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Best Gel Blaster For You: A Guide

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What’s the best Gel Blaster?

Here at Renegade Blasters, people often ask us, “What’s the best Gel Blaster?” and whilst it’s often tempting to say that the “Ares TAR-21 Gel Blaster” is the best…the truth of the matter is that asking what the best Gel Blaster is is a bit like asking what the best car in the world is. It’s complicated and a lot of it mostly comes down to personal preference, needs, and budget. 

Much like automobiles, Gel Blasters are complicated machines, and there’s a lot to consider before choosing one. As you may know, Gel Blasters have been taking Australia by storm for several years now, but with so many different varieties, shapes, and sizes available on the market how do you know which one could be the best one for you? 

In this article, we’ll help you make sense of what’s available in terms of the various different types, shapes, and sizes of Gel Blaster guns. There’s a lot to learn, however, the simplest way of understanding what’s available is to learn about the different styles of guns that are manufactured and the differences in how they operate.  

This is because, just like real firearms, Gel Blasters are not just limited to one particular shape or style; there are many different variations available. Like most things in life, there is no overall best option, it’s all about personal preference. We’ll point out a few of our favorites, and why we like them, but at the end of the day, the final decision is yours to make. 

So let’s jump in and learn more about the most popular types and how they operate below. We’ll discuss a few popular accessories too because Blasters are all about the add-ons and mods. 

The most common types of Gel Blaster: 


Automatic Gel Blasters

Pistol Gel Blasters

Mag-Fed Gel Blasters

Metal Gel Blasters

Shotgun Gel Blasters

Rifle Gel Blasters

Sniper Rifle Gel Blasters

SMG Gel Blasters

Kids Gel Blasters

So let’s expore!

Automatic Gel Blasters

As the name suggests, automatic Gel Blasters will normally shoot Gel Balls in 3 types of firing modes: Fully Automatic, Semi Automatic, and Single Shot. 

Typically, Automatic Gel Blasters are modelled on the look and specs of real machine guns, however, it’s not uncommon to also find Automatic Handgun style Gel Blasters too. 

In terms of the different firing modes, an Automatic Gel Blaster switched to Full Auto mode will continue to fire, and automatically reload rounds, until it runs out of ammunition. To enable this, the trigger has to be pulled down with the switch set to Full Auto. 

Fully Auto firing is of course a very enjoyable way to shoot off a lot of rounds in quick succession, however, don’t expect your magazine to stay full of Gel Balls for very long! The typical rate of fire of an Automatic Gel Blaster ranges from around 10 – 20 rounds per second depending on the model you choose.  

Semi Automatic is slightly different due to the fact that the weapon will automatically reload, however, the trigger must be squeezed again in order to shoot off another round. This firing mode obviously produces a slower rate of fire however it does allow you to control your aim more as well as conserve ammunition.

Single Shot firing mode is just as it sounds with just one pull equalling one shot before you have to reload. This shooting mode is undoubtedly the best way to control your aim and conserve ammunition.  

Most types of Automatic Blasters are mag-fed which means you load a magazine into the gun in order to supply it with ammunition. This method makes reloads quicker and gives a more realistic experience. 

Some models use a hopper method of loading ammo. These tend to hold a lot more Gel Balls, but do require a manual reload once you’re out of rounds. 

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds then you may wish to consider getting a drum magazine, which are available for some types of Gel Blaster. Drum magazines are really fun to use and can hold anywhere up to approximately 700 Gel Balls meaning that you rarely need to reload.  

To see the full range of Automatic Gel Blasters, click here.  

Pistol Gel Blasters

As the name suggests, Pistol Gel Blasters are modeled on the look and specs of real pistols. Some of the most popular varieties are Glocks, Berettas, Desert Eagles, and the classic Revolver. 

Most Pistol Gel Blasters operate as ‘Single Shot’ shooters whereby you need to reload the gun after firing a round. Typically, most will be the classic pull-back mechanism and have a magazine capacity of 30 rounds. That being said, there are some varieties of Pistol Gel Blaster that offer ‘Full Auto’ firing modes, and some that even have drum magazines available. These are very fun to use but can run out of ammunition very quickly depending on how trigger happy you are! 

