Buzz Bee Outlaw Small
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Water Warriors Outlaw


Buzz Bee Toys, Inc.

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42 Feet


A no b.s. blaster that performs

Review: Buzz Bee Water Warriors Outlaw (Equalizer)

Back in 2009, Buzz Bee Toys introduced the Water Warriors Equalizer, a compact, air-pressure-based water blaster that offered very good performance for its relatively modest size. Now, five years later, we have the Water Warriors Outlaw, which is pretty much exactly the same as the Equalizer, save for a sticker that says “Outlaw” instead of “Equalizer,” and a priming handle that is orange instead of blue. And you know what? We are a-ok with that, because it doesn’t matter what they call it, or how old the design is, this blaster is one impressive performer.

The most distinguishing feature of the Outlaw is a compact, purpose-built aesthetic that features a body built entirely around the massive 48 oz. water tank. It’s a design that is attractive while being almost entirely utilitarian. There’s a single, non-adjustable nozzle in the front, a reservoir cap up-top, a priming handle down below, a trigger in the back, and some cladding on the sides to hold the tank in place. And that’s it. There are no superfluous bells and whistles… no multiple nozzles, no gimmicky angle meters, no clips, no batteries, so sights, no stocks. In other words, it’s entirely no-nonsense. And when you design a blaster that performs as well as the Outlaw, you don’t need them.

The Water Warriors Outlaw boldly proclaims “Air Pressure” on the side of its packaging, which is Buzz Bee’s claim to fame in water blasting technology. It’s a design that requires the user to pump the handle to build-up pressure in the reservoir before each shot, without which firing is not possible. And while this pumping can be a form of moderate exercise in and of itself (our best ranges typically required in excess of 10 pumps), the action is smooth and reasonably easy. The downsides of this form of pressurization technology include the possibility that the user will get a shot of sputtering mist rather than a water stream if the tank is running empty, and the actual distance of the shots will decrease as the pressure equalizes. Aside from those caveats and the aforementioned arm workout, the air pressure system used in the Outlaw has some serious benefits.

Outlaw Water Warriors trigger pull Our very first shots with the Outlaw were eye-opening. Shooting over a hilly bank at a cabin deep in the Pennsylvania woodlands outside of Harrisburg, we saw streams that were impressively long-reaching, very thick in appearance, and incredibly long-lasting. An impromptu timing with a stopwatch recorded shots that would easily last more than 15 seconds in duration, with no perceptible loss in stream thickness or range until the last few seconds—and this was all with a single pull of the trigger (no extra pumping required)! Those shots produced a stream of water of approximately 1/8” in thickness, with very good lamination. These were our first impressions, but they proved to be fully representative of the Outlaw’s capabilities. In our measured testing, we hit distances of 26.5 feet when fired flat, with an average shot distance of approximately 32 feet at a moderate angle, and a maximum distance recorded at 42 feet, 4 inches. In our experience, it’s rare that products live up to manufacturers’ claims—even in ideal conditions and after repeated attempts. But in this case, Buzz Bee’s claimed range of “up to 42 feet” is exactly on the money.

In use, the Outlaw showed its function-over-form side when it came to ergonomics. The firing handle’s trigger is mounted very close to the body, such that those with larger hands might actually have a hard timing fitting their trigger finger into the small opening. In addition, the centrally-mounted water reservoir caused our testers to often wish for a top-mounted handle of some sort, since lugging a 4 ½ pound (when filled) blaster around by the one end can get tiresome. Speaking of tiresome, the sheer weight of the filled blaster requires the user to hold it by the pump handle when firing, since there’s no shoulder stock or other method to take weight off of one’s firing hand, wrist and forearm. This isn’t necessarily a design flaw, but the relative compactness (16.5” long) of the Outlaw implies that it will be easier to hold than it really is.

“…the Outlaw was appropriately air-tight from its water reservoir, a fact punctuated by the audible release of air pressure when the sealed cap was unscrewed. It’s a subtle, but very cool reminder that this is true air-pressure-based blasting at work.”

The flip side of a heavy blaster such as the Outlaw is that it’s heavy because it’s holding a lot of water. And when you’re shooting nearly 40 feet in 15-20 second long bursts, you’ll need all the water you can get! In fact, it wouldn’t be hard to drain the entire water reservoir in roughly a minute, if the Outlaw was fired non-stop—which, by the way, is totally possible. We found that by pumping the Outlaw, then pulling the trigger while still pumping, it was relatively easy to create a continuous stream of far-reaching water with no breaks in the action. If you have your opponent pinned-down, and you have a full tank of water and decent aim, there’s no way they won’t come out of it without being soaked from head-to-toe.

