Monday, January 9, 2012

Crappy BB’s = AEG Death

It is no secret that the quickest way to ruin an airsoft AEG is by using sub-par BB’s. Unfortunately, crappy BB aftermath is still one of the largest technical issues we encounter here at Airsoft Megastore. Many airsofters purchase lower grade BB’s at their local sporting goods store, only to quickly discover that their AEG no longer fires. Many wrongly attribute the problem to a defective gun, when in truth the crappy BB’s have shattered and lodged into their guns gears and internals.

Putting crappy BB’s in your airsoft gun can - and probably will - ruin many of your guns internal components and void out your warranty. It goes without saying, but if you invest in a quality airsoft AEG, you should also invest in quality airsoft BBs to protect your firearm for the long haul. Likewise, if you are buying an airsoft gun as a present, be sure to also purchase the right type of BB’s so that the recipient can use the firearm right away, without disappointment.

So What Makes a Good Quality Airsoft BB?

Simply put, a good quality airsoft pellet is perfectly spherical and seamless. A perfectly spherical airsoft BB will give you an edge on the field with greater accuracy and better range. Likewise, the BB should not be manufactured with a seam as a seam creates stress points which encourage the BB to shatter upon firing. Not only does this affect your velocity and FPS, but it will jam up your internals. Many lower grade BBs – especially the ones you find at sporting goods stores - claim to be “seamless” when in fact, they are manufactured with a seam and then polished down. The polishing may disguise the seam’s appearance, but the composition of the BB is still compromised. The stress points around the seam will lead to shattered BB parts that will infect your gearbox. For this reason, you cannot trust BB can labels… but rather do your research and only use BB brands that are widely respected and proven to be high quality.

For an awesome demo of how crap BB’s shatter, check out Vince’s BB video. While the shady “seamless BBs” easily break upon under the hammer, the high quality Golden Ball BBs stay intact. You can imagine what those shattered crappy BB’s would do to the sophisticated internal parts of your best AEG! Also, be sure to check out Vince and David's video where they load up a beautiful, full-metal JG AK47 S with crappy sporting good store BBs. After breaking the magazine completely, forcing Dave to scavenge a replacement, the shattered BB’s do exactly what you’d expect... jam up the gun completely.

To learn more about selecting quality BB’s for your airsoft guns, check out the Airsoft Megastore Knowledge Base BB Guide.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering a huge selection of affordable airsoft guns, including high-powered airsoft sniper rifles and quality airsoft ammunition. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, full metal airsoft rifles or the right airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.

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