BEGINNER TIPS 3: Your Warranty

Voided warranties can cause a lot of anxiety to new gun buyers. Manufacturer warranties can be extremely easy to invalidate based on different actions or changes to the equipment. Many new gun buyers forget that their guns are complex pieces of machinery when in fact; they are realistic replicas with sophisticated firing systems and fragile internals. For these reasons, many manufacturers impose strict warranty rules to their high-end equipment. Remember to carefully read through your warranty manual to ensure you understand all the limitations of your warranty in case anything breaks.

There are four core rules that will not only help keep your guns in tip-top shape, but will also help keep your warranty valid should anything break down.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE APART YOUR GUN ON YOUR OWN: 

Unless you are an airsoft technician, you shouldn’t attempt to take your gun apart or perform any upgrades on your own. High-end airsoft guns are complex machines that have very intricate gearbox internals. Many new players figure- “I can just watch a YouTube video and I’ll know how to do it myself!” but in reality, most of the players recording those YouTube videos are very familiar with their equipment.

If you feel the need to make changes within the first 30-45 days of buying your gun, find an airsoft technician to help you make any alterations you desire. If you attempt to tinker with the internals of your gun on your own, you risk losing important small internal mechanisms, causing irreversible damage and voiding your warranty.

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USE ONLY HIGH QUALITY “PRECISION GRADE” BBS:

  • Only use precision or match grade, high density, seamless and polished bbs. You don’t want to see any seams, bubbles or dents in your bbs
  • Cheap bbs, like those sold at Wal-Mart and other sporting good stores, will cause irreparable damage to your gun internals and void your warranty!
  • Most often, brightly neon colored bbs are made of a cheap light-weight plastic and will break within your gearbox causing bb shards to lock up your gearbox.
  • Do not reuse your bbs after they have been fired or have been rolling around on the ground. These bbs can be compromised by stress from the gearbox, dented from the ricochet, or have gathered dirt and debris from the ground causing gams and internal damage.
  • Do your research and only purchase bbs from respectable airsoft distributors.

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KNOW YOUR BATTERY’S CHARGE TIME:

Batteries are often overlooked when it comes to warranties. AEG batteries are extremely sensitive and have specific requirements for charging and storing. Most often, standard wall chargers do not come embedded with a chip that shuts off charging when the battery is at capacity. You will need to keep a close eye on the charging time with a time, or invest in a smart charger.

Smart chargers come in two styles:
– BASIC: lets you know the battery is fully charged but does not stop power to the battery
– COMPREHENSIVE: shuts off electricity to the battery when it is fully charged. You cannot overcharge with this option.

If you leave your battery on its charger for too long, you run the risk of overloading and frying your battery. If the battery does not have enough power for the motor to draw from, it can cause jamming and damage to your gearbox.

Proper battery storage can also keep your battery life at maximum for longer. Store your battery in a cool temperature – not in your car in the middle of summer!! Store your battery either out of your gun, or disconnected from the wiring harness.

If damage occurs to your battery either due to overcharging or heat exposure, it can void the entire gun’s warranty! Take good care of your battery to keep your gun in tip-top shape.

 

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STICK WITH GREEN GAS: 

Often, when a player purchases a green gas gun, they immediately want to switch to propane for cost-saving purposes. This not only voids your warranty, but it can also cause severe damage to your gun’s internals – especially if you aren’t cleaning it well!

Green gas is already infused with silicone oil to keep the internals and o-rings lubricated between more thorough cleanings. Propane, on the other hand, leaves adding the silicone oil into the adapter up to you. Propane not only dries out the internals and 0-rings faster, it can cause girding of the gears and slide mechanisms and ruin the magazine’s ability to hold gas.

If your gun breaks down during your warranty period, the manufacturer requires the disclosure of whether propane was used. They WILL be able to tell! The use of propane immediately voids your warranty. If you are intent on switching from green gas, wait until the end of your warranty period, invest in silicone oil and clean your equipment before and after you play each time!

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**NOTE** If you are new to airsoft or aren’t comfortable cleaning your gun on your own, find an experienced technician like the ones we have here at VIPAirsoft. They will help teach you to properly clean and maintain your equipment. You run the risk of voiding your warranty if you do not properly clean your equipment.

 

LEARN YOUR WARRANTY!

Make yourself aware of your manufacturer’s warranty policy to ensure you can get the necessary help should your equipment break down unexpectedly. Should you have any questions about your warranty or you’re having trouble submitting your gun for repair, ask your local airsoft retailers. They will know how to send your gun in, what you will need to submit, and whether you’ve already voided your warranty.

Seek out your local airsoft technician for any repairs or questions you have about your equipment.

