BEGINNER TIPS 3: Green Gas Cool Down Effect Tips

The green gas cool down effect is caused by the temperature of the gas expansion chamber cooling down so much that the gas being released can no longer expand as fast or as much…. more or less.

Green gas is a refrigerant; the more it is released repeatedly, the more the temperature inside your breech or magazine will decrease, thus causing the cool down, and thus causing efficiency problems. If the O-rings get too cold for too long, they will break and cause the gas to leak.

The only way you will be able to limit such problems, is to not rapid fire so much. It’s a semi automatic Gas Blow Back- use it as such. 3 round bursts or “triple taps” are ideal for any GBB. 3 at a time, rest… 3 more… rest… 3 more, etc. The rest doesn’t have to be much more than a second or two, but that little rest will help increase your gas efficiency over simply rocking the whole mag at once, which by its nature is ineffective anyway.


  • Never apply gas for more than 5 seconds
  • Avoid pressing the gas release while there is still a full magazine of gas. The gas release will cause all the green gas to rush out and freeze the o-ring within the valve.
  • Continue firing your magazine until as much gas is expelled as possible.
  • Don’t store your gas magazines fully charged with or completely empty of gas! Only leave enough gas for 2-3 shots. This allows the o-rings to remain properly lubricated while in storage. If there is no gas within the magazine, there will not be enough pressure on the o-rings and they will eventually become misshapen, allowing gas to leak and forcing you to replace the o-rings.
  • Let the magazine warm up before refilling with gas, otherwise the magazine will be too cold to accept additional green gas.

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  1. Push the magazine release button to remove the magazine from the gun
  2. Turn the magazine upside down to reveal the gas valve entry hole
  3. Tip the bottle of green gas/propane with adapter upside down. Make sure the align the nozzle with the hole for a tight seal.
  4. Press down on the bottle opening the nozzle and allowing the gas to flow into the magazine. Filling takes approximately 3-5 seconds depending on the size of the magazine. You will no longer hear a hiss when it is full.
  5. Fill the magazine with bbs. Put it back in your gun and go shooting!


  • To prevent jamming or misfired, check your magazines for debris, dust and dirt. 
  • It is best to empty your magazine after each use, although it is not required.
  • With gas guns, it is not preferable to use the release valve to expel excess gas. Loss of magazine pressure can damage the gun.


  1. Remove the two retention pins at the bottom of the magazine
  2. Pull out the bottom plate of the magazine
  3. Remove the SQUARISH O-ring
  4. Wrap the base 3-4 times with Teflon tape
  5. Re-install the o-ring (unless it was broken or cracking- in which case- replace it)
  6. Reinstall the bottom plate and push the pins back in.
  7. Occasionally, you may need to use a rubber mallet to tap the bottom plate a few times to ensure a secure fit. DO NOT USE A METAL HAMMER!! BE GENTLE!

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  • To get started with propane, make sure you are already past your manufacturer warranty period. Propane WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY!!
  • Get yourself a bottle of propane, a propane adapter and 100% silicone oil and spray.
  • Lubricate the opening of your propane bottle with 100% silicone oil. Just one drop should be plenty. DON’T OVER LUBRICATE! It will cause malfunctions, oil buildup and damage. Metal adapters have a valve opening for silicone oil. Choose which location you will put your oil drop. Don’t do both!
  • Attach your adapter securely to the bottle
  • Fill your magazine as you would with green gas
  • Repeat this lubrication process every 10 magazines or so.
  • Never use a propane bottle that has a rusty or damaged neck or threading!
  • Store propane bottles out of direct sunlight!

Silicone Spray MadBull Propane Adapter Metal

**NOTE** If you are new to airsoft or aren’t comfortable cleaning or repairing 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.

Tech Tips: The last gearbox instructional you’ll ever need!

Our lead technician Josh takes you through this in-depth video on everything you’ll ever need to know about your M4 airsoft gearbox. How do they work? How to take them apart? Tips, tricks and hints galore!

The video may be long, but it is chock full of great information. A definite “FAVORITE” and a video you can come back to again and again.

If you still have additional questions or want to suggest another video for our techs to provide, email us at!

VIP Tech Tips: How to Change an Outer Barrel

So last time we showed you how to change you inner barrel, and now we’re gonna walk you through changing your outer barrel as requested by one of our YouTube subscribers.

