Thursday, May 31, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pump Action Airsoft Shotguns

Pump Action Shotgun Q&A

What are pump action shotguns?
Pump action shotguns are different than semi-automatic shotguns or lever-action shotguns in the way that the gun removes used shells and reinserts new ones. The pump resides below the barrel, and is a sliding for-end that, when cocked, moves the bb shells from the magazine into the cartridge. The trigger can then be pulled to eject the airsoft bbs.

Other aliases?
These awesome airsoft guns are also known as slide action shotguns, slide action repeating shotguns

What are the pros to using a pump action shotgun? 
a. Powerful – can shoot up to 450 feet per second
b. More flexibility of airsoft ammo
c. More reliable
d. Great price point
e. Realistic

Beyond providing excellent power at a better price point, many airsoft aficionados enjoy shooting with a pump airsoft shotgun because of the realistic militia feel to the gun. No energy is lost when loading the ammo into the cartridges, unlike semi-automatic guns, which means better power. The reliability is enhanced with these slide action airsoft guns as they withstand harsh climate and environmental factors better than other guns. Pump action shotguns are the most common guns employed by the military and in hunting, which make them a favorite for airsoft players engaged in mil-sim or tactical battles.

What are the cons to using a pump action shotgun?
Can be slower b. Pump required for each shot Despite excellent power and flexibility, the need to actively pump to power the airsoft shotgun is the main disadvantage to the machine. In a high paced and intense airsoft battle, having a semi-automatic airsoft pistol or completely automatic AEGs allow you to shoot more ammo quicker and easier which can be a huge advantage.

What are the best airsoft shotguns around?
It depends on who you ask, but the DE M3 Multi-Shot Triple Burst Airsoft Tactical Shotgun - Sawed Off Terminator is one of our most popular models. It features 3 barrels for maximum power - 3 BBs launch at 330+ FPS for every pump. It is certainly one of the most versatile and effective airsoft shotguns you can purchase for under $150.

The 390 FPS AGM Airsoft M500 Tactical Full Stock Pump Action Spring Shotgun is another popular choice among airsoft aficionados. This shotgun features an integrated adjustable Hop-Up system and a reinforced barrel making it a truly efficiant weapon in both close quarter and long-range skirmishes.

Last but not least, the Tactical M581 SWAT "Sawed Off" Pistol Grip Spring Shotgun is a monster gun for the price. It features a "Sawed Off" Stock version of the SWAT shotgun for tactical purposes and CQB maneuverability and it's one of the best value for a great price.

What positions are best served by airsoft shotguns?
Any position in airsoft battle that demands power and needs the capacity to hit multiple targets should look to an airsoft shotgun as their tool for play. Because the shotguns are held and fired from the shoulder, the accuracy and scope is improved – this is why shotguns are the preferred gun for hunting and the militia. If you’re worried about the ease-of-use of the airsoft shotguns, look to the sawn-off airsoft shotguns; these have a shortened barrel, which increases mobility significantly.

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 airsoft blowback pistols, and check out out wide selection of airsoft clips.

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