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Taking Proper Care of Your Airsoft Gun

Jul 5, 2008
As an airsoft gun owner, you should want to take care of your investment so that it can be used and enjoyed for years into the future. Having an airsoft gun that wears out before it's time or starts malfunctioning due to poor airsoft gun care is not only entirely avoidable, but also really unnecessary. If you've just purchased an airsoft gun and are looking for ways to keep it in prime condition, here are some great airsoft gun care tips to consider.

Cleaning the Barrel

The barrel of your airsoft gun should be cleaned after every use. If you live in a sandy environment, this is especially important. If you own an electric airsoft gun, you'll want to fire several shots in the semi-automatic mode in order to decompress the gearbox once you're done firing, though some guns have a button which will decompress the spring. With spring air guns, be sure not to leave the gun cocked, with the safety on to help prevent accidental injury. You'll also want to consider spraying a non-corrosive silicone spray into the gun barrel and hop-up chamber occasionally to help keep your airsoft gun in good working order.

Magazine Care

For electric and spring airsoft guns, you'll want to empty the magazine after each use to help preserve the strength of the magaine spring. This will help ensure long time enjoyment from your airsoft gun. Magazines for gas airsoft pistols though should be left pressurized so that all the necessary seals stay in tact. If the gas you're using doesn't havae silicon lubricant in it, then add a drop or two on the internals, otherwise you should be all right. Always remember that when expelling gas from your airsoft gun to never use the release valve, as you run the risk of freezing the O ring which can cause gas leakage in the future.

Observing the Batteries

Batteries are an important part of the lifepan of electric airsoft guns. Be sure to use batteries with the correct voltage. A battery with excess voltage will cause the gearbox to cycle at a rate that could damage internal components of your gun; while a battery with voltage too low can result in lack of power to cycle the gearbox at all. You will also need to be aware of the mAh of your battery. This will indicate how long a battery will continue to power your gearbox. Batteries with a higher mAh have a higher current draw which will increase the firing rate of your gun.

Airsoft Gun Touch Ups

As you continue to use and enjoy your airsoft gun, you may notice the paint starting to scratch or wear off. Experts typically advise against touching up your gun. If a full repainting is required be sure to use a flat, enamel based spray such as Krylon, or check with an airsoft retailer who will offer painting service to return your airsoft gun to it's original appearance.

With the proper airsoft gun care, you can ensure that your air gun will be in excellent working order for many years to come!
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Jeffry Evans, an airsoft pistols enthusiast, giving you excellent instructional and informative knowledge on airsoft.
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