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Gel Blasting – Legalities Around The World

Gel Blasting

Gel blasting is a relatively new sport similar to paintball or airsoft. 

A tactical game played as a Close Quarters Battle or CQB. Gel blasting has been credited with hurting less and being more eco-friendly than the latter two.

Anyone that has been the unlucky recipient of a paintball shot can attest to the fact that it HURTS!

Gel balls hurt way less and at times, you can barely feel a shot through your clothes if taken at a further range. A close range shot might sting a tad but will rarely leave a mark.

These balls are made up of 94% to 98% water, and an eco-friendly polymer. They’ll explode on impact and can biodegrade fast, saving you some valuable cleaning time.

Sometimes played in nature, it can also be played in an enclosed arena. The plan is simple; shoot the enemy team and don’t get shot!

Gel Blasting – Legalities

However, due to the incredibly realistic nature of a gel blaster gun, crooks and irresponsible players went and spoiled it for the rest of the gel blasting community.

In 2020, officers were called to 147 gel blaster incidents in Western Australia alone, while a blaster was used to hold up a pharmacy, resulting in a police operation that lasted several hours.

Police Superintendent Dan Trimble said that blasters were used to commit serious crimes like armed robberies, assaults, drive-by shootings, and home invasions in Victoria.

Moreover, Southern Cross station in Melbourne’s Central Business District was locked down in January 2021 after a man was spotted with a blaster and bystanders mistook it for an actual gun.

Most police officers were found not to be able to tell the difference between a gel blaster and a real gun.

As the list of crimes and disturbances climbed, several states in Australia have made it illegal to own a blaster without appropriate firearm licenses and registration documents.

As of the end of 2021, the only state that you can go gel blasting without a license or restrictions is Queensland.

The only stipulation is that you have to conceal the blaster when transporting it and store it in a closed, secure location.

In which countries are Gel Blasters legal?

Argentina

Gel Blasters are legal in Argentina.

You can only buy replica or imitation firearms in gun shops or specialised sports establishments, to persons above the minimum age in Argentina. The Gel Blasters must have guidelines and warnings written in Spanish and a large “Not for use by minors” in a visible location.

Armenia

Gel Blasters are legal in Armenia.

Gel Blasters with muzzle energy below three joules, that is 568 ft/s for a 0.20 g projectile (the average weight of a gel ball), are not considered weapons in Armenia and require no licence or permission.

Belgium

Gel Blasters are legal in Belgium.

Weapons that shoot projectiles without combustion or fire are free to buy and sell as long as you are over the age of 18 in Belgium.

An exception is if the weapon can shoot a 0.2g pellet (the average weight of a gel ball) at 900fps or faster, then it is considered a firearm and has to be registered as such in Belgium.

Bulgaria

Gel Blasters are legal in Bulgaria

There is no restriction on the ownership of a Gel Blaster in Bulgaria, only a minimum age of 18.

Since they are considered air guns, not real guns, in Bulgaria, you are free to use them wherever except public areas like schools and such.

Chile

Gel Blasters are legal in Chile.

You must transport your Gel Blaster out of sight in public places. Most shops will require you to be 18 or older to purchase a Gel Blaster, but there are no laws regulating the sales in Chile.

Czech Republic

Gel Blasters are legal in Czech Republic.

In Czech Republic anyone over the age of 18 can buy and sell Gel Blasters without any licenses or permissions.

A Gel Blaster must be concealed while transported and they are not allowed in public places in Czech Republic.

Denmark

Gel Blasters are legal in Denmark

Any person above 18 years can buy and trade Gel Blasters in Denmark.

At the age of 16 they can be used on police approved sites with parents permission. Your Gel Blaster must alway be concealed while being transported in Denmark.

Finland

Gel Blasters are legal in Finland.

The only restrictions are that you must transport your Gel Blaster concealed and you need permission from a legal guardian to purchase one if you are under the age of 18 in Finland.

France

Gel Blasters are legal in France.

A Gel Blaster firing above 464 FPS (two joules with an average gel ball of 0.2 gram) is considered a firearm and will need to have proper licenses and permissions according to the French Weapons Law. You must transport your Gel Blaster concealed in France.

Germany

Some Gel Blasters are legal in Germany. But not the ones you want!

For a Gel Blaster to be unrestricted it has to shoot at 230 FPS or less. In that case it is a toy gun and can be purchased and used by anyone above 14 years in Germany. They must be concealed in public.

Any Gel Blaster shooting above 230 FPS is considered an air rifle in Germany, not a toy, and you must be 18 or older to use them.

In addition, and here’s the catch, they are illegal if they are able to shoot automatic fire. As icing on the cake, you are not allowed to even own a flashlight or laser that can be mounted on the blaster projecting light in front of it, let alone mount anything.

Then there is of course the transport issues. Concealing is not enough, if the gel blaster is similar to a real weapon it must be transported in a locked container in Germany.

Greece

Gel Blasters are legal in Greece.

A Gel Blaster is in the same category as air guns in Greece. They are not considered real guns, but can only be sold to persons of 18 years or older in special shops. The Gel Blaster is required to be concealed when transported in Greece.

Hong Kong

Gel Blasters are legal in Hong Kong.

A Gel Blaster is considered a toy in Hong Kong as long as the kinetic energy is below two joule (465 FPS) and you better stay below that limit. If you go above two joule, you have a firearm and consequences of having an illegal firearm in Hong Kong may include up to 14 years in prison.

There are no licences or permissions needed in Hong Kong for buying or trading with toy guns, and no laws requiring you to conceal the gun, although you should if it looks like a real gun.

Hungary

Gel blasters are legal in Hungary.

Gel Blasters can be bought and owned by anyone above the age of 18 years in Hungary.

Ireland

Gel Blasters are legal in Ireland.

The limit for needing a weapon license in Ireland is one joule, which is about 330 FPS with an average gel ball (0.2 grams)

Indonesia

Gel Blasters are legal in Indonesia.

There are no rules by law restricting the ownership or use of Gel Blasters in Indonesia

Italy

Gel Blasters are legal in Italy.

