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The Armoury Review :: Water Warriors Viper

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Manufacturer: Buzz Bee Toys Inc.

Class:  Air - Pressurized Reservoir

  Item Number: 17000
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2011 / 2012
  Patents: HK Patent 110129.8
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 372.00 g (13.14 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 525.00 mL (17.5 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: Air

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 8

Range: 100

Encumbrance: 35

Ergonomics: 80

Capacity: 30

Overall: 85


Blaster Dimensions :: 38.5 cm (15.16 ") x 6.0 cm (2.36 ") x 17.5 cm (6.89 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Yellow
Black
N/A
Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 1 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

::

9.0 m (29.53')

12.0 m (39.37')

46.0 mL/s (1.53 oz./s)

5.42

4.33

12.0 s


Notes:

  • Most statistics are from models tested by iSoaker.com; individual performance may vary; some models exhibit greater variability than others (i.e. output, range, colours, etc.)
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The Water Warriors Viper is the smallest of the new air pressurized models released for 2012 by Buzz Bee Toys Inc., featuring air pressurized reservoir technology. Featuring similar overall styling to older blasters like the Water Warriors Hydra and Water Warriors Titan, the Water Warriors Viper, like the Water Warriors Python, has an improved trigger grip with finger indents.

The Blaster ::

Nozzle ::

water_warriors_viper_15_100The Water Warriors Viper, being a small, pistol-sized water blaster, features a single nozzle setting. Being pressurized, the Water Warriors Viper is capable of pushing out solid streams with respectable force for a blaster of this size. The blaster also responds well with streams starting and stopping quickly in response to the pull of the trigger.

Pump ::

water_warriors_viper_18_100Like its large brother, the Water Warriors Python, the Water Warriors Viper is a pressurized reservoir blaster. As such, the pump is designed to push air into the reservoir. The pump, itself, is forward-mounted, but tucks in nicely beneath the forward portion of the blaster. The pump rod, though, is square in cross-section, thus does not freely rotate. While this offers better stability, some may have preferred the pump grip to be more freely rotatable. The pump stroke length seems to be on the shorter side, but pumping is smooth and the pump can pressurize this blaster quite effectively.

Triggers / Grip ::

water_warriors_viper_16_100The trigger and grip area of the Water Warriors Viper improves upon previous Water Warriors water blaster models. The use of finger groves improves the feel and stability of the grip, even when wet. The upper-most finger indent below the trigger is oddly shortened, perhaps to accomodate the overall shorter length of the grip. This shortening means that larger fingers will not fit fully, but one's hand will still center appropriate over the grip area, resulting in a secure grip nevertheless.

The Reservoir ::

water_warriors_viper_17_100The Water Warriors Viper holds a good amount of water in its reservoir for a blaster of its size. Being a pressurized reservoir system, though, the entire reservoir should not be filled in order to leave enough volume for adequate pressurization. Compared to the Water Warriors Hydra, the Water Warriors Viper manages to hold a little more water in a thinner (albeit longer) profile. Accessing the reservoir is through a standard threaded cap that is tethered to the blaster via a plastic ring. Thanks to the reservoir's size, shot times are generally good assuming the blaster is pressurized properly.

Overall ::

As a whole, the Water Warriors Viper is a nice addition to the Water Warriors line. Tweaks made to the familiar styling of older Water Warriors-brand water blasters in key areas improves the overall look and feel of this blaster. For a pistol-class blaster, it good-sized pressurized-reservoir offers combined with a good nozzle offers solid performance and should make for a good addition to most armouries. Able to hold its ground against any other water blaster of similar size, one should, of course, remain wary when going up against significantly larger pressurized blasters.

Pros

Nice styling, sturdy build. Respectable power, capacity, and performance for a blaster of this size.

Cons

Pressurized reservoir means need to depressurize before filling and cap must be fastened securely. Requires many pumps initially to full pressurize. Upper finger groove on trigger/grip area oddly shortened and unlikely able to fit fingers of those with larger hands.


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