Southern Brisbane Nerf Club

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

REVIEW: Elite Rayven "Stinger" CS-12

I like bul-pup blasters, there aren't too many of them though. At the moment the Rayven is the only bul-pup blaster available. The original was an alien vomit green colour to try and match the green of the glow-in-the-dark darts. The we (not Australia or New Zealand though) got the Elite Rayven. In Elite blue, it finally matched the colour of the current line. Now we have the Elite Rayven Stinger, in N-Strike yellow.

If you've ever held a Rayven before, then there will not be anything new for you here. It feels like a Rayven. It has the same locks as the Rayven, the clip loads like a Rayven, it has the same jam door as a Rayven, because it is a Rayven. And it takes four AA sized batteries... just like a Rayven.


In box photos, the Stinger looks to have an orange colour to it, but taking it out of the box, it's obviously N-Strike yellow. In fact, comparing the Stinger yellow to the N-Strike Yellow I found no difference at all. The main colouring of the blaster is yellow and black, like a bee, and it's called "stinger" get it?

the way this Rayven differs from the others is:
a. lack of glow darts
b. no 18 dart clip (it's 12 now)

Strangely, the Rayven Stinger comes with 25 Stinger Darts that are "E" code, never heard of E code darts before. They're quite firm though and are Elite darts so they will work in other blasters. The rev trigger feels direct akin to the Stryfe, the original Rayven's was quite spongey. The trigger squeeze is a bit odd, pull slowly and the dart will jam, pull fast and you'll all right. The firm compound of the E darts might be responsible but I didn't notice any difference when comparing them to other Elite darts (J code). The motors spool up quickly enough, but cut the power by opening the jam door or releasing the rev trigger and the motors will wind down quite fast. I have't seen the internals of an Elite Rayven just yet but it seems like there might be some sort of dynamic braking setup... or I'm wrong.


The usual Rayven strap attachment points apply (2 in the stock and one at the front of the tac rail), all the same tac rails and you can attach the barrel extensions to the muzzle (doing this does balance out the rear heavy Rayven but will impede range).

The Elite Rayven Stinger is basically an Elite Rayven in a new dress. As a follow up to the lack lustre N-Strike Rayven, the Elite Rayven (blue or yellow) is a better performing version and if you like the Rayven or bul-pup blasters and are looking for a good performer then I would say go and get it. Problem being, Hasbro Australia have told me that the Elite Rayven is not slated for a 2013 or 2014 release. So... I don't know if we'll (or our bros in NZ) will get it.

Pros:
1. bul-pup design
2. comfy
3. semi-auto clip-fed
4. quiet motors
5. rev-up trigger (allows easy motor activation for lefties and righties)

Cons:
1. poor balance
2. meh colours
3. long internal barrel
4. too many locks
5. N-Strike yellow when everything else is blue now
6. jams easily


~ Rob

4 comments:

  1. opening the jam door down revs faster than letting go of the rev trigger.

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    1. I noticed that, strange. I can only assume it uses dynamic braking to do that.

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  2. could you guys make an internal vid of the blaster? i want to see if they chaned the trigger mech

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  3. It feels like a Rayven. It has the same locks as the Rayven, the clip loads like a Rayven, it has the same jam door as a Rayven, because it is a Rayven. And it takes four AA sized batteries... just like a Rayven. Bajaj Specs

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