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Questions about taking up Airsoft


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Hi there.

In the past couple of days, I've been reading up on Airsoft and it seems really interesting. I'm only 16, and I understand that to be a registered UKARA member, and so own your own gun, you need to be at least 18. All the same, I figured I'd ask some questions about the sport.


How different to paintball is airsoft? I've got myself my own paintball set up, and, having seen what is on offer for airsofting, I feel that it was a waste of money- of the two, airsoft seems more tactical (thumbs up for me) and all guns seem to be replicas, unlike paintball where people run around with what I call 'Power Ranger guns.'


How much does it cost to do airsoft? As mentioned, I'm starting to regret taking up paintball and one of the reasons is the costs- local sites charge at least 35 for a day, and I end up churning out even more cash for ammo, but from what I've seen airsoft is relatively cheaper and ammo costs less too.

Gun maintenance- how often is it done? I saw a notice on a website explaining that tampering with your gun can be detrimental to it's performance, which sounds a lot unlike paintball, where you're almost constantly taking it apart and cleaning the internals. And how IS an airsoft gun maintained?

Will post if any other questions come to mind, cheers in advance

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Hi,

Firstly you can still play Airsoft even though you are not 18. It is often pretty cheap to go for a day and rent a gun and get lots of ammo. Probably around the 30 - 40 range depending on where you go. However if you were to get yourself all kitted up it would more likely cost around 20 to go for the day.

Yes, Airsoft is quite a lot different from Paintball. Although Airsoft was originally based off of Paintball the general idea was to slow things down a bit, create bigger areas to fight in, and make the whole thing more realistic.

6,000 BB's will cost you around a tenner from the normal shops, (although can be found for less) and your average good Chinese clone gun will cost you around 100 - 150 including a few extra mags. Clearly, a lot cheaper than Paintball since you would have to pay 500 + for the good competition guns.

Maintaining your gun is far more complex than that of a Paintball marker, hence why you will have read about the possibility of making the performance decrease. If you are comfortable with gearboxes and such, then there should be no problem in keeping the correct amount of grease in there or making any upgrades or replacements if anything were to go.

Think that's about it :)

BTW, what Paintball marker do you have?

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Hi,

Firstly you can still play Airsoft even though you are not 18. It is often pretty cheap to go for a day and rent a gun and get lots of ammo. Probably around the 30 - 40 range depending on where you go. However if you were to get yourself all kitted up it would more likely cost around 20 to go for the day.



I live in Reading, South East England, and so far I haven't been able to find many close sites- London and Bristol are the only ones I've found sites at at the moment, and I'd probably end up spending more money on travel than the actual day!


6,000 BB's will cost you around a tenner from the normal shops, (although can be found for less) and your average good Chinese clone gun will cost you around 100 - 150 including a few extra mags. Clearly, a lot cheaper than Paintball since you would have to pay 500 + for the good competition guns.


Sorry, what's a Chinese clone gun? I've seen a lot of categories of airsoft guns, and apparently AEG (can't remember what it stands for) are generally recommended for beginners.


Maintaining your gun is far more complex than that of a Paintball marker, hence why you will have read about the possibility of making the performance decrease. If you are comfortable with gearboxes and such, then there should be no problem in keeping the correct amount of grease in there or making any upgrades or replacements if anything were to go.



I don't have a problem tinkering with the guns, and it can actually be pretty fun, it's just a case of equipment- are allen keys and screwdrivers all that are needed to take apart airsoft guns and tweak the interiors?



BTW, what Paintball marker do you have?


BT Delta (MP5 replica) I just wanted to get something more realistic and instantly recognisable rather than the speedball markers that are out there. Cheers

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Have a look at http://airsoftmap.co.uk/ to find local sites.

When I say chinese clone gun I am referring to an AEG. There are lots of makes, however the quality of the clones is very close and they are half the price.

Allen keys and screwdrivers is all you need, and a good memory of where everything went :D

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Have a look at http://airsoftmap.co.uk/ to find local sites.

When I say chinese clone gun I am referring to an AEG. There are lots of makes, however the quality of the clones is very close and they are half the price.

Allen keys and screwdrivers is all you need, and a good memory of where everything went :D



Thanks mate. I've been looking around for gear and I've found an online store called 'Tactical Airsoft UK LTD,' seems good and stocks a lot of equipment. If you could just take a second to check out the links, I'd like to know if you have any feedback about the gear I've got my eyes on at the moment.

Rifle
Look for JG AK47 Tactical w/ full stock
http://www.tacticala...k/Html/AEG.html

Eye protection
I know I said I had my own paintball goggles, but they stop me from aiming down the barrel of my Delta, wouldn't want the clunky things to block an airsoft rifle!
Look for Viper Tactical Goggles- not sure on clear or tinted yet
http://www.tacticala...20Clothing.html

Magazine
Look for JG AK47 magazine
http://www.tacticala.../Magazines.html

And that's them! Any feedback any of you have on them would be greatly appreciated, as I'm considering getting them when I move on to buying my own gear. Also, I have a question- if my brother, who is 19, becomes a UKARA member, is it legal for him to buy Airsoft equipment and give it to people? (AKA, me) Considering doing that to save on two years of waiting but I'm not sure if it'll work

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Yup, all looks good :)

I don't see a problem with what you suggested - just don't going doing anything stupid with it.




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