Hydro Gel Ball Blasters - What are they and how do they work?

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As you may or may not know, a new breed of toy guns is on the rise. Hydro blasters, also known as gel ball shooters, have now been around for close to 18 months. What is a hydro blaster you ask? Well, basically, this is what happens when paintball and airsoft have babies... you get hydro blasters! Think of it like a hybrid of paintball and airsoft. 

Toy hydro/gel ball Blasters are similar to that of a plastic nerf or airsoft gun, however they fire small harmless water balls from 25 to 60ft depending on the model. The gel ball ammo, also known as crystal balls or orbeez, are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and are formed after soaking in water for around 4 hours. These squishy gel balls hold there form whilst being fired and then explode on impact. An exciting but safe sport, these blasters are the ideal choice amongst many Australians, and are the best alternative to paintball and airsoft. 

But unlike airsoft, there is not just one size, the sizes range all the way from 6 to 15mm! This is due to the different calibre's of the Hydro Blasters. Most of the rifles and sub-machine guns require 9-11mm rounds, whilst the pistols require 8mm, and some as small as 6-7mm! The shotguns require the largest round, a wopping 13-15mm. View our size chart below.

Anyway, enough reading for now. If you look below you will see our full playlist of gel ball blasters, so be sure to check them out! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via our facebook @ www.facebook.com/backyardblasters or send us an email to hello@backyardblasters.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Some quick FAQS about Gel Ball Blasters:

What is the legality of Gel Ball Blasters?
Allright folks, this question is asked on a daily basis.
Currently, there is nothing in writing. No law they are breaching or even what firearms class they fall into. As some of you may know, Australian customs have been confiscating imports of Gel Ball Blasters, usually classing the items as airsoft guns, which they are not! Australia is a very sensitive country to anything with the word gun in it, and these confiscations come down to ill-knowledge and mis-understanding of these plastic toys. A snickers bar is more dangerous then any of these toys!
UPDATE 01/02/2018:
These plastic toys are NO LONGER being classed as firearms by Australian customs. This is great progress!
In regards to the legality of the  Gel Ball Blasters we sell, some may not be deemed as toys in your state, as they may appear as imitation/replica firearms. Of course this all depends on your state laws (e.g. QLD does not require a license for any item considered a replica) so it is best to verify with your relevant state laws. You can do so by checking their website.  If you are still unsure, take a screenshot of the gel ball blaster from our site, state what you will be using the plastic toy for (i.e. collecting, backyard play, filming, cosplay, dressups) and ask if a License is required, and if so, how do I obtain it. Send this via email to the email address supplied on your state police website. It will be on their contact page under a general enquiry.
Now onto the next biggest question. Where should I buy my gel ball blaster from?
If you are looking at buying your first gel ball blaster, do so from an Australian business (like us!). You need to buy local to guarantee delivery of your blaster. Do not buy from overseas!
Last Question: How do the Australian sellers get their stock?
Most Australian sellers (like us) are selling stock that we managed to import months before customs started confiscating the items. Unfortunately, once we and other Australian sellers have sold out, it is unlikely we will be able to restock, as customs is currently confiscating imports of these toys. So get a gel Ball blaster whilst you can!
I hope this answers everyones questions. Have fun over the Christmas holidays!

>>> To view our full range of gel ball blasters please visit our Armory here <<<

Gel ball ammo size guide






Glock (Manual)



Tommy Gun


USP .45

Gold Desert Eagle


SM5 Tactical

M1014 Benelli


Desert Eagle


M4 Sopmod



Desert Eagle Tactical RAS


M4 Folding Stock



Beretta M9


M4 Patriot



Mauser C96


M4 Thunder Maul



SIG P226


M2 Browning



SY-886 "Havok"

M4 Tac Master




M4 Terminator










Kriss Vector

Dragunov SVD





M-29 Incisor




Barret M82

Crossbow Rifle