Thursday, July 29, 2010

Airsoft on a Budget

While the airsoft guns often look expensive, getting the right gear as an airsoft beginner doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. The following is a quick starter guide that will help you choose the right equipment while sticking to a budget.

Airsoft Guns: Airsoft guns are powered by one of three sources: Spring-loaded (normally called "spring guns" or "springers"), gas (most commonly CO2, red or green gas) or gearboxes (also known as AEGs or Automatic Electric Guns). Spring weapons are usually less expensive, easy to operate and include a variety of rifles, airsoft shotguns and pistols. If you are considering a sniper role, there are a number of inexpensive spring powered sniper rifles to choose from. (These start as low as $30.) If you just want a simple weapon for a casual use, a spring pistol (around $20) or a shotgun ($30-$50) is also a great place to start.

BBs: The type of airsoft gun BBs you need will depend on your choice of gun. It is worth emphasizing that using cheap, low-grade BBs will cause damage to your gun and can void your gun’s warranty. It’s best to purchase high quality BBs from an airsoft specialty retailer. Quality BBs start at around $5 for a 1,000-2,000rd bottle. I personally recommend GoldenBall ProSlick BBs. These ultra seamless competition grade airsoft bbs provide a 40% improvement (on average) in BB spherical consistency and density in comparison to other BBs on the market. Most people who use GoldenBall once become hooked.

Safety Goggles: If you plan to participate in any sort of airsoft skirmish, a pair of airsoft goggles is a must. Look for fully-sealed, impact resistant goggles specifically designed for airsoft play. You should only purchase goggles from a reputable dealer to ensure that they are built (and tested) to withstand standard BB hits between 250-450 FPS. Goggle prices will vary from $10-$30. You can buy more professional gear at higher prices, but for beginners, standard airsoft goggles are perfectly fine.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering a wide selection of electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for inexpensive aeg airsoft guns, full metal airsoft rifles or the right airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.

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