When I was a kid, my favorite game was Paintball. It was the only type of sport I knew and anyone who played with me understood that. For years, when someone asked me what I was playing I could easily say Paintball, because that’s what I was best at. Today, that may be a little bit true, but more people are getting into Airsoft as an alternative. But, does Airsoft use CO2 pellets or green gas?
Before you decide to try out Airsoft, it would behoove you to know how they work. If you’re looking for fast action with low damage, then you need to go with the high powered spring rifles. These are the ones with the high power, which propel the pellets forward with high velocity. However, these also have the problem of shooting very slowly. They work great if you just want to get a couple of cans thrown your way, but they aren’t very practical if you need to fight for your life against a dozen opponents. At this point, we’ll have to move onto something a little more realistic.
The real question then becomes, does airsoft use real bullets? The answer is no, although some people claim that they do. In Airsoft, the pellets are filled with green gas, which is compressed by the air pressure in the gun. At high speeds, this gas expands, causing the rounds to expand and close quickly. This is the same principle used in paintball, where the paintball capsules release a high amount of gas at very high velocity.
Because the green gas is compressed, it pushes back on the bullet. The energy required to do this is due to the friction between the compressed gas and the moving parts of the gun. So, because of this, there is a huge amount of energy behind each round. Plus, since the rounds are extremely high velocity, much of the energy is stored in the kinetic energy of the gun, rather than converted to momentum as in a typical gun.
Another question frequently asked is how does this fuel to get from the guns to the pellets themselves. Some people suggest using green gas, others use compressed air, while others claim that green gas is the best type. To start with, although CO2 is highly compressed air, it isn’t actually very hot. Because of this, it doesn’t really provide a lot of energy in a high velocity impact. Because of this, the high velocities achieved by high speed BBs is generally not achieved with CO2.
CO2 can also be dangerous to your health, especially when used in high-powered rifles. Although the pellets are relatively safe when they are stored properly in non-powered rifles, they release large amounts of carbon monoxide into the air. The deadly gas can cause confusion, disorientation, and even coma if inhaled. Additionally, the gas itself can be combustible. This has been shown in real life, when pellets have caught fire and blew up in the face of an onlooker.
As an added safety measure, airsoft uses green gas for its pellets, but a different compound is used for the lubrication of the slide and other moving parts. Green gas has its own issues, namely the fact that it is flammable. Therefore, it is stored in specially secured areas out of reach of kids and pets. It is also a good idea to store it in a separate location from the actual gun.
There are a number of different airsoft items on the market today. Each one of these serves a particular purpose and is used for a specific style of play. For example, paintball ghillie suits are great for situations where you want to simulate an outdoor setting, and airsoft masks are great for close quarter combat situations. If you are unfamiliar with the various types of airsoft products, the best advice is to simply ask people you know who play the game, or check some of the more popular online forums.
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