Airsoft is becoming popular among people who love military simulation and outdoor games. An important part of enjoying a session is having the right gear, starting with your gun. While all the options available are exciting to see, the process can seem overwhelming due to the many types available. Let’s look at some things you need to know before shopping for and buying your first airsoft gun.
There is an Airsoft Replica for Almost All Real-world Guns
When you think about a gun in the real or fantasy world, there likely is an airsoft replica of it. M4 and AK47 variants are the most common types of airsoft guns and are recommended for beginners. Their ubiquity means it is easy to find spare parts and accessories crucial for customising, modifying, or repairing your rifle.
You can also visit an airsoft gun shop to see the different pistols, revolvers, submachine guns, and revolvers on display.
There are Different Working Mechanisms
All airsoft guns work similarly. The user loads a BB into the hop-up chamber and pulls the trigger to release the projectile. The main difference between the different types of airsoft guns is their firing mechanism.
Spring rifles and pistols use a compressed spring that the user releases by pulling the trigger. This action releases the potential energy stored in the compressed spring, causing the airsoft gun to fire. Spring rifles and pistols work in all weather conditions but are relatively slow. Their longer reload times make them a poor choice for fast action and engaging large crowds.
Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs) are great for beginners as they are reliable, provide superior performance and are the most cost-effective option. They use a motor, battery, and a set of gears to work. AEGs allow users to fire faster, but their reliance on batteries can create issues if a player is not prepared.
Gas airsoft guns use a gas reservoir that contains highly-pressurised gas. A small amount of air is released when the user pulls the trigger and pushes the BB out of the barrel. These guns provide incredible tactile feedback, making them the best choice for players who want a realistic experience. Military and law enforcement also use them in their training for this reason.
Airsoft Guns Have Limitations So They Are Safe
There are many myths and misconceptions about how safe airsoft guns are. The truth is that they are very safe. However, ranges and play arenas require everyone to take the necessary precautions, like keeping their helmets on and to remain covered at all times.
The BBs are made of plastic, meaning they will shatter if propelled too fast or hit a hard surface. Second, airsoft guns cannot handle the power a real gun can. If you increase the power to make them lethal, they will shatter before the BB exits the barrel or the BB will not be accurate if it is propelled.
If you are interested in airsoft, one of the first things to do after learning about it is to get the right gear. Your airsoft gun is crucial as it determines your performance and experience. While there is a lot to know about them, the basics above should give you a great place to start on this hobby.