HOW DO AIRSOFT GUNS WORK?
Shooting can be performed in semi-auto, burst mode, and full-auto on selected models at approximately 10 to 14 rounds per second. For example, a typical electric airsoft gun is capable of 12 rounds per second, while some gas-powered airsoft guns are capable of delivering 1200 rounds per minute. Accuracy varies depending on models but 1-inch deviance at 20 feet is standard on stock, unmodified models. With the proper modifications and upgraded parts, your airsoft rifle can be deadly accurate and attain deviance of only 2 inches from 50 feet. There are several types of airsoft guns and they are categorized mainly by their propulsion mechanism. We will explore each of these below.
What is Airsoft and How It Started?
AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC AIRSOFT GUNS (AEG)
Typically referred to as an AEG, Automatic Electric Guns were invented in the 1980s by Tokyo Marui in Japan. These guns are powered by an electric motor that runs off of a rechargeable battery similar to those used in radio-controlled cars. The motor powers a series of gears that wind and compress a spring, which in turn is connected to a piston and cylinder mechanism. When the spring is completely compressed by the motor, it is released and exerts a force on the piston and cylinder mechanism. This in turn forces compressed air through a nozzle and onto a BB, which in turn is propelled out of the gun. Stock Electric Airsoft Guns (AEGs) can deliver BB speeds of 240fps to 420 feet per second (FPS) using standard 0.2 gram BB pellets. Upgrading the spring and gears can easily deliver BB speeds of a much higher power.
To give you a sense of how much power that is, BBs fired from stock Electric Airsoft Guns (AEGs) cannot penetrate the side of a Coke can. However, at close ranges (15-30 feet), they can deliver a sting if hit on bare skin or through a thin t-shirt. Closer ranges such as 10 feet or under can cause a slight welt if hit on bare skin. Stock guns are not designed to break human skin and are therefore perfect for wargaming and other gaming purposes. They can, however, cause blinding if the BB hits someone in the eye so care should still be taken not to use airsoft guns irresponsibly. In fact, Electric Airsoft Guns are recommended for persons 18 years or older.
Our line of fully automatic electric airsoft rifles includes, but is not limited to, the popular H&K MP5 series from Umarex, the M4 / AR15 series including the M4A1 SOPMOD and MK18. Other models include AK47's, AUG series, and even the exotic P90. For sniper fans, there is the semi-auto PSG1. All these Airsoft rifles look EXACTLY like their real counterparts and all switches and levers function in the same way as the real weapons. BB's are loaded in metal or polymer removable magazines, of which spares can be purchased. Different capacities exist for magazines so if you don't want to keep reloading or changing clips/magazines, then get optional High Capacity magazines (often referred to as "hi-cap" as magazines). For example, the high capacity AK47 magazine can hold 600 rounds!
GETTING STARTED ON AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC AIRSOFT GUNS (AEG)
You'll need to obviously get a gun, and the following:
- An Electric Airsoft Gun (AEG)
- A battery that suits the gun. These come in different sizes for different guns and our site specifies the size for each gun.
- A large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs. These go fast when you're shooting full auto at 12 rounds per second, so order plenty if you plan to play a lot.
- A BB Bottle to make loading easier.
- A BB loading tool.
- A battery charger. Electric Airsoft Guns use rechargeable batteries which you need to charge. Get a good quality charger to do the job.
- Canister of silicone spray lubricant to keep moving parts well lubricated for durability
That's the basics, but most enthusiasts gradually move onto accessories like scopes, slings, tactical gear, holsters, helmets, and so much more.
GAS POWERED AIRSOFT GUNS (TYPICALLY REFERRED TO AS GBBS)
The power of choice for many airsoft pistols and sub-machineguns. Gas types include HFC134a and HFC22, the latter being higher pressure and thereby delivering more power. However not all airsoft guns are designed to withstand the added pressure of HFC22 and buyers should be careful to ensure their selected model can handle HFC22 before using. Gas is typically "charged" into the butt of airsoft guns, right into the magazine which contains a gas container.