Your Guide to Spring vs Electric vs Gas Guns

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So you’ve decided to purchase an airsoft gun! Things to think about before you drop money at the register: the type of field you’ll be playing at, your competition level, the level you want to play at and the budget you have set for your new gun. These are important factors to think about before spending your money and making the comparison between a spring gun, an AEG or a gas gun will help you make your choice.

 

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SPRING POWER: 

Spring guns are the most readily available and affordable guns. They are manually powered by pumping the spring and the bb then fires from the barrel with the trigger pull. Your rate of fire is only as fast as you can pump the spring.

PROS OF SPRING: 

  • Most affordable
  • You don’t need a battery or charger so there is unlimited play so long as you have enough bbs!
  • Can be used in any weather circumstance
  • Great option for young new airsoft players
  • Lightweight, typically smaller and little to no recoil
  • Certain high-end spring models like bolt action sniper rifles can reach upwards of 700 fps

CONS OF SPRING: 

  • Must manually cock your gun each time you want to shoot
  • No semi or full auto firing option
  • Do not tend to hold up well to extended use and will break down quickly
  • Made of plastic with plastic internals means once the gun breaks- it cannot be fixed by a technician

 

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LOW END AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC GUNS (AEG):

The AEG is the most common airsoft gun on the market. These guns run on an electric motor and require the use of a battery. These batteries will need to be charged and occasionally replaced. Like a spring gun, AEG guns run on a spring, however they possess a gearbox comprised of 3 gears and a piston which together, propel the bb through the barrel. Most often, these guns have the magazine disguised as a scope while the battery mimics the look of a magazine.

PROS OF LOW END AEG:

  • These guns are typically sold at Wal-Mart or other sporting goods stores
  • They are easily accessible and very affordable
  • They provide an increased level of play from the solely spring gun

CONS OF LOW END AEG:

  • Typically made of cheap plastic with plastic internals which break quickly and easily
  • Once broken- they cannot be fixed
  • The batteries that accompany these guns are specific to that gun and cannot be replaced
  • They don’t often reach a high FPS

 

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HIGH END AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC GUNS (AEG):

High end AEGs utilize the same internals as the low end AEGs except they are extremely upgraded and comprised of full metal gearbox internals encased in strong polycarbonate. The gears and piston are joined by a sophisticated hop up unit which draws the bb into the chamber and are then pushed out the barrel by the spring and piston.

PROS OF HIGH END AEGS:

  • Commonly available in a hard polycarbonate plastic body – realism is key!
  • The most common airsoft gun type for players
  • Capable of semi-auto and full-auto firing
  • Easily upgradable internals to increase rate of fire
  • External attachment upgrades can be added
  • Can be used in hot and cold weather conditions
  • Battery can be upgraded to LiPo to increase rate of fire

CONS OF HIGH END AEGS:

  • The battery will need to be recharged periodically 
  • The battery may need to be completely replaced if you overcharge or burn it out
  • Can malfunction in wet conditions
  • Needs to be cleared of debris and oiled

 


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GAS POWERED GUNS: 

Gas guns are often seen as the go-to for experienced airsofters or those who are looking to get as close to a live fire shooting experience as possible. When it comes to gas guns there are important things to remember: STAY AWAY FROM “RED GAS” or R-12 liquid propellants as it violates EPA regulations, is illegal and can damage your gun. Stick to Green Gas or propane with an adapter.

PROS OF GAS GUNS:

  • Realistic field stripping
  • Realistic weight and feel
  • Heavy recoil
  • Preferred secondary weapon
  • Can come with full-auto capabilities
  • Rifles have realistic bolt action and lock back with empty magazines
  • Do not require winding of magazines

CONS OF GAS GUNS:

  • Can malfunction in cold weather since the gas can freeze or drop in density
  • Must purchase green gas or propane
  • Will need to carry additional canisters of gas
  • You will need a propane adapter if you choose to use propane gas
  • Must clean and maintain gas guns like live fire weapons

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While all airsoft guns provide their own level of fun, one type may be better for your needs, skill level, and ability to maintain the equipment properly. Visit your local airsoft proshop like VIPAirsoft to find a gun that suits your needs!

Dominating in CQC Airsoft

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Close Quarter Combat (CQC) is the airsoft style of enemy engagement and movement through small enclosed spaces, typically within indoor airsoft arena. An intensity exists within a CQC environment that doesn’t exist in other venues: shorter engagement distances, quicker reactions required and more calculated team movements. Lightweight weapons are preferable while snipers are regarded as unnecessary and bulky. Weapons typically used within a CQC field have shorter barrels and a lower FPS rating to prevent injury.

