Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Choosing the Right Airsoft Shotgun

When choosing an airosft shotgun there are several important questions you should ask yourself.
  • How do you plan to use the shotgun? Are you going to be target shooting or actually using the gun during skirmishes? Perhaps both? What sort of weather will you be using the shotgun in?

  • What sort of distances do you need the shotgun to shoot? Is distance important to you?

  • What price range are you working with? Are you looking to make a long-term investment in a gun that can take some knocks on the field? Or do you have budget constraints?

If you are planning to just use your shotgun for target practice or you are looking to save money, spring airsoft shotguns (aka pump shotguns) are your best option. While pump shotguns are popular in CQC (Close Quarters Combat) skirmishes, these guns are incapable of automatic or semi-automatic fire, as is the case with all spring-fire airsoft guns. If rapid fire is critical to you, a spring shotgun may not be the best choice as they require you to cock the shotgun between each fire. Rather look for electric or gas airsoft shotguns which allow for rapid, repeat fire. Both types have advantages and drawbacks. Electric shotguns tend to have a lower velocity while gas guns are more expensive and freeze up in cold weather.

The type of airsoft shotgun you choose will also have a direct impact on the distance yours shots will fire. Always look at the FPS (Feet per second) of the gun, with larger FPS firing longer distances. FPS varies greatly in airsoft shotguns, with anywhere between 325 to 1000 FPS. A quality pump airsoft shotgun can shoot around 450 FPS, delivering a very good price to power ratio.

Lastly, if you are shopping on a budget, don't overlook the promotional deals available online. A lot of shotguns are paired with quality pistols and AEG's, helping the smart airsoft shopper get the biggest bang for their buck.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, a leading online provider of Airsoft guns, gear and accessories. Airsoft Megastore offers guaranteed lowest prices on airsoft guns, including cheap aeg airsoft guns and airsoft bbs.

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