can also be slam fired in either single-fire or multi-fire modes.

It has one long tactical rail on the top of the blaster. It also has two strap points: one at the end of the blaster and one at the end of the blaster's trigger grip.

On occasion, an additional dart may unintentionally fire out of the blaster.[citation needed] Well-worn darts will not work in the Rough Cut, as they get pushed out of the barrels again by the plungers of the barrel-selection system.[citation needed]

Official description


The Rough Cut was first announced as the Ruff Cut in a article about the N-Strike Elite series.[1]

The Rough Cut is regarded as a successor to the Barrel Break IX-2, as both blasters have the ability to fire two darts simultaneously or a single shot by a half pull of the trigger, and otherwise share similar design characteristics.

It was re-released with improved Elite XD internals in 2014. It was re-released again that same year under the Zombie Strike series in the Rough Cut 2x4 2 Pack.

In 2018, it was given a blue camo pattern and released under the BattleCamo Series.

Color schemes

The Rough Cut has been released with the following color schemes:

Value packs

The Walmart-exclusive Rough Cut 2x4 Bonus Pack includes an extra sixteen darts and a Bandolier Strap.

A bonus pack is available at Toys "R" Us; it comes packaged with eight extra Elite Darts.[citation needed] A Target-exclusive pack includes a Triad EX-3 and a pinpoint sight.[citation needed]


The Rough Cut is assembled with two lengths of screws. The three shorter ones go into the holes of the front sight and both holes in the tactical rail. The gears of the pump action are standard gears with module one-sized teeth. The smaller gear has fourteen teeth and a 2.5 mm axle.


  • The Rough Cut was the first N-Strike Elite blaster to fire multiple darts at once.
  • The Rough Cut was also the first blaster to feature an intelligent air restrictor system.
  • The numeric 2x4 refers to its two-column by four-row barrel configuration, while the name "Rough Cut" is a play on words. In woodworking, the first cut into a plank of wood is called the "Rough Cut", and a "2x4" is a certain cut of wood.
    • The name may also be a reference to the barrel being "cut" on many sawed-off shotguns, as the Rough Cut has no forward barrels to speak of.
  • The Multishot Madness branding is not present on the packaging of European or Canadian releases.
  • There is a chance that the air restrictor won't pop back out after firing.[citation needed]
  • The priming grip may occasionally get stuck in a mid-stroke position, which can be fixed just by pulling it back hard.
  • The popular online computer game, ROBLOX, held a promotional Nerf event for free in-game items in 2013. This included a virtual rendition of a Rough Cut with an Elite-colored Targeting Scope, as well as a Diatron.[2]
    • Interestingly, the event predated the release of the Elite Repaint Longshot CS-6, yet is extremely similar to the Elite Repaint version of the scope.


The full image gallery for Rough Cut 2x4 may be viewed at Rough Cut 2x4/Gallery.


  1. Fagone, J. (2012-09-08). How Nerf Became the World's Best Purveyor of Big Guns for Kids (Article). Wired. Archived from the original on 2016-06-12. Retrieved on 2012-09-08.
  2. BrightEyes (2013-03-15). Play Nerf Battle: Double Your Blasting Target Challenge Today (Article). Roblox. Archived from the original on 2019-10-26. Retrieved on 2018-12-16.

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