Blowback pistols cock just like real pistols and semi-automatics require you to cycle the slide first to chamber the first round and cock the hammer. When you pull the trigger, the hammer is released and pushes on a pin which in turn applies pressure to a valve on the magazine. This valve in turn releases a pocket of charged gas from the gas contained within the magazine, and the gas is used to propel the BB out of the gun. This same pocket of gas is used to also cycle the slide backward, thereby recocking the hammer and chambering the next round. This action causes a recoil effect, though it is relatively weak compared to a real gun. Overall, the operation of airsoft blowback pistols is the same as a real gun. BB's are stored in the clip and are reloadable just like in real pistols.
Most modern-day real-world pistols are represented in our line-up of gas models, including the Beretta 92F, Glock 17, Colt Government, and many more. Revolver fans will also find a good selection made by Tanaka and Tokyo Marui. Gas blowback sub-machine guns include the M11, Steyr TMP, Micro-uzi, and more.
Gas guns typically deliver equivalent power to electric powered guns as described above. Upgrades are also possible to achieve very powerful results. In fact, the upgrade potential for some gas rifles surpasses that of the AEGs.
Note that gas rifles and most gas shotguns (except Maruzen's Remington M1100) are not blowback but use essentially the same mechanism described above but without the cycling feature. Of course, using the entire pocket of gas on the BB will generate higher power than when sharing the pocket of gas with the slide cycling action.
Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifles and Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistols are a lot of fun because they cycle and recoil just like the real thing. Apart from the visual appeal, the feeling and sound of the recoil adds to a realistic shooting experience. Some CO2 Airsoft Pistols recoil almost as hard as a real small caliber weapon.
GETTING STARTED ON GAS AIRSOFT GUNS
To start on gas guns, you'll need to obviously get a gun, and the following:
- A gas or CO2 powered gun.
- Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs
- Canister of Green Gas or CO2, depending on the gun. The recommended type of gas is clearly specified in the details of all guns shown on our website.
- A BB bottle is a good idea since it makes loading BBs much easier (not pictured)
HAND-COCKING SPRING AIRSOFT GUNS - ENTRY LEVEL & HIGH-END BOLT WEAPONS
Hand-cocked pistols are entry-level airsoft guns that are quite affordable. They do not use any form of power and requires you to pull the slide back in pre-tensioning a spring within the gun. When the trigger is pulled, the spring decompresses and forces air through a piston onto the BB, which in turn is propelled out of the gun. Hand-cocked pistols frequently referred to as "spring guns", are a good way for people new to the sport to learn the basics of airsoft. While they are much lighter, are less powerful, and are slightly less detailed and refined in their finishing, they still retain the authentic style and shape of the real gun, and also possess the real trademarks as well. They are quite accurate as well and allow for decent target practice at ranges of 10 feet.
Some long bolt action rifles are also hand-cocked but these are not considered entry-level and can deliver ample power thanks to their long barrels.
GETTING STARTED ON SPRING AIRSOFT GUNS OR BOLT ACTION AIRSOFT RIFLES
To start on hand-cocking spring guns or bolt rifles, you will need the following:
-A spring gun or bolt rifle. You can opt for an entry level spring gun or a high end bolt rifle.
-Large pack of 0.2g or 0.25g BBs
-Canister of silicone spray lubricant to keep moving parts well lubricated for durability
-A BB bottle is a good idea since it makes loading BBs much easier
ELECTRIC BLOWBACKS AIRSOFT GUNS
These are relatively new to the airsoft scene and were introduced by one manufacturer in 2000. These entry-level models are not very powerful but using 4 AAA batteries, these guns use a motor to operate in much the same way as an AEG. The bonus is the motor also cycles the slide on pistols. Electric blowbacks are designed for those who want to experiment with airsoft and want semi-auto functionality. However serious shooters and airsoft fans should opt for gas blowback pistols, which deliver far greater power, recoil, realism, accuracy, and range. These fire in semi-auto mode, and are very light and basic on the details.
