Everything You Need to Know About Gel Blasters

Looking for a fun way to burn off some steam outdoors? Grab some friends and take part in a gel blaster skirmish!

Gel blasters are basically toy guns, like airsoft or paintball guns—although very different, as you’ll find out below. Take part in head-to-head matches or team play to develop your tactical skills, foster teamwork and cooperation—and even get some exercise. If you’ve never heard of gel blasters before, read on to learn everything you need to know about this new and exciting form of tactical play.

What are gel blasters?

Gel blasters—also known as soft gel guns or gel ball blasters—are taking the world by storm. They’re a very safe alternative to airsoft guns, which are outlawed in many parts of the world. The gel blaster craze started to take hold in Australia, and has become popular worldwide as a fun and safe outdoor activity for people of all ages.

Gel blasters are an excellent option if you’re looking for a new way to have fun in the outdoors because they’re environmentally friendly. Gel blasters use superabsorbent polymer water beads as ammo, and they’re much less painful compared to other alternatives like paintballs and plastic bullets. The ammo is non-toxic and completely biodegradable, which means you create no waste as you play. Compared to other toy gun options—like environmentally toxic paintballs or airsoft guns that shoot plastic BBs that can get lost in the landscape—gel blasters leave no trace when you use them.

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USES WATER-BASED GEL BLASTER GELLETS: Soak the tiny, eco-friendly gel pellets, or “Gellets,” in water and watch them expand to size. The Gel Blaster shoots Gellets up to 100 feet at 150 feet per second. They burst on contact and immediately begin to evaporate. Gellets are non-toxic, and completely disintegrate once dry.

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Are gel blasters safe?

While gel blasters are generally very safe to use, you should handle them with a certain level of care. Assume that every gel blaster is loaded and ready to fire, and never point it directly at your own face or someone else’s. Don’t assume that the safety is on, and don’t pull triggers outside of games. Always remember to wear protective eyewear when you’re using a gel gun.

Also, remember that you should never brandish your gel blaster in public. While you know that you’re carrying a toy, the general public might not. They may think you’re holding a weapon and could call the police, which is a completely reasonable response. Always play on dedicated fields or in your backyard to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.

At the end of the day, tactical toys are generally considered safe if you use them as-directed and with a little bit of common sense.

Types of gel blasters

If you’re just starting to explore the world of gel guns, you’ll see that there are many types available and they’re very similar in design to typical airsoft toy guns. The most common models you’ll find are the pistol, rifle and sub-machine gun, and they vary widely in terms of range, speed and portability.

  • Pistol: The small, lightweight design of pistols make them easy to carry and shoot, but you sacrifice range and speed for portability. Most have a range of around 65 feet and maximum speeds of 150 FPS. They also have a much lower magazine capacity than a rifle or sub-machine gun.
  • Rifle: Rifles are the largest gel blasters you can buy, and they require some effort to aim and shoot compared to quick-fire pistols. What they lack in portability they make up for in both range and speed. On average, rifles have a range above 80 feet and approximate speeds of 250 FPS on average, with some models achieving up to 300 FPS.
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DESIGNED FOR GEL BLASTER: Gel Blaster turns an old school squirt gun into modern day family fun. Each Gel Blaster shoots water filled gel balls or “Gellets” that burst on impact. The Gel Blaster experience is good clean fun anywhere without, pain, stain or cleanup!
WHAT ARE GELLETS?: Gellets are small, colorful gel balls made from Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP), an all natural, non-toxic, non-irritating, starch-based material. Water hydrated Gellets burst on contact and immediately begin to evaporate.

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  • Sub-machine gun: Sub-machine guns, or SMGs, are typically smaller than rifles, and they’re designed to be fully automatic. You can expect better firing control and enhanced portability, which is especially handy for close-quarter battles. They usually have around the same speed as rifles, with most clocking in around 250 FPS.

As you search for the right gel blaster for you, the main thing to consider is the type of games you’ll be playing. If you’re playing on a team, there are various roles you can fill, like a shotgunner, sniper or rifleman. Clearly, carrying a pistol while filling the role of a sniper just isn’t going to make sense. If you’re completely new to the game, an assault rifle is often a good choice, since you’ll have great range and firing speed right off the bat.

Also, keep in mind the weight of the model and your overall comfort while using it. Comfort and mobility are key if you plan to take part in a lot of matches, and you might get tired quickly and play less effectively if you’re using a blaster that’s too heavy.

Gel blasters vs. paintball guns

Gel blasters are commonly compared to paintball guns, but they have key differences that go beyond what type of ammo they use. Paintball guns shoot paint-filled projectiles, and use expanding gas to propel the projectiles through the barrel. The paintballs break on impact, leaving a mark wherever they hit. When the paintball comes into direct contact with skin, there’s potential for welts or bruises to occur.

Gel blasters, on the other hand, use batteries to propel projectiles—polymer water beads. Unlike paintballs, the ammo can’t be used on arrival, and you have to soak them for at least four hours until they reach their full form. Gel blasters have the upper hand when it comes to reducing the chance for pain or injury, since it’s much less painful to be hit by a water ball compared to a paintball.

Keep in mind that gel blasters have lower accuracy and firing power than paintball guns, but it’s never a problem as long as you’re going head-to-head with players that have similar firepower.

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Gel blasters vs. airsoft guns

While gel blasters look a lot like airsoft guns, they perform much differently. Airsoft guns shoot spherical plastic “bullets” that don’t leave physical marks on targets. It’s not always easy to tell who or what has been hit, which is why players follow an honor system during skirmishes.

The typical airsoft gun is much more sophisticated than a gel blaster, but gel blasters are a great substitute where airsoft guns are banned. Many countries throughout the world have outlawed the sale and use of airsoft guns, so be sure to do a bit of research before you make a purchase.

Don’t forget to gear up with your gel blaster

Before you head out to engage in a round of play, make sure you have the right gear with you to make your experience a fun one. Above all, you’ll need some goggles or a face shield to protect your eyes. Make sure you always have enough ammo on hand so that you’re never facing down an opponent without any firepower. If you’re playing in the dark, have some glow in the dark tracer pellets to enhance the experience.

One great feature of gel blaster guns in general is the ability to make upgrades to your gun. You can add a speed loader to increase your firing rate. There’s even equipment to help you with your aim, including attachable scopes, sights and more. Have fun with it and customize your toy weapon as you see fit and you’ll be a player to be reckoned with!

Get ready to enjoy Gel Ball!

Most people buy gel blasters with the intent of taking part in games of Gel Ball, a team sport that’s best compared to paintball or laser tag. Gel Ball matches can take several forms, and you can develop your own games to use teamwork and tactics to accomplish an objective.

The most common way people play gel ball is in an organized team skirmish, also called Close-Quarters Combat (CQC), where players follow the honor system and are “out” once they get hit. You can also play Capture the Flag battles, Attack and Defend-style rounds, simple Elimination battles and more. For the best experience, make sure teams are evenly matched and—most important—have fun!

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Have fun and stay safe with gel blasters

Gel blasters are a fun and safe way to work on your tactical skills, burn off some energy and engage in cooperative play with a friend or a group. If you’re completely new to the sport, take your time in choosing your equipment and choose the right gun to make sure you can focus on fun and developing your skills as you play.

You’ll soon find that owning a gel blaster is a great way to open up your options for entertainment, and it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, stay active and even meet some new friends.


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