The BazooK 9 is a tennis ball launcher gun that makes fetch fun for you as well as your dog. The launcher is an enjoyable way for you to play fetch with your dog, it allows you to play without getting aches and pains and without having to pick up slobbery balls. The BazooK9 is made from durable plastic and is shaped like a gun, it works by pulling back the handle at the back of the gun to this desired distance, picking up a tennis ball by pushing the end of gun over the ball and then it is ready to launch. The BazooK9 comes with 2 tennis balls that actually squeak which gives a good sound factor to the game.
Our Thoughts On The BazooK9 Launcher Gun
For us, this launcher is a fun way to change up the game of fetch. It is quite big so is not something you really want to carry around for long but if you have a lot of open space to play fetch close by it is great. The launcher does come with a shoulder strap to make transporting it easier. We love the style of this launcher, it’s a nice green colour and is not over accessorised.
Using a ball launching gun is great if you mobility issues or have an arm/ shoulder injury that prevents you from throwing the ball.
There are two tennis ball holders on the underneath of the gun barrel which is a definite bonus. The tennis ball holders mean you have less chance of losing the balls and it also stops you from trying to stuff the balls in your pockets – this is great for before the game but even better after when the balls are slobbery and wet! This is perfect for keeping you, your kids and your dog entertained. It makes playing with the dog more attractive to family members too which helps to build and keep bonds with your pet. The iFetch Too is also energy efficient as it shuts down until a ball is dropped inside, ensuring the battery life is long-lasting.
The BazooK9 is a little bit on the loud side which does put some users off, it makes noise when you pull back the rear rod and you fire it so skittish dogs might not like the noise.
How far can the BazooK9 shoot balls?
You can adjust how far the balls launch by how far you pull back the rear rod, it is numbered from 1 to 9 as an indicator of distance/power. The launcher is spring loaded so the balls are shot out with force. There seems to be no launching distances in the information on amazon but using the reviews as a rough guide it appears the first few numbers are great for playing indoors or in the yard. There are a lot of mixed reviews on how far the BazooK9 can launch balls, many users say they wish it would launch balls further. According to Doggie Fetch http://doggiefetch.com/bazook-9-tennis-ball-launcher-gun-review/ the balls will only shoot to 20-30 feet. Some reviews left on amazon claim the BazooK9 shoots 50 feet at most and one user states the box claims the BazooK9 can shoot balls 75 feet.
We cannot get an exact answer for you but what we can see from other peoples reviews is that they want the balls to go a bit further than they actually do with this ball launcher.
Features we love
As we mentioned earlier the BazooK9 has ball holders on the underside of the gun. This is great because it saves you having to awkwardly hold balls while you are trying to use the launcher and it also saves you having to search everywhere for tennis balls when you want to play. The launcher can hold one ball in the muzzle and 2 in the holders so you can carry 3 in total. When there is a tennis ball on the ground you can pick it up using the launcher by pulling the rear rod back to 1 and then pushing the muzzle of the gun over the tennis ball. Once you’ve picked it up you can decide the distance and it is ready to launch. We love these features because they focus on ease of use and those smaller details really do help when you’re out playing fetch!
The BazooK9 is 23.5 inches long when not in use and 35 inches long when fully extended. The muzzle diameter is 3.75 inches and uses standard sized balls (2.5”). The launcher weighs approximately 2 pounds so is lightweight to carry and hold.
- Dimensions: 23.5 x 7.5 inch
- The cost of the BazooK9 on amazon is $27.95
Pictures sourced from amazon.
If you are looking specifically for a ball launching gun then popular toy gun maker Nerf has an option available and so does pet product producer Hyper.
The Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster
This is similar to the BazooK9 in the sense that it works on a pullback system, can hold a tennis ball under the barrel and you can pick up the ball from the ground without using your hands but there are also some differences.
Nerf Dog claim the gun can shoot balls up to 50 feet but it seems that is a little generous and the balls tend to go around 35-40 feet. This is slightly more than the BazooK9. The nerf makes less noise too, but our favourite feature on the Nerf Dog gun is the way its pullback is positioned.
The BazooK9 has a moving external part which could be dangerous for the user whereas the Nerf Dog gun has the pull back handle on top and the parts move and function within the barrel so it is safe for your hands. The Nerf Dog Tennis Blaster comes in at $24.99.
Specifications: 21 x 4.5 x 9 inches which is similar in size to the BazooK9, although the BazooK9 is nearly 15 inches longer when it is fully extended.
Picture sourced from amazon.
The K9 Kannon is very similar to the BazooK9, they are alike in appearance, design and in size. Hyper claims the K9 Kannon can shoot balls up to 75 feet, however 50 feet seems to be more accurate. This launcher also has a holder for one tennis ball under the barrel. The K9 Kannon allows you to pick up balls using the muzzle and also has distance control through notches when you pull back the rear rod. The K9 Kannon comes in a bright yellow colour and has a very straight grip which might get a little uncomfortable if your dog likes long fetch games.
- Specifications: 25.50 x 2.50 x 7.00 Inches
- Cost on amazon $22.99
Picture sourced from amazon.
Video & User Reviews Of The BazooK9
This is a short and sweet review of the BazooK9, it gives you a good view of the shape, size and style of the launcher as well as a few launch clips so you can see how it shoots out the balls.
This video gives you information on the BazooK9 in terms of the size, how to get it to shoot and then shooting it. It also shows how a dog reacts to the toy! This video also shows the launcher as well as the squeaky balls and gives a few example of how it launches the balls. The video also shows how to pick up the ball from the floor using the BazooK9.
Summary of The BazooK 9 Ball Launcher Gun
Overall this is a great, fun ball launcher for everyone, you are definitely more likely to get family members out to play fetch with the dog when you have this to play with. We prefer the look of the BazooK9 to the K9 Kannon even though they are very similar, and the ball holders is also a huge plus. All three of the products are around the same price and they are all made of similar durable plastic. The BazooK9 Launcher is not the furthest shooter but it appears it is the noisiest which can put owners off. If you a looking for a fun ball launcher that will bring more smiles, laughs and interaction for the family when playing with the dog then this is it!