Which Airsoft Gun is Right For Me?
First of all, you need to know what you are looking to accomplish – are you looking to get into combat games such as skirmishing, military simulation or honor system? .458 socom ammo Are you interested in target shooting, fine-tuning your hand-eye coordination?
For combat-type games, automatic electric guns (AEGs) or gas guns would be your best choice as they are able to fire repeatedly, not having to re-cock the gun each time it is being fired. Gas guns are great though they are more costly than the AEGs. They also require a bit more maintenance and care.
If you are interested in target shooting, spring pistols and rifles are great choices and are quite affordable. There is a very wide selection of these on the market today.
The three main types of guns available are Electric, Gas and Spring.
The most popular of the Airsoft guns are the electric models. Electric powered mechanisms are encased in the gun with a high capacity magazine. They are comprised of a battery powered motor, transmission gearing, and circuit board onto the air piston assembly. The motor and gears perform the cocking action and release of the piston when the trigger is pulled, all in just a fraction of a second, providing an almost instantaneous firing response. A constant pull on the trigger will allow for continuous firing until the trigger is released.
Electric Rifles –
LPEGs (low powered electric guns): These are full sized versions of electric Airsoft rifles though have less power because of their plastic gearbox. Generally, you would be need batteries, a charger and would use .12 g 6mm BBs. These are an excellent choice for those just starting out in this sport.
MPEGs (middle level electric guns): These are also full sized versions of electric Airsoft rifles, a step above the LPEGs in that they have metal gearboxes. You would be need batteries, a charger and would use .2 g or heavier 6mm BBs.
AEG’s (automatic electric guns): These would be the choice of the more seasoned, serious hobbyist. Normally consisting of a full metal body and metal gearbox, these guns use a battery-operated motor providing a fully automatic machine gun, if desired. Again, you would use .2 g or heavier 6mm BBs.
Many manufacturers sell the guns in packages, which include the batteries and chargers as well as some other accessories.
Electric Pistols –
Many people prefer electric pistols to the other types