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There are certain times and situations where target practice can be a great thing. However, it can also be dangerous if you are practicing true self-defense with real weapons. No one wants to take a chance on losing their life while practicing up on how to defend themselves, especially not those people who are in the military or our policemen and women. For that reason, Airsoft weapons were invented. They are lifelike weapons that are not deadly to use. They are designed to help you practice your aim and improve your accuracy. For that reason, there are a variety of guns, ammunition, and power options available for you to choose from.
What Are Airsoft Pistols?
Airsoft pistols are basically weapon replicas and they are designed to be used in airsoft sports and training exercises. They generally use BBs as bullets so that they are not as deadly as a bullet would be. Most all BBs are made of plastic, but you can also find biodegradable pellets.
Inside the airsoft gun, you will find an internal air chamber that is pressurized. When a
fuel such as Green Gas or the battery/electric power kicks in, and the trigger is pulled, the BB will be pushed out of the barrel, mimicking a real pistol or gun. The BBs will come out with enough force to strike a target, but they do not penetrate through the target in most cases, even in close quarter battles.
Things to Consider before Buying
Airsoft guns are legal to own in most states. However, you should consult with your local law enforcement team to find out what restrictions may be in place. These guns are not considered weapons, but they cannot be purchased by you if you are under 18. In many areas, as long as your child does not buy it, they can use it, but it is best to find out for sure before you allow your child access to it.
Some guns are designed for target shooting while others are designed more for tactile practice. Either one will be beneficial in improving your aim, but you need to make sure that the air gun you are considering will be able to do what you want for it to do.
Use Your Airsoft Gun Safely
Even though these guns are safe in most cases, you still need to practice safety first when it comes to using it. This also means that you should also teach children how to use it responsibly, which means that they should only hit targets and not animals, people, or other things. Other things for you to keep in mind when using your airsoft includes:
- Eye Protection. Even though airsoft guns are not able to penetrate skin or target
areas, they can still damage your eyes if you do not take proper precautions. You are dealing with BBs that are being pushed from a pistol.
- Use At Your Own Risk. If you fail to understand how to properly use your airsoft gun, you should not consider using it. Whether you are target shooting or reenacting battles, you should always practice safety and avoid using it for anything that it is not intended for.
- Keep Your Distance. Many airsoft guns are designed to be used in somewhat close quarters. However, if you are with a group of people, taking a shot when that person is only a couple feet from you could cause them to become injured. The idea between airsoft is to ensure that everyone is safe.
- Be Mindful of Your Surroundings. When using BBs, you must keep in mind that anything they hit may be damaged. This means you could easily damage walls, windows, or other property. Therefore it is very important that you are aware of everything around yourself and your target so that you do not damage personal property.
Many people prefer using Airsoft guns because they are legal for use in cities and ensure you do not have to go to the range to target practice. They are available in all shapes and sizes. You can choose a rifle or a pistol. They promise to be usable for many years to come whether you are playing war games or simply target practicing. However, to reach the full multi-year potential; you will have to take the time to care for it properly. This means maintaining your air soft gun the same way you would maintain your bullet shooting weapon.
Why Clean Your Airsoft?
Admittedly, the guns are not like standard weapons. You do not have to worry about soot building up inside of them, but this does not mean you are free to skip cleaning them. The gun barrel should be cleaned pretty much every time that you use it to ensure that no buildup starts to form in it. The smaller, internal workings do not require a lot of cleaning typically, but at times you may also want to clean them to ensure that it will fire when you need it to.
Cleaners to Use on Air Powered Guns
You should never use chemicals on this type of pistol. Unless you have severely neglected cleaning it, chemicals are unnecessary. Most people recommend using only
soap, water, and silicone. For any specifics beyond that; you will need to consult with the manufacturer. This is especially true if you have been given an air powered rifle and the previous owner neglected cleaning it. The manufacturer may tell you what needs to be done to clean it properly and get it back where it needs to be so that you can maintain it more regularly.
Steps to Cleaning
The barrel will need to be cleaned most often. You should first turn your hop up and remove it. From there, you will need a cleaning rod and a patch. You will want to put a tiny bit of silicone spray on the patch. Move the patch and rod back and forth inside the barrel. Using another patch that is dry; you will want to wipe inside the slit. With other clean cloths, you will have to keep working at the barrel until all residue has been removed from it.
The inside should be cleaned every six months, especially if you use it often. To clean the inner workings of it, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some say that you should not do it and instead have a professional take it apart; others tell you step-by-step how to take it apart and clean it yourself. As a general rule, though, you will need to take the gun apart by dropping the magazine and then pulling the slide back so that you can hit the disassemble switch. Others may require you to use an AR 15 multi tool. Once inside, you will clean it using paper towels, cloths, toothbrushes and other things to remove all dirt, dust, and buildup. Apply the new lubricant to moving parts and put it together again.
Air rifles and pistols are a great way to increase your accuracy. This, in turn, also enables you to hunt more accurately and protect your home or family if the need arises. The best thing about it though is the fact that people no longer have to travel to a target range or venture many miles out into the woods to practice up and increase their aim. You can go target shooting in your backyard or practice self-defense with a group of friends. You can also use it to reenact and play out war games so that you can make certain that if a bad situation comes up; you are prepared for it. All it takes is having the right gear and you may be surprised by all that you can achieve. Do you have the right airsoft gear?
Practicing Your Airsoft Accuracy
One reason that many people are choosing Airsoft weapons is the fact that they are similar to a real weapon without the risk of personal injury. They weigh about the same as a real weapon. They feel the same in your hand, fire the same, and more. The only difference is that they may sting their target, but there is very little risk of it actually penetrating skin. Therefore, you can use airsoft weapons anywhere. You can practice your long-range target shooting accuracy using an air rifle scope or practice your ability to point and shoot in a rapid-fire situation. In this case, most people also want to know that their air rifle scope is as close to their normal scope as possible, but it is not recommended that you use a regular rifle scope on an airgun. This means you have to choose wisely.
Choosing Your Air Gun Scope
Choosing an air rifle scope is almost as difficult as choosing one for your actual gun. There are a lot of scopes and air rifle scope mounts to choose from. Most all have features that make them more or less perfect for any given situation. They are able to magnify a target and put you on the same visual plane of it to give you pinpointed accuracy while holding up against the vibration and recoil that only an air rifle can produce. If you have an air rifle that recoils hard, you will want to stick with a single piece mount to ensure it stays true in all situations. You may also consider a fixed air scope that doesn’t have a lot of pieces inside of it that will constantly need adjusting.
From there, you will also want to choose whether you have a high mount or a medium mount. This is most often based on the size of the objective lens you have for it. The scope tube size should be the same as the scope mount. You should also think about the fact that it does not always benefit you to try saving money when buying scope mounts. Cutting corners may mean that you sacrifice quality. When you are aiming to increase accuracy and the realism, quality counts.
ZERO in your Aim!