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(Pocket-lint) - If you ever find yourself screaming, "We need bigger guns!" then Nerf has probably heard you and is trying to answer your call - in the toy world at least.

The Nerf Rapidstrike CS-18 forms part of the N-Strike Elite range and is a fully automatic machinegun capable of taking 18 Nerf darts at a time in a single magazine clip.

Powered by four AA batteries, the gun will shoot its load in under six seconds (or 3.2 darts a second if you're really counting).

The darts have a range of around 20m - something we can vouch for - and depending on how close you get to your target will depend on the pain they receive being hit by one. No faces, no faces.

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Brightly coloured blue and orange - so as not to draw the attention of the fuzz - it's a mean, lean dart-firing machine. And one that we've had a lot of fun with.

Helping out on the precision front there's a flip-up sight at the front and an extendable shoulder butt to help steady your aim. It weights in at 583g.

It's not all totes amazeballs however: the speed at which the darts fire means you are soon out of rounds so that's something to bear in mind, and on a number of occasions when shooting anything that moved - including some things that didn't - the gun jammed. As any solider will tell you: a jammed gun is useless.

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Perhaps realising this possible issue, Nerf has included a jam-clearing door at the top of the chamber and that also allows you to slip in a single round if you need to load-up fast.

At £35 the Nerf Rapidstrike might be a bit steep for some, and we would recommend buying more Elite darts if you want to stay in the game for more than six seconds, but it's good fun nonetheless.

Writing by Stuart Miles. Originally published on 28 August 2013.