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A Guide To Airsoft Guns For New Players
 
For anyone just getting started in or thinking of getting into Airsoft, this guide to Airsoft guns for noobs will provide the information you need to choose the Airsoft gun(s) that are right for you and how to use them properly. You will learn what Airsoft is, where it came from, safety and what it takes to join in on the fun.
 
What is Airsoft?
 
Airsoft is played on a relatively large predetermined area – indoors or outdoors – with an objective of “hitting” or “tagging” other players using an Airsoft gun. Because an Airsoft gun’s ammo is BB pellets, unlike laser tag or paintball for example, it is difficult to determine when a player has been hit. Hits rely on an honour system when playing an Airsoft game. Which takes us to a very important rule, take your hits!
 
To fully understand what Airsoft is, you need to know what it isn't. An Airsoft gun is not a traditional “BB gun” (which people often confuse them with) that often fires round or pellet shaped 0.177 caliber metal BBs at speeds from 350fps to 1000fps. Having a high power, BB guns are suitable for hunting or target shooting, but are not for war gaming or indoor shooting.
 
How did Airsoft start?
 
Originally developed in Japan, airsoft guns were made to look, feel and operate like real pistols and rifles and are known as replicas or RIFs. They became popular due to strict local and International laws making it difficult to obtain real firearms, and actually illegal for civilians to own. Hobbyists and sportsman were able to buy Airsoft guns and participate in police or military scenarios without risking serious injury. The military are known to use Airsoft as a practise system and for scenario simulation.
 
Airsoft guns resemble real firearms so precisely; all guns in the United States are required to have orange barrel tips. These guns are so realistic, all across the world many military and police training programs use them for training.
 
Are Airsoft guns dangerous?
 
With proper safety gear no, Airsoft guns are not designed to be harmful propelling a BB – 6mm plastic and weighing 0.2g to .025g – 50 to 200 feet at a speed of 200fps to 600fps. Modification to Airsoft guns is possible giving them serious power but not life threatening. However, highly modified, powered-up Airsoft guns are able to break skin and result in bleeding, but never penetrate or lodge under skin. This makes Airsoft ideal for recreational battle scenarios. When playing, most players will wear long combat uniforms, trousers, gloves and adequate face and eye protection which is essential
 
When handling Airsoft guns, simple safety rules need to be followed. You should always wear protective eye gear and all weapons, at all times should be treated as if they are loaded. When any firearm is not in use, it should be in its protective case to not seem threatening to those around. You know the Airsoft gun is not a real firearm, but the public and law enforcement does not.
 
Are Airsoft guns legal?
 
Absolutely, with the exception of a few States within the United States, Airsoft guns are legal to own without a license – check your local laws to be sure, for guidelines and if any restrictions. In the UK you are required to have a 2 toned Airsoft gun unless you have a valid defence such as a UKARA license.
 
How do Airsoft guns work?
 
Select Airsoft guns come in semi-automatic and fully automatic modes firing approximately 10 to 14 rounds per second. Dependent on the model, accuracy varies but at 20 feet, a one-inch deviance is standard on unmodified models. Proper part upgrades and modifications can attain an accuracy deviance of two-inches at 50 feet.
 
The many types of Airsoft guns are categorised primarily by their propulsion mechanism.
 
Spring Airsoft Guns
 
The spring airsoft guns is entry level and a good model as a starter or backup for noobs and comes in many full-size spring airsoft rifles and pistols. There are two types, hand-cocking spring and bolt rifles and use no form of manufactured power (example, battery) and requires manual power.
 
  • Easiest to handle and game with.

  • Require a pump or cock of the weapon every time the handler fires it.

  • Very reliable in close quartered games.

  • Slower rate of fire.

  • Weaker and shorter range than other airsoft guns.

 
Gear Needed
 
  • Spring gun or bolt rifle

  • Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs

  • BB Bottle – recommended for easy loading

 
Gas Airsoft Guns (A.K.A. GBBs)
 
The gas Airsoft gun, regularly used as a side arm or a secondary weapon, is often used only one time in a round.
 
  • Gas normally only lasts one mag's duration. Co2 usually lasts for 3-5 mags.

  • Shots are not regularly consistent.

  • Ammunition tends to not fire in a precise line spraying all over an area (pellet hoses) and consistency is poor on some fully automatic models.

  • Best used as a secondary side arm or as a last resort.

 
Gear Needed
 
  • Gas powered gun

  • Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs

  • Propellant gas canister – HFC134a, HFC22, or CO2 depending on gun

  • BB Bottle – recommended for easy loading

  • Silicone spry lubricant – aids in moving parts durability

 
Automatic Electric guns (AEG)
 
The electric airsoft gun packs more power and many come with a hop-up system resulting in a consistent firing accuracy until the clip empties. You may be asking yourself, what is hop-up? Devices that apply a backspin to the pellet causing pressure action on a pellet opposite to the direction gravity pulls it. It increases accuracy and range.
 
  • After the first battery charge – 5 to 8 hours – it takes about 3 to 5 hours to recharge.

 
Gear Needed
 
  • AEG gun

  • Compatible NiMH or LiPO battery

  • Battery charger

  • Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs

 
Electric Blowbacks
 
Electric Blowbacks are fairly new on the airsoft scene, being around since 2000, and run off a motor similar to the AEG but also have a blowback feature which adds recoil when shooting.
 
  • Entry-level and advanced models

  • Not very powerful

  • Uses 4 AAA batteries for Entry-level

  • Uses NiMH or LiPO for advanced levels

  • Motor cycles the slide on pistols

 
Gear Needed
 
  • EBB gun

  • Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs

  • BB Bottle – recommended for easy loading

  • Appropriate batteries

 
Minis
 
A mini is the scaled down version of a real gun and uses batteries to fire BBs in full auto.
 
  • Weak power

 
Gear Needed
 
  • Mini gun

  • 4 AAA batteries

  • Pack of 0.2g BBs

 
How much will all this cost?
 
The cost varies depending on the type of gun, the number of accessories and the types of power upgrades involved. The typical spring gun package can cost as little at $60.00, with the standard AEG package running several hundred.
 
Whether you are a newbie that has dreamed of shooting an AK47 or a silenced MP5, airsoft simulations are exciting, adrenaline pumping battles that put noobs in the field of fire. They let you experience “real life” scenarios in a safe way, and give you that “real life” rush in a pretend battle. 
Do you want to give Airsoft a try? Find your local field and make sure to get kitted up at Anvil
 

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