In Italian law, a Gel Blaster shooting with an energy of one joule (about 330 FPS with 0.2 gram gel ball) or less is considered to be a toy. They can be traded freely, both domestically and from abroad. There is no requirement for licenses or permissions, nor any age limit.

The Gel Blaster must be sold with a red tipped barrel, but it can be removed when owned. Gel Blasters must be concealed while transporting them in Italy.

Japan

Gel Blasters are legal in Japan.

There is a limit of 3.5 joule/cm2, which translates to just under one joule for a standard sized gel ball, so the limit is about 330 FPS for a Gel Blaster in Japan.

Latvia

Gel Blasters are legal in Latvia.

A Gel Blaster with muzzle energy of 1.5 joules (about 400 FPS with a standard 0.2 gram gel ball) or lower is considered a low energy air gun in Latvia and can be sold to anyone that is 18 years or older without any registration.

Lithuania

Gel Blasters are legal in Lithuania.

A Gel Blaster with muzzle energy of 1.5 joules (about 400 FPS with a standard 0.2 gram gel ball) or lower is considered a low energy air gun in Lithuania and can be sold to anyone that is 18 years or older without any registration.

Malta

Gel Blasters are legal in Malta.

In 2013 Malta amended their laws to accommodate for non-lethal guns and you do not need any license or registration to buy, own or use a Gel Blaster in Malta.

Norway

Gel Blasters are legal in Norway.

You have to be 18 years or older to buy a Gel Blaster in Norway, but you are allowed to use one at any age. However, you have to use it for personal protection and have permission from your legal guardians.

Poland

Gel Blasters are legal in Poland.

In Poland the limit for kinetic energy is 17 joule, anything above that is considered a pneumatic weapon. 17 joule is about 1350 FPS with a normal gel ball, so that should not be a problem. A Gel Blaster must be concealed in public areas in Poland.

Russia

Gel Blasters are legal in Russia.

A Gel Blaster with muzzle energy less than three joules (about 568 FPS with standard 0.2 gram gel ball) is not considered a weapon in Russia.

Serbia

Gel Blasters are legal in Serbia.

Anyone over the age of 16 may legally buy, own, and use a Gel Blaster in Serbia.

Slovakia


Gel Blasters are legal in Slovakia.

You have to be 18 years of age to use a Gel Blaster in Slovakia. You are required by law to make sure your Gel Blaster is secure, when you are not using it. The maximum energy is 15 joules, which is more than 1250 FPS with a normal 0.2 gram gel ball.

You need a weapons importation licence if you want to buy a Gel Blaster from outside the European Union.

Slovenia

Gel Blasters are legal in Slovenia.

There are no age limits for buying or using a Gel Blaster in Slovenia. But you are not allowed to carry them unconcealed in public since the police will treat them as real weapons.

Sweden

Gel Blasters are legal in Sweden.

In Sweden, a Gel Blaster will be considered a limited effect firearm. You must be 18 years or above to buy or possess one, but there are no licenses or permissions needed.

Ukraine

Gel Blasters are legal in Ukraine.

A Gel Blaster with muzzle energy less than three joules (about 568 FPS with standard 0.2 gram gel ball) is not considered a weapon in Ukraine currently.

United Arab Emirates

Gel Blasters are legal in the United Arab Emirates.

You can buy, own and possess Gel Blasters in the United Arab Emirates. Gel Blasters are sold at special weapon shops. You need a permit to import them to the United Arab Emirates.

The Gel Blaster must be concealed in public, and you can only play in designated facilities.

United Kingdom

Gel Blasters are legal in the United Kingdom.

A Gel Blaster with automatic fire can only have max muzzle energy 1.3 joules, about 375 FPS with a standard 0.2 gram gel ball for it to be legal.
A Gel Blaster that has only single fire is allowed up to 2.5 joules of energy, about 520 FPS with an average 0.2 gram gel ball.

United States

Gel Blasters are legal in the United States.

There are some different rules in different states. But in general, you should be 18 years or older to buy a Gel Blaster in the United States. The Gel Blaster should be equipped with an orange tip on the barrel. It should be to indicate that it is not a real gun in most of the United States.

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How To Get Started Gel Blasting Part 3 – The Battlefield

Gel Blasting

Now you’ve got your gel blaster, a couple of gel balls and some safety goggles, it’s time to go looking for a game!

Gel blasting battlefields

You can contact a gel blasting field in your area to find out when they have open slots.

A gel balling arena is a great place to meet fellow gel blasters and make new friends that share your love for the sport.

There are gel blasting battlefields scattered throughout Queensland.

Be sure to book in advance and check on any legal requirement in your area.

Most fields will have rental equipment, different gel blasters, unlimited pre soaked gel balls, and protective gear.

Renting a blaster is a good way to try out different types of gel blasters even if you have your own.

That way you can find out if a certain gel blaster is a good fit for you for a future purchase.

A session in a gel blasting arena is typically 3 to 4 hours and will cost you 25 to 40 dollars without rentals.

Renting a gel blaster for a session will set you back about 20 to 30 dollars.

What can I expect to play in a Gel Blasting field?

It depends on the field, but common game types are:

  • team deathmatch
  • capture the flag
  • search and destroy
  • defend the fort

A hot favorite these days is Battle Royale PUBG style. However, this style of play requires a large area and lots of preparation. It has to be planned more carefully than other easy-to-arrange types.

Team Deathmatch

The most common game style, players are divided into two teams.

The teams start out separated in a base.

The game has a few variations, the most common is time-based, you count the kills and every time someone gets shot they have to go back to the respawn area, which may or may not be the base.

The team that has the most hits when the timer runs out wins. The game can also be played without respawn until there is only one team left.

Team deathmatch with respawns is a perfect game for a beginner since it gives you a lot of action in a short time.

It can also be played in various types of gel balling fields, from really fast indoor close quarter combat (CQB) arenas to open air fields with heaps of space.

If you play indoors, a submachine gun (SMG) is a good choice of weapon. If you play on an open field you might want an assault rifle, possibly with an SMG or a handgun as a secondary weapon.

Capture The Flag

A traditionally outdoor game that is sometimes played inside, although it requires quite a lot of space.

In capture the flag the teams start out in opposing bases that have a removable flag inside. The goal is to grab the enemy flag and bring it to your home base without the enemy getting hold of your flag.

