If you are considering entering the enjoyable and challenging world of Airsoft gun games, there are a few basics about Airsoft guns you should be aware of. Airsoft guns are BB-shooting guns that come in a range of types that suit different fighting styles and arenas; different kinds of Airsoft guns have different features and different strengths. Here are the key determining questions you should ask yourself to determine which gun is best for you.
One of the biggest considerations when first shopping for Airsoft guns is the size of the area in which you will be fighting. For outdoor play, like a large field or obstacle course, you will be happy with a majority of the guns on the market. Most are designed for large territory play, and their strengths and weaknesses are based on how many BB's per minute can be shot, how easy it is for you to reload or shoot multiple BB's, and how much force the shot will have. However, if you will be playing indoors, or on any course that requires close-up firing, your group should use Close Quarter Battle guns, sometimes referred to as CQB's. These weapons are specifically designed for shooting someone who is twenty feet or closer, but are less effective for large areas because they don’t pack enough power. A high-powered gun can hurt a lot at close range, and can make your game less fun; a CQB gun is less harsh, and therefore perfectly suited to indoor or limited ranges.
Most Airsoft guns are designed to mimic real-life guns, but there is one type of gun in particular that takes the mimicry to a whole new level. Blow-back Airsoft guns imitate the ‘kick’ a gun has when it fires. When you fire a blow-back gun, you will feel the sudden jolt that a real gun would give you. The downside for these guns is that they can use up your power very fast to provide this feature; also, the time it takes for the gun to deliver the blow-back effect makes it that much slower to chamber the next BB, which may slow down your rate of fire. However, if the whole purpose of your game is to give you a near-realistic experience with guns, then you may prefer this feature.
Airsoft gun superiority boils down to three determining factors: how fast the BB's can be shot, which is referred to as Rate of Fire (ROF); how much force they have to go far fast, which is referred to as Feet Per Second (FPS); and how many BB's are fired each time you pull the trigger. Airsoft guns come in three different configurations when it comes to firing BB's: automatic, semi-automatic, and spring/bolt action. With an automatic gun, multiple BB's come out in quick succession with each trigger pull. With a semi-automatic gun, you need to pull the trigger for each BB. With a spring/bolt action gun you need to cock the hammer before each pull of the trigger. Electric Airsoft guns, which are called Automatic Electric Guns, or AEG's, can usually be found in both semi-automatic and automatic versions. CO2, or Green Gas guns, are typically only semi-automatic but have a lot more force than AEG's. Individual guns have different ROF's, and are usually listed for comparison as a certain amount of BB's per minute.
Now that you know the basics of Airsoft gun preferences, you are ready to make an informed decision about the features you desire for your first Airsoft gun. Happy hunting!