Hey, First of all this is a developing series all about Airsoft and my experiences at a skirmish site.
So The first step Buying a Airsoft Gun. With Airsoft becoming a hobby battling paintball more and more people get confused about things like RIS rails, LPEG, AEG, CQB and Tightbore Barrels im here to explain the majority of these and also answering peoples questions in the comments.
The Only Problem with this guide and i admit it i can't explain gas Airsoft guns and I admit that. If anyone could explain in a private message don't hesitate to send it
So Here is the Guide
This guide is not in any way to discuss real firearms that might or might not be illegal in your country but I take no responsibility for what you do with real or Airsoft guns
Step 1: How These Work
A Airsoft gun's Firing Mechanism is simple
1. Somehow pull a spring back
2. Feed a 6mm BB into the Chamber
3. Hold The Spring until the Trigger is pulled
4. When the Trigger is Pulled Release the spring and Launch the BB through the barrel into the Air
The Somehow pull a spring back could be manually pulled back which is commonly called a spring gun
However The Somehow pull a spring back could be made by a Electric Motor which is called a AEG an Automatic Electric Gun
Generally Spring Airsoft guns in a Airsoft Skirmish are only suitable for snipers
But Electrics are good for everything else.
This is a general rule Me and My Mates Worked Out
Electrics for Rifles
Gas for Pistols
Spring for Snipers
Step 2: The AEG Buying Guide
OK my favourite type of Airsoft gun. The Electric
Anything from £0-£50 is usually bad, an LPEG (Low Power Electric Gun) with a plastic gearbox which will break easily after 2000 rounds. A Brittle Plastic Body and A rubbish Magazine. A Few Example Brands of these are Double Eagle, CYMA and HFC. There are some Exceptions to this price range though.
£50-£150 can consist of some mid range guns. some are good and some are bad although usually the higher the price the better the quality. Nice Plastic body's or Possibly metal body's but again higher the price. Sometimes Metal Gearboxes and Sometimes Good Plastic Gearboxes made of high quality Polymer which can stand more BB's but still metal is better. Example Brands of this are JP / JG (Jing Gong), G&G Armament and Low end Classic Army's
£150+ consists of High Grade High Power High Range Epicness. Metal Gearboxes. Very High Quality Plastic to keep weight down or Decent Metal But Can be a bit too heavy. Usually Easily Upgradable and Tokyo Marui Compatable. Example Brands are ICS, Tokyo Marui, and Guns that have been MAGPUL'ed
Step 3: Pistol Buying Guide
Ok, A Sidearm is a backup for you're main weapon. It is Usually a Pistol and That is what i am covering
Gas is the best Type of BB propulsion for a Pistol as it is powerful easy to use and can make a pistol very much like the real thing. They can have a blowback system so when you fire the slide of the pistol goes back and forth like the real thing. some even have a recoil system so it kicks back at you. I'm currently using a tiny little gas pistol that is super cool. The HG1070B 25 or the HFC Colt 25. Yes I might have said that HFC isn't a very good make for AEG but this little pistol for £20 is decent
Step 4: Sniper Buying Guide
The Wait Until you get a clear shot guide
The Spring Sniper Guide
£0 - £50 you're basic sniper, no scope, just a cocking handle, barrel and a magazine
£50 - £150 the better sniper, possibly a scope, or RIS rails with A nice cocking handle and magazine size
£150+ The Ultimate Sniper Rifle Package. Possibly Electric. Decent Metal Cocking Handle with a recoil system and excellent range. Should have a decent Scope with it.
Always Clean you're Sniper and Lubricate it with some decent lube.
Step 5: Well Thats It
That's my guide
My Very First Instructable Done
Well thanks for reading
Please post questions in the comments and ill try my best to answer them