To see the full range of Pistol Gel Blasters, click here. 

Mag-Fed Gel Blasters

There can sometimes be confusion over what exactly a Mag-Fed Gel Blaster is but the difference is quite easy to understand with some explanation. 

The easiest way to explain it is that Mag-Fed Gel Blaster guns are fed via a magazine as opposed to a hopper, this creates a more realistic style of shooting and allows for faster reloads once your magazine is empty. The downside is that magazines hold up to 20 Gel Balls in contrast to a hopper’s 200. However, as mentioned earlier, you can also get drum magazines which can typically hold up to 700 rounds.

A lot of pistols, SMGs, and Automatic Gel Blasters are Mag-Fed. It’s not uncommon for Gel Blaster game players to carry several magazines on them when playing combat games.

To see the full range of Mag-Fed Gel Blasters, click here. 

Metal Gel Blasters  

If you’re looking for something that has a bit more weight and is a bit more realistic-looking, then perhaps a metal Gel Blaster is what you need in your life? 

Metal Gel Blasters are very popular with serious enthusiasts because their heavier weight makes them easier to handle and aim. They’re generally more robust and often have more rails and areas to attach tactical accessories to them. 

Being generally more robust, it’s also possible to get some metal Blasters that are CO2 Gas-Powered, such as the Well 1911 G194 Metal Gel Blaster Handgun. Obviously being gas powered, a handgun like this is a lot more powerful shooting up to 300 feet a second. To see this baby in action, watch the video below: 

To see the full range of Metal Gel Blasters, click here.

Best Shotgun Gel Blasters 

Most folks would agree that one of the most enjoyable things about firing a shotgun has to be the pump-action reload. The whole physical dynamic of holding the gun with two hands, and using both hands to operate it, creates such an enjoyable shooting experience. 

For a long time in the Gel Blaster world the shotgun category itself was a bit lackluster, this was mainly because most of the guns available were only able to fire single shots in the traditional ‘slug style’ of shotgun shooting. However, that has changed recently with some newer models now being able to fire in a ‘buckshot’ style.

The Hanke M97 Gel Blaster Shotgun is a great example of this, offering both modes of shooting. Because it’s a fully manual, hand-operated blaster (no batteries or gas), the switch between ‘slug’ and ‘buckshot’ is based upon the angle that you reload it. Keep it horizontal for single shots, or angle it downward to fill-up the chamber with gels and blast them all out buckshot style! When we say this one is a game-changer, we really do mean it. 

In single shot mode it can fire at 400-650 feet per second, and in buckshot mode it can fire 2-6 balls at 280 feet per second. 

For a quick overview of the Hanke M97 Gel Blaster in action watch this video: 

To see the full range of Metal Gel Blasters, click here.

Rifle Gel Blasters

In traditional firearms manufacturing, a rifle is classified as a long-barrelled gun designed for accurate shooting. The barrel typically has a helical pattern of grooves (“rifling”) cut into the bore wall. In keeping with their focus on accuracy, rifles are typically designed to be held with both hands and braced firmly against the shooter’s shoulder via a buttstock for stability during shooting. If you’d like to read more about the history of rifles, head over to Wikipedia.

In the Gel Blasting world, rifles are manufactured in roughly the same way with an emphasis on the gun to be operated with both hands. There’s of course quite a lot of crossover in the rifle category with automatics and sniper rifles, however, if you’re looking for a very traditional-looking rifle, we cannot recommend the Hanke KAR 98K Shell-Ejecting Gel Blaster enough!

It’s a fully manual bolt-action Blaster that looks and operates just like a traditional rifle. You can even get metal shell casings to load Gels into, how cool is that? Watch the video below for a quick demonstration:

To see the full range of Rifle Gel Blasters, click here.

Best Sniper Rifle Gel Blasters

Ahhh, yes! Sniper Rifles have to be one of our favorite categories of Gel Blasters here at Renegade Blasters. The reason is quite simple, target practice. 

It’s all well and good playing Close Quarter Combat Blaster games, however, the true test of any Blaster enthusiast is their marksmanship skills. So, whether you’ve got a simple bullseye target set-up in your hallway, or you’ve got a full range target practice set-up in your backyard, a Sniper Rifle Blaster is the perfect way to really put your marksmanship skills to the test.

