Your Beginners Guide to Airsoft Gear
3 Basic Types of Airsoft Weapons
There are three basic groups of popular Airsoft guns: spring, gas and electric-powered. Beginners are usually advised to start with less expensive spring-powered weapons. But all of the models, regardless of price or power source, require care and practice.
Either way, pick Airsoft guns, accessories, ammo and gear with features that suit your height, size, strength, and the battles you plan to get into!
Some of the most popular Airsoft guns are AEG: Automatic Electric Guns. AEGs are great for fast-paced weapons play, and they come in all types--- from replica pistols to red-dot laser and full automatic rifles.
Lots of serious marksmen say that this kind of gun gives you a different feel, replicating the operation of a real firearm. Models of gas-powered guns include non-blowback revolvers and full metal blowback pistols (SIG Sauer, AirSplat, UHC, KJW, etc.).
Spring-powered guns give some of the most powerful bang for the buck, because they require human power to cock the spring. Choose from snipers, rifles, .44 magnums, Soft Air, AirSplat, TSD, etc. It's your game...name your weapon and use them wisely!
Various Airsoft Weapons
If you are ready to get into Airsoft play (but do not know where to begin), the answer might come in the form of a mini gun. Some guns of this kind can fire more than 100 rounds per minute, and respond like machine guns. Mini guns let you jump right into the action at a minimal cost.
Pistols are designed for all needs and have various forms...from spring-loaded pocket pistols to co2 gas pistols and barrel spring revolvers.
Airsoft rifles vary, from grenade electric, spring sniper, AEG, laser, and replica.
Most shotguns are short-range weapons, firing multiple BBs per shot. They let you point the shotgun closer to small, fast-moving targets, instead of aiming a single projectile specifically at a single target. Most commonly spring-powered, they fire from 1 to 5 BBs per shot.
Sniper rifles are used for precise fire on long-range targets. With this, you can pick your position and take aim. Spring, gas, or electric-powered, they rely on human power to cock the spring. Electric and gas-powered sniper rifles come in either semi or fully-automatic models.
Airsoft submachine guns come in AEG, spring-loaded, and a variety of models.
Grenades and mines add to the realism of a simulated combat. These small, anti-personnel weapons are designed to be thrown and explode after a short time. Grenade launchers send off a grenade farther, more accurately, and faster than they could be thrown by hand. Launchers come as stand-alone weapons or mounted under the barrel of a rifle.
Powering Airsoft Weapons
Which Airsoft batteries you need depends on your weapon’s dimensions, power and model. Some popular brands are NiMH batteries for Mini Airsoft guns, Tenergy NiMH stick battery packs, and Intellect Airsoft 3600mah large battery packs.
Keep an extra charger available to make sure you stay in the game! Universal chargers are also popular, since they are more likely compatible when hooked up to a battery of any voltage. Specific chargers for small or large Airsoft plugs range to 12V, and the TSD Universal Smart Charger with adaptor.
Airsoft BBs are usually 6 mm plastic spheres that come in a variety of colors (Crosman Copperhead BBs, TSD Tactical black, Fire Power Airsoft Arctic White BBs, etc.). Magazine BB speed loaders, and Perfect Grade 0.12g polished BBs are also available.
Don’t be caught off guard and out of ammunition in the middle of a skirmish. Magazines come in varied ranges so no matter what you’re packing, you’ll always pack heat.
Airsoft Accessories & Gear
You will open and close your gun cases a lot, so make sure they are sturdy enough to stand up to continuous use and pressure. Hard plastic lasts longer than flimsy plastic—that is for sure. Some gun cases are padded with foam and have extra room for tools, so you do not have to worry about your gun’s safety.
You need to keep your weapon handy, so check out the options for shoulder, sidearm, leg, tactical and other firearm holsters.
Scopes & mounts
These great additions to your guns range from NcStar tactical laser sights, Leapers master sniper scopes to Crosman mounts and Beretta rails.
Get a bead on your targets with quality sights. Choose from rear sights, laser sights, red and green dot sights, tactical front tower sights and more.
Target practice keeps your shooting skills sharp; even master marksmen put a lot of time into practice. Sticky Airsoft targets and catcher targets hang on to your BBs to save money while honing your skills.
Before going to an Airsoft war, you would want green gas, cleaning rods, springs, guides and silicon sprays to keep your equipment sharp. Make sure to invest in these tools for always-good-as-new guns and gears.
Airsoft Starter packs
Most starter packs include magazines with BBs, specifically for your favorite gun, while some come with protection vests to help you start in the right direction. Whatever it is that you need, make sure to pick the right starter pack for you.
Safety eyewear is a basic requirement, but other protective gear is essential to many players as well. The kind of play you are into should decide how protected you need to be. Target shooting does not require the precautions that wars and skirmishes do. For war play, you have to get higher-grade goggles, tactical vest, and more, to protect you the way you deserve to be shielded.
Dress for battle the right way! Opt for tactical clothes, including vests, carrier plates, pants, khaki shorts, tactical long- and short-sleeved shirts. Tactical leather boots keep you swift and grounded out in the field and in the heat of battle.
Go Airsoft Yourself!
Keep all these reminders in mind and we are sure that you will emerge victorious in your next battle. Fight the good fight! Thanks for stopping by!