An airsoft pistol is a replica airsoft gun of a real firearm, which fires plastic BBs similar to those of a real gun. Airsoft pistols are low-powered, plastic airsoft guns used mainly in airsoft sports. They’re a special kind of low-powered, smoothbore airsoft guns developed for the sole purpose of shooting non-metal BBs (sometimes colloquially called “Bucks”) that are usually made of plastic or bioplastics, and sometimes plastic resins. Airsoft pistols are highly specialized, generally having an extremely fast firing rate, accuracy, power, and durability.
The most popular airsoft guns have two distinctly different methods of operation. The most popular one is the “Gas Blowback” system, which is airsoft gun technology at its best. The term “gas” refers to compressed air stored in a magazine that feeds us continuously down the barrel of the gun, following the path of the BB as it spirals down the barrel. The other type of operation is the “Muzzle Velocity Compensation” (which is airsoft gun technology at its worst). This requires a red dot, red rubber grommets, and a soft rubber buffer to provide a constant stream of gas to the BB.
Nowadays, most airsoft guns use either a gas-powered spring or an electric motor to propel BBs down the barrel. In general, most airsoft guns utilize a combination of these two to achieve a high firing rate and high efficiency. However, there are certain airsoft models that are only available with one specific type of technology, such as the AEG (airsoft gun system) and the vertical airsoft gun (VAM). For example, the AEG uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) to propel the BB down the barrel, while the vertical guns use a vertical recoil engine (RVEC) to propel the BB vertically down the barrel.
Because airsoft guns are not always the most accurate replicas of their real world counterparts, they require some extra care when using. For example, it is recommended that airsoft players never shoot at an opponent from more than thirty feet away. Shooting from more than this distance will cause inconsistent results, because some pellets will not come out at the same velocity, resulting in inaccurate fire. For accuracy, it is recommended that players shoot at a range of at least twenty feet. Even with this limitation, however, the quality of the airsoft gun replica will be better than using an airsoft pistol.
Airsoft pistols tend to utilize a smaller clip than their real world counterpart, although most electric airsoft models use similar size magazines. Most electric airsoft pistols utilize a double or triple slide trigger, which provides a very light and crisp release. Unlike real gun cartridges, most electric airsoft models do not need to be primed before use. Because of this lack of pre-priming requirement, most electric airsoft pistol models require less frequent maintenance than spring guns.
A number of airsoft pistol replicas use standard pistol cartridges in their barrels. In contrast, most spring-powered airsoft guns use specially made BBs (ballisticium) that propel down the barrel at a much greater velocity than standard BBs. Because of this greater velocity advantage, most electric airsoft models utilize larger caliber BBs than standard airsoft models, although most spring-powered airsoft guns tend to be cheaper than their non-electric counterparts.
Electric airsoft BBs, especially, has a reputation for having higher velocities than standard AEGs, which makes these guns tend to be more effective at longer ranges. However, some AEGs have been known to be more effective at short distances. Because of this, it is usually more efficient to use an airsoft pistol with a large maximum range than an electric AEG. In addition, since electric airsoft pistols are generally cheaper than a standard AEG, they can be less expensive to maintain. A word of caution, however, if you are not experienced with airsoft guns, it may be safer to avoid electric AEGs altogether and opt instead for a standard airsoft rifle.
There are many airsoft pistol models available in the market today. Some of these include; sub-machine gun, pistol, spring, and auto electric guns. Despite being classified as a pistol, all electric guns tend to have the same features as a sub-machine gun, such as the firing pin, magazine, loading mechanism and so on. Some differences between these models include; one has a shorter range than the other, one is more reliable than the other and so on. Overall, the choice between a sub-machine gun and an electric gun largely depends on personal preference and style.