I was recently reading about Super Soakers and how that single invention made children of the 90’s both extraordinarily happy and masters of water warfare. This amazing toy changed squirt gun fights forever and made the once close range backyard games into full on strategic battles. It was akin to the introduction of the machine gun during WWI. Not only did they look cool but could shoot farther as well as hold triple the water making fights all the more exciting. This got me thinking about my childhood and I came to realization that 85-90% of playtime was centered around battles and warfare; My toys would fight to the death in elaborate setups (gi joe, he-man, transformers, legos, blocks), we would wrestle and box constantly, we orchestrated adventures that always included fighting some imaginary evil villainor group, we had intense games of flashlight tag during summer evenings (flashlights duck taped to toy guns) and of course there were squirt gun fights. Water fights were the closest thing to actual combat we would see as children (accept the occasional bb gun wars we would have but that isn’t recommended….they were kinda awesome). We actually possessed weaponry that could fire at and hit another child and we even had grenades (water balloons) and artillery (water balloon slingshot) to make it that much more realistic. In the 80’s we did what we could with the low tech weaponry available to us but when the early to mid 90s rolled around everything changed. Below are images showing the evolution of the water gun from the earliest metal squirt guns to the high powered pressurized air guns and improved battery powered weaponry.
Before we move on to the next gun I have to give a shout out to the man who made this all possible….Lonnie Johnson.
Lonnie Johnson was working as a NASA engineer and stumbled on the idea of a pressurized water gun while working on the heat pump on the rocket used in the Galileo Jupiter Mission. He designed a working prototype that he gave to his daughter
With this gun she undoubtedly destroyed every other kid on the block and was envied by all of them. Those little envious children had to wait a full decade before Johnson was able to get a patent and a company to sell this revolutionary product. From there on out things just got better and better.
From here on out I can’t really give an opinion on the guns because, sadly, my water war days had come to a close after the 3000. I became the retired warrior with only tales of the past. Nerf bought out Super Soaker and still makes both pump action and battery piston driven guns. I haven’t tested any so I cannot say whether they are better or worse than the original super soakers but I can say, with absolute certainty, that nothing is as powerful as the legendary CPS 2000. The bazooka of the water world. You may as well have had your shirt off and a red cloth wrapped around your head because you were everyone’s “worst nightmare”. Here are the newer ones: