Obsessive Airsoft

February 8, 2022 By ajfservices999-1970 0

Does obsessively googling about Airsoft rifles do you any good? So you stumbled across Airsoft then started to bore the crap out of your other half talking about it AEG’s with your head in your phone. She has been doing a lot of huffing and looking at the ceiling. Bless her… Is this normal?Yes! Very normal… Lol.I wish I had read something like this when I first got interested it would of helped loads. I played a few games CQB and looked forward to getting out into woods once the weather improved. So I started googling Airsoft rifles to learn what was good, bad and ugly. From what I learned, when new to the sport, as long as you are shooting BB’s at a speed of between 300 and 350 FPS (feet per second) and your rate of fire ROF is about 15 or above then you will match most reasonable rifles for close to medium range. Close quarter battles and woodland skirmishes. Getting consistent grouping doesn’t seem that important in CQB. Clearly becomes more important once you get get outside with a lot more range. I’ll come back to this in a bit. Then comes your bits and bobs, torches, sights grip etc. Things to make your life a little easier. Then upgrades. Longer tighter bores (to the inner barrel) Differing types of bucking, hop-up, gear boxes, motors, batteries. Seams like a lot more reinforced plastic is being used on newer guns to keep weight and cost down.The rental guns you can played with seam to be mostly metal as they have to put up with quite a bit of abuse. Although slower ROF and FPS than the others with there own gear.My previous experience with rifles was as a kid in the ATC using Enfield .303’s and SLR 7.62’s and a few others, Solid rifles. Getting a good grouping at 300 to 900 yards with iron sights.So when I first looked at a couple of sub £150 Airsoft rifles with metal and plastic bodies and they where all a little bit…well…wobbly…cheap. Not all of them. Some are extremely excellent for the money you pay. The poor ones I couldn’t see them being that accurate at range. Couldn’t see them bouncing that well either… I could see myself growing out of a cheap one very quickly.So what do you need for your new RIF as a newbie to Airsoft?In my experience don’t spend a tonne of money on something you haven’t researched, actually seen and held. And don’t buy the first thing you see… A life lesson right there. Lol.Do you want to spend £300 on a Rif to find the same one elsewhere for £150. Or find out that you just don’t like the feel of it. I considered getting an AUG as it’s very compact. But when I got my hands on one I just didn’t like it… Very light, felt cheap, awkward to hold… That’s just my opinion. Many people love them.So what does it need to be at a minimum? FPS between 300 and 350 you want others to feel they have been hit. ROF 15 rounds per second or above. Not that you would fire that fast on a semi auto site but that ROF gives you responsiveness. You want that BB on target asap. Strong so mostly metal. But be open to reinforced plastic if it feels solid. Sturdy so it bounces well when dropped and can take a bit of abuse.You can start with just Iron sights as you can upgrade later. They have to be solid though and not move about as can be found on poor quality RIF’s where the outer barrel could twist with very little force.Hold a reasonable about of bb’s high cap 200-450. The ones you have to wind up. You will waste loads of bb’s while panicking and shooting wildly out of fear. Later on upgrade to mid cap of about 120bb’s where you don’t have to wind the magazine.Be electric. Simple and will do the job. Don’t have to keep gassing your gun or buy all that high pressure air gear…Inner barrel no less than 200mm. Unless running a very compact RIF for CQB. Turns out putting a longer barrel on can speed up FPS but effects accuracy, reduce range and can actually slow down the FPS. You have to start upgrading the hop-up, pistons to get more air into the barrel, then look at gearbox, motor… I’ll stop there. That’s for well later when good enough to actually notice the improvements… But definitely have in mind that there is a good chance you will grow out of your first RIF and want to start upgrading it. I found that there are many standard parts that are easily interchange. And with me being an engineer I quickly learnt what can and can’t be done.An easy way to get more accuracy is spend some attention on the bucking and slightly heavier bb’s. This all seams to be like Alchamy and magic to many and to be fair it is untill you start understanding the systems and physics involved.And we are not finished there though. I was initially clearly interested in CQB as I had a couple of games. But had to consider rails to add torches, sights, scopes, handles, lasers, launches….There seams to be a hell of a lot to take in, and if you are like me, you will look at the cheaper options, £150, then see what’s good and your budget goes up a bit, but then that one doesn’t have this. Then your budget goes up a bit more.It wasn’t long before I realised that if I wanted a good rifle I was going to have to pay at least £250 just for the rifle then I’d need a case, battery, charger, additional magazines, red dot sight, etc etc. I got up to about £600 then realised if I wanted good for a reasonable budget, as a newbie to Airsoft, I was going to have to go used…So I did. And it was the best decision I made… Had a couple of teething problems with it but nothing I could fix…Hope you got something out of this and if you need any help just get in touch…😁Pew Pew for now…