Updated: December 2017
Squirt Gun Reviews:I know one of the funnest parts of summer for me was going outside and having water fights with my brothers and sisters and other kids in the neighborhood. With temperatures in the 90's most of the summer, California is the perfect spot for water gun fights. We used to fill up our little squirt gun pistols and fire a pathetic stream at our enemies and think we were doing real damage. The smaller squirt guns are still made, but for the price you are better off getting the modern versions that hold more water, fire a bigger stream, and soak your opponent. I recently did some research online and in toy stores to see which water guns sell the best and if they really work. I hadn't used a water gun in years so I was surprised at how far along they have come. Most of the popular models have some kind of pump action which makes the water flow out and squirt people. The guns can hold quite a bit of water so you don't always have to refill. There are even some from Hasbro that let you hook the water gun up to a backpack which is essentially a reservoir of water so refills are easy. That was always the hassle as a kid, having to go and refill 6 ounces of water into a dinky little squirt gun and leaked after a few uses. The water fights of today are a lot more fun and the variety of weapons is huge.
The Super Soaker was a revolutionary water gun that kids have talked about for years and they do work well, although I prefer the newer water cannons that really get your friends wet. The water cannon styled guns work like a syringe and when you pull back on the handle you fill up a large reservoir in the water cannon, similar to how a shot is filled. The amount of water you can get into a single shot is amazing and the accuracy from 30 feet is really good. I first used these water cannons on a rafting trip down the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe a year or so ago and I think it was the most fun I have had in years. We were all armed and dangerous and the water was flying. No one was able to dodge the big blasts of water that rained down from all over. After that water fight on the river, I was sold and bought a few for my kids so they would have the best water gun in the neighborhood. The one drawback to these water cannons is that they need a source of water like a pool, river, or bucket to reload. You can't just put it under the tap and fill it up like other water guns. They can be a little heavy as well once they are fully filled. The good news is that manufacturers have made them small enough so that littler kids can maneuver them and have fun. I also bought a battery operated squirt gun for my little boy who is now 3. It's just the right size for him to hold and the water reservoir is pretty big so he's not having to refill all the time. The trigger puts out a decent sized spray and shoots a good 15 to 20 feet so he can get his big sister without having to be too close to her. The batteries have lasted (4 AA's) for over a week which is a good sign. The water gun was about $15, so I assume with batteries you are looking at another $10 to $15 over the summer months in expenses. If you want to read reviews on all the Super Soaker models, then go online HERE. Super Soaker Central has forums loaded with tips and owner opinions on what constitutes the best water guns on the market. Other sites like Epinions and Amazon.com list plenty of product reviews from consumers on their sites so you can get excellent feedback from other parents or adults on which water guns perform the best. Most people prefer a water gun with a large reservoir so they don't have worry about refilling all the time. With kids, you don't want a squirt gun that is too heavy when fully loaded with water or else they can't carry it. We found a fun review done by Chad Lorenz of Slate.com on water guns and he tested them for strength, ease of use, and fun factor. Chad tested 6 water guns and rated the Water Warriors Tarantula as the #1 choice. Most water guns will cost about $10 to $30 and last at least a few summers before they eventually break. You can browse the top selling water and squirt guns online here.