Monday, April 30, 2012

The Airsoft Sniper Checklist

The best snipers not only have the skill, stealth, and patience to effectively pick off opponents one by one, but they come to the field prepared. The sniping role is one that is easily compromised, so preparedness is vital to keeping under the opponents’ radar. When selecting gear, you should always consider the convenience of using the gear and, more importantly, the noise factor. Does the gear require you to make excessive movement to access it? Does it reflect light? While direct sunshine end up broadcasting your position like a mirror? Does the gear make noise or utilize materials that rattles or rustles. Noisy gear is a rooky mistake that will undoubtedly compromise your position.

Before you head out, consider the terrain you will be traversing, the weather, and carefully consider what you might encounter on the field. Do not overload with gear that you have little foreseen use for. Carefully decide what will serve a purpose on the field and make you a better sniper. The gear that you decide is important should be secured tight against your body with straps or duct tape.

The following is a summary of gear a sniper should consider when preparing for battle.

  • Dress the Part – Check weather forecasts and make sure that you dress appropriately. It is best to wear fitted clothes that won’t snag on plants or terrain. Pockets are always a good feature.
  • Tactical Holster or Tactical Vest – Pockets galore and a place for everything, the tactical holster or vest is your best friend when you need something.
  • Ghillie Suit – Depending on the terrain a ghillie suit may help conceal your location.
  • Your Primary Weapon and Side Arm – Obviously you will need your airsoft sniper rifle, but you should also bring a side arm in case you must engage in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Airsoft Ammo – Keep 2 or 3 spare mags on hand to take you through the day.
  • Safety Goggles or Glasses – This is a given whenever you participate in airsoft.
  • Camel Back or Canteen – I favor camel backs because they minimize the amount of movement required to hydrate – wear it under your ghillie suit - but if you prefer a canteen, secure it tightly against your body.
  • Provisions –Many airsofters don’t realize it, but milsim skirmishes are a serious workout, even for snipers. You must carry heavy equipment, making slow calculated movements that keep muscles flexed for prolonged periods of time. It can be exhausting and chances are you will get hungry. Keeping your blood sugar stable will also help your steadiness, shot accuracy, and critical decision making.
  • Knife or Scissors – You never know when you will need to cut tape, branches or whatever gets in your way.
  • Hand Radio – If you are not in an environment where hand signals will suffice, a radio will keep your team strategically aligned.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, the fastest growing airsoft store in the nation, specializing in airsoft guns, gear and accessories. Airsoft Megastore offers guaranteed lowest prices on airsoft guns including airsoft sniper rifles.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hottest Airsoft Guns and Gear this Summer

Summer is a huge season for airsoft. Warmer weather is gearbox and gas gun friendly, and summer vacations mean more time to hit the field. This year we have selected 5 amazing airsoft guns and accessories that are the must-haves this season. If you plan on airsofting like crazy this summer, check these out...

JG airsoft AK47 Tactical RIS AEG

The newest version of the JG airsoft AK47 Tactical RIS AEG sports a built in RIS system is a versatile firearm that brings it all - power, accuracy, reliability and value. This airsoft AK47 makes an awesome primary weapon. It has a reinforced full-metal gearbox, internals, and an upgraded high torque motor. It blasts out more than 800 rounds a minute and features adjustable hop up, adjustable sights, and a solid rear stock for maximum performance and comfort. When it comes to airsoft AEGs, a gun doesn’t pack more value than this.

DBoys Custom M4 RIS Fully Automatic AEG Rifle Package

When it comes to rifles under $100, the DBoys custom M4 RIS fully automatic AEG rifle package cannot be beat. This 12-piece package comes equipped with a bunch of add-ons and accessories and features a high-speed motor pre-installed from DBoys, along with a high-power polymer gearbox. For under $100 you get an AEG that fires 650-700+ rounds per minute at 260-312 FPS.

JG Airsoft Full Metal Gearbox AK47 Airsoft AEG Rifle

JG really is one of the best manufacturers in the airsoft game, and this airsoft AEG is no exception. We just received the newest 2012 edition of this AK47, and JG has beefed up the internal and improved the build quality, for a solid gun that is durable as hell. The gun features a precision polished tight bore barrel, adjustable hop up, adjustable sights, and a solid rear stock for battery storage. This piece is fully compatible with Tokyo Marui parts as well as many other aftermarket upgrade parts, making this JG AK47 super easy to upgrade. It is difficult to convey how great this gun is... you just have to see and feel it for yourself.

Tenergy Universal Premium Battery Smart Charger

If you ask me, chargers don’t get enough love. A smart charger is crucial to prolonging the life of a battery and influences the overall durability of your airsoft gun. A standard wall charger will not stop charging when fully charged and must be unplugged. This smart charger is – just that- smart… it uses a dynamic Intelli-IC chip to monitor and control the charge going into your battery pack so you don’t kill your battery. When your battery pack is full, it automatically stops the current, delivering a perfect charge every time.

Airsoft Megastore Armory AMR-4 MK1 Electric Blowback AEG

This gun is from our collection of electric blowback, factory upgraded, and MOSFET enhanced AEGs. It delivers hyper realism with superior accuracy, power, and range at a fantastic price point. Backed with a 60 day limited warranty, the AMR-4 MK1 features many of the same industry leading performance enhancements as the metal body AMA M4 AEGs, for under $150. The AMR-4 MK1 features durable polymer construction with a full metal outer barrel and buffer tube, full metal gearbox, active braking MOSFET, removable carry handle with adjustable rear sight and integrated optics rail.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns, as well as airsoft parts, upgrades and accessories. 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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Monday, April 9, 2012

What is an AEG?