The flag will be heavily guarded so you aren’t likely to simply charge in there and grab it.

The game ends when the flag is captured and brought into the enemy base.

Capture the flag is a bit more complicated than deathmatch and adds a nice adrenaline rush when you are sneaking into the enemy base to grab their precious flag.

Choosing a weapon is somewhat depending on what position you have. If you are going to be sneaking into the enemy base a short assault rifle (CQB style) or an SMG would be the choice.

If you are defending the home base or laying down cover fire for the ones going for the enemy flag, a full-sized assault rifle or a light machine gun is a better choice.

Defend The Fort

Defend the fort, or attack and defend as it is also called, is best played in a big outdoors area, although it is possible as well in a spacious indoor setting.

The players are divided into two teams, one is the defending team and the other one is the attacking team.

The defending team will be in a fort or some other defensible position, while the attackers are, well, attacking.

The goal is to, within a set time limit, either kill off all the defenders by shooting them, or manage to get a “bomb” into the fort.

The defenders are usually not allowed to leave the fort, unless killed, but there are variations, some will have respawn, some not, some won’t let the attackers into the fort except for planting the “bomb”.

Attack and defend is a good opportunity for a newbie to get to know the equipment. The defensive part requires a lot of shooting, ducking and reloading.

If you play the attacking side you’ll have to be quick on your feet, so use a submachine gun or a CQB-style rifle.

For the defenders, something with a decent accuracy and preferably a big magazine. A M249 light machine gun would be a nice one to have there with its 1000 rounds mag.

VIP Protection

The VIP protection game is best played outdoors.

The players are divided into two teams; the good guys and the baddies. The baddies team usually has more players than the good guys team.

The good guys select one player to be the VIP and the rest of the team act as bodyguards. The goal is to get the VIP to a designated location without getting the VIP shot within a set time limit.

The game ends in one of four ways. The good guys win if the VIP makes it to the location in time or all the baddies are dead. The baddies win if the VIP does not make it in time or the VIP is dead.

The choice of weapon depends on the layout of the playing field. A safe bet would be an assault rifle with SMG as a secondary weapon.

Predator vs Prey

Predator versus Prey is basically like hide and seek with gel blasters. It is best played in an outdoor setting.

The players are divided into two teams; predators and prey. The game starts with giving the prey time to go and hide somewhere in the playing field. After the time is up, just like in hide and seek, the predators go hunting.

If a predator gets a hit on a prey, that prey turns into a predator. If a prey hits a predator, that predator is eliminated from the game.

Starting out like a good ol’ fashioned game of hide and seek, team Prey goes and spreads around, hiding.

While the predators go hunting, they have to proceed with caution as the prey can attack them just the same.

If a predator gets hit by a prey, he or she will be eliminated.

However, if the prey gets hit by a predator, they turn into one!

The game is finished when either team is out of players.

For this game an assault rifle with an SMG or a handgun as a secondary weapon is the best choice.

PUBG Battle Royale

PUBG battle royale is a different style of game that requires a lot of setup from the field, so it is not a very common event.

The hugely popular game PUBG is available on desktop and mobile, with hundreds of millions people playing it. It starts out with the player parachuting out of a plane with no equipment.

Upon landing you have to find weapons, ammunition and other things like backpack, grenades, painkillers and so on.

It is played with teams of 1, 2 or 4 persons. The goal is to be the last team standing. The playing field is constantly shrinking, until only a few players are left.

The gel blasting version of PUBG is based on the part where you start with no equipment. Too bad, there’s no jumping out of planes!

The first thing you do is go find weapons and ammunition.

The field will have plenty of guns and ammo that has been prepared for you to find.

Be cautious if you see a really awesome gun lying around in the open; it may be a trap with a nearby sniper!

After you locate equipment and are all geared up, it is basically standard deathmatch, except you have no refill of ammo unless you find a mag that fits the gun you are currently holding.

The winner is the team that still has an active player alive when all others are gone.

PUBG gel blasting has to be played in a big area with at least 8-10 people to keep it interesting.

The uncertainty of what type of equipment you will find is the fun part of the game. Any PUBG player knows what it’s like to finally find a kickass gun!

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How To Get Started Gel Blasting Part 2 – Equipment

Gel-Blasting

Gel blasting is an awesome, fun way to spend a couple of hours running around and shooting up friends.

It is a simple game to gear up for. You’ll need a gel blaster, eye protection, and as many gel balls as you can get!

While skilled players may want to invest in extra gear, that’s all you’ll need to get started.

Gel Blaster

You can find various types of gel blasters online like assault rifles, submachine guns and handguns.

You will get a pair of safety goggles and a pack of gel balls when you buy a new blaster.

The googles will be of inferior quality, so getting some separately might be a good idea.

While some local providers include some lovely gel balls to get you started, the majority of the gel balls are of inferior quality. Gel balls are affordable and easily available online.

A decent pair of goggles should come in the box when you spend 200 to 300 dollars or more on a gel blaster.

It makes sense when you buy your next gun since the cost of the googles will be reflected on the price of the gun. No reason to pay for premium googles again since you already got them.

Safety goggles

You can use the included goggles for some practice shooting at home.

However, if you’re in a game or if you’re going to get shot, you should obtain something better

You can pop into Bunnings and get a pair of safety glasses for work, or you can go online and get a pair of shatter resistant goggles.

Gel Balls

A few times a year, the merchant may throw in a bag or two of decent gel balls so you can begin games right away. Normally, the gel balls that come with the blasters are horrible, so don’t waste your time using them.

Gel balls are really cheap; you get a bag with 10,000 Warinterest Hardest Red Gel Balls for about $10.

Gel balls are made of a substance called SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer) and they are sometimes called gellets, water beads, water crystals or some other name that make less sense than gel balls.

The gel balls are really tiny when you get them, but after soaking them in water for 4-5 hours, they grow up to 200 times into a 7-8mm diameter ball, containing 95-98% water.

The soaking gel balls are mostly water with a small amount of biodegradable starch. They will disintegrate upon impact and disappear in no time if left outside after a battle.

They are non-toxic, so if you miss a few after cleaning up, there is no risk of poisoning any pets or wild animals.

