The XP 55 was the first Super Soaker I owned. I remember it being a very powerful blaster. Years later I picked one up again. I was still impressed with the 55’s power. Larami got it right with the first generation of XPs. If I had to use a gun with pressurized reservoir technology the 55 would be high up on my list. It’s light, well balanced, pressurizes quickly, and has good output for a gun its size.
The first 55 I owned had a removable nozzle that could be used as a riot blast. The second looked physically identical but I couldn’t remove the nozzle, like it was glued on. I also know that there was a later rerelease in with an orange body and green reservoir, however I’m not sure what year it was released. Since the rereased marks of the 150 and 75 have their riot blast removed I would suspect the orange and green 55 also lacks a riot blast. The 2nd 55 I owned could possibly have been a rerelease due to the lack of a riot blast.
Either way, this gun is tough. I left the first one under the house for years as a kid. When I finally pulled it out it was filled with dirt and mold and all sorts of horrible stuff. After opening it up and cleaning it out I got it working again. This is tough to break. The non tracked pump is very thick and hard to break. It also pumps a massive amount of air into the reservoir which means it takes less pumps to get to max pressure. Some areas of the plastic shell can get brittle and break over time. This is particularly true of where the reservoir screws into the blaster, but all of the working parts are solid.
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