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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Choose Your Mission: Your Airsoft Role
While many people who play Airsoft like to fly solo, it is far more rewarding, challenging and exciting to play on a team. Like any team, an Airsoft unit has to work together to achieve maximum effectiveness. There are four possible roles you can play in a typical Airsoft unit: CQC/CQB, Field/Woodland, Gunner and Sniper. In today’s post, we’ll explore each of these roles, what they involve and the equipment they require so you can choose your mission and get started right away.
Close Quarters Combat (CQC) involves engaging the enemy and maneuvering within an enclosed space, usually an indoors arena. There is an intensity to CQC games that does not exist in any other type of Airsoft combat: distances are shorter, reactions are faster, and movements are more calculated. CQC equipment is centered on one aspect: mobility. Lightweight weapons are preferable here, as they will need to be brought up and utilized at very short distances. The compact weapons used in CQC are characterized both by a very high rate of fire and a short barrel, often with a lower FPS rating to avoid injury due to the short ranges involved. A common variant of CQC is handgun-only, where a gas blowback pistol is the usually the weapon of choice.
Woodland or open-field Airsoft play is very similar to CQC, but it usually tends to be slower-paced and less intense. There is a slightly different skill set needed for woodland operations, as the soldier must be proficient at camouflage, movement to and from cover, and identifying and engaging targets at distance. The main difference lies in the weapons involved. Because the distances at which targets are engaged are greater than in CQC, the weapon must be high-powered enough and accurate enough to make the shot. A soldier who plays in outdoor or open arenas usually will employ a high-powered AEG battle rifle or assault carbine.
The basic role of a gunner is support - gunners supply suppressing firepower for their team so that they can make advances with minimal casualties. Gunners move and act in unison with the rest of their unit until enemy contact. Upon engagement, the gunner sets up his weapon and suppresses the enemy with bursts of 7-10 seconds (as opposed to the infantryman’s 3-second burst). Simply holding down the trigger not only wastes ammunition but can overheat the weapon. In addition, the gunner can keep his weapon on target better with a shorter burst. A gunner’s weapon of choice must be high-powered, have a very large magazine (usually box-shaped) and be able to sustain an extremely high rate of fire. Gunners usually employ a machine gun AEG Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW).
The role of sniper is perhaps one of the most coveted and most misunderstood roles on the battlefield. A sniper is an excellent marksman, has almost unlimited patience, is a camouflage and concealed movement virtuoso, is usually a bit of a “lone wolf” and, above all, is silent. These skills take a great deal of time and effort to perfect, and being a sniper is not for everyone. A sniper’s equipment includes proper camouflage, a sniper rifle and a sidearm. Proper camouflage for a sniper goes far above and beyond simply donning a ghillie suit. US Army Field Manual 23-10, Sniper Training, has a section dedicated to camouflage – it is a must-read for anyone who wishes to become an Airsoft sniper. A sniper’s weapon must have an extremely high FPS rating and a long barrel for precision. To maximize the effectiveness of the rifle, snipers will usually add scopes and bipods to their weapon. Finally, a sidearm is a necessity for a sniper. This is used for self-defense if an enemy contingent happens upon the sniper’s position and he is unable to engage it with his normal weapon.
Now that you are familiar with the different roles and positions within a typical Airsoft squad, choose your mission, get out there and start practicing your new Airsoft role!
About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns, as well as airsoft upgrades and parts. Visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs and the latest full metal airsoft sniper rifles for players of any experience level.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Airsoft BB Gun Safety - Protective Clothing, Gear and Helpful Tips
On its surface, Airsoft may appear to be dangerous. It is, after all, a high energy sport that involves powerful gun replicas and adrenaline. But if you follow some basic safety precautions, airsoft is in fact a very safe activity.
Protective Eye Coverings
This is one of the most important necessities for engaging in Airsoft activities as the eyes are some of the body’s most vulnerable points. People should never aim their Airsofts directly at another person’s eyes, but accidents do happen. In order to prevent serious, permanent damage to the eyes, Airsoft participants should purchase protective glasses or goggles from a reputable Airsoft accessories dealer. Eye-protecting accessories range in cover from protective shades to full protective facemasks, so Airsoft participants have a wide variety of protective eye covering choices.
While BBs fired from Airsoft guns are unlikely to penetrate the skull, a direct hit to head can still sting greatly and cause a bump or a cut. Wearing a protective helmet will prevent such things from happening and will, of course, make Airsoft battle participants look cooler than they would without helmets. Protective helmets often come in replica form in typical uniform colors.
Wearing a protective safety vest is a sound idea since getting hit with a BB in the torso stings. While Airsoft ammo is not likely to penetrate the skin, getting shot at close range anywhere is quite painful. Many protective vests also have convenient places for storing additional weapons and ammo, so the benefits go beyond safety. Wearing loose clothing all over the body is more important than wearing a protective vest because the baggy clothes will protect all the places it covers from the sting and cut of the BBs. Protective long sleeves and pants come in everything from basic baggy to ghillie-style sniper camouflage.
Wearing gloves to protect the hands is a good idea because getting hit with a pellet on the fingers or the back of the hand is rather painful. Good gloves will also help the Airsoft participant better hold onto the gun and other weapons, increasing the Airsoft wielder’s grip. Gloves also look really cool; no Airsoft outfit that includes all the other protective clothing should be without gloves.
Protecting the Airsoft gun is important for both the gun and the gun wielder. An Airsoft gun should not just be left lying around in the garage or the closet; a gun box will keep the gun from getting the wear and tear that anything can get from sitting out with no protection. A gun box can also protect the gun carrier when out in public since even an Airsoft gun could be mistaken for a real gun if viewed from a certain angle.