Useful Stuff

To get started, you only need a gel blaster, safety goggles, and gel balls. However, other accessories are likely to improve your blasting experience.

Face protection

Getting shot in the face at close range in a Close Quarter Battle can be a bit painful.

By using a full-face mask, you can avoid the agony and avoid getting drenched in sweat. Because this is gel blasting, a simple mesh mask protects you from discomfort while allowing you to breathe freely and avoid sweating profusely. You can find a mesh mask here.

Hat

While you sweat, a hat prevents you from getting tanned and sunscreen from irritating your eyes.

A good-looking hat is of course always good to have, even if you are indoors. Even when being shot at, you should look your best!

Clothes

Intense outdoor games can involve running, jumping, crawling and climbing.

Since most injuries in gel blasting come from twisting your ankle, a couple of nice boots with ankle protection can be useful in intense outdoor games.

Long pants and sleeves can help protect your skin from nicks and abrasions as well as minimize the impact of a gel ball.

Upgrade your gel blaster

Depending on what blaster you have, there are some easy upgrades to enhance the performance.

Some of the more expensive blasters have decent parts in them right out of the box, but most can do with some basic upgrades.

Barrel

Many gel blasters come with a plastic inner barrel. An easy way to improve the accuracy and the speed of the gel ball is to change the plastic barrel to a metal one.

A barrel replacement will most probably require a new t-piece. A t-shaped plastic component, usually glued to the barrel, feeds the gel ball into position in the barrel.

Hop-up

Adding a hop-up will improve the accuracy of your blaster. It sits in the end of the barrel and its purpose is to give the gel ball a back spin when it exits the barrel.

If you have a metal barrel you can easily add a hop-up.

Spring

If you want your gel balls to leave the blaster at a higher velocity, you can change the spring to a stronger one.

If you want a really powerful spring you will have to look at upgrading the battery and possibly the gears.

Battery

Most blasters have a 7.4 volt battery out of the box. An easy way to increase the rate of fire is to get a 11.1 volt battery.

An 11.1 volt battery is also good to have if you have upgraded your spring.

Gears

Nylon gears are the standard on most blasters and they work just fine. If you have upgraded the spring and the battery they might not be able to keep up with the added stress and start to deteriorate.

You can upgrade the blaster with metal gears; they are way stronger and can take the added stress.

Time to go blasting!

There you go, all set with a gel blaster, gel balls and safety goggles and possibly some useful equipment. Now it is time to find someone to shoot at.

The easiest way is to find a couple of buddies and go shooting in someone’s backyard. Just be sure to tell your neighbours what you are up to and remember to always keep your guns in a bag or a box when you transport them.

No need to freak someone out and have them call the cops on you.

When you’re done blasting you should always empty out the mag and the receiver to avoid problems with gel balls drying out and getting stuck in bad places.

The battery should also be removed and charged. Don’t leave the battery in direct sunlight, and monitor the charging. It can be damaged in the field and can overheat.

Even better than shooting up a couple of friends in some backyard is to shoot up heaps of friends in a battlefield. More on that to come!

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Top Gel Blaster Guns: Shotguns, Handguns, and Sniper Rifles

gel blaster guns

While the most common gel blaster guns are assault rifles and submachine guns, we’ll take a look at the lesser known unsung heroes of the gel blasting world: the shotgun, handgun, and sniper rifle.

The Shotgun

A shotgun is a relatively short ranged weapon traditionally used by the point-man; the first person to charge into a room.

M97 by HankeGel blaster guns

The M79 shotgun from Hanke is a solid nylon build that fires in single or buckshot mode. It is entirely manual, requiring no batteries or gas.

The hopper holds the gel balls while the pump action powers the shots. While the internal hopper holds about 20 rounds, you can add an external hopper that holds another 80 gel balls.

The pump action shoots your gel balls at surprisingly high velocity at around 300 feet per second in single shot mode.

Switching between single rounds and buckshots is as easy as tipping the gun forward and pausing a little with the pump handle in a far back position, leaving some time for the gel balls to get in.

Some key features of the M97 by Hanke

  • Strong nylon build
  • Easy buckshots, with 5-6 rounds
  • Metal barrel
  • 20 gel balls internally
  • 80 gel balls in external hopper
  • Up to 300 FPS

With a 30cm and 7mm diameter metal barrel, the shotgun is excellent at close range of up to 25 meters. You can find the M97 here and at a very affordable $100.

Handguns

A handgun is primarily used to back up the main weapon. If you’re cornered and have run out of ammunition, pulling out a handgun and firing is way faster than reloading the main weapon.

In addition, snipers often carry a backup handgun should they be chanced upon by any unsuspecting members of the opposing team.

Glock G34 by Double BellGel Blaster Guns

Catapulted into the limelight, the Glock G34 used by John Wick in the second chapter is a high quality, light, handgun powered by green or top gas.

With a metal slide at the top and a nylon bottom, it fires gel balls with high precision at a speed of about 300 feet per second.

The G34 has both outer and inner barrels made of metal.

The inner barrel is 7.5mm in diameter, has a built-in hop up and ends in a 12 mm counter clockwise thread.

The firing mode is semi auto only, and the magazine holds 15 rounds.

Some key features of the Glock G34 by Double Bell

  • Superior build quality
  • 12mm counter clockwise thread
  • Outer and inner metal barrels
  • Integrated metal hop up
  • Gas blowback
  • Green gas/top gas
  • Up to 300 feet per second

The John Wick 2 Glock G34 is one of the most solid and reliable gel blaster pistols available.

A top quality handgun, it is priced higher than its cheaper counterparts, and you can order it right here.

Beretta 90TWO by SKD

This excellent battery powered handgun has a unique feature; it comes with a flashlight which is also a 7.4 volt battery. The flashlight can be connected in series with the built-in battery, delivering a total of 14.8 volts.

The build of the Beretta is high quality nylon with a built-in rechargeable lithium battery. The flashlight also has a built-in battery and has to be charged separately.

A single button controls the mag primer and fire mode selector; a quick press switches mode between single shot and full auto, and a long press primes the magazine.

You’ll be able to get a firing rate of 10 rounds per second travelling at 145 feet per second in the 14.8 volt mode. This rate will empty out the mag in about four to five seconds on full auto mode.

