AIRSOFT SHOTGUN

AIRSOFT SHOTGUNS

An Airsoft shotgun can easily hit targets from close to mid-range by shooting 2 to 6 BBs at once. Airsoft shotguns are fun because many operate like real shotguns. Some operate on ejecting shells while others use removeable magazines. Airsoft shotguns come in different forms, including pump action shotguns, sawed off shotguns, lever action shotguns, double barrel shotguns, break action shotguns, and even full auto shotguns. Choose from brands like Tokyo Marui, APS, KTW, Farsan, Maruzen, and more.




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AIRSOFT SHOTGUNS

An Airsoft shotgun can easily hit targets from close to mid-range by shooting 2 to 6 BBs at once. Airsoft shotguns are fun because many operate like real shotguns. Some operate on ejecting shells while others use removeable magazines. Airsoft shotguns come in different forms, including pump action shotguns, sawed off shotguns, lever action shotguns, double barrel shotguns, break action shotguns, and even full auto shotguns. Choose from brands like Tokyo Marui, APS, KTW, Farsan, Maruzen, and more.

WHAT IS AN AIRSOFT SHOTGUN?

Airsoft shotguns are designed to mimic the action and shooting experience of a real shotgun. They usually shoot multiple BBs at once, which makes it easier to hit targets. Airsoft shotguns are not designed to shoot far but are designed to deliver a spread of BBs over a short distance. That’s why they are mostly used in Close Quarters Combat (CQB) situations.

Airsoft shotguns can be classified broadly into single action and automatic action shotguns. For single action designs, the pump action design is the most common and many airsoft shotguns are based on the Remington 870 . There is also the lever action shotgun that requires you rack the lever each time you shoot, which is popularized in modern times by the Terminator 2 Shotgun. Another classic type is the double barreled shotgun made by Farsan . For practical effectiveness in an airsoft game, players might opt for a semi auto or full auto shotgun that shoots more quickly.

Some Airsoft shotguns are magazine loaded for simplicity, or shell loaded for realism where a BB is inserted into a shotgun shell, which in turn is loaded into the gun. The shotgun shells are then ejected after each shot for a realistic visual experience. Obviously, a shotgun is much slower to shoot than a rifle or pistol, but players choose shotguns for the sheer fun factor.

HOW TO USE AN AIRSOFT SHOTGUN?

Airsoft shotguns are for close range shooting and can be used as a primary or secondary weapon. Before the game, you need to learn how to load an airsoft shotgun. That depends on whether the shotgun uses a magazine or individual shells. Some airsoft shotguns have internal magazines where you pour the BBs inside, while others have removeable magazines that allow you to reload in the middle of the game quickly.

Shotguns that use shells offer the most realism because they are loaded and chambered just like a real shotgun. The visual appeal of ejecting a shell can however become a burden in games because you need to pick them up afterwards. One way to solve this problem is to strap a shell catcher pouch next to the ejection port on your airsoft shotgun to collect the ejecting shells.

If you plan to use an airsoft shotgun as a primary weapon, choose something with a high round capacity and can shoot fast. Make sure the airsoft shotgun has sling mounts so that you can carry it around. You also need to be able to reload the shotgun on the fly so a magazine fed shotgun might be the best choice. However if you plan to use an airsoft shotgun as a secondary backup weapon, choose something small and compact that you can stick in your backpack or on the back of your tactical vest. As a backup weapon, you won’t need as much capacity or many reloads, so just get something as compact as possible for when you need to shoot a spread pattern at close range.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN AIRSOFT SHOTGUN?

When shopping for an Airsoft shotgun, you need to make two decisions. First is the style of shotgun you want based on your playing style, followed by the power system which best suits your budget and needs. You also need to decide how many BBs you need the shotgun to shoot each time you pull the trigger.

If you often play indoors in tight spaces, opt for a shorter and compact shotgun. There are classic style sawed off shotguns and more modern styles designed in compact form factor. If you play outdoors or require longer range and power, choose one with a longer barrel. If realism is important, choose shell ejecting airsoft shotguns that replicate the loading and chambering actions as a real shotgun.

Depending on your play environment, choose between spring powered, gas powered or electric powered airsoft shotguns. Spring shotguns are more affordable and work consistently in any weather but are slow because you need to cock the gun manually each time. Gas and electric powered airsoft shotguns are more expensive but more powerful and capable of shooting semi-auto or full auto for faster shooting. The downside of gas airsoft shotguns is they do not work well in cold weather. As for electric airsoft shotguns, the tradeoff is that the electric motors and gears do not promise a very realistic shooting experience.

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR SHOTGUN MODELS?

The most popular type of shotgun is the Remington 870 shotgun. Popularized by movies, they are instantly recognizable and come in many variations; from classic to modern tactical style. The M1100 shotgun is the semi auto big brother to the M870, and is available as a gas powered semi automatic shell ejecting model for great realism.

The SPAS 12 shotgun is also very popular and these are spring action models that function reliably in all weather conditions. Another popular spring powered model is the Benelli M3, available in both a stockless and full stock configuration.

The FABARM STF12 is modern and handsome shotgun that comes in either an affordable spring powered version or a high performing gas version. But the king of shotgun is undoubtedly the full auto AA12 shotgun which features a magazine fed design and can shoot 30BBs per second. Or opt for it’s sibling the SGR-12 shotgun which shares the same mechanical design.

USEFUL AIRSOFT SHOTGUN RESOURCES

If you’re in the market for an Airsoft shotgun, don’t forget to read our blog articles for additional information.

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