Families and enthusiasts in Singapore switch from foam-dart Nerf guns to gel blasters in outdoor shooting games

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SINGAPORE — As a father of five, Mr Zulkifli Aziz, 38, is constantly on the lookout for new hobbies to try with his two children, who are nine and seven years old. They have tried playing with blasters or toy guns that shoot foam darts.

From left: Mr Eugene Tay, 42, sales manager and co-founder of Bluebird Gel Blasters; Mr Huang Yu Xuan, 34, strategy manager and co-founder of Bluebird Gel Blasters; and Mr Kenneth Tan, 20, student and gel blasting enthusiast.

The 38-year-old sales manager told TODAY: “Unlike foam darts, the gel pellets will disintegrate on their own. We don’t need to walk around to pick up darts after every game.” Since the law provided more clarity on the legality of replica weapons and guns, gel-blasting communities told TODAY that they have seen interest levels rise for the toy guns.was introduced in January 2021 to replace the Arms and Explosive Act, and came into force at the end of the same year.

The difference is that a gel blaster propels water-absorbent gel balls or pellets at targeted players. To ensure that one has enough"ammunition" when playing on the field, a player would need to load up several magazines and carry them along. Questions such as “Is this legal?" or"Is this even allowed in Singapore?” were among the most commonly asked queries received by Bluebird Gel Blasters.

A permit typically has a validity period of three months. This means that business owners would have to renew it regularly. The approved controlled item is not to be used or deployed in any manner to cause harm or undue alarm in publicAny process to move the approved controlled item from one place to another shall be carried out in a concealed bag or package

Mr Tan, the hobbyist who formed the Hydro Strike SG community, said that his games are family-friendly, so he has a few key considerations. Mr Huang and Mr Tay, who host games primarily for adults, have the same considerations as well. They started playing at the“No one lives there, so we don’t need to worry about putting other people at risk when we’re playing,” Mr Huang said.

Similarly, student Kenneth Tan, 20, who said that he is usually quiet and introverted, found that playing with gel blasters has done him some good.

 

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