Some key features of the Beretta 90two by SKD

  • High rate of fire with 14.8 volt
  • Mag primer
  • Single shot and full auto
  • Flashlight and battery included
  • Blow-back feature
  • Fast trigger response
  • Hop up is available

If you are looking for a reasonably priced sidearm or small secondary weapon, you can’t go wrong with the Beretta 90two. It is available here for $120.

Sniper Rifles

The word “sniper” comes from a group of 26 birds from the Snipe family. These birds are highly alert and easily startled, rarely remaining in the open.

The bird’s erratic flight patterns also added to the difficulties hunting them.

The challenges faced while hunting these nervous birds gave rise to the term “sniper”.

Sniper emerged as a noun in the 1770s and now refers to the hunting prowess of skilled sharpshooters making shots from concealment or camouflage.

Kar 98 by Double Bell

The Rolls-Royce of sniper rifles, the Kar 98 by Double Bell is a gas-powered piece of art with a stock and body on a solid piece of wood.

While a small wooden fitting in the front is needed for assembly and disassembly, the Kar 98 shares the bolt action of the original Mauser Kar 98.

This gel blaster is gas-powered with five shells loaded with one gel ball each pressed into the mag.

Pulling the bolt back grabs the previous shell to eject it, lining the next one up.

Pushing the bolt forward loads the shell into the barrel, ready to fire.

The inner and outer barrels are metal; the inner barrel has a diameter of 7.35 mm and is 50 cm long.

This amazing rifle fires gel rounds at more than 400 feet per second and is accurate at up to 35 meters out of the box.

Some key features of the Kar 98 by Double Bell

  • Superior build quality
  • High velocity, more than 400 feet per second
  • Accurate at up to 35 meters
  • Metal barrels
  • Butt stock and stock is one piece of real wood
  • All metal construction
  • Can take both CO2 and green gas

The Kar 98 has amazing handicraft and build quality in addition to the high power and accuracy so needed for a sniper.

You can order this gel blaster guns amazing rifle right here at $585.

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A Guide To Assembling Your Own Gel Blaster

Gel Blaster Gun

You’re here because you’re thinking of getting into the fantastic world of Gel Blasting, the safest and most fun of the Close Quarters Battle (CQB) sports.

The selection of available Gel Blasting weapons is extensive, and there are a lot of them that not only look great but are also reasonably priced. There are handguns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, submachine guns, and the list goes on.

When you buy a new Gel Blaster Gun, it is likely to come with some low-quality components. If you decide to get a pricier, top-of-the-line Gel Blaster, it will probably come with standard quality components. If you enjoy the game and want to improve your performance, there is an easy way.

Enter the land of upgrades, where you can change every individual component in your Gel Blaster into something better. Let’s explore the reasons and the parts needed to construct your very own Gel Blaster.

Four reasons to build your Gel Blaster

Building your own weapon allows for more control over your preferences.

Velocity – Increasing the speed of the Gel Ball gives better range and precision.

Firing speed – The more Gel Balls are in the air at once, the higher the chance of a successful attack.

Reliability – Higher quality components minimize the appalling thought of a part malfunctioning during a game.

Fun – Having fun is what Gel Blasting is all about!

Understanding how your weapon works is the first step to being a better player.

Having better-performing equipment will save you cost and effort in the long run, minimizing the need for service and repairs. It is NO fun when a gun malfunctions during a game!

Battery

Most Gel Blasters come with a 2 cell lithium-ion polymer battery that delivers 7.4 volts. Getting an 11.1-volt battery with three cells is an easy upgrade; simply switch to a new battery and get the matching charger.

Ensure the new battery fits in the battery compartment of your Gel Blaster; different Blasters use a wide range of batteries.

That extra voltage will make your motor run faster and also improve the torque. A high torque will be helpful when you do other upgrades.

Spring

The spring is a cheap and easy upgrade. Many Gel Blasters come with a gearbox outside which the spring is accessible.

The spring is fundamental in dictating speed and power. The harder the spring compresses, the more power it will eventually transfer when released, giving Gel Balls a higher velocity.

Springs come in many different types and strengths.

Long springs require more power and need to be compressed more than short ones.

Thick springs need more power to compress than thin springs.

In addition, the type of metal with which the spring is made makes a difference. Stiffer metals like carbon steel, a dark metal, are more rigid than stainless steel, requiring more compression power.

If you get a spring too hard for your motor, the motor will struggle with compression. In that case, a thinner or shorter spring would be ideal.

Springs are highly affordable. You can get a few springs of varying density, thickness, and length, gradually increase the stiffness until the motor gives up to get the maximum power.

Alternatively, upgrading the motor is an option. If upgrading the motor, be aware that most Gel Blasters out of the box come with nylon gears significantly weaker than metal gears. Nylon gears might struggle to deal with the increased stress, and you might need a gear upgrade.

O-Ring

The O-ring is located in the piston head and is the part that keeps the air compressed when the spring releases its accumulated power and pushes the piston forward in the cylinder.

The original O-ring is prone to leaking air and should be replaced by a high-quality one.

Switching out the O-ring is easily the cheapest upgrade that will make a significant performance improvement. The only downside is that you will have to disassemble the gearbox, or at least take off the top if you are lucky enough to have a split gearbox.

Barrel

Your Gel Blaster Gun most likely comes with a plastic barrel. A metal barrel has less friction and will increase the velocity of the Gel Ball.

If you decide to switch out the standard plastic barrel with a metal one, consider the balance between cylinder and barrel volume.

In addition, you will probably need to get a new t-piece, since most are glued onto the barrel.

Cylinder/Head/Nozzle/Piston/Tappet

These are the parts of the Blaster where the air is compressed and is prone to air leaks. An air leak would mean a drastic decrease in power and performance.

The cylinder is a metal tube where the air is compressed. There are full cylinders and ported cylinders.

A ported cylinder has a hole and will compress less air. The type of cylinder you will need depends on the volume of your barrel.

In the front end sits the cylinder head. It typically comes as a plastic or nylon piece with a single o-ring, and is easy to replace with a double metal o-ring.

