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ctional Item

Name: Liquid Pistol

Category: Water Gun

Size/weight: 2lb empty, 4lb full

Rarity: Discontinued, uncommon

Value: $1.50 - $40

Uses: Water-wars, dismemberment, teaching tool

Liquid Pistol

The Liquid Pistol was a “Fun Gun” designed by William Tenerly, expected to be the first in a range of products. Intended to be a child-friendly summertime water toy, it was built inexpensively, as so the most deprived of children would have the opportunity to have one. Holding the item like a gun, children would be able to fire light jets of water at each other in ‘play-war’ scenarios. Exact date of initial designs are unknown, however, injuries from the device continue to this day.

Design

The pistol utilized a system of water compression, which would allow for larger amounts of water to be held within the chamber then conventional water toys. Equipped with a predecessor to the Reboiler, the gun would use tightened steam compression to fire marginalized streams of water, allowing for long distance shots, full coverage, and minimal water waste. Each toy was equipped with a simple pressure regulator to keep the streams at the intended strength

Distribution

Tenerly, intending to create demand, distributed a small number of the item freely to schools, homes, and businesses. The toy was a moderate success, with its first stock being depleted in only 3 weeks. 2 more stocks of 200 each were made and distributed before the product was pulled.

Injuries

The pressure regulator within the gun was not equipped to handing the rough-and-tumble play of children. After weeks of use, or a solid blow to the sides or top of the item, the pressure regulator would cease functionality. The next use would release the entirety of the compressed contents in one strong blast. When asked, Tenerly stated that ‘[he] simply did not test the device with the ferocity of a child’.

The Liquid Pistol has been credited for the following injuries.

  • Scrapes, cuts, and bruises.
  • Eye injuries, including loss of functionality
  • Concussions.
  • Lacerations.
  • Hemorrhaging.
  • Dismemberment, including fingers, hands, arms, and legs.
  • Partial and total decapitation.
  • Burns.
  • Sprains in the wrist and feet.
  • Broken bones.