Playing within a CQC field requires tactics that focus on situational awareness and cause players to see every room and prop as potential cover or as a hiding place for the enemy. Another factor to CQC is the speed at which players move throughout the arena. Moving quickly makes it easier to overwhelm the enemy. Trigger control is important within CQC to keep from friendly fire which can happen under high stress or due to quick reactions.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS:
         While playing in a CQC field, it’s important to keep your eyes and ears focused on your surroundings. Determine the best path through the field or to your objective with the least amount of enemy encounters. Assess each angle, doorway or window to determine the highest probability of hitting the enemy or being to able to see and engage the enemy before they see you. While moving through the arena take notice of the best paths to fall back through if you need to dodge enemy fire.

Look for enemy shadows or listen for them talking, reloading or moving. Often times, you or the enemy can give away positions while reloading or refilling magazines, pulling charging handles, ripping open mol lee packs, speaking loudly or moving against cover. Make sure to alert your team quietly if you notice enemy positions

TACTICAL SPEED:
Tactical speed doesn’t mean rampaging through the field at the full speed full auto firing at everything you see. Tactical speed is the movement throughout the field to engage the enemy before they can mark you as a target and not allowing the enemy to find you camping out in a “hiding place”. Moving forward behind cover is the best way to reach the objective without getting hit. When there is no forward movement available, look for lateral paths that will take you out of direct fire and instead help you flank your enemy.

When entering or exiting rooms, have team mates cover all lines of fire and check cover opportunities. When aiming around corners, try never to expose your entire body. You may need to switch to your less dominate hand in order to angle aim without stepping completely out into view.

Choose lightweight and compact gear to help you move quickly, quietly and easily through the field.

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TRIGGER CONTROL:
          Trigger control takes patience and practice to master. Most new players will instinctively fire quickly at anything that startles them. Lack of trigger control can be detrimental to your team or the other player depending on the proximity of engagement. In a CQC field, it’s important to learn to control your trigger finger impulses. Practicing good trigger control prevents friendly fire and dangerous hits within the surrender distance.

 

Check out your local airsoft proshop like VIPAirsoft to try on your gear and handle the equipment and ensure its going to be comfortable and something worthwhile for a CQC investment.

Travelling with your Guns

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Both the TSA and FAA agencies that are in charge of travel safety and travel regulations have very specific rules in place when you travel with your gun equipment, airsoft included! Airsoft guns are treated with the same level of regulation as a live fire weapon and failure to secure and claim your weapons to security can cause some serious penalties- they may even confiscate your gun!

Before traveling, go onto the TSA and FAA websites to get the most up to date information on regulation laws since they decrease or increase with threat levels and can cause some of the gun travel rules to change or be temporarily suspended. You should also check the rules of your airline if you are traveling outside of the U.S. and the rules of the country you are traveling to as many countries do not allow the import of airsoft equipment of any kind. Some airlines impose taxes or prohibit airsoft guns from being sent through their company. Countries like Canada, Thailand and Singapore prohibit airsoft guns of any kind from crossing country lines so make sure you are aware of the airline and country laws before traveling.

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PACKING YOUR GUNS:
         Ensure that you pack and lock your gun in a secure box so that it doesn’t jostle or shake around during flight and make sure you alert the airline staff that it is packed within your bags and is easily identifiable there is a firearm of some sort within.

No guns will be allowed to travel inside a soft suitcase, duffle bag or other soft gun bag. They must be transported in a hard case or molded gun case that secures the equipment within. It is also necessary that your gun case have a lock of some soft on the case. You must provide either the key or the combination of the lock to the security officer just in case they need to open it. Ask the airline official or security officer if they will need to open your bag so you can be present while they search your bag and get your key back when they are done. If you don’t stick around while they search your gun case, you run the risk of not getting your keys back. They are mandated by law to make a “reasonable attempt” to reach you, but if they can’t get ahold of you, they will not put your gun case on the plane.

Gun bags that do not have a locking mechanism on them will not be allowed to be transported. Make sure your gun case is in good condition and that the lock works before you leave home.

PACKING YOUR AMMO:
         Check with the airline to determine the amount of bbs that you will be allowed to transport. Airsoft guns that have bbs loaded into the chamber will not be allowed to fly. All bbs packed in suitcases must be stored in a cardboard, metal or wooden box, or a container specifically designed to carry bbs. Be sure the contained is the right size for the amount of ammo you’ll be sending.

If you plan to store the bbs in the same case as your gun, make sure it is individually packaged and there aren’t any bbs lying around your case. Keep all magazines out of your gun and packed separately or within an additional contained if you plan to pack your gun and magazines together.

If you are traveling internationally, check with the arrival country for their requirements and laws on airsoft ammunition as some countries may only allow the import of a certain number of bbs or not at all.

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Happy trails and Safe Travels!