Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Squirt Gun

Don’t ruin your warm-weather fun by buying the wrong water blaster.

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Squirt guns that don’t have a one-piece housing are prone to cracks and leaks.Sydney Rae for Unsplash

Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight and don’t carry a weak, ineffective squirt gun when everyone else is running around with hardware that the local fire station would look upon with envy? You’ll end up sad, alone, and dripping wet, which is no way to spend a summer day. But that doesn’t mean you should buy the biggest, baddest squirt gun out there, because there’s more to squirt guns than just how much and how far they can project water. Here’s what to look for in a squirt gun:

Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set
These foam cannons float in the pool.Max Liquidator

Squirt guns are not known for their rock-solid components and construction. Most are some type of hard plastic that will crack and leak after a hard drop (or even minor bump). If you handle your squirt gun rough, choose a squirt gun that has a soft-foam exterior. The material bounces off streets, patios, driveways, and decks, and keep squirting.

NERF Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker Water Blaster Toy
This water cannon has a 1-liter reservoir and will shoot more than 40 times without reloading.NERF

If you are aiming at targets that are far away, and your squirt gun has an extra-long range, that’s great, unless you miss and run out of water. Suddenly, you and your long-range squirt gun are toast. The solution is simple: invest in a squirt gun that has a large reservoir so you can spend more time playing and less time refilling.

heytech 2 Pack Super Water Gun Water Blaster 1200CC High Capacity Water Soaker Blaster Squirt Toy Swimming Pool Beach Sand Water Fighting Toy
This model has a range of up to 32 feet.heytech

A squirt gun isn’t much use if it’s so big that you have trouble holding it or bringing it up to squirt someone. A squirt gun should be easy to aim and fire quickly, and lightweight enough so you can run with it. Otherwise, it’s just a piece of plastic filled with water. If you’ll be moving around a lot, choose a squirt gun that won’t weigh you down.