Getting Started: What You Need

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December 5, 2014

When you are ready to start playing airsoft, there are a few things you will need. The first thing you will need is a gun. Whether it is an AEG or a spring gun, there are some items you will need to help prepare you for your first airsoft experience. Most beginners have a specific budget they have in mind when purchasing airsoft equipment for the first time. For most, the budget is in the 100 to 200 dollar range, which is a great budget to get a good gun, along with the remaining gear you need.

The first thing we are going to look at is a gun to help get you out on the field. My personal recommendation is a G&G Combat Machine. The Combat Machine series by G&G is designed to give players a great, durable gun to help get them started for a reasonably low price. Along with the Combat Machines airsoft guns, we also have combo packages which will include a premium battery and a smart charger. Other package options include full face masks,

If you prefer the AK platform, you can get a CYMA AK. They are really good guns, and they also come with batteries and chargers.

However, perhaps you’re interested in a spring gun. There are numerous models of spring guns on our website to choose from. The best of the spring category are normally the shotguns, and sniper rifles. The only things you will need for those are possibly extra shells or magazines, due to the fact that spring guns don’t really carry a high amount of ammo.

If you’ve opted for an electric airsoft gun, you have to look at whether or not your gun comes with a battery. If the answer is no, you will need to get one. The best option for a gun with stock internals, is a 9.6v 1600-2000 mah battery. This provides enough power to increase the rate of fire on your gun, without damaging the internals. A slight upgrade would be converting to lipo batteries. The only issue with lipos is you would need to get a MOSFET so you would not damage the internals.

Now that you have a battery, you will need a charger as well. Most guns that come with batteries will come with a standard trickle charger. These are not really reliable; they take a long time to charge, and sometimes they can be faulty and not charge a battery at all. It is highly recommended you get a smart charger, for you can not only charge your batteries in half the time, but they will actually cut off when the battery is charged so you don’t damage the battery, which in the long run could damage your gun. A smart charger is a great item to pick up for airsoft, because it allows you to charge your batteries, not only efficiently, but safely for trickle chargers are known for their possibility of causing fires.

With your gun picked out as well as a battery with charger, it’s time to get ammo. There is a large variety of ammo on the market these days for airsoft guns. Most airsoft guns use 6mm seamless BBs however there are a select few that use 8mm BBs, so be aware you are getting the correct size. There is also a large amount of BBs with varying weights. The bb weights can range anywhere between .12g and .43g. It is highly recommended that you only use .20g or higher however just because anything lower than that can break in the gun and possibly damage the internal works. There is also the fact of difference between tracer BBs and standard BBs. Tracer BBs are a little more expensive, however unless you have a tracer unit tracer BBs are practically useless.

Now you have everything to start your glorious adventures in the world of airsoft. Except there is one last thing you will need, and it is probably the most important item on the checklist. You absolutely need eye protection; there are goggles and full face mask. You shouldn’t even worry about the safety glasses your gun may come with, because most fields won’t even allow you to use them anyhow. Definitely pick up a pair of goggle. I recommend the Lancer Tactical Helmet ready goggles. They are extremely cheap and some of the best goggles you can get for the price. I use them myself and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for a full face mask, the TSD full face mask is the best one for the price. No matter what, if you plan on getting into airsoft eye protection has to be on your checklist. It is a fantastic sport to get into; however it’s not worth losing an eye over.

 

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