Helpful tools to have:
1. AR Wrench (Also known as a Delta Wrench)
2. 3/32nd Punch (if you have an A2 Front forward triangle site)
3. Vice
4. Patience

Please remember- these higher end airsoft guns are durable, yet fragile. If you aren’t comfortable or confident completing any of these TechTips, please find a technician to complete the work for you. An important note for new gun buyers: most manufacturers will not warranty out your gun or any parts if you broke it while trying to mess with it yourself, but they will warranty it if a technician at a certified airsoft company does.

Don’t forget that you can reach out to our technicians with your questions or suggestions for new Tech Tips! They will be more than happy to answer questions like “I want to switch from a A2 Front Site to a quad rail system. What will I need?” or “Will this rail system work for my rifle?” or our personal favorite… “I [verb]ed my gun into [object] and now the barrel is bent/curves to the side. What do I do?” (The answer to that last one is get a new inner and outer barrel, cus you done broke your gun. Like broke broke your gun.)

Stay tuned for more Tech Tips!


VIP Tech Tips : How to Swap an M4 AEG Inner Barrel

Today on VIP Tech Tips, Bailey takes us through swapping an M4 AEG Inner barrel. It’s a very easy thing to do, but it’s not something everyone knows how to do correctly, so watch on to see if you learn something new!

If you aren’t confident in making the swap, find a technician, like the 5 we have here on staff, to help you out. Its better to ask for more clarification on your gun, than to accidentally break it or lose a part.

What’s the Difference? – 3 Rifle Comparison

“So…. how come these guns look the same but cost different? What’s the difference?”

Here at our retail walk-in location, we get that question a lot when it comes to our three most popular M4 style AEG rifles: the G&G CM16 Raider, the KWA CQR Mod 2 and the Elite Force V2 CQB/CQC. They all look so similar, so we’re dissecting the ins and outs (literally!) of each gun to give you on easy to understand list right here!

G&G CM16 Raider :    $189.95 –    9.6v Battery & Charger Included
Elite Force V2 CQB:    $169.95 –    No Battery
KWA CQR Mod 2:       $199.95 –    No Battery



The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer quadrail system and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer upper and lower receiver

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a metal quadrail system and flip up sights.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower receiver and reinforced charging handle

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer handguard and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower with metal upper receiver

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The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a removable iron rear sight paired with the front triangle sight.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) does not come with a rear sight but has a front flip up sight.

The KWA CQR MOD 2 (right) comes with a removable iron rear sight and triangle front sight.



The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a basic crane stock with 2 piece battery compartment butt stock plate.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a modified crane stock with flip down battery compartment access.

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with basic stock. Battery access is within the front handguard.



The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a metal Hi-Cap magazine

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with (2) metal Hi-Cap magazine

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a Mid-Cap 120rnd capacity magazine.



G&G CM16 Raider

        – Standard V2 Gearbox                                            – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston                                                          – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip with 2 o-ring attachment to brass barrel


        – Reinforced standard V2 Gearbox                          – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston w/ metal teeth                                  – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring                    – Adjustable Hop-up

        – Micro-switch trigger (for slightly increased trigger response)

        – “Quick” change spring (Still have to remove gearbox from receiver, but don’t have to open gearbox)


        – 2GX Gearbox

        – Heat treated gear set with 5mm reinforced torque gear

        – Fully brass inner barrel

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip attachment and 2GX high performance bucking

        – (6) 9mm bearings

        – Plastic piston with heat treated metal teeth

        – Reinforced cylinder with composite head

        – Thicker reinforced angled trigger post for decreased chance of damage


Finally, we’ll discuss the impending question… “why don’t 2 of them come with a battery like the Raider?”

Elite Force recently released their V2 model CQB and CQC rifles and stopped packaging their equipment with a battery and charger. While the consumer may see this as “swindling” by the company- it was actually a strategic move for the benefit of the consumer. No longer packaging a battery with the gun increases the consumer’s ability to purchase and use a “fresh” battery as opposed to one that may have been sitting in a warehouse for a while which slowly drains the overall life of the battery itself. Now you get to choose if you want an 8.4v (eww… yuck), 9.6v (recommended) or upgrade a few components and go with a 7.4v LiPo (talk with a technician prior to this option).

The KWA CQR series, like most KWA rifles, also come without a battery so the consumer can choose if they want to stay with the typical recommended 9.6v or go straight to a 7.4v LiPo. It puts the power of choice into your hands!