MINI AIRSOFT GUNS
These are toy variants that are scaled-down versions of real guns. They use batteries and fire BBs out in full auto. Power is very weak but they make great plinkers at home and in the office. Serious airsoft fans should opt for all the above options.
To start on electric blowbacks, you'll need to obviously get a gun, and 4 AAA batteries, and a pack of 0.2g BBs.
To enjoy the true spirit of airsoft, one must have experience in shooting a full-auto AEG or a gas blowback pistol. Words can hardly do justice to describe the fun in spraying targets with 12 -15 rounds per second, or the excitement of shooting a recoiling airsoft pistol.
Have you dreamt about shooting an AK47, a silenced MP5 SD5, or even the exotic FN P90? How about emptying a Glock 17 or a full auto Glock 18C at targets. What about the hot high-speed M11? How about taking out war-game opponents from a hill with your H&K PSG1 rifle? What about experiencing an all-out simulation wargame with your friends and be able to walk away from an exciting and adrenaline-pumping battle at the end of the day with a smile (even after being hit?).
Now you can.
"Airsoft makes dreams come true."
HOW MUCH DO AIRSOFT GUNS COST?
Depending on what type of gun you would like, and how many accessories, and what types of power upgrades you wish for, the cost can vary greatly. A typical spring gun package will cost around USD$60 while a standard Electric Airsoft Gun (AEG) package will cost several hundred. You can estimate your price by simply browsing our shop pages to determine the total dollar amount of the products you desire. Just add items to your wishlist or shopping cart to see what it all comes to.
RedWolf Airsoft does not encourage using airsoft weapons in public or displaying them in any manner to unknowing parties who will believe they are real. Doing so will bring you danger with law enforcement authorities and can cause severe injury or death. There have been publicized cases where people have brandished airsoft weapons publicly in an irresponsible manner, and have been injured or killed by law enforcement officers. Please be sensible when enjoying airsoft, and keep it safe!
AIRSOFT CUSTOMS ISSUES
Whilst legal in most countries, including the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, and most other countries in Europe. Airsoft is legal in Canada but Canadian law requires that AIRSOFT guns must exceed 366fps in order to qualify as a toy gun that is legal for import. Strangely Canadian law considers Airsoft guns under 366fps to be replicas, which requires a license for import.
We ship Airsoft guns to most countries visually unaltered, except for the US, Italy, and Korea which require certain external markings to differentiate them from real guns.
According to the regulation of the US Customs, the following applies:
Distinctive marking or device; exception; waiver; adjustments and changes
- Except as provided in paragraph (2) or (3), each toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm shall have as an integral part, permanently affixed, a blaze orange plug inserted in the barrel of such toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm. Such plug shall be recessed no more than 6 millimeters from the muzzle end of the barrel of such firearm.
- The Secretary of Commerce may provide for an alternate marking or device for any toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm not capable of being marked as provided in paragraph (1) and may waive the requirement of any such marking or device for any toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm that will only be used in the theatrical, movie or television industry.
- The Secretary is authorized to make adjustments and changes in the marking system provided for by this section, after consulting with interested persons.
RedWolf Airsoft installs a blaze orange plastic flash-hider onto the AIRSOFT guns before shipping, and if that is not possible, we will paint the front part of the gun orange in order to comply with the law. You can choose to replace the blaze orange flash-hider with the original one, though we encourage you not to take your airsoft gun out into public should you choose to do this.
Some other countries like Korea and Japan may require us to downgrade the power of the AIRSOFT gun to make them legal for import. If you have questioned whether Airsoft guns are legal in your country, contact us.
HOW DO I START AIRSOFT?
If all this seems to interest you, then reading our extensive reviews database will give you a taste of what is out there in the world of airsoft. Once you get a better sense, go here to start shopping for your first airsoft gun and begin the experience that is taking the world by storm.