Ima be up fron witchu on this one. I think the XP 105 is one of the most over rated blasters ever. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to like about this gun – amazing power, good output, a riot blast option, a pressure guage, and it only takes 5 pumps to pressurize! The problem is that none of this matters if you can’t get in range to use the gun.
I tested 3 XP 105s, 2 were able to shoot 32 feet and one shot just 28 feet. This isn’t flatline shooting, I was firing at 45 degrees. Just to make sure I didn’t end up with 3 flukes I headed over to iSoaker.com to compare stats. ISoaker lists max range at 29.5 feet, further confirming that this gun just doesn’t shoot very far. It doesn’t shoot for very long either, you get slightly over 3 seconds worth of shot time before range falls under 25 feet.
Like most Supersoakers made from 1994 to 1996, the XP 105 features a detachable reservoir that must be placed back on the gun at a 90 degree angle and then rotated clockwise. It’s rather annoying, but after a while you get the hang of it. If you’ve done it right then the knob on the front will lock into the plastic rectangle behind the firing chambers.
If you are fighting in close quarters around an apartment complex, or in very dense undergrowth in the woods, the XP 105 is not a bad option. It’s also pretty good for close quarter rushers in soakfests, or as a sidearm to larger CPS gun in soakfests. I used one as a sidearm to my CPS 1700 in Vermin War 2 and it served me well. I would not use this gun in any battle where range will play a factor.
In 1998 Super Soaker released a special glow in the dark XP 105. The ’98 version does not have a removable nozzle (riot blast). The reservoir is also made of denser plastic, which means it is now easier to screw the nozzle on and off.
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