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The Inner Workings Of Airsoft Pistols

By Jerry Kenney

Airsoft pistols have been around since the 80s, when they first came into existence in Japan, though many models today are created in China. Standard models feature 6mm or 8mm calibers using either spring- or gas-powered systems, they became very popular and saw their way into North America in the 90s. Many variants of the airsoft guns have been created and there is great competition in the market.

The usage of an airsoft gun varies from professional tournaments to police and military training. Below is some info regarding the varying firing mechanisms.

Spring-powered airsoft guns are generally inexpensive and found in many different models. It requires the user to cock the gun themselves, pushing back a spring to create potential energy, which will in turn be released when the user pulls the trigger. This potential energy is then released to project the pellet at varying speeds, depending on the quality and size of the airsoft gun. The speed can go as low as 400 feet per second and the spring suffers from excessive wear and tear, needing replacement more frequently than other methods.

An electric motor can be used in place of the user cocking the gun. These automatic electric guns allow for varieties of firing modes, such as a burst and automatic. Also, the muzzle velocity has a drop from the 400 feet per second with spring-powered to 150 feet per second with automatic electric.

The gas-powered guns use pressurized gas to propel the pellet, however it is costly in comparison to the electric models. Furthermore, if overused, the gas tends to cool down, leading to a reduced fire-rate and if the gas escapes into any parts of the gun, it’s possible that it might damage the parts.

The standard magazine type for airsoft guns is simply a plastic container that fits into many airsoft guns and loads pellets with a spring. Some companies offer higher-capacity magazines, but some guns will only accept the standard type. Any spring loaded ones suffer the issue of not all the pellets being fed into the gun, thus leading to many users inverting the gun to let gravity do the work.

Now that you have somewhat of an idea of how airsoft pistols work, find one to buy! You can find a good selection of co2 airsoft pistols here – Airsoft Pistols.

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