There are 2 known marks of the Super Soaker 100. The original version was released in 1992, and saw limited rerelease in 1993 and 1994. The second version, marked “new and improved,” was released from 1997 through 2001. The best way to tell the 2 marks apart is by the pressure chamber. The mk1 has a smaller PC that is nearly perfectly round, and similar in size to a baseball. The mk2 has a larger, more oblong PC. The mk1 was only released in blue with yellow tanks, where as the mk2 was released both in the original color scheme and in a new orange and green color scheme. There are a few other minor differences between the marks, including slightly thicker plastic on the mk2, but both versions are still rather fragile. I have messed around with both marks, but have only fought with and taken statistics with the mk2, and as such, the rest of this review will pertain to the mk2 only.
The new and improved Super Soaker 100 is one of my all time favorite soakers, and one of the most underrated Super Soakers of all times. The range on this gun beats everything in its class, with the exception of the Max D 6000. The amount of shots you can get per tank also outclasses all but the Max D 6000. Ironically enough the very reason I recommend the new(er) 100 over the 6000 is the very reason most other sites would recommend the opposite. What reason is that? Durability.
This was very difficult to rate. That 40 needs a big fat asterisk next to it. The pump and the barrel are flimsy, but the internals are very simple and difficult to break. It’s the opposite of the Max D 6000 in that you can drop a MD 6000 on the concrete or run into a tree with it and it won’t break, but it will eventually die on you because the internal design applies too much stress to the spring on the firing valve. You may break a 100 by running into a tree with it (I did), but you will never have to worry about firing valve issues, rusted springs, or other internal issues that can spell instant death to newer guns. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
This is the kind of gun that you need to learn all the small little details about in order to use properly. The 100 responds incredibly well to prepumping. I like to prepump it at least 10 times with air before filling the pressure chamber with water. This gives you more shot time at max range (37 feet). The trigger is incredibly sensitive, which is another thing I like about this gun. It’s like the 150 in that you can get a lot of bursts off amazingly quick. However, unlike the 150, the 100 uses a pinch tube style trigger rather than a pull valve. All in all this is not only a great get for collectors, but also a solid choice for experienced veterans.