We've always liked Nerf, and have so many of their products we should be on thier stockholders Christmas card list. I've always thought of Nerf as a well made line of toys, but lately we have them to be a bit hit and miss. We have two of these water guns, and one is acceptable, but the other is quite poor.
Both of our water guns were bought for Christmas this year. Yes I know that seems and odd time to buy water guns, but the boys had some money from a relative and were allowed to choose a toy for themselves. My sons saw these and both feel these bear some resemblance to the water gun Horrid Henry has. Whether this is true or not, I can say, but it was enough to sell them on the gun. Of course Christmas just isn't the weather for water fights, so these ended up being used in the bathtub. I did feel the price was very high for a squirt gun - I believe these were £11 each, but we've had a lot of cheaper models wear out quickly, so I felt spending the extra money for Nerf might pay off in the long run.
The High Tide Super Soaker is one of the cheapest in the range. You can currently find this for £8.83 from Amazon including free delivery. This does not have a very large water capacity, but then I wasn't expecting a small water gun like this to hold buckets. I have just filled this from my measuring cup, and found that I was able to put in just a drop less then 8 ounces of water.
On the plus side, this gun does appear to be pretty sturdy. It is a good heavy plastic, and neither of our guns really leaks. ( I think if you shake any water gun enough you can get a couple of drops to leak out but these are among the best we have had in erms of leakage). Although we haven't tried it, I would expect this to survive being dropped and bumped about without any difficulties. The gun uses a sliding pump to build up air pressure. Theoretically, the more you pump, the further this will shoot. The pump and trigger are easy to use, and do not require any real strength.
The packaging claimed this would shoot 4 meters, which, according to the online metric converter I have used is slightly over 13 feet. The Amazon description actually claims more and I will quote them directly on this "Features a continuous stream that reaches up to 25 feet! ". Of course there is some discrepancy here between the measurements, but I would have been very happy with 13 feet.
As mentioned this has been used for water fights in the bath tub. Now in all honesty, I am not sure the exact length of my tub, but I can assure you that it is significantly less than 13 feet. I am guessing perhaps 4 feet. One of the guns will easily reach the distance across the tub - and I would estimate could shoot 6 -7 feet, although only for a few seconds. After a couple of weeks of occasional use though, one of the guns wore out and will now only shoot perhaps 12" - 18", no matter how much you pump it.
We've finally got the weather where these could be used outdoors, but the boys have never bothered. I picked up two water guns at the pound shop that completely outclass these. So considering my complaints you might be wondering why I am giving these four stars?
The reason for my high rating is the customer services recieved. I had just posted this review, when I decided to ring the company. I didn't hold out much hope as these were bought at Christmas, I have no packaging, and no receipts. The woman was so polite and incredibly helpful. She has promised two new guns in the post, the same model if they have them and if not, another version of super soaker. I still can't give 5 stars - the product didn't work after all - but considering teh fact that we have lost nothing here, and with customer service like this, it isn't a big risk, I am still going to go with 4 stars.