11 Apr Your First Quality Airsoft STARTER KIT Part 2 – Airsoft Bootcamp Ep 3
Your First Quality Airsoft STARTER KIT Part 2 – Airsoft Bootcamp Ep 3
Today, is not only about the gun solely but also about all the other stuff that comes along with it, that we haven’t talked about in our previous episode in order to complete your airsoft starter kit.
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So, let’s first jump into the thing that makes up this very sport, the gun.
As the title itself states this is the second part of “Your First Quality Airsoft Starter Kit”. If you haven’t read the first part you can simply click on the image.
As mentioned in our previous episode we recommend you as a starter to begin with a M4/M16 style AEG worth of about 300 Euros on the gun solely.
Of course that 300 Euro is somewhat a bad representation, because prices can differ quite a lot from country to country.
So, for this we’ll guide you towards a good quality Airsoft gun that you can trust by showing you an example and telling you what to look out for.
When it comes to getting a gun you have 2 options, namely a physical store and an online store. We always recommend you to go to a physical store if possible, because than you can get a feeling of the different guns available.
Also the shop workers will gladly help you with any questions you have. But this doesn’t mean you have to go unprepared. And that’s what we’re here for.
Example of starter gun
The example we present here is the G&G SRL CM16 which comes around 275 Euros here in Europe.
This is the recommended Airsoft gun to start with from our partner Airsoftdoctor. So would like to thanks doc for the gun and providing people with quality goods, services and information. Click on the image if you require awesome custom builds and similar stuff like that.
We wanted to show you this example, because this AEG has a lot of things we would recommend for a starter ourselves. So, this is just an ideal example to explain it to you guys.
As mentioned in our previous episode, this is indeed a reliable AEG system for the use in both hot and cold weather environments.
And it is a M4 platform that’s familiar to nearly every Airsofter in the world, so people can easily help you out with any sort of problems and exchanging mags won’t be a big problem either.
But besides this what are the features you best look out for in such an AEG?
Features of a starter gun
The first and most obvious feature you need to have is an adjustable hop-up unit to set your maximum range for the different BB weights you might want to use.
fps or Joule Output
Next, you want to look for the fps output or Joule output. It’s important that a gun complies to the fps or Joules allowed for your country and the fields you want to play at.
So, you better make sure you know what’s allowed by contacting either the shops or look for the field rules on the fields their websites.
Some guns will be skirmish ready when you buy them, while others might need a downgrade by changing the spring. But most shops will have the option available for you when you get one. In fact if you look online, it’s even possible to find the exact same Airsoft gun with different velocity or energy outputs on different websites. So, make sure to keep a good eye on that number when ordering one.
Another thing you don’t immediately see but is neat to have, and is getting more common nowadays, is a build-in MOSFET.
MOSFET stands for Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor which protects your AEG’s battery and motor against system failures and prevents you from burning out your gun. Because that’s always the risk when using an electrical machine.
Also, most guns will come with 3 fire modes, namely safe, semi and full-auto. But most MOSFETs allow you to change these fire modes into for example a 3-round burst mode as well.
Next, we suggest you to look for guns that don’t have a barrel that goes beyond 10 inches or about 25 centimeters.
This is especially important so you’re not hindered in those tight CQB areas and still maintain a good barrel length to shoot in the outdoors.
Above that, you best look for a gun that has some sort of rail system, so you can add accessories onto it in the future.
If not, you will whine at some point that you cannot attach anything onto it in case it is needed, just like Viper once had with his MP5.
Please, do mind there are different rail systems out there and you have to get the right mounts for the accessories you’re planning to get. For example, the first pic shows a keymod rail system while the second one has a picatinny rail system.
Sling mount points
Next, you also want to look for sling mount points, so you can attach some sort of sling in the future. For this, you want to look for mounting points on the back of the receiver, the handguard or the buttstock.
Now that we’re talking about a buttstock, you best get an Airsoft gun with an adjustable one, so you can set it to your personal liking.
Adjustable iron sights
At last it’s also important that the gun has some sort of adjustable iron sights on it.
This is because we advice you to NOT invest in an Airsoft optic and you then have at least something to aim with.
Why not an Airsoft optic?
Because these are almost never reliable and function poorly in certain light conditions.
But besides this, you will also see near the end of this video that the simple basic stuff already requires quite a budget just to get you properly started.
“Full starter packs”
Furthermore, an additional tip we can give you is to avoid those “full starter gun packs” which mostly contain added batteries, extra magazines and an Airsoft optic for quite an irresistible price.
But the fact with those is that all the added extras are actually a coverup for the low quality gun itself. And like just mentioned, those optics are usually crap and might be even worse than when you buy them separately.
It’s also in most cases recommended to buy your batteries separately, since what the factories deliver with the gun is usually not the best quality.
That aside, an Airsoft gun will always come with at least 1 magazine out of the box.
This is mostly a high-cap magazine and in some cases a mid-cap magazine. Just so you know, a high-cap refers to a high capacity magazine and besides the mid-cap or mid capacity magazine there’re also the low-or real capacity magazines.
The high-caps allow you to poor BBs straight into them, but require you to wind the system with a string or a wheel on the bottom to feed the BBs into your gun.
These things allow you to carry big amounts of BBs in one mag, but do rattle when running around with them.
Mid or low-cap magazines
A mid and a real cap mag work by the use of a spring at which you need to compress it by pushing BBs into them. These take lesser BBs than the high caps, but have the advantage that they don’t rattle.
