10 Best Water Guns | April 2017
- stands up to rough play
- very simple to operate
- must be refilled between each shot
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- 48-ounce tank capacity
- good for longer water fights
- may require a lot of pumps to work
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- tank detaches for refilling
- weighs just one pound when empty
- not the highest quality plastic
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- bright fire engine red design
- great for cooling off on hot days
- 6-foot range is a bit short
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- flip-up sight for improved aim
- shoots up to 34 feet
- filling cap leaks on some units
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- made of durable high gloss polymers
- reloads in 2-3 seconds
- can't be filled from faucet or hose
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- available in four lengths
- comfortable foam handle grips
- may leak if not discharged quickly
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- easy one-handed operation
- can be filled from a tap or bucket
- sturdy plastic construction
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- works best with crushed ice
- has a crosshair for better aim
- trigger-free pump-to-shoot design
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- made from durable abs plastic
- good price for a two-pack
- float if dropped in the pool
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5 Utilitarian Uses for A Water Gun
Who says water guns are just for kids? As a device, the water gun can be used for any number of things. Here are five tremendous uses for a water gun, each of which is unique, utilitarian, and fun:
1. The Garden Soaker: People with delicate plants often feel like they need to tiptoe around the garden with a hose. A Super Soaker (see above) is all you need to solve that problem. Watering your plants with a water rifle is an efficient way to save time and money and water.
2. The Sand Blaster: If you love the beach but hate the idea of having to wait in line to wash the sand off your feet, keep a high-powered water gun inside your bag. While everyone else is waiting to use a spigot, you could be on your way to the car.
3. The "Shot" Gun: Mix up a batch of your favorite cocktail, then fill an old-style water gun with that mixed drink (making sure the gun is either sanitized or new). Now you can squirt the shots directly into any party-goer's mouth.
4. The Oil Can: In many cases, the challenge of using a lubricant comes down to firing that liquid into a tiny crevice or hole. Rather than struggle with a squirt bottle (or an aerosol container), simply pour the contents into a water pistol. Now all you need to do is pull the trigger for oil.
5. The Lion Tamer: Spray bottles filled with water have long been used as an effective deterrent for training young cats. While it may seem odd to point a pistol at your kitten, the average water gun unloads as a thin stream, as opposed to a wide spray. This could be an efficient means of keeping your furniture from getting all wet.
How To Fix The 3 Most Common Water Gun Problems
Most water guns are known to experience a little dribbling from time to time. What's happening when this occurs is that a spring inside hasn't succeeded in pushing the trigger back into place. Either that or the trigger has somehow fallen off its groove. In either event, all it really takes to fix this problem is a few pumps or a quick pull on the trigger. More often than not, you can actually feel the difference when the trigger slips back in its groove.
If you own a water rifle and the pump gets jammed, the first thing you'll want to try is lubricating that pump with either silicone spray or Vaseline. Assuming that doesn't work, you may need to open the rifle by using a screwdriver. Once you've done that, check the screens inside for any clogs.
If a minor crack forms along any part of a water gun - or equivalent rifle - you can seal that crack up with a can of epoxy putty. Epoxy putty is water-proof, which is why it is consistently used in plumbing. It works more effectively on water guns than any other adhesive, and it also expands to provide a more solid hold.
A Brief History Of The Water Gun
Would you believe that the water gun can trace it roots all the way back to the Civil War? It's true. There is even a record of General William Tecumseh Sherman complaining that his armaments were such that he "might as well be putting out the flames of a burning house with a squirt gun."
The first-ever patent for a water gun was awarded to a man named Russell Parker in 1896. Parker called his invention The USA Liquid Pistol. This cast-iron handgun looked a lot like an antique derringer. It came with a leather holster, as well as a squeeze bulb and a tube (picture a squirting flower). Parker had initially tripped over his invention by accident. His expertise was in producing "rubber water syringes" for conducting enemas. Thus the squeeze bulb and the tube.
It didn't take long for manufacturers to determine that the liquid pistol should be marketed to children. As a result, the cast-iron mold was eventually replaced with shades of plastic. The squeeze bulb was redesigned to sit inside the pistol's handle. Newer guns were activated by a trigger. A hole was drilled into the hammer. That hammer took in water through a tube.
Water guns were only altered slightly from the 1930s up until the 1970s. In 1977 the first air-pressure-activated water rifle hit stores. This rifle's design revolutionized the industry, culminating with the introduction of Lonnie Johnson's Super Soaker in 1990. The Super Soaker was a rapid-fire water rifle that looked and behaved much like an M-16. The high-pressure action allowed for a long, unending stream that could hit targets at up to 30 feet away.
Today you can purchase water rifles from any number of manufacturers. Certain models come equipped with interchangeable magazines and rotating nozzles. You can even purchase water grenades, which are actually nothing more than army-green balloons ... that is, assuming you're hardcore.