frequent paint breakage. cannot field strip. parts not available. double feeds. loud.
This was NSG's attempt in the late 80's to compete with the new wave of semi-autos that began to blossom on the fields. Although labeled as "semi auto", it is actually a double-action. The gun has a very long and stiff trigger pull. For something this compact, the pull and kickback greatly reduce the accuracy. To its merit, the barrel is actually easy to clean with a T-stick, or by undoing one screw and removing the barrel for a pull-through. The Rapide uses a unique clip system that came in a 20 or 40rd capaciity. 4 chambers that each held a set # of balls. When empty, just spin the clip 1/4 turn and keep shooting. Despite a detente wire, the gun wouldn't always feed correctly - causing frequent paint breaks due to pinching if fired too quickly. The unported brass barrel quickly corroded if not cleaned out after play, and has a very LOUD report. Durablity depended on the model. The composite guns (solid green, solid black) seem immune to any kind of abuse, while the limited see-through (clear) were prone to stress cracking after only a few years of play. The Rapide isn't as complicated to take apart as first seems - just take some extra time and space for all the screws. Roughly 25 shots can be garnished from a 12 gram before changing. There is no quick-changer, so it always helped to have someone cover you while undoing the 6-7 turns to remove the 12 gram knob. Some "upgrades" were available in the form of a C/A and direct feed adaptors.
The Rapide was somewhat outdated on the fields even when new, and is by no means considered "competetive". With the barrel polished out, and oil given to the internals, it can be a fun shooter for rec games and a real head-turner on the field. Its compact pistol stature does make it useful for tucking tight behind air bunkers, but unreliable accuracy, long trigger pull, kick, and paint breaks tend to make these more of a collector's item than anything else. If you find one for sale, then by all means purchase it, because these are harder to find (especially in working condition) as the years go by.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 at 6:34 am PST