If you have also been bitten by the Airsoft bug and are planning to buy or upgrade your airsoft gun, then the huge variety available in the market and online may confuse you no end. Good airsoft guns should be treated as investments in the sport and in your airsoft skill, and some thought and research definitely needs to go in there if you want to enjoy airsoft to the hilt. We discuss below the main types of airsoft guns to give you a better idea of what the best gun will be for you.
Airsoft Machine Guns
Almost all airsoft machine guns are powered by an electric motor which makes their operation fully automatic or at least semi automatic. Battery powered airsoft machine guns come with a rechargeable battery that works the internal gears of the machine to cock a powerful spring. Every time the trigger is pressed, the spring propels airsoft BBs with power and precision.
The advantage of airsoft machine guns is that they are very fast and powerful, and unlike spring loaded guns, do not need to be cocked for every shot. Airsoft Sniper Rifles
Airsoft sniper rifles are single shot spring propelled guns.
Even though CO2 airsoft guns are available in all formats, they are most popular as airsoft pistols. Powered by green gas or CO2 in the gas chamber, gas airsoft guns are extremely powerful and as close to the real thing as you can imagine. With a blowback mechanism, CO2 airsoft guns give users a real gun like feel every time they fire a shot.
It is safe to say that almost everyone knows that paint ball guns shoot paint balls, while airsoft rifles shoot plastic airsoft BBs. Each gun has its strong points and its weak points.
The way that paint ball guns fire is pretty basic; they all use either compressed (regular) air, or compressed C02. The way that the electric airsoft rifles (for example the airsoft AK-47) work is much more advanced. Electric airsoft guns actually have an electric motor inside of them, which powers a series of gears.
Electric airsoft guns have a battery powered motor that turns a series of gears, which pulls back (and cocks) a powerful spring. This whole process is done at a very rapid rate with AEG airsoft guns, such as the airsoft M249 machine gun and the airsoft ak-47 assault rifle.
Also, there are a couple other types of airsoft guns, most notably the airsoft sniper rifles, which are single shot, manually cocked airsoft guns. These types of airsoft rifles are slightly similar to the automatic electric airsoft guns, but are single shot guns that need to be cocked for every shot. While airsoft sniper rifles may be less exciting to fire than an electric airsoft M249 SAW machine gun, they do have a very high velocity, and are very accurate.
Almost every paintball gun in existence is semi-automatic, which makes them a bit less exciting to shoot than the automatic electric airsoft guns.
Keep in mind that it is easier to hit your opponents with an automatic electric airsoft gun, than it is with a single shot paint ball gun. Since airsoft rifles and the paint ball rifles both shoot at similar velocities, they also both shoot about the same distance.
Shotgun collectors are a varied lot. They always seem to want to collect something different than the other guy. If he likes Remington shotguns, he doesn’t want to hear anything about a Mossberg. But what if you’re a beginner and would just like to have a nice collection of shotguns. Guns you can use for hunting and that will retain their value over the years. A good place to start is by just looking at the different brands available. Here are most of the major manufacturers:? Beretta? Browning? CZ-USA? EAA Corp.? H&R Firearms? Mossberg & Sons? Remington? Rossi? Ruger? Thompson? Tri-Star? Weatherby? WinchesterOnce you’ve decided on which brand, or brands, you want to buy, you’ll have to decide just how many different calibers you want in your collection. Most collectors have at least a .410-, 12-, 16- and 20-gauge shotgun. There also are 10-, 24-, 28- and 32-gauge shotguns, but they’re not as common.Here are some of the best uses for the four most common shotguns:? .410: Good for small game hunting and using in thick cover. Doesn’t damage the animal too much.? 12-gauge: Most versatile and popular shotgun, great for waterfowl hunting and can be used for larger game.? 16-gauge: Not as common as in the past, but still a good bird-hunting shotgun.? 20-gauge: Popular shotgun that’s light and easy to carry, which makes it great for turkey hunting and other hunting that requires a lot of walking. Shotguns also have different actions for loading. There’s the break-action, single-shot and then the pump action you can usually load with three shells. For the serious shooter, there are also the auto loaders.If you want to get a bit more unusual, don’t forget that besides a single-barrel shotgun, there’s the side-by-side and over/under double-barrels. As for price, you can pay as little as about $100 a gun to wiping out your child’s college fund. It depends on your budget, how serious you are about your collection and your degree of familial responsibility. For example, you can get a Rossi Single-Shot .410, 12-gauge or 20-gauge for about $110. But for the extremely serious trap shooter and bird hunter, there’s the Browning Citori XT Trap Golden Clay 12-gauge for $4,635. Somewhere between those two prices is probably you’re middle ground. Just remember, with shotguns everyone is different, so you have to find what’s right for you. Florida Gun Exchange has one of the country’s biggest selections of firearms and accessories.