Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Airsoft Gun Maintenance

Just as with a true firearm, it is important to practice appropriate gun care with airsoft guns.  Airsoft guns are, after all, highly complex replicas of their real-life counterparts. A neglected gun can result in misfires, malfunctions and a broken weapon. Every gun is different and will require care based on its specifics… so be sure to read the manual thoroughly.  That said, there are a few universals that are worth keeping in mind, no matter what weapon you are caring for. 
Storing Your Airsoft Gun
  • Always store your gun in a clean, dry space, away from young children.  If there are very young children around, it is advisable to keep guns locked in a proper firearm storage unit.
  • Never leave a gun loaded – or cocked - and be sure to store magazines and guns in separate places.
Use Quality Airsoft Ammo
  • Only use high polished, high density, quality airsoft BBs that are perfectly spherical – no visible seams or bubbles. 
  • Cheap BBs like those sold at Wal-Mart and general sport goods stores, will cause irreparable damage to gun internals and void out your warranty.
  • Please note that some BBs will bill themselves as seamless, when in fact they are not.  They have only been polished so that seams are no longer visible.  Do your research and only buy bbs from respected brands like Goldenball and King Arms BBs.

Caring for Magazines and Clips
  • Never leave a gun loaded – or cocked - and be sure to store magazines and guns in separate places.
  • To prevent jamming and misfires, always check that magazines and clips are free of debris so you don’t have a loading jam. If you choose to recycle airsoft pellets, ensure that they are 100% clean.
  • Empty magazines after each use.
  • With gas guns, do not use the release valve when expelling gas. Loss of clip pressure can damage a gun.
Oiling Your Airsoft Gun
  • Always keep airsoft gun barrels free of obstruction. Whenever cleaning a gun, be sure to set it to safety.
  • If you are using an AEG, decompress the spring after every use. In some instances the gun will have a decompression button while others will require that you switch the gun to semi-automatic and fire a few shots. 
  • Lubricate the barrel approximately every 6 months with pure silicone oil spray.  Never use petroleum lubricants, water, solvents or general cleansers. And be sure to turn off hop-up before oiling and be careful not to over oil your gun, which can damage bow rings and seals.
  • Spray cloth swatch and thread it through the slit in your cleaning rod.  Insert and gently swab the inside of the barrel.  Follow the oiled swatch with a clean piece of cloth, to pick up excess dirt and oil.
  • After cleaning, it may take a few fires for hop-up to function.  This is perfectly normal.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, the #1 fastest growing Airsoft retailer in the nation. Airsoft Megastore offers the latest airsoft shotguns, pistols, rifles, and gear as well as the best collection of seamless, high grade airsoft ammo available.

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