I purchased my 40 in 2001 for $5. I have to say that’s the best $5 I’ve ever spent on a NIB soaker at a retail store. That’s $2-$7 cheaper than other guns its size (ie Max D 3000, Liquidator, etc.). I actually ended up using it extensively until about 2006 when it broke.
Larami originally released the SS 40 back in 1993. This was the fourth/second-to-last year classic series blasters were released, and you can definitely tell. Although the SS 40 isn’t on par with XP blasters it is significantly improved over previous classic Super Soakers. The plastic is noticeably thicker and the internals are made of more durable material. The blaster is also a lot more powerful, getting more output and a good 5-6 ft more range than the SS 50.
This doesn’t mean that it’s a good choice for any fight against anything other than Nerf Super Soaker crap, but at least you will have a fighting chance if you do. The performance is very much sub-par but it must be said that there is a huge step up when you go from a max range in the upper 20s to mid-low 30s or when you finally break the 1 oz/sec threshold in output.
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