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Spring Airsoft Gun Shotgun

During the 1980s airsoft started first in Japan, as ownership of guns by citizens was illegal. Thus with no access to real guns, the demand for firearm replicas increased. From that high demand was when airsoft surfaced, a dream come true for those that aspire to own a gun.

Airsoft guns started out as spring power guns, as Japan developed the airsoft guns further they eventually evolved into fully automatic gas and battery-powered airsoft guns. As time goes by airsoft will continue to evolve with new and improved weapons to be released, becoming closer and more realistic to the real steel counterpart. With new innovations such as hop-up units, blowback, or Polar Star technology, they are becoming much more accurate and powerful. 

Shotguns are a unique type of class in airsoft weaponry, as they don’t function the same as an AEG (automatic electric gun) or 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 Spring 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. 

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 its 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.

What to Look for in a Spring Airsoft Shotgun?

There are a vast variety of spring airsoft shotguns on the market and it really depends on which one you like. But don’t expect anything too fancy like shell ejecting or semi-auto/full auto shotguns as it is still spring-powered, every shot requires you to pump it! To be on the safe side be sure to check out brands such as Tokyo Marui, G&P or Bo Manufacture as they make some awesome spring airsoft shotguns.

What are Some of the Best Spring Airsoft Shotguns?

After all the spring shotguns we have tested and played with, it has to be the BO MANUFACTURE FABARM LICENSED STF12 18 INCH RESSORT SPRING SHOTGUN. You’d be surprised how well it shoots and feels very realistic due to its weight. What we like are the tri inner barrels and with every pump your able to fire three bb’s at a time. It is also licensed with all the correct markings and can support Tokyo Marui shotgun shells! For more information click here:

How Does a Spring Airsoft Shotgun Work?

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 components and thus are widely available. These guns are less suited for competition because they are at a rate-of-fire disadvantage against automatic guns in close combat and do not provide enough accuracy and power for long-range use. But, there are some exceptions, however, as higher-end spring-powered airsoft rifles can be quite expensive; these guns are typically suited for "marksman" applications in airsoft matches and provide competitive muzzle velocities.