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Getting the Right BBs for Your Airsoft Gun

Jul 15, 2008
If you thought that 6mm BBs were all there is in airsoft, you are wrong. Depending on your level of airsoft sophistication, you may require .20 BBs, or perhaps you may even want to use 6mm paintballs. That's right, using 6mm paintballs instead of typical airsoft ammunition can really enhance your next military or police simulation. Think about it, you get the splat of the paintball arena, combined with the accuracy and authentication of airsoft. It's kind of like the perfect combination.

Be careful with the Lower End Airsoft Weapons

Spring action pistols and rifles can present a problem when it comes to achieving the higher levels of play, and using the higher quality airsoft BBs. Spring action airsoft pistols and rifles tend to have less power than their electric and gas counterparts, and therefore may have trouble handling the heavier airsoft BBs. Typically, the spring airsoft guns are made for .12 standard 6mm airsoft BBs, normally the cheapest of the available ammo, and often known by simply "airsoft BBs" or "seamless airsoft BBs". Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the quality of these BBs, however for long range fire and accuracy, they simply don't compete with the heavier, higher quality BBs.

For Electric and Gas Power Players

For the serious airsoft enthusiast, they should be looking at airsoft guns that can easily handle .20 and greater airsoft BBs. A gun that fires at 300 feet per second or higher is a good choice, and will allow you to hit targets with accuracy at 50 feet and greater. If you really want to pack the punch, try a .23 or .25 BB. Of course, these BBs are not going to have the range of .20 BB, but they will be accurate, and sting more than the lighter BBs. Where price is a factor, the .20 BB is definitely cheaper and more widely distributed than .23 or .25 BBs.

Don't Reuse Your Airsoft Ammo

Especially for the higher end airsoft guns, reusing ammo just doesn't make sense. Imagine what the impact does to a BB at 300+ feet per second. Deformities, dirt, etc. can really hurt the lifespan of your high dollar airsoft pistol or rifle. So just bite the bullet when comes to airsoft BBs, don't pinch the pennies, because you might regret it later. Even with the cheaper spring powered airsoft guns, it is better to just use new BBs, unless you are already planning to replace the gun.

So we have seen how getting the right airsoft BBs, and always using new ammo in your airsoft guns is the right way to go for long term enjoyment of the sport. So go out there, have a great time, and make sure you have your protective gear on before engaging in airsoft play.
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Jeffry Evans, knows that you are looking for high quality, cheap airsoft guns, and has the tools and knowledge to help you succeed in airsoft.
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