Airsoft guns are a type of toy weapon that is designed to look like real guns that can be used for people who want to participate in police or military game scenarios without the risk of becoming seriously injured.
There are three main different types of airsoft guns based on the way they are powered. The most common types are spring powered, electric, and gas weapons.
Spring Airsoft Guns
When someone is looking to buy their first airsoft gun, spring models can be a good choice since they are less expensive. However, maintaining them requires the same steps that need to be taken with a more costly electric airsoft gun.
A spring airsoft gun requires you to cock or pump the weapon each time it is fired. In close-quartered games, they are quite reliable. There is a slower rate of fire. However, you won’t have to reload as frequently. Spring models are recommended as both a backup or a primary weapon. They are the most reliable type that is available. Although they might not have the same range and be weaker compared to other types of airsoft guns, they are the easiest type to play with and handle. First-time buyers should definitely consider purchasing a spring model. Many full-sized spring airsoft rifles are available. They are also affordable and a great way to get started with airsoft.
Gas Airsoft Guns
Usually, some type of compressed gas is used by gas airsoft guns to propel the pellets from the gun. Gas-firing mechanisms are found on sidearms and pistols, although there are also gas-powered rifles. Numerous gas-powered pistols come with a blow-back feature that causes the slide on the pistol to reciprocate as you are firing it – just the way a real gun does. You might even get some recoil.
Quite often gas airsoft guns are used just once per round and normally are saved to be used as a secondary or sidearm weapon. The CO2 or gas normally only last for as long as the clip lasts and your shot may not always be consistent. Automatic gas guns have a tendency to spray ammunition all over without any consistency or accuracy. Many recommend only buying a CO2 or gas gun to use as a last resort or as a side arm. Although they are quite powerful and can be effective as a secondary weapon, they aren’t reliable enough to be used as the main weapon.
Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs)
An electric airsoft gun is usually the most accurate and powerful airsoft gun. Many feature a hop-up system that lets you lay a consistently accurate line of fire down until your clip has run out. Usually, it takes 5-8 hours for batteries to charge the very first time. Normally batteries will start slowing down as they start losing their power and shooting the weapon eventually will be best on semi-automatic instead of automatic. To be a highly competitive player, it is recommended that you invest in an electric airsoft rifle.
All 3 types of airsoft guns have their own pros and cons that should be considered before investing in one.