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Do Gel Blasters Hurt?

We all know that projectiles–even when shot in the name of fun–can hurt. If you’ve ever played with an airsoft gun before, you know just how much a tiny plastic pellet can sting. So, when it comes to Gel Blasters, one of the primary concerns of customers–especially parents–is safety.

That said, let’s tackle the number one question on everyone’s minds: do gel ball blasters hurt? 

First Things First - What Exactly Are Gel Blasters?

Gel blasters are similar to other toy guns that have been around for decades, namely airsoft guns and paintball guns. But what are gel blasters and what makes them different?

Gel Blasters shoot projectiles for the purpose of recreation and fun. But unlike paintball and BB guns, these revolutionary water bead guns shoot water-based gel balls or beads that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and non-staining. 

These gel blaster balls burst upon impact and leave only water as residue, which will evaporate in no time. That said, gel blasters are also similar to water guns, except that they are more fun and exciting to play with.

Do Gel Blasters Hurt When You Get Shot?

Gel blaster balls or Gellets are super absorbent polymer water beads. They are shipped to your house as dry, tiny beads that you have to soak in water before play. In as little as four hours, they can grow 100 to 1000 times their original size. Once they do, they are a bit soft and squishy, much like orbeez.

So, the question is: does getting hit with gel ball blasters hurt? 

Just like any projectile, these gel balls can sting upon impact–but only a little bit. Users have noted that they feel like a rubber band snapping on the skin more than anything. The pain is quick, minor, and fades away quickly, which is a far cry from the sting that a paintball or a BB can leave.

How Much Do Gel Blasters Hurt?

As we’ve said earlier, gel blasters hurt only a little bit; an insignificant sting that won’t get in the way of fun. Most people may not even feel it because they’re too busy having fun shooting each other with water beads. But then again, a minor sting can become increasingly painful if it keeps happening on the same spot–so maybe don’t aim for your friend’s head every time.

It’s also worth noting that a gel blaster bead can hurt more when it hits sensitive parts of one’s body. For example, getting shot in the neck can sting way more than getting shot in the leg. Nevertheless, the pain is still mostly negligible. Wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts can help reduce some of the sting if you’re still worried.

However, very young kids can experience more pain from a gel ball than an adult or an older kid. That said, it’s very important to have smaller kids wear protective clothing and eyewear at all times, as well as to have them shoot at a greater distance from each other. 

Do Gel Blasters Hurt More Than Paintball?

Many people compare gel blasters with paintball guns because they both shoot ammo that burst upon impact. Both gel balls and paintballs are non-toxic and generally safe to use. However, the big difference is that paintballs are bigger and heavier than gel blaster balls, which means they cause more pain upon impact. They can even leave welts on bare skin, which is why paintball guns are never meant to be used without proper protective clothing.

Gel blasters, on the other hand, do not require protective clothing–only safety goggles. While it is advisable to wear long sleeves and pants while playing with gel blasters, it is not a strict guideline because gel blaster balls do not cause that much pain–unlike paintballs.

Take the time to learn more about gel blasters vs. paintball here!

Do Gel Blasters Hurt More Than Airsoft?

When it comes to ammo, gel balls and BBs are roughly the same weight. So, do gel blasters hurt the same as BBs?

The answer is no. Why? Because BB guns have more firing power than gel blasters. The “safest” airsoft gun can shoot 350 to 400 feet per second, whereas standard gel blasters can only shoot up to 200 feet per second. In fact, airsoft guns are banned in some countries and are heavily regulated in others because they can cause injuries, such as broken teeth, bruises, and eye injuries, among many others.

So, when you compare the pain from a gel ball vs. an airsoft pellet, the latter will sting way, way more–sometimes even to the point of injury. That said, the firing power of a gel blaster is high enough to make the game enjoyable without causing injury or pain.

Check out our blog on airsoft vs. gel blaster if you want to learn more about the differences between these two guns!

How to Make Every Gel Blaster Game Safe

While gel blasters do not cause significant pain, improper use can make them dangerous. The number one rule when using a gel blaster is to always wear eye protection. Each one of our gel blaster packs comes with protective eyewear, so you’ve already got that covered. But if you want extra protection, we recommend wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and sneakers while playing.

Parental supervision is also extremely important for gel blaster games that involve very young children. Make sure that they always have their protective gear on, and be quick to stop any behavior that can lead to harm, e.g. shooting each other from a short distance.

Final Thoughts On Whether Gel Blasters Hurt Or Not

By now, the answer is clear: gel blasters can hurt–but only by a little bit. More often than not, the pain is so minor that you may not even have time to notice it. The sting is enough to make the game exciting, but definitely not enough to cause serious harm as long as you use your gel blaster properly.

So, if you’re ready for some clean & safe fun, pick your next weapon of choice from our wide range of gel blasters!