There are also one-piece cylinder and head options that will eliminate the possibility of air leaks.

The nozzle sits at the end of the cylinder head and is pushed and pulled by the tappet. It positions the Gel Ball for the barrel.

To reduce any air leaks, a metal nozzle with o-rings works best. The nozzle and cylinder head typically come together but can also be bought separately.

Tappet

The tappet gets trapped by a pin on the sector gear and is pulled back for a short while, pushing the nozzle into the piston head. This action leaves a gap between the nozzle and the barrel in the t-piece, letting a Gel Ball pop into place.

The tappet will be released and pulled forward by a return spring while the piston is still being pulled back by the gears. This pushes the Gel Ball into the back of the barrel, preparing it to be fired when the gears release the piston.

The tappet is usually plastic in an off-the-shelf gun and should be replaced with nylon or metal if you’re seeking to improve your equipment’s fire rate.

The piston sits on the spring while the piston head is located at the front. The piston is the moving part responsible for keeping the air compressed while being pushed by the spring. In addition, it allows air to flow back when it is pulled back by gears.

A good airflow when pulled back makes it easier for the engine and will improve the rate of fire.

The piston has a ladder on the bottom where the gears connect to pull it back to compress the spring.

The piston ladder and the gears should be the same material to avoid additional stress on the ladder. It is recommended to change the ladder as well if you change your gears to metal.

T-piece

The t-piece is the tube that is located between the cylinder and barrel and connects to the magazine.

It takes your Gel Balls in and places them in position for getting shot out of the barrel. The t-piece may have to be changed if you change your barrel.

Why Pair The Barrel and Cylinder?

The volume of the cylinder and the barrel should be paired, so the compressed air spent is balanced just as the Gel Ball leaves the barrel. If the cylinder has too much volume, it may cause turbulence when the Gel Ball exits the barrel, affecting precision.

If the cylinder lacks volume, the force of the compressed air will be spent prematurely, affecting the range and precision of the Gel Ball. A reasonable ratio is a cylinder volume of approximately between 1.6x and 2x that of the barrel.

Hopup

A hopup sits at the end of the barrel and is used to get a backspin on the Gel Ball. A backspin on the exiting Gel Ball will significantly improve accuracy by straightening the trajectory.

Note that a hopup might prevent the use of a tracer unit, and you might have to choose between them both.

Bonus tip: Cover the hopup with a fake silencer to protect it from dirt or accidental knocks and bumps.

Gears

The gearbox has three different gears named after their shape.

The bevel gear connects to the motor and is beveled (or sloped) to fit the pinion gear on the motor.

The spur gear connects the bevel gear to the sector gear, which is the part that pulls the piston and tappet back.

You can choose gears in different ratios; the most common ones being 18:1, 16:1, and 13:1.

The ratio describes how many revolutions the motor has to do to complete a full cycle. A lower ratio means a faster rate of fire, but also less torque.

A faster rate of fire means you will have to use a less powerful spring. It is all entirely up to you!

Metal gears work better than plastic gears for an upgraded Gel Blaster. Just remember that the piston ladder should ideally be the same material as the gears.

Shimming the gears is also important. The more stress you put on your equipment, the more well-balanced each part must be to ensure that the entire weapon does not malfunction or break.

Shimming is the process of making sure the gears are perfectly in line with each other. Shim sets are cheap, and it just takes some patience and time to balance your gears.

Motor

The motor can be fast or strong, although most are both and just differently balanced.

If a high firing rate is your thing, choose a motor balanced for speed. If you want high velocity and accuracy and are prepared to sacrifice firing rate, a high torque motor is more suited for you.

Observe caution while changing out the motor. Gears and tappets can break, giving you some serious problems.

Cables

Cables are what connects everything and transfers power from the battery to the motor through the trigger.

Upgrading the standard cables that come with your gun can improve the transmission of power and minimize loss. However, it will not change the fact that the metal switch behind the trigger will slowly be burnt, and carbon builds upon the metal in the switch.

The most effective upgrade is a MOSFET. In its most simple form, a MOSFET is an electronic switch that sits between the battery and the motor, shortening the distance between battery and motor.

This upgrade will let you use a low power through the trigger switch, saving it from burns and stress.

Glow-In-The-Dark Gel Balls?

Tracer Unit

A tracer unit sits at the end of the barrel and contains one or more LEDs that will charge up your Glow-In-The-Dark Gel Balls so they will make impressive laser-like streaks when fired.

The tracer units charged separately with battery. A tracer unit might be difficult to use with a hopup since they both sit at the same place.

If you feel confident with soldering and electronics, you could even build your own tracer unit or tracer t-piece. Here is a link for a DIY Tracer unit.

Tracer Magazine

Instead of sticking a unit at the end of your barrel, you could use a tracer magazine. A tracer magazine will charge up your Gel Balls to glow when they are fed into the barrel.

Except for the potential muzzle flare, the effect is the same as the tracer unit.

The tracer magazine does not charged separately and uses the main battery.

Conclusion

Building your Gel Blaster can be both fun and rewarding. Some patience and research are needed, and many experts are on hand to swap ideas or give you advice if required.

Our team at Renegade Blasters love geeking out on our toys. Get in touch with us if you’d like us to help you build your own Gel Blaster Gun! We look forward to hearing from you.

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Gel Blasters Commonly Asked Questions

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Have you ever looked at Gel Blasters online and had more questions about them than you did before looking at them?

Due to the extensive models of gel blasters, accessories and upgrades available on the web, it’s perfectly normal to want to know more. Likewise, if you’re shopping from outside of Australia, you probably are curious about your local laws when it comes to using Gel Blasters.

Well, at Renegade Blasters, we care about your curiosity. To help you, here are some commonly asked questions from our customers. 

Gel Blaster FAQS

If you’re looking to use a gel blaster in New South Wales, then you should know it’s illegal to do so unless you hold a firearm license or permit. According to the NSW police, gel blasters are often referred to as an air gun that falls into a firearm category. This is because they have ammunition. Plus, if you’re caught with a gel blaster without a license, you may have to pay a fine or be subject to a 5-year goal term. The only states they’re legal in are Queensland and South Australia.

