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Kids love them and will play together inside or OUTSIDE for hours or until they lose all their bullets, I must warn you that someone will get hurt, no matter how much fun they are one of the kids will get a shot to the head at some point and come to you crying. This said they are still great fun and to see kids of this day and age playing pretend war is a breath of fresh air instead of just sat in front of the computer screen.
Nerf Nstrike Recon CS-6
This gun is detachable it comes in 3 separate snap on parts, the main part is the pistol, a hand held gun with the slid on top to cock the gun (load the bullets) and a socket to fit the cartridge which holds 6 of the foam bullets, there is a orange slid clip by the trigger on each side of the gun that you slid back and release the clip and when you want to load the clip you just push the cartridge in the socket and it will make a CLICKING noise.
The barrel is then fitted to the front of the gun by lining up the attachment sockets (just turn the barrel to your left a bit and it will line up then attach by turning it right again and it will click into place. To release it just turn the barrel to the left.
The arm rest fits on the back of the pistol by just sliding it on, to release if there is an orange slid clip on the left hand side of the arm rest just slid it down and pull the handle off.
included is a muzzle and flip-up sight for aiming precision and a dual-mode light beam with red-dot accurate targeting that's perfect for night, it basically shoots a beam of lights out so you can line up your target.
They are great fun but watch out for foam bullets getting jammed in the gun from cocking it too hard but (pulling back on the silver slide on the top of the pistol) but if this does happen just pull the slid back and release the foam bullet.
Prices range between £20 and £24 but look around and you will find quite good discounts due to xmas coming soon.
My sons both had a number of items that they had no chance of actually getting on their Christmas lists. They were hoping Santa could bring them everything from a live snake or two, to a real chainsaw and real guns. The firearms laws for Northern Ireland not withstanding the idea of arming small children just wouldn't sit well with me, so the boys had to settle for toy guns, but there was only one line of toy guns they wanted - Nerf. Of all the guns Nerf makes, this one was top of the wish list, and of course I ended up buying two. The first was roughly £18 from Tesco, but as I had vouchers for the toy department actually cost me nothing. The second was £22 from Amazon, because Tesco had only one left. My oldest kindly offered to let his brother have it and take something else - but knowing it was the toy he wanted most of all - I just could not do that. Thanks so much to dooyoo I didn't have to!
The nerf recon cs-6 is actually 3 guns in one. You can take off the large muzzle on the front and the shoulder and the rifle stock making this into a pistol, just take the stock off and have a close quarters rifle as they call it, or use it all assembled as a sniper rifle. This is really very easy to do, the pieces sliding on with a click of a button and off easily and conversion from one type of gun to another requiring only a few seconds of time. The boys are both able to take this apart easily, and the 6 year old can reassemble in seconds, but the 3 year old does sometimes need a bit of help putting things back together. Additionally, there is a torch which attaches to the front of the rifle. This is called a laser sight - it can be used as a small pin point laser or a larger torch beam but is always red. This is easily attached and removed, and we have found that it fits all of our other Nerf guns as well including the vortex.
The Recon cs- 6 is part of Nerf's Nstrike range. Nerf currently has two bestselling ranges, Nstrike and Vortex, the primary difference between these being the type of ammo used. Nerf Nstrike uses a small orange dart, perhaps 3 inches long. There are a few different varieties of these sold, but they all fit all of the Nstrike guns,and despite manufacturers claims all do the same thing - hit a target. Some are meant to whistle, but in our experience they do not. The nerf vortex on the other hand uses a small green disk, which does seem to travel a bit further - but costs an awful lot more for extra ammo and believe me - you will need extra ammo.
That brings us to the contents of the box for this toy. When purchasing this gun, you will get the recon cs-6 in fully assembled form, instructions for altering it, although my son figured this out easily enough on his own, 1 plastic ammo clip and 6 bullets. The laser light requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included. We own a few of these guns as well as a Nerf Refill Bandolier for each boy. The clips and bullets are interchangeable throughout the Nerf Nstrike range. I do feel extra clips and ammo would be required though if buying it on it's own. 6 darts is not really enough for a good gun fight, and you will find they get lost under sofas, behind televisions and fish tanks, I have even ended up with one in my tea! Extra darts cost roughly £3.50 - £5 for 36 with Amazon currently being the cheapest I have found at £3.49 with free postage.
My sons absolutely love this toy. They have a great time taking it apart and changing it as well as one battle after another. The darts are not painful when you get hit, unless it is a face shot and the boys know shooting in the face means an end to the game. In addition to using the darts this is great fun in a darkened house to hide and hunt other family members with the light, just like playing flashlight tag. My 6 year old son says this is the best of all his Nerf guns because it has a pop up scope and a laser that turns into a torch. My 3 year old also says the laser / torch is the best part.
The only downsides to this toy are: ammo quality, hunting everywhere for lost ammo, and of course the house gets trashed a bit with various battles. The darts are thinner than those for air blaster, and easier to damage, we have had the tips come off a couple have been loaded incorrectly into a clip which has left them smashed up a bit. Our house of course ends up a war zone. Pillows and blankets are pulled down to build barricades, things get knocked over now and then - but then I really don't mind as long as the children are having fun. I have found the darts will not knock anything but the lightest of item down, and we tend to keep breakables put away in a cabinet anyway. It is the running and jumping and chasing each other about that makes a mess now then.
***IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION ***
Some Nerf recon cs-6 models have been recalled. I have spent some time researching this online and have only been able to find evidence of a recall in the USA. I have carefully checked my sons Nerf recons and they are not included in this recall. The way to check is to carefully look at the back of the gun. If you remove the rifle stock you should notice a black round piece sticking out which you slide the stock over to reassemble. If this part is black - your recon is safe to use. If however there is an orange plunger in place of the black peg, then this rifle is subject to recall. If in doubt please consult this page http://www.hasbro.com/customer-service/recall/Recall-Nerf-Recon-CS-6-Blaster.cfm or google nerf recon cs-6 recall. Apparently 46 children have had injuries as a result of getting skin stuck in the orange plunger, but the reported injuries appear to be limited to blood blisters, bruising, and some cuts.
After careful inspection, it appears that there is an orange plunger under the black peg on our rifle. I believe nerf has added the black cover as a safety feature and would expect any gun bought new from toys shops etc now to comply with the new safety standards. However, if buying used or from ebay, this is worth checking, and if you happen to already own one of these - no harm in taking time give it a quick check make sure it is safe. If you should have an affected model, Nerf will provide a free cylindrical cover to make this toy safe. I do not believe the black cover which now covers this plunger can be removed, but this is something I will watch for now as I am aware of this defect.