There’s a lot of options when it comes to Sniper Rifles too. Most are mag-fed, however some can be loaded via a hopper. The same goes for reloading with some being the traditional bolt-action and some being automatic. The majority of Sniper Rifles come in 1:1 scale however there’s also a big demand for mini versions which are either great for children wanting to learn target practice, or for Adults who just want to blow-off some steam whilst sat at their desk. 

If you want to see just how big a full 1:1 scale can be in real life, check out this video of the Jieying (Swift Hawk) M40 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle Gel Blaster:

Of course, one item that unites all Sniper Rifles is the scope because you will need it to shoot at targets which are further away than you can accurately see with the naked eye. There are a lot of different options when it comes to scopes, so it’s good to research what’s available depending on your needs. Most Sniper Rifles come with an 8x scope, however, it’s possible to get up to 9x magnification, such as this awesome scope from Bushnell.    

If you are after real precision shooting, you may want to consider getting a laser sight for your Sniper Rifle. These are really fun to use, especially in low light conditions, like in the evening or indoors. You can check out our full range of scopes and sights by clicking here.

To see the full range of Sniper Rifle Gel Blasters, click here.

SMG Gel Blasters

What’s an SMG Blaster I hear you ask? It’s quite simple really, SMG Gel Blasters are modeled after real Submachine Guns

These guns are generally shorter in stock length than Automatics and Rifles. SMG Gel Blasters are generally favored by most Close Quarter Combat players simply because of their combined maneuverability and rapid firepower. 

One of our favorite SMG Blasters has to be the extremely popular XYL ARP9 SMG Gel Blaster. It’s one of the smallest Blasters in the SMG category, but trust us, this only adds to its ease of use in CQC games; especially if you’re a dual wielder! 

With a 200 round magazine, blow-back feature, and the ability to shoot 20 rounds per second; the XYL ARP9 is a seriously fun Blaster to use. 

Of course, if you are after something a little longer in length you could consider the awesome looking Lehui Kriss Vector V2, or the ZH SAW M249 V4 with it’s huge 1000 round magazine and foldable bipod for some serious blasting!

To see the full range of SMG Gel Blasters, click here.

Best Kids Gel Blasters

Anyone who has kids that own Gel Blasters will be able to tell you just how much they love playing with them. 

Of course, we always recommend adult supervision (especially eye-protection) for kids using any kind of Gel Blaster, however the fact remains; kids just love blasting!

Because of this simple fact, the Gel Balster industry has not only produced many scaled-down models, but also plenty of child-specific models that often have reduced range and firepower for increased safety.

The other great thing about Kids Gel Blasters is that they don’t come with adult price tags! It’s quite rare to see any Kids Blaster with a price tag above $100, making them extremely good value. 

For example, you can get a fully Automatic, 400 round mag Blaster with a sight and bipod for under $75! It even comes with a sick paint job, how awesome is that? Be sure to check out the Luochen M249 if you’re interested in that kind of spec. The video below shows you just what it’s capable of:

Of course, there’s not only Automatics available, but also Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, and traditional Revolvers.

If there’s one thing that all the parents who visit Renegade Blasters agree on, it’s the fact that we wish we had these to play with when we were kids!

To see the full range of Kids Gel Blasters, click here.

Final Thoughts

So in conclusion to the original question, “What’s the best Blaster?”, we hope that you have learned a few things about this topic now. 

We realise that it can take a long time to research all of this, but essentially the ‘best Blaster’ is the one that’s best for you, your needs, and your budget. 

If you have any questions, or just need some advice, you can always contact us by email: or give us a call on 0422 345 992 

Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us here in person at our store on The Gold Coast, QLD, if you ever want to see any of our Blasters or accessories in the flesh. We’d love to see you and we’re always happy to talk about our favorite Blasters for hours on end. Obviously, nothing beats just holding one and seeing how it feels in your own hands. 

We’re located at: 1/20 Manufacturer Dr, Molendinar, QLD, 4214, Australia.

And Finally!

Check out our most recent video of the Wells M4-08 Metal Gel Blaster out now!

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