Most of the time a gel blasters are considered a firearm due to them looking the same and having a similar function as a real-life gun. It’s been mentioned that if it does not have the functionality but does look like a firearm, then it’s classed as an imitation firearm and still illegal. 

What is a gel blaster?

If you’re not sure of the term gel blaster, you may be familiar with its other names such as gel soft, gel ball shooter, hydro blaster, water bead blasters, gel markers, paintball guns and etc. The purpose of a gel blaster is similar to an airsoft gun; however, they dispersable fire water bead gel-like balls. They are commonly used for closed quarter battle games where teams or squads play against each other.

In Western Australia, gel blasters are not legal and according to the parliament of Western Australia. While they may be illegal at present, they are constantly reviewing their purpose and may make it legal at some point in the future.

On the contrary to some Australian states, in Queensland, gel blasters are legal to own. However, if you live in Queensland and own one or plan to, then you must not carry an unconcealed one when you’re out in public. As mentioned by ABC News, if you do get caught doing this, you could face up to two years in prison. Plus, as an owner, you have to keep them in locked cabinets and kept them away. Queensland has made them legal due to the high number of people that work in this industry. Even though they’re legal now, keep checking with the state rules as regulations are being tightened from time and again. 

Do gel blasters hurt?

Whether a gel blaster hurts or not is a completely subjective question. It all depends on your pain tolerance, the gel blaster firing the gel ball at you and the distance. Generally, pistol type gel blasters do not fire as hard as rifle ones do. 

At the most, you will feel a quick nip and, at the worst, a temporary red mark. Whereas if you experience a hit from a rifle, the pain is a bit more but goes after a day or so. Players sometimes state that when hit, it’s similar to paintball, but the balls do not hurt as much. However, gel balls will not pierce your skin or danger anyone around you.

Across the majority of states in Australia, you will find that gel blasters are illegal. This is because they look like a firearm and have ammunition. There is only one legal state that is Queensland. However, even that state has rules about storing them and bringing them out in public. 

In every other state in Australia, if you’re caught without a license, it’s a serious criminal offence. Those individuals who do own gel blasters must apply for a firearms license, register their blasters, and send their gel blasters to the police if they don’t get approved of the license.

According to ABC News, in October 2020, a decision was made by the South Australian Police to regulate gel blasters like firearms. The reason this decision was made was that a lot of its residents had injuries as a result of gel blasters. Anyone in South Australia who wants to purchase or own a gel blaster must apply for a category 4 shooting license. The license should also contain a serial number. If you’re a resident of South Australia, you can view this information further here

Most gel blasters in Tasmania are illegal, especially if they replicate real-life firearm and have ammunition. If, however, you have a gel blaster that does not look like a firearm and is intended for a toy purpose is not illegal. The Tasmanian Police has a permanent amnesty on firearms, and if you do have one without a license, you should surrender it to the police. 

You can do this by ringing your local police station and scheduling a drop off time. If you have a license or are carrying a gel blaster in Tasmania, you must carry it in a sealed bag to not cause any alarm to anyone.

How do gel blasters work?

Similar to an airsoft gun, gel blasters fire water beads instead of pellets. These water beads are dispersible, leaving no mess and causing little pain. They’re environmentally friendly, and you don’t have to pick them up once used. Most gel balls will be a size of 7-8mm; however, there are ones that are 12-13mm for close contact ammunition. 

When purchasing a gel blaster, they will usually come with a supply of gel balls. All gel balls, when bought, will need to be left in a glass of water for up to 4 hours, so it turns into a gel pellet. Do note that some gel balls that come with a gel blaster tend to be low quality, so it’s often advised that you purchase additional ones.

The standard structure of a gel blaster is plastic and has a motor that rotates to shoot the gel balls. Depending on your interest, you can modify and upgrade a gel blaster for aesthetic or performance purposes. You can also add metal sections to the gel blaster to replicate a real-life gun. Similarly, you can add supplements to increase your shooting power.

Are gel blaster balls toxic to dogs?

If you own a dog and are concerned about having gel balls around them, don’t worry; they are non-toxic and biodegradable. Inside, the balls contain Sodium Polyacrylate, which is not toxic to dogs when digested because they come in small doses.

The laws in Australia regarding gel blasters are constantly changing all of the time. At present, the only state that is legal to own a gel blaster is Queensland. Every other state unless you own a firearms license is illegal. We advise you to check your local state laws for restrictions and regulations for gel blaster use.

What are gel blasters?

A gel blaster is a cross between an airsoft gun and a paintball gun. As opposed to a pellet or a ball, biodegradable gel balls are fired out of the blaster and cause a lot less pain. 

Are gel blasters dangerous?

If you are hit by a gel ball from a gel blaster, then don’t worry; it won’t pierce your skin. At the worst, you could have pain lasting for a day or two and a temporary mark. While the gel balls don’t cause much pain, you should still take caution when using a gel blaster. This device could cause pain if they were used to hit someone. Similarly, they can evoke fear and anxiety if waived around in public, as most represent a real-life gun.

Can gel blasters shoot ball bearings?

Gel blasters are solely built to fire gel water bead balls, and when they’re stored, they hold their form well. If you were to insert ball bearings into a gel blaster, you could potentially break the blaster and make it useless. Similarly, if the blaster does manage to fire the pellets, it may not have the same effect as the gel ball would.

Do you need a licence for a gel blaster?

In every Australian state other than Queensland, you will need a license for a gel blaster. Most state’s class gel blasters as firearms as they often resemble many similarities to guns and have ammunition. It’s only in Queensland where they deem a gel blaster to be a toy gun that you don’t need one. If you own a gel blaster and need a license, please contact your local police station to find out how to apply.

How to make gel blaster more accurate?

At Renegade Blasters, we know how vital accuracy is for a Gel Blaster shootout, especially in close-quarter combat. You can make your gel blaster more accurate by upgrading its parts, such as an upgraded hop-up. A Hop up creates backspin to the gel ball and, when fired, allows it to fly further and more straight.

If you own a gel blaster in Australia’s Northern Territory that looks like a military-style firearm, then it’s iilegal. To own one, you must have a category 4 firearms licensed registered with the NT police.  

What is the best gel blaster?