That being said, we do sell the G&G CM16 Raiders with a battery and charger combo which we order specifically for our facility. That special order means they aren’t sitting in the warehouses for months on end like that. We chose to offer the addition of battery and charger to our customer as a convenience.


So we’ve gone over all the externals and internals of each rifle and as you can see, there are clearly some significant differences between each of the rifles from materials to quality of the internal components. All three comes with a 30 day manufacturer warranty and if you purchase through our online or walk-in retail location, you get an additional 30-day repair warranty!

We hope that this will give you some insight into your decision current or future.

You can find these three great rifles at our walk-in location or order them online for shipment within the continental U.S. at

Stay tuned for more upcoming product comparisons and other helpful tips and tools!

Welcome to 2015 at VIPAirsoft!

Welcome to 2015!

2014 was truly a fantastic year at VIPAirsoft and we are excited for you to join us during 2015 and share in all the new changes we’ve got in store!! The arena will turn 5 this year and it’s all thanks to our players!

We saw over 12,000 brand new players come into our facility this year! That’s amazing!

With help from our players, we were able to donate over $25,000 back into the community! That money will go to help support local schools, charities and low-income families in need. Does your group or team need some help with fundraising? Join our growing list of community support and reach out to our Events Coordinator!

Last year we installed a 2-story central bridge, new and improved flag poles, new doorways and increased themed rooms. We have even more improvements in the pipeline that we hope you enjoy including a better method of determining teams during game play and a new tier for our Platoon Membership.

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In 2014, we introduced our own new line of intricate airsoft overnighters for our players ages 13+ called our “FABLES COLLECTION”. In early 2014, you met Jack Cooper for the first time in our Forbidden Legends series and ended the year with our PMC International lockin. Go CRIMSON GRIZZLIES! We are excited to tell you that Jack Cooper will return for a new adventure this year and can’t wait for you to see what other FABLES adventures are on their way!


We began a partnership with ColdBloodArt to bring you some of the best Airsoft masks on the market. Full fiberglass with polycarb lenses, detachable padding and straps for machine washing and individually handpainted designs make each mask a piece of wearable, breathable art. We are proud to say that we are the only authorized dealer in the U.S.A. to sell these masks!

CBA Mask Lineup 2

Our Video Contest winner for 2014 is NOAH CHO with runner up PETER HOFFEND at a close 2nd place. Congratulations guys! Great work! Check out the winning video below!

2015 marks the 4th year of our summer camp program and our partnership with Marauders Tactical Training! Our Airsoft 101 course has been such a success and has had so much interest that we’ve decided to offer 2 sessions this summer. We will also be combining our Advanced Spec Ops program into our Special Operations Training Camp this year so our campers will be able to experience field medic, assaulter and more in a one stop Spec Ops program! Registration is now open. Space is limited and discounts are available to those who register early.

As you might have noticed, there are alot of new faces in the arena this year. Our field has grown so much over the last year that we’ve realized we need more staff on hand to accommodate everyone. They’ve been working hard to improve the field for our players, so next time you see one of our new refs or our Field Manager Erin, be sure to give them a much deserved high-five!

With so many changes still to be had- you can be confident, we are still the same great family with the same great drive for quality service!

Let’s toast to another successful year at VIPAirsoft Arena!


We received a lot of great videos for our 3rd annual Video Contest. After reviewing all the submissions, we are excited to announce the 1st and 2nd place winners!



Congratulations again guys. Your prizes (thats right… $500 and $250 gift cards are all yours!) are here whenever you stop by and your videos will be featured on our social media and used in our marketing campaigns for the next year!

Our First Ever Rifle Raffle Comes to a Close….

First off, we would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a Rifle Raffle ticket with us this past month! You all really stepped up in support of your local community to help us give a great gift to the Boys & Girls Club East Valley Gilbert Branch. BGC is one of the NonProfit Foundations whose funding is being cut to $0 in a 5 year initiative from the town. We are now in year 3 of that initiative and this group is struggling to provide a safe place for children and teens. Boys&Girls Club is a place where kids can be in a welcoming environment and get a warm meal as well as an opportunity to learn through various clubs and sports they might not otherwise be able to participate in. The money raised from your ticket purchases will go to help keep the doors open to this great safe haven in our community.

If you are still feeling the holiday spirit, please consider donating further to their cause. Every donation made is tax deductible and remains here in the Valley.


Congratulations to all our winners who walked away with some great early Christmas gifts this year!

Stay tuned for our announcement of the VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS!