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The tactical rail on the barrel extension of the Recon.

For the RIVAL feature of the same name, see Tactical rail (RIVAL).

A tactical rail is a feature found on most modern Nerf blasters.

Details

Tactical rails can be used to attach certain accessories to the blaster; this includes scopes, shields, flip-up sights, grips, ammo rails, and more. On some blasters, the tactical rail can be used as a crude form of iron sights.

Demolisher old rail

The Demolisher 2-In-1's tactical rail with the 2014 locking tooth design. Externally, the tooth is identical to the previous design that used a spring.

Stampede rail new

The ICON Series Stampede ECS's tactical rail with the current locking tooth design.
(Screenshot from Jared Guynes's review)

Tactical rails have a locking tooth that keeps the attachment in place. Older blasters feature locking teeth that have a small spring or flexible plastic underneath to allow them to be pressed down and pushed back up. However, newer blasters feature a new tooth design that is a solid piece of sloped plastic, omitting the spring, most likely for simplicity's sake.

The tabs that compliment this locking system are on a few blasters designed to be attached to another blaster, such as the Titan AS-V.1. These are referred to as reverse or inverse tactical rails. The tabs latch onto the rail, either by sliding in the attachment from the front or snapping it on one lip at a time (the former is recommended, however). Most attachments have tabs that are also spring assisted with a torsion spring to allow them to clamp tightly onto the rail, as well as a notch between the tabs that mates with the lacking tooth. However, some attachments have fixed tabs, such as the Stunner clips.

History

The first tactical rail was found on the 2003 Scout IX-3, originally, the tactical rail was just designed and intended as a way to put the Scout onto the Titan AS-V.1.

In 2014, around the release of the Demolisher 2-In-1, the design of the locking teeth was updated to omit the spring. Instead, the locking tooth was a single piece of plastic with two bendable "legs" that provide the flexibility needed for the locking teeth to spring back up. Externally, it and the previous design are identical, although one may feel slightly different to the touch.

In fall of 2015, with the release of the Modulus ECS-10 and other blasters, the locking teeth design was once again updated, this time replaced with sloped, solid plastic teeth instead of the previous two's spring-assisted design. These have been used on all blasters with tactical rails since, with the exception of rails on some re-releases of older blasters.

Products with tactical rails

For a list of all Nerf blasters with tactical rails, see Category:Blasters with tactical rails.

For a list of all Super Soakers with tactical rails, see Category:Super Soakers with tactical rails.

For a list of all accessories or miscellaneous products with tactical rails, see Category:Products with tactical rails.

For a list of all Nerf blasters with inverse tactical rails, see Category:Blasters with inverse tactical rails.

Trivia

  • The Nerf tactical rail seems to be styled similarly to the Picatinny rail system commonly found on real/BB/airsoft guns. The two are not compatible and Picatinny-based gear can only be mounted on a Nerf blaster with modification of the rail.
  • The Stampede ECS currently has the greatest number of tactical rails found on any Nerf blaster: six.
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