Airsoft players have several choices when it comes to the type of airsoft gun they choose to use on the field. From manual spring loaded pistols to fully automatic, full metal sniper rifles, there is an amazing array of gun choices out there… and for new airsoft players, all that choice can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.

Simply put, airsoft guns fall into four categories: spring, gas / cO2, electric and hybrid. This article deals with the most common type of airsoft gun – electric battery powered airsoft guns.

So what is an AEG?
AEG stands for Airsoft Electric Gun. They were first developed in Japan by Tokyo Mauri, but are now produced by nearly every major airsoft gun manufacturer. AEGs used to be quite expensive, but recent manufacturing innovations have resulted in a wide range of price points. An electric airsoft gun uses an electric motor with a rechargeable battery to power an internal piston or spring to fire airsoft BBs. They feature both automatic or semi-automatic capabilities and fire anywhere between 100 and 1500 rounds per minute. In fact, all AEGs have selective fire modes, so you can go from fully automatic to semi automatic firing with the simple flip of a switch.

These style of airsoft firearm are the most common weapon of choice for airsofters, largely because of their power, performance and realistic look and feel. Airsoft AEGs fire at velocities between 150 and 650 FPS (feet per second), making them the most powerful airsoft guns on the field. They are also highly customizable with a variety of upgrades and accessories, making them highly attractive to active airsofters looking to optimize their performance. When it comes to batteries, the general rule of thumb is the higher the mAh, the longer the battery life and the greater the voltage, the higher the Rate of Fire (RoF).

Then what are EBBs?
EBB is short for electric blowback airsoft gun, or electric blowbacks. These are high end AEGs – typically rifles – that utilize a rechargeable 9.6 volt battery. These pieces have a very authentic blowback but less of a kick. In general , they are fun guns to operate, but battery life can deplete quickly and the blowback itself can wear on internals which can lead to a shorter gearbox lifespan.

And what is an AEP?
AEP is short for Automatic Electric Pistols, which are electric powered, fully automatic pistols. If you plan on participating in outdoor skirmishes in cold weather, you should consider investing in an AEP as your cold weather sidearm. C02 and gas powered guns require heat to fire, while AEP’s work in colder temperatures. The majority of AEPs are constructed almost entirely of plastic, making them less realistic in feel than other, metal based pistols.

Still have questions about AEGs? Contact us on the Airsoft Megastore Facebook page. New to airsoft? Visit the Airsoft Megastore Resource Center or check out our Youtube Channel - AMS TV - for informative and entertaining videos on different all things airsoft.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft store offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for spring airsoft shotguns and high quality airsoft ammo for players of any experience level.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Airsoft Sniper Tips

The sniper role is easily one of the most coveted roles on the airsoft field. An effective sniper is highly valued because they not only actively eliminate opponents, but they also act as a communication hub for the team.

If you are interested in transitioning into the sniper role in upcoming skirmishes, here are a few tips to help you succeed on the battlefield.

Be stealthy.

Cunning is one of the most important qualities a sniper can have… maybe even more valuable than shot accuracy. Stealth alone can make a sniper a success. A stealthy sniper understands how to position themselves so that they can observe the field without being seen and how to keep their movements slight. They are adept to traversing the environment undetected – be it wooded or field. They also understand how to retreat from a compromised position efficiently, in near silence.

Be disciplined & patient.

As a sniper, you risk discovery whenever you take a shot. For this reason, you must ensure that the shot you are taking is worth the risk. Is the target within range? Is it attainable at your skill level? If you are fairly confident the odds are against you, it is better to lay low and remain undetected. In fact, many real-life snipers stalk a target for days before making a kill shot. Patience and discipline are key… and only shoot when the target is attainable and worth the risk.

Be decisive.

Ironically, even though patience and discipline are paramount to sniping success, you are also required to take decisive action when the time is right. The opportunity to take your kill shot may only last a few seconds, so you must calmly take action… line up the shot, and pull the trigger.

Be a partner.

In many cases, having a spotter or second shooter will help keep you alert at all moments and will increase the likelihood of a decisive kill. It is difficult to use binoculars or airsoft rifle scopes or optics for more than 20 minutes at a time and having a skilled partner will allow you to break up the task and increase efficiencies.

Be chill.

The sniper role is not a good fit for people with hot tempers. If you are quick to anger, it is likely you will make irrational or careless choices. Anger elevates the pulse, quickening the heartbeat, and resulting in fight or flight behavior. This is the exact opposite of what makes a good sniper. A good sniper is level headed, patient, calm and able to make rational choices – even under stress.

Be your sniper rifle.

Ideally a sniper’s rifle is second nature, but this will take time and practice. Use your airsoft sniper rifle as much as possible. Get an in-depth understanding of the rifle’s dimensions, capabilities and limitations. Target practice is critical. Practice firing low on the ground and in hiding. Work on long distance accuracy and maneuvering your rifle in silence.

A successful sniper needs to be stealthy, even tempered, patient, disciplined, decisive and accurate. Taking accurate shots, maneuvering stealthily and partnering with a skilled spotter or fellow sniper will help set the stage for success as an airsoft sniper.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an airsoft retailer offering electric and green gas & CO2 powered airsoft guns. 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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