With seasonal heat in full swing and people gathering together en masse for the first time since before last summer started, summer is truly, finally here. If you’re lucky enough to be near friends and family as the world continues to reopen, you might be looking for ways to kill some time in an enjoyable fashion. And there are few ways to do that better than having a good old-fashioned water gun fight.
If you’re going to embark on a hydro battle campaign, however, you’ll want to be properly outfitted. As such, those little pocketable plastic squirt guns just aren’t going to cut it — not, at least, if you want to come out the other side victorious. Instead, you should pick from our list of the 10 best water guns for grown-ups, and then you can revel in your aquatic dominance all summer long.
NERF Fortnite HC-E Super Soaker
If you find that your list of favorite movie characters includes the likes of Dirty Harry, Travis Bickle, and/or Paul Kersey, you might find yourself drawn to the squirt gun equivalent of a hand cannon, e.g. the NERF Fortnite HC-E Super Soaker. It’s small enough to tuck into a waistband but big enough to haul and fire up to 7.4oz of water. Of course, this pistol is on the smaller end of the spectrum, so you might want to utilize it as a sidearm alongside a larger rifle or double-up for twice the firepower.
Team Magnus Incog Water Gun
The Team Magnus Incog Water Gun has two primary things going for it: an impressive and unexpected capacity of 40oz and, thanks to its rather odd format, the element of surprise. Of course, you might have the element of surprise anyway, since the Incog can fire up to a whopping 32 feet per squirt. Furthermore, its unique format makes for easier refills with less waste and fewer chances of a leak. It’s actually kind of surprising this water gun isn’t more popular and well-known, likely partially due to the fact that it isn’t made by NERF.
NERF Super Soaker XP100 Water Blaster
For anyone with a sentimental soft spot in their hearts for nostalgia, there might not be a water gun that’s better than the NERF Super Soaker XP100, which looks like it was ripped right out of the ’90s and packaged to be sold today. In fact, this 44.44oz blaster actually features the original Super Soaker air-pressure water launching mechanism — the one that started it all — which can fire a constant stream of H2O, so long as you keep pumping the plunger. For those who love the classics, this is the ideal water gun.
Bunch O Balloons ZURU Slingshot
Technically speaking, the Bunch O Balloons ZURU isn’t strictly a water gun — but we’re giving it a pass because it fits into the same family. Rather than shooting a stream of water, this slingshot was designed to launch water balloons at distances of up to 100ft, which is great for raining down liquid grenades on your faux-enemies across the field of battle. Better still, it comes prepackaged with 100 water balloons with their own self-sealing technology, making them super simple to fill up for your subsequent bombardments.
Water Sports QF 2000 Stream Machine
If you had or knew someone with a pool in the 1990s, there’s a pretty good chance you already have a familiarity with the Water Sports QF 2000 Stream Machine. This water gun was nigh-ubiquitous back then (and in those fairly specific circumstances), but it still makes a formidable blaster today. With its simple piston action — which serves both to fill it up and fire it — this squirt gun can fire a thick stream of H2O up to 70 feet across any backyard or campground. Just remember, with this one, you’ll need to refill between each shot, leaving you a bit vulnerable between reloads — kind of like a musket in a machine gun fight.
NERF Super Soaker FreezeFire 2.0
Having a water gun battle in the heat of summer can be a great way to cool down, but if you want to gain an extra edge and send your foes shivering off into the distance, you’ll be interested in the NERF Super Soaker FreezeFire 2.0 you see before you. You see, along with offering simple operation and a constant stream of pressurized water — courtesy of its simple pump operation — this squirt gun has a refill port that’s large enough for and designed to accept ice cubes, helping to chill the liquid in its reservoir for a freezing surprise.
NERF Super Soaker Hydra
Finally, we’re getting into the big guns on this list, literally. The NERF Super Soaker Hydra you see here can hold a whopping 65 fl-oz and, with its simple pump control, can blast all of it at a distance of 25 feet or more — it kind of depends on the force with which you compress the pump. And it will keep firing, so long as you keep pumping it — right up until you’ve expelled the contents of the reservoir.
SNAEN Backpack Water Blaster
The biggest downside to most water guns is their capacity. It’s not that they don’t haul a good amount of water, but rather that the water doesn’t stretch quite as far as we’d like it to. In the interest of curbing that issue, we’ve got the SNAEN Backpack Water Blaster. The pistol portion of this kit can fire up to 30ft with its simple pump action. But the real star of the show is the second part, the backpack that can hold a whopping 2.5L of water — which is more than any of the other guns on this list. That capacity alone is enough to give this water gun an edge, as it means you’ll stay loaded for longer than your foes and you can track them down while they defenselessly try and fill back up.
NERF Super Soaker Soakzooka
If you want your backyard H2O fights to make you feel like Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura in ’80s action flick Predator, then the NERF Super Soaker Soakzooka is probably the water gun for you. Though not nearly as big as an actual Gatling gun, this hip-fire squirt gun is carried in a similar manner and operates via a simple pump control — meaning there’s no trigger. It also holds up to 1.6L (65 fl-oz) of water in its reservoir, is super easy to refill, and it looks a measure more interesting than most of the other options out there.
SpyraTwo Water Gun
Obviously, the price of the SpyraTwo is a massive jump from even the most expensive of its contemporaries on this list, clocking in at more than double the dollars. But it also puts every single other water gun on this list (or any other) to shame with its capabilities and features. You see, this squirt gun (if you can use such an understatement) is semi-automatic — meaning you don’t have to pump it up; you just pull the trigger — and can fire water “bullets” of up to 46ft. It can also self-reload in just 12 seconds (you just dunk it in a water source) and has a battery charge that’s good for a whopping 2,000 blasts per charge.
The 15 Best Nerf Guns
Not all environments are conducive to water gun fights, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your campaign indoors. You just need an alternative way to battle, perhaps by picking up a few of the best NERF guns for grown-ups.
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