Along with the SS 10, the Super Soaker 60 was the last original (ie not rereleased or redesigned) classic Super Soaker ever released. According to SSC this gun was one of the most mass produced guns of the early ’90s. However, unlike many other guns, the 60 was never rereleased, and thus has become a bit of a rare find these days.
The SS 60 is a lot of fun to use, and is certainly capable of holding its own in small backyard style soakfests. The seperate pressure is a great addition as it allows you to fire from almost all angles, even as your water source depletes. Most similar sized guns, (Water Warriors Equalizer, Max D 5000, XP 55, etc.) don’t have a seperate pressure chamber. The guided pump is also a nice touch, but it’s not very efficient – a characteristic that plagues the rest of the classic series. It takes 13 pumps to pressurize just 6 oz. By comparison, the XP 70 takes only 5 pumps to fill its 5 oz pressure chamber. The XP 70 or Max D Defender are better choices if you’re looking for a gun around this size.
That’s not to say that the SS 60 is a bad gun. As previously noted, it’s a lot of fun to use, and certainly good enough for a backyard soakfest. I just wouldn’t use this gun for any kind of serious water war.
Structurally the 60 is a good bit stronger and sturdier than other classic guns. Externally, the gun is still weaker than all but the earliest Super Soakers. Internally, the gun is very simple, and is very durable as a result. It’s one of those guns that you need to be careful with, but given the proper care it will last you indefinitely. My favorite part of the gun, structrually speaking, is its weight balance. It feels completely weightless in your hand,
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