|CPS 1200.. Find one and get a happy:)|
So this will be one of the rare occasions where we'll go into a bit more depth on the older gear; our personal arsenal of choice does on the whole disregard current day stuff and we went back into time and acquired some of the more formidable water blasters of old for our skirmishes. If you can find any of these, do pick them up; if you're a water fight fan then you won't be sorry!
When it comes to water fighting, what we DON'T like is what's called piston-based or syringe style water blasters; that is, water blasters that don't have a trigger. They rely on pumping back and forth to fire your shot, rely heavily on using both hands to shoot and are all and all, not really that fun. They still do the job I guess, but when you think about the kind of artillery that was around a decade ago, it's just so dissatisfying. A trip to Toys R Us is going to normally offer a lot of piston based water blasters; they're cheap and easy to make but we tend to stay away.
That being said, just because the water blaster has a pump and a trigger, doesn't mean it's going to be good, even if physically, it's rather large. There are a LOT of Super Soaker rip offs out there that resemble old school CPS style water blasters but don't have the correct internals to give you the CPS power and drenching capabilities. It might still pressurise your water tank, but poor seals and crap apertures result in disappointing results. Generally we also stay away from these sorts of blasters too (unless we're playing against little kids who we know will use them too, in which case, the cheapest and crappiest the better)
We're guilty of the CPS hype- yes there's a LOT of talk about the older Constant Pressure System (CPS) line of blasters that came out in the 90's. In a nutshell, what makes these blasters so awesome is they have a separate rubberised elastic chamber to expel the water rather than directly pressurising the water tank itself. As far as you need to know, is this means the blasters are a LOT more powerful and are very impressive on the drenching scale. For some reason, they don't make 'em like them used to (although the new Super Soaker Hydro Cannon is apparently utilising CPS tech) so if you want one, you're going to have to go vintage..
And look, it's hard to not talk about powerful water blasters and/or CPS without someone talking about the king-of -the -hill Super Soaker CPS 2000 but, while it's true about it being the most powerful water blaster ever made, this does not actually mean it's going to be the best water blaster for you to get (because ultimately there's not a whole lot of situations you'd really get to crack it out and it's ridiculous the prices people want for it). You can still get some amazing CPS based blasters that'll give you big daddy status in any water fight, so our advice? Do what we do and go after some of the lesser known, but still awesome CPS water blasters like the ones we're listing below- in some instances they're even better than the much hyped CPS 2000 AND they won't break your bank account.
|Super Soaker CPS 1200|
|CPS 1200 nozzle and neck pump|
|CPS1500. It's mega. No really.|
|The CPS 1500's aperture switch|
|CPS 2700. Ugly.. yet devastating:)|
|The awkward to turn triple head selector for the CPS 2700|
In more recent years, our personal favourite has been the Super Soaker Flash Flood. It utilises CPS technology and has two nozzles- one for standard water stream firing, but also a very cool "Flood" mechanism that empties a good amount of the tank on your opponent in one hit. I have to admit I once did this to a very annoying 5 yo kid in the head in front of his mother (naturally she was unimpressed) and it had me in stitches for ages:)
|This one's my personal fav..but I broke it:(|
The blaster's size makes it very easy to carry around and it's quite comfortable to use, but it DOES admittedly have poor quality internals and my personal Flashflood had a snapped trigger spring so it's true quality ISN'T the best.. it's still absolutely awesome though but as with the others, is discontinued so its not that easy to find anymore. If you can't get your hands on one, the Super Soaker Arctic Blast or the Iron Man 2 blaster (which is essentially an Arctic Blast repaint) are decent substitutes with the same "Flood" mechanisms.
If you're REALLY hell bent on not getting something second hand and prefer more recent stuff, then you'll have to resort to disregarding the Super Soaker line and hit up the Water Warriors Pulse Master. Actually any of the Pulse series of water blasters are pretty good, but for maximum soakage, the Pulse Master is awesome. Three aperture settings and a very big tank make this blaster one of the closest things you can find in a domestic toy store to a CPS powered blaster. (If you can hunt down a Water Warriors Vindicator, then you're even closer but we have been yet to find one)
|Water Warriors Pulse Master. It's got some ballz.|
While I do LOVE the CPS 2000, it's cult status has been picked up on by eBay sellers and the relatively uninformed fans have assisted in jacking the price up to ridiculous plus 250 prices. I had a 2000 when it first came out, and then a 2500 a year later and both were prone to massive amounts of leaking and squeaking and their sheer size made it pretty unwieldy to use. Even as a crazy collector, I still just can't bring myself to go after one, given its size will add an extra 200 or so to the price in shipping. 500 plus for a second hand water blaster that I can't really use in a skirmish? I dunno..
Soo.. that's the round up of our personal arsenal. Feel free to post details of yours:)