Other Safety Tips
All Airsoft weapons come with the orange tip that tells everyone who sees it that it is not a real weapon. Removing, painting over, or otherwise concealing this tip is a federal offense as well as a bad idea. Given the amount of high-profile shootings people have seen on the news over the past several years, the public is particularly sensitive to the appearance of people carrying anything that looks like a firearm in public.
Only participate in Airsoft in the proper type of area. Airsoft is best enjoyed from an Airsoft park or on secluded, private property; people should not do Airsoft in crowded neighborhoods.
About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an airsoft retailer offering spring, gas and electric powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, BBs, and protective airsoft gear.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Airsoft Spring Guns: The Pros and Cons
Using airsoft guns is both a fun and educational hobby to pick up, whether you’re an adult trying to guide your child into the world of real guns, or a teenager who wants to participate in airsoft tournaments. There are currently many different types of guns available on the market, in both style and performance. Today we’ll give you a quick overview of spring-powered guns and the pros and cons of choosing this type of airsoft weapon.
How Spring Guns Work
Spring powered airsoft guns work by using a high tension spring that locks the piston back when you cock the gun. Depending on the type of gun, this happens when you either pull back the slide on a pistol, the grip on a shotgun, or the bolt on a rifle. Once the weapon has been cocked, you’re ready to fire. When the trigger is pulled,the spring is released, causing the piston to move forward, propelling the bb down and out of the barrel.
The Pros of Owning A Spring Gun
First, lets look at some of the pros of spring airsoft guns. One of the main reasons almost all airsoft enthusiasts own one is simply because they are very inexpensive to both purchase and maintain. The lower price range make them perfect for people just starting out who want to try airsoft before spending a large amount of money on a more advanced gun. They are also fairly easy to modify, making them a top choice amongst users looking to customize their guns.
Another reason many airsoft owners choose spring guns is because of their reliability. Unlike gas and electric guns (AEGs), spring guns have no outside power source, making them extremely dependable, which can come in handy for those players who find themselves in wet or cold conditions. The reliability of spring guns have made them a prime choice among many players.
Although spring guns can only fire one shot at a time before reloading, they’re hailed for their accuracy and silence, making them a popular choice amongst snipers. Most airsoft snipers will choose a spring gun over any other type of airsoft gun.
The Cons of Spring Guns
Spring guns cheap price may make them excellent for beginners, but one of their flaws is that they can break after excessive use. Because of the stress on the spring, they tend to tire out with time and eventually stop firing, requiring either a repair or a whole new weapon… but at this price point, replacing is not too painful. Spring gun bodies are also usually made out of plastic to keep their price down, however this makes the weapons more susceptible to cracks and breakage that may come along with rough use. The plastic may also affect the overall authenticity of the piece.
The most common factor that keeps users from purchasing spring guns is just the simple fact that their design requires the user to reload before each shot. Although this may not be a problem for a sniper, for close quarters battles this is not any option, especially as most players are outfitted with guns that can fire semi, and even fully, automatic. The spring guns slow rate of fire is their only major flaw, but it comes with the territory.
Whether you’re a seasoned airsoft owner looking to add a new airsoft gun to your collection, or a new enthusiast to the sport, spring guns can be an affordable and rewarding choice of airsoft weaponry.
About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, the nation's foremost airsoft retailer offering electric and gas and C02 powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, full metal airsoft rifles or the right gas or spring powered airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Airsoft Gun Maintenance
- Always store your gun in a clean, dry space, away from young children. If there are very young children around, it is advisable to keep guns locked in a proper firearm storage unit.
- Never leave a gun loaded – or cocked - and be sure to store magazines and guns in separate places.
- Only use high polished, high density, quality airsoft BBs that are perfectly spherical – no visible seams or bubbles.
- Cheap BBs like those sold at Wal-Mart and general sport goods stores, will cause irreparable damage to gun internals and void out your warranty.
- Please note that some BBs will bill themselves as seamless, when in fact they are not. They have only been polished so that seams are no longer visible. Do your research and only buy bbs from respected brands like Goldenball and King Arms BBs.
- Never leave a gun loaded – or cocked - and be sure to store magazines and guns in separate places.
- To prevent jamming and misfires, always check that magazines and clips are free of debris so you don’t have a loading jam. If you choose to recycle airsoft pellets, ensure that they are 100% clean.
- Empty magazines after each use.
- With gas guns, do not use the release valve when expelling gas. Loss of clip pressure can damage a gun.
- Always keep airsoft gun barrels free of obstruction. Whenever cleaning a gun, be sure to set it to safety.
- If you are using an AEG, decompress the spring after every use. In some instances the gun will have a decompression button while others will require that you switch the gun to semi-automatic and fire a few shots.
- Lubricate the barrel approximately every 6 months with pure silicone oil spray. Never use petroleum lubricants, water, solvents or general cleansers. And be sure to turn off hop-up before oiling and be careful not to over oil your gun, which can damage bow rings and seals.
- Spray cloth swatch and thread it through the slit in your cleaning rod. Insert and gently swab the inside of the barrel. Follow the oiled swatch with a clean piece of cloth, to pick up excess dirt and oil.
- After cleaning, it may take a few fires for hop-up to function. This is perfectly normal.
About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, the #1 fastest growing Airsoft retailer in the nation. Airsoft Megastore offers the latest airsoft shotguns, pistols, rifles, and gear as well as the best collection of seamless, high grade airsoft ammo available.