Why is it a top search keyword for my blog? In case you've missed it, I've now built TWO "Elite" Longshots that have made the rounds on the internet. While this official version doesn't look to claim any Elite performance on it, and most of us can easily assume it's still a stock Longshot on the inside, it is pretty cool to see Nerf's "legit" version look so similar to the ones I had built before.
I built in 2012 when the N-Strike Elite lineup was making it's first debut to the Nerf blaster world. It didn't feature the front-gun or scope and was a powered-up blue Longshot with some white stripes to match the then-new N-Strike Elite blasters coming out that summer.
"Elite" Longshot I built included the front-gun, changed the scope to a Pinpoint Sight, and replaced the priming handle with a pump-grip. It also featured upgraded internals and a slightly different paint job that lined the white stripes up with existing N-Strike Elite accessories.
The official Nerf version looks most similar to my 2nd attempt at building what I thought an Elite Longshot would look like. The white stripes with the black logos are almost identical between the two versions and the orange jam door and details along the top are all there. Even the grip is the same dark gray that I used off of a Yellow Longshot. Their buttstock isn't nearly as detailed as I would like, but I do like the darker color on that. Obviously the pump-grip isn't happening with the Longshot from Nerf and it would've been nice to get the Elite Pinpoint instead of the big plastic "scope", but overall I do like that there's a legit version coming out. Some internal upgrades will get it shooting just like my custom-made versions.
On the up-side, at least I'll can hope that the "build me an Elite Longshot" or "will you sell me yours?" requests will come to an end. I can't say I'll miss that! I might try to pick one up and give it similar "Elite Internals" treatment like the others, but it's just not the same when you're mocking up a blaster to look like the real thing.
Here's all my Elite Longshot videos I've made over the years.
Elite Longshot Progress Update #1
Elite Longshot CS-6
Retaliator vs Longshot
Retaliator vs Longshot (2)
ELV2 Progress 1
ELV2 Progress 2