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Known for its ability to launch waves upon waves of rounds down range with a single pull of the trigger, this weapon is known as an airsoft shotgun. Deadly in close-quarters engagements, most airsoft shotguns are breechloading and can be single-barreled, double-barreled, or in the form of combination guns.
Shotguns are a unique type of class in airsoft weaponry, as they don’t function the same as a GBBR (gas blowback rifle). With the appearance of real-life shotguns, not all of them will function the same or be powered by the same mechanism.
What are Airsoft Shotguns?
Similar to a rifle, shotguns come in a range of different action types, which as known single-shot and repeating. For those that are non-repeating designs, over-and-under break-action shotguns are by far the most common type. Although revolving shotguns did exist at one point, most modern repeating shotguns are either pump-action or semi-automatic, and some are also fully automatic, lever-action, or bolt-action to a lesser extent.
The common characteristics that make a shotgun unique center on the requirements of firing a shot. These features are the features typical of a shotgun shell, namely a relatively short, wide cartridge, with straight walls, and operating at relatively low pressure. But since this is airsoft let’s not worry about that. Ammunition for shotguns in the states is known as shotgun shells, shotshells, or just shells. Though if you’re from the United Kingdom you may know it as the cartridge.
The ones we offer at Redwolf will function similarly to how a real shotgun fire, and come in a variety of prices suitable for everyone. These shotguns can 3 rounds of BB at once, or a single round but this all depends on the brand and model. They typically feed on a magazine that looks like a shotgun shell, which usually can hold up to 30 rounds. For example, if you fire them from a shotgun that can fire three rounds at once, you can have 10 shots per mag.
But obviously, a pump-action shotty is way slower to shoot than an SMG, rifle, or pistol but people pick shotguns for its super fun factor! Though the range on these shotguns is short, they still remain very effective at CQB. They can be powered by spring, electricity, or gas depending on the model and brand.
What to Look for in an Airsoft Shotguns?
Shotguns bring an interesting dynamic to Airsoft as it’s rather challenging to try and replicate the functionality and shooting style of Shotguns as replicas. So what type of airsoft shotguns are there? There are a few types of shotguns out there, which are the gas reservoir, shell ejecting action, or pump-action spring usually spring powered. Gas reservoir shotguns are quite fragile due to the way they are built, they will leak if not properly maintained. But with that being said very easy to handle and shoot!
Shell ejecting shotguns are by far the most realistic as not only are they propelled by gas but use shells containing the bbs. The majority of these shotguns have gas in the shells or in a reservoir. Reloading shells is a feature and chore, but if you’re into shotguns then it’ll be an exhilarating experience. These shotguns are the most realistic and really are the closest thing you can get to the real shotgun.
Gas shotguns are much easier to manipulate as you do not have to reload a shell after every shot. As you are not pulling on a big spring this means it is much easier to pump as every shot is powered by gas. These shotguns fire a minimum of 3 shots as well and some models may have an option to shoot more. But that being said gas-powered means it will come at a price to operate and the green gas is particularly fickle during the winter months in places where temperatures get too cold for it to function efficiently. However, nothing beats the weight and feel of a nice metal shotgun and the sound it makes when you pump it.
If you ever do decide to go into gas shotguns, you should know that gas shotguns just like any other gas airsoft gun do require regular maintenance. It’s best to keep the internal seals lubricated by adding silicone oil while filling green gas. Pressure from the gas will disperse the oil inside of the gas shotgun each time it’s topped up.
For those on a super tight budget then look no further, as they are the most readily available and affordable airsoft guns in the market. All of them are manually powered by pumping the spring and the bb then fires from the barrel with a trigger pull. The rate of fire is only as fast as you can charge that spring.
What makes them so great is that they can also be used in all kinds of environments whether it’s a hot summer day or freezing cold winter. Not only that but perfect for young and new airsoft players who want to learn more about this sport.
In colder weather, spring pistols are way more reliable than GBB pistols, and even the batteries on automatic electric pistols (AEPs) both of which can be adversely affected by extremely low temperatures. This represents one of the major advantages of a spring airsoft gun, as it can be fired in practically any situation without relying on batteries or bottled gas. This independence from external power sources causes some players to favor spring-powered guns. Spring guns are also less susceptible to the effects of water, where a battery-powered gun could short-circuit and malfunction when wet.
How Does an Airsoft Shotgun Work?
The ones we offer at Redwolf will function similarly to how a real shotgun fire, and come in a variety of prices suitable for everyone. These shotguns can 3 rounds of BB at once, multiple rounds, or a single round but this all depends on the brand and model. They typically feed on a magazine that looks like a shotgun shell which is filled with co2.
To load these shells with co2 you’ll need a co2 loader, the co2 capsule is placed into the loader. Careful with co2 as it can be dangerous if handled incorrectly! Once loaded all you need to do is charge the shells for a few seconds, place some bb’s inside, apply the cap onto the shell, then your good to go. Every time you pull that trigger it strikes the end of that shell which leaves a barrage of bb’s coming out and a smile on your face.
Spring airsoft guns are single-shot replicas that use the elastic potential energy stored within a compressed coil spring to drive the piston air pump. Then released upon a trigger-pull and rapidly pressurizes the air within the pump cylinder to in turn push the pellet down the inner barrel. You must manually recompress the spring under stress prior to each shot, typically by pulling back the slide (pistols), bolt handle (rifles) or forend pump (shotguns) on the weapon, which cocks and readies the gun. Thus spring guns are incapable of automatic or semi-automatic firing by design.
Though spring airsoft guns are generally not as powerful as gas ones, they have more power than electric airsoft guns. This is because stiffer springs can be used without the worry of overloading any motor-gearbox. Spring guns are generally inexpensive, and may not last long due to the tension exerted on the gun parts by the recoiling of a powerful spring. However, many spring guns can be modified and upgraded to last longer and shoot with even more power!
While most AEG also use springs to drive the air pump, they use external power sources and not considered to be in the same category as spring guns. Low-end spring guns tend to be much cheaper than their electric equivalents due to their simplicity and lack of electrical