Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Choosing the Right Airsoft Shotgun

Different situations on the airsoft field call for different firearms. Airsoft shotguns are an obviously larger and heavier alternative to handguns and pistols, but their popularity is rooted in their usefulness. Their incredible power and accuracy make airsoft shotguns ideal for long distance outdoor skirmishes and target shooting.

At first glance, an airsoft shotgun looks similar to a rifle, but they do differ in several fundamental ways, including construction, mechanics, and firing technique. I frequently recommend airsoft shotguns to avid players looking for a new, fun challenge. If you are used to a semi automatic airsoft weapon, the shotgun could be the next challenge you have been looking for.

Airsoft shotguns are very realistic and come in a variety of styles, from double barreled to pump action, multi-shot tactical shotguns. There are a few considerations you will need to make when deciding which shotgun is right for you.

Pump Action vs. Spring. Spring airsoft shotguns are cheaper, but pump action shotguns provide a tremendous power to price ratio. If you are looking for power, I recommend pump action to my clients because they are just a better value when it comes to power. Pump action shotguns deliver a much higher FPS.

Full Stock vs. Pistol Grip. There are three airsoft shotgun grip options to choose from, full stock, pistol grip or some shotguns offer both grips. Take the time to try out both and you will feel which one is right for you. It really comes down to comfort and personal choice.

Double vs Single Barrel Shotguns. A double-barreled airsoft shotgun allows you to load two chambers and thus have twice the firing action and have a very realistic kick-back feel. There are multi shot spring powered shotguns available as well, but keep in mind that the spring version will have a shorter range.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs and a wide selection of airsoft shotguns.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Making the Most of Your Airsoft Game

One of the biggest challenges with airsoft is actually finding the time to play. When you do get the opportunity to get out in field, if you’re like me, you want to make the most of it. The following is a list of tactics for minimizing downtime and making the most of your airsoft experience.

Whether you’re playing with a couple of friends, or several dozen enthusiasts, a little planning goes a long way. Decide the location and game(s) you will be playing ahead of time. Mix games up to keep things interesting. Then, plan your gear and camo accordingly.

I recommend having a set time limit for the matches. Games have been known to grow excessively long, which means a lot of bored dead men sitting on the sidelines. Give players 10 and 5 minute warnings before the game ends, which tends to kick up the intensity. I recommend scheduling in a few breaks between games to rehydrate, relax and exchange ideas. A structured time frame will keep things moving along and will make the most of the day.

Rules, rules, rules
Make sure the rules are clear before the games begin. A clear set of rules helps to eliminate ambiguity, keeps things fun and safe, and saves time as there are fewer game-time debates. There may be disagreements now and then, but if things get out of hand, you can ban obvious repeat offenders of the “honor system.” You really don’t want to waste game time out on the field arguing over a hit.

Time spent loading your firearm not only takes you out of the game, but it also leaves you vulnerable to attack. You can minimize loading time on the field by using high capacity airsoft magazines which can deliver anywhere from 200 to 5,000 rounds depending on the model.It is one of the cheapest, easiest up-grades you can make.

Adding a medic to the game can increase playtime and add a whole new layer of strategy to the game. A medic can reactivate wounded players and everyone gets more field time.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, as well as airsoft clips and a large selection of high cap airsoft magazines.

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