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AIRSOFT [SPECIAL]


Theairsoſtmarket: too goodtoignore


The dayswhen


airsoſt gunswere considered as


cheap toys are long gone.The business of adult airsoſt


guns is prospering, togetherwith the


manufacturers and retailerswho take thismarket niche seriously.


reliable streamofmanufacturers, brands,distributors and retailers. And then there is the airsoft


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industry,which has spawned a host of new companies, ranging frommanufacturers to distributors, retailers and so on. Te internet, too, allowed a


lot of online airsoft shops to pop up,where allowed by law.Many regular firearms retailers have, willingly or unwillingly,missed the airsoft boat when it first came steaming into their harbour. Half-fledged attempts to sell a


bit of airsoft guns on the side add little to a retailers business.You are either in or out.


UNDERSTANDINGAIRSOFT


Tere are a great variety of airsoft guns with various operating


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e all know the regular gun trade,with a steady and


systems on themarket. In itsmost basic form, the gun


propels a single plastic BB pellet with simple spring energy derived frompulling the trigger. Others have larger springs and


producemore power, like the bolt- action ‘sniper’ rifles. Ten there is gas power,which


can employ various types like freon or butane,while some, usuallymore powerfulmodels, rely onCO2 power. All gas types can also be


supplied inmore realisticmode, where the slide of the rifle or pistol actually ‘blows back’ to replicate the recoil of a real firearm. Others use electricmotors to


cycle their actions and propel the pellets, some in semi-automatic mode and others fully automatic. Temain thing separating


airsoft froman airgun is the relatively low power.Using light BB pellets (usually weighing around 0.20g) typicallymeans just one to two joules of energy – some countries set amaximum energy level thatmay be legally imported and sold. Other guns do fire steel BBs


but,obviously, these are designed for target practice rather than skirmishes.


NBB (NON-BLOWBACK)


Abasic type that looks quite realistic but is probably not particularly ‘authentic’ in appearance.Teymay be spring or gas-operated and the slide remains fixed,notmoving rearward to simulate recoil. Tese are usually less expensive


to produce and buy and the better ones can bemore accurate than


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