The beauty of the gel blaster industry is that it’s so diverse. To define the ‘best’ gel blaster completely depends on what you’re looking for and how you play. For example, if you’re looking for a gel blaster for your child, the best may be different to a close quarter combat game. 

JingMing

This brand has been around for a long time and produces a steady line of reliable gel blasters. Their range consists of M4 type gel blasters and several AK’s. You can also use their gearbox in many other different branded gel blasters. 

A popular gel blaster from Jing Ming is the JM M4A1 Gen 90 and is used by beginner gel blaster enthusiasts to professional players. It’s ready to use straight out of the box and is highly modifiable. Plus, it’s made out of nylon and fires at 250 per second. Most importantly the price is friendly to many people, as it’s only $169.99. To know more about the JM M41 Gen 90, watch our video overview

Can you shoot bbs out of a gel blaster?

If you bought bb pellets to match the size of your gel blaster, then it could work. However, you would have to review the gearbox compression. We can’t guarantee the velocity of the bbs when shooting from a gel blaster, as they’re not intended to fire them. Similarly, be careful using them as some could cause wear and tear to your blaster and even break it.

How far can a gel blaster shoot?

Not every gel blaster will fire the same distance; it ultimately depends on the model you own. Most of the time, gel blasters can fire across a distance of 18m to 25m. The best gel blaster to shoot over a short distance would be a pistol. If you want to shoot over a long distance, then a rifle would be better.

Are gel blaster balls biodegradable?

Gel balls are basically made up of 98% water mass and are biodegradable. Once these gel balls hit their target, they disperse quickly and leave no remains. Therefore being friendly for the environment and not toxic.

Where to buy a gel blaster?

There are many stores in Australia you can purchase a gel blaster from; most of the ones with the largest inventory are online. In particular, if you want to know where to buy gel blasters in Brisbane, then we at  Renegade Blaster are here to help. Our store is based in Queensland, but we sell to all of Australia. However, we suggest checking with your local laws and buying at your own risk if it’s illegal in your state.

How to store gel blaster balls?

When you buy a certain brand of gel balls, pay careful attention to the company and the storage requirements, they can differ from each brand. Generally, gel blaster balls should be rinsed under tap water. During this point, you should make sure they don’t come into contact with soap or chemicals, as it could affect the composition of the ball.

You can either store these balls in water or inside the fridge overnight. Generally, if you choose to store them in water, they will last longer and become bigger in size. The water should be fresh and away from sunlight, as the gel balls could easily disintegrate if not. Plus, they should be stored in a plastic container when not in use.

How to tell when the gel blaster battery is charged?

Most rechargeable gel batteries come with an LED light. When the gel blaster battery is fully charged, it will usually light up red to indicate that it’s ready. Whereas when the gel blaster battery is charging, the LED will light up green.

How long do gel blaster balls take to grow?

In order for a gel blaster bull to reach its full size, it must be stored in water for 4 hours. If you store it under less time than that, the gel blaster balls may not be fully hydrated and won’t be as effective when using.

How to clean gel blaster?

From time to time, gel blasters can get dirty. The best way to clean a gel blaster is by buying a barrel cleaning kit. In this kit are fire rods which allows you to go inside and carefully clean the inside. Often a barrel cleaning kit will come with different rods of a shape and size to allow you to reach inside of the barrel. 

Are gel blasters illegal in wa?

If you own a gel blaster in WA, it is illegal. They are classed as a firearm, and all firearms should be registered with the local police, and you should only own them if you have a license. If you’re found with a gel blaster in wa without a license, you could be charged. 

There is a lot of confusion about owning a gel blaster in New Zealand. Most of the time, gel blasters are classed as toy guns and are not illegal to own. However, due to them looking like real guns, they often cause a lot of distress within the public. Sometimes because they look like a gun, they’re often classed as an imitation firearm, and their legality can depend on the case. To know more, it’s best you contact a local police team in New Zealand.

What are HPA Blasters?

HPA Blasters stands for high pressure air blasters. This type of gel blaster operates a bit differently. Instead of depending on motors and pistons to compress air in the gearbox, HPA uses a single air supply that is fixed. Compressed air comes into the blaster into the HPA engine, which allows the airflow to be controlled, rate of fire and etc, to propel the gels out of the barrel.

How do hpa blasters work?

HPA blasters get their power from air sent from internal compression springs. As a result, the increased air pressure causes the flow to increase and trigger a faster fire rate. 

Is hpa better than co2 or green gas?

Generally, hpa is better than co2 and green gas, but ultimately it depends on the size of your tank. This is because hpa allows you to have more shots per fill and is consistent, and has no cool down. In comparison to Co2 HPA is altered by the temperature and performs well in a cold setting.

Whats the difference between HPA C02 or green gas Gel Blasters?

Green has low pressure, tends to be more cost-efficient and easy for a gel blaster. It also contains silicone oil which adds an extra layer of lubrication to your gel gun when firing. Generally, green gas costs around $10-$20 per can and can get up to 800 shots per can, based on your gun model.

On the other hand, C02 will cause the gel blaster to kick, shoot hard and faster and respond well to cold temperatures. They generally cost less than green gas at around $1 per cylinder and have around 30-50 shots per cartridge.

HPA system involves pressurised air, and the systems have to be replaced regularly. The cost of the tank being replaced can cost between $20-$30. 

Can I shoot frozen gel balls?

Gel blaster guns are created to fire water gell balls, not frozen ones. If you decide to freeze your gel balls, it could cause a lot of damage and cause crystals to form in the gel. Once the crystals are formed, they can crack and cause them to fracture in your gel blasters t piece.

What is the most powerful Gel Blaster?

One gel blaster that is constantly praised for its powerful ability and has high rankings is the SKD M1911 High RPS Gel Blaster. This blaster is only $99.99 but do not. be deceived by its affordable price. 

This gel blaster can fire 9 fast rounds per second over a 15 metres distance. Even some of the newer gel blaster pistols don’t come close to this. It also has a lipo battery and a built-in torch and laser to help you get better accuracy. This powerful gel blaster also has a rechargeable 7.4v battery and fires 7-8mm gel balls.

These are the most common questions we get asked about gel blasters. If you have any further questions that aren’t on this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Renegade Blasters here. 

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