We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Marshmallow Shooter?

Michael Pollick
Updated Jan 29, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

If live ammunition is strongly discouraged in an office setting and paintball just feels wrong somehow, there is still a viable alternative to consider for cubical warfare. A device known as a marshmallow shooter can deliver round after round of soft, gooey ammunition without taking out the water cooler or snack machine.

A marshmallow shooter is essentially an air-powered pop gun designed to fire foam pellets or miniature marshmallows. The ammunition is packed into a feeding tube and a natural vacuum draws one round into the firing chamber. The shooter either pulls a trigger or squeezes a pump-action handle to fire the marshmallow shooter. If all goes as planned, the marshmallow or pellet finds its mark and hilarity ensues. Accuracy may be a concern for the serious marshmallow shooter enthusiast, but at least the collateral damage should be minimal.

Plans to construct a marshmallow shooter are available on a number of toy-related websites, and the materials should be easily found in hardware or building supply stores. Essentially, a marshmallow shooter is made from various lengths of PVC pipe, held together with connectors and plugs. One length of PVC pipe serves as the feed tube and another serves as the firing chamber. Modifications can always be made to improve accuracy, increase firing power or hold more ammunition.

One of the advantages of a marshmallow shooter is the nominal cost of ammunition. An average bag of mini marshmallows could contain hundreds of "bullets" for one low price. This makes a marshmallow shooter an ideal alternative to paintball guns, since paintball ammunition can be relatively expensive and is not appropriate for younger combatants. Unlike a paintball pellet, a miniature marshmallow does not generally create a mess or cause contact injuries when fired at close range.

For parents concerned about potential injuries from paintball guns or air rifles firing metal BBs, a commercial marshmallow shooter may be an ideal option. For older children, creating a homemade marshmallow shooter may also be a satisfying craft project.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to WiseGeek, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.
Discussion Comments
By anon27006 — On Feb 22, 2009

Why do marshmallow shooters work?

What is the reasoning behind it all?

What air pressure principles are being demonstrated with each 'shot' fired?

Michael Pollick
Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to WiseGeek, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.