When getting mid or low cap magazines it is recommended to get some sort of speed loader which will make your life A LOT EASIER.
You can already have a speed loader for 10 Euros or so.
The fact is that as a starter you probably won’t have enough ammo with just 1 high or mid-cap magazine. For this we recommend you to get at least 2 additional mags which will cost you around 50 Euros or so.
Search method video & blog
Above these feature recommendations we’ve also made a video in the past in which we explain a search method, so you can pick the best gun for your specific budget.
Now that we have the gun covered, we can go over to the stuff that comes along with it.
Stuff that comes along with an Airsoft gun
Let’s begin with the ammunition, the BBs. Just to let you new guys know, don’t buy cheap crappy BBs or you will internally ruin your fancy new gun. You also won’t shoot very accurate and precise even with a good quality gun.
To get yourself the good BBs and know how to test their quality, we’ve already made a video with all the explanation you need.
Now, if it comes down to BBs we recommend to use 0.2g BBs for indoor and 0.25g BBs for the outdoor, from extreme precision. Because they are allowed by our Belgian environmental laws and passed all the quality tests.
You can get a bag of these for 14 Euros which will get you 2800 or 3500 shots depending on the weight you get. Two of these will be enough to get you started.
In order to make an AEG actually shoot, you need a source of power, namely batteries. When it comes to batteries there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Let’s start with the type of batteries. The most common ones are the NiMH and Lipo batteries.
Despite being potentially more dangerous, most people prefer Lipo batteries over the NiMH ones because of their performance.
Due to the fact that Lipo batteries can catch fire or even explode when they reach a critical Voltage point, it is recommended to get yourself a Lipo bag for safe transportation, storage and charging when using them. A Lipo bag comes around €10 or so.
But, nowadays you also have the option to get the newer Lithium-ion batteries which are more durable and less dangerous, but are a little more expensive compared to the others.
Apart from the type of battery, your battery can also variate in the amount of mili-Ampere-hour which basically comes down to how long you will be able to shoot with it.
Another thing you will notice on the batteries is the amount of Voltage. This is the factor that will determine the cycle speed of your AEG. Keep in mind that your gearbox needs to be able to work with that Voltage amount.
This is always shown in specs of the gun. Remind going lower in Voltage is no problem, but going higher can burn out your system.
Batteries also show you the amount of c, this is a value that represents how easily a battery discharges it’s mili-Amps. This is important when you want fast cycles and trigger responses.
Tamyia vs Deans
Then you also have the choice between using Tamiya or Deans connectors, obviously you will have to use whatever comes with your gun or have it replaced. But the difference is that Deans connectors have a lower electrical resistance which will result in a faster system reaction when the trigger is pulled.
Besides this, whatever battery you choose, it’s always recommended to have at least 2 batteries. This way, you will never run out of electricity and you can change batteries during lunch to avoid critical failures like with the Lipo batteries for example.
Furthermore, when it comes to charging batteries it is necessary to get a charger with a balancer, so you avoid battery failures by charging them.
For batteries we can recommend VB Power. 2 of them will cost you around 40 Euros.
And as for a reliable charger you can look for Prolux which you can get for 45 Euros. But mind there’s a difference in chargers for the use of NiMH or Lipo batteries.
The transportation of your gun depends from country to country and is something you’ll have to figure out by asking around or searching the internet on how that works in your country.
In some countries you need to have a case with a lock and in others you’re allowed to start out with the box that came with your gun.
We’re also planning to break down the differences between a gun case and a bag in the future.
If they’re required, a case and a lock would add about 85 Euros to the cost and for the case we personally use the cases from Negrini.
For the PPEs, meaning a pair of glasses, good boots, a mesh mask, a pair of gloves and earplugs all mentioned in our previous episode bring us at a price of about 220 Euros.
Basic shooting kit
For the gun, 2 bags of BBs, 2 batteries, a reliable charger, a Lipo bag and 2 extra magazines bring us at a price of 450 Euros.
This brings us at a total amount of 670 Euros.
If we count in for the other optional goods, namely two mag pouches, a speedloader, a case and a lock that would add an extra 125 Euros.
So, that would mean a budget requirement of about 800 Euros. We know this is a lot of money to start a sport and not even near the 200 or 300 Euros most guys have in mind to start.
But it’s better to make a proper start right from the beginning instead of buying things twice or more and eventually spending a lot more money. If you don’t have this kind of budget right now we highly recommend you to save up and start your gear as we’ve mentioned in these episodes.
You will be much more pleased with the performance of those products and don’t end up with a box of old stuff you’ve hid away somewhere in a dark corner like most of us have done.
Also mind that most of the stuff we’ve talked about in this and the previous episode will be things you will not need to worry about for years to come if properly taken care off. You might not look like a warrior yet or whatever your intentions are, but this kit will get you properly started when it comes to both safety and giving you a chance to face your opponents.
And that’s why this forms the ideal basis airsoft starter kit to build upon. In fact, after you’ve got all this stuff, you can build your gear further piece by piece and our videos are here to help you make those decisions correctly when you look for something new.
And our quality giveaways might help a few lucky ones of you out there as well. Interested? Well, go take a look at the reconbrothers.com/giveaways
Furthermore, it’s also a necessity to clean the barrel of your gun from time to time. You can find the blogpost by clicking on the image.
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