A sandblaster gun is a powerful tool and is used to direct abrasive media at a surface.  Additionally, a sandblaster gun is also known as a blast cabinet gun and also a sandblasting gun.  It’s all the same thing.  The gun itself comes in a variety of shapes and configurations.  Some are controlled at the gun and others by foot pedals or other valves.  In this brief article we will explain what this means for the user and how the sandblasting guns can be used.  First, we will talk about the various types of sandblaster guns.  Thereafter, we will break down the components of the guns.


Sandblaster Guns:  Trigger or No Trigger?

Shown in the picture at the top is a lineup of the most basic sanding guns.  As you can see, one has a trigger (2nd from the left), the rest do not.  A trigger controlled sandblasting gun is an easy to use option.  In a trigger operated gun, the abrasive media flow starts and stops via pulling and releasing the trigger.  To clarify what we mean by, “the abrasive media flow”, check out our What is Sandblasting article.

Sandblaster Gun and User Fatigue

Finally, when it comes to a trigger operated gun, user fatigue can be an issue for some.  This reason is because some users sandblast for extended time periods, holding a trigger all day can be tiresome for the person’s hands.  As a result a gun operated via foot pedal control may be a better option for certain users.

Pedal Operated Sandblasting Guns


Photo:  A sandblasting gun foot pedal with air supply hose.

There are many reasons for user fatigue, but foot pedal operated sandblaster guns offer another advantage for other users as well.  Certainly, the user has more control over the blast stream.  As shown below, the images compare the trigger gun and foot pedal operated gun.  For our discussion we can simply call the foot pedal operated gun the nozzle holder.  In other words, it is the end that the abrasive media comes out.

Sandblasting Gun: Nozzle Holders & Pickup Hose


Sandblast Gun Nozzle Holder

14 CFM Ceramic Nozzle