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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