Outlaw Water Warriors leak test And fortunately for the Outlaw user, there won’t be much self-inflicted soaking due to leakage. Unlike some other blasters we’ve reviewed recently that tend to make a mess of things, the Outlaw was appropriately air-tight from its water reservoir, a fact punctuated by the audible release of air pressure when the sealed cap was unscrewed. It’s a subtle, but very cool reminder that this is true air-pressure-based blasting at work. Unfortunately, we did experience a small bit of water leakage from the front priming handle. It wasn’t significant, but it does underline our ongoing criticism of Buzz Bee products not being built to quite the standard we would like (the low price does temper our feelings on this somewhat, but we’d still rather not have these kinds of issues).

If there’s one thing that speaks to the success or failure of a product design, it’s how often a person actually wants to use the product in question. And in the case of the Outlaw, we all wanted to use it. It’s highly accurate, very powerful, and provides enormous soaking potential. More than anything else, it’s that kind of over-the-top drenching power that makes the Outlaw earns its new name. Indeed, the Water Warriors Outlaw is more than just an Equalizer… it’s a water blaster to be respected on its own terms. It’s a water blaster that earns its name, full stop. It gets our wholehearted recommendation—no gimmicks required.



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  • Robert Webbe

    Great review! Outlaws are extremely underrated, imo. This little thing sails under almost everyone’s radar when they choose a light primary to use, but it can compete with anything in the class. Mine also hits the advertised 42ft range right on the nose, with good lamination. Buzz Bee made a gem here and it’s cheap.

    It’s not exactly heavy or hard to use, though. Sprinting up a small mountain with an overloaded CPS 2700 is heavy and hard. One-handing an Outlaw should be effortless, considering how veteran water warriors one-hand CPS 2000s without much trouble. If you tell kids and those new to water guns that these small things are heavy and hard to pump, they will not be prepared for medium soakers, let alone the heavy hitters at the top of the CPS line that dominate wars. In turn, Hasbro will be less inclined to ever bring back good soakers. When I was 8, one of my cousins presented me with his CPS 2000 to try out. It was heavy and hard to pump 24 times for a shot that only lasted a second, but I understood why it had to be done and why it was awesome. Today’s kids complain about pumping up Gorgons (only a medium class soaker!) and then complain when the motorized or pump-action stuff sucks. What do they expect? You have to put high power in if you want to get high power out.

    Also, please be careful with the terminology when it comes to water guns, it isn’t the same as Nerf and you can confuse us. This may seem like nitpicking, but it’s very important to use the right terms the right way. Your audience contains people who know a lot about water guns – you genuinely confuse us when you use the wrong terminology. The NIC loves to misuse terms when it dips into soakers (pun intended) and it’s annoying. Being a native veteran of both hobbies, I usually know what you intended to say, but the average reader can’t be expected to.

    “Priming” a water gun does not mean pressurizing it like in Nerf. Priming a water gun means shooting all the air out of the system and drawing in water to replace it before use. This is done because any air remaining in the tubing can mix with water and create mist, ruining/breaking up the stream. Thus, a water gun is primed WHILE being pumped. Once primed, a water gun does not need to be re-primed unless the user runs the pressure too low and once again introduces air into the tubing. In CPS and HP water guns, all the air has to be ejected from the pressure chamber, too – they are pure water systems, air anywhere other than the reservoir is bad.

    The part of a water gun that holds water is the Reservoir, the part that holds pressure is the Pressure Chamber (PC). A soaker like the Outlaw has a Pressurized Reservoir (PR), since the same chamber performs both roles. We try to avoid the “tank” term, because it could refer to either the PC or the reservoir. Nerfers are more likely to mean PC when they use the word “tank” and water warriors are more likely to mean reservoir when they use the word “tank”, however there are exceptions. It’s confusing and best not used at all. For PR soakers this is a moot point, but it’s important for separate PC models.

    • Thanks for the input, Robert. We’ve updated a few of the terms used in the article to make it more clear, though we would assume if you’re reading an article about a water blaster, you won’t confuse it with terms that are also used for air (Nerf) blasters. In an open forum, however, we could see where that would be confusing. If you have other concerns about our use of priming/pumping, for instance, please let us know.

  • Irene Kim

    Can someone help me troubleshoot this toy? It’s not squirting any water