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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that we haven't answered below, please contact us.

What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via replica weapons called airsoft guns. Airsoft is commonly compared to paintball, with some key differences being:

Unlike paintballs, airsoft pellets do not mark their target and hits are not always visibly apparent. Airsoft pellets may leave red marks or "welts" to their target however rare that might be. Airsoft relies on an honour system in which it is the duty of the person who has been hit to call themselves out regardless of whether or not anyone saw it happen.

Most airsoft guns are magazine-fed and tend to much more closely replicate real guns. This makes them more popular especially for military simulation and historical re-enactments.

The first airsoft guns were pistols sold in Japan in the early 1980s. The name "Soft-Air" referred to the green gas used as a propellant. Originally designed for target shooting, their bullets could also hit humans without injury and thus became popular for casual war-games. Airsoft guns spread to the UK in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a company called LS. The guns were sold in pieces and had to be assembled before they were capable of firing pellets. Airsoft equipment was designed to closely emulate real guns. Since the mid-1980s, airsoft guns have been adapted with a purely recreational application in mind, and the sport is enjoyed by all ages. Airsoft replicas are produced globally, with the majority being manufactured in Asia. Many law enforcement agencies in the US use Airsoft for force-on-force training drills.

What is a an Airsoft gun?

The guns used in airsoft are typically imitation firearms. They have a mechanism for shooting projectiles 6mm or 8mm in diameter.

Airsoft guns are classified according to their operating principle, which can be spring-loaded, electric (battery-powered Automatic Electric Guns, Airsoft Electric Guns or "AEGs"), or gas-powered (if these have a blowback feature they are known as "GBBs"). Some companies produce full replicas of counterpart grenade launchers which fire a projectile spray of 6mm pellets by use of a high-powered spring mechanism or a compressed gas propellant (i.e. green gas, propane, compressed air, or CO2). There is also a type of airsoft gun known as HPA (High Pressure Air). They are powered by a single (HPA) high-pressure air tank and a battery pack to power the internal FCU "Fire Control Unit" computer board. These guns are often known for their high and adjustable ROF or "rate of fire" and durability.

Newer guns, especially those made in Taiwan and China, have metal internal and external parts. Japan has specific rules about producing airsoft guns with metal parts. A typical airsoft gun is noticeably lighter than its "real steel" counterpart due to the use of aluminium, alloy, and plastic, though some have weights in them for a more realistic feel. Smoke caps, as well as noise amplifiers, are available for certain airsoft guns to add realism.

Gas handgun magazines usually contain 10 to 30 pellets in a standard capacity magazine; however, some are high capacity magazines and can hold 50 rounds or more. In the case of AEG rifles, magazines come in either real-capacity (equivalent to the capacity of its real steel counterpart), low-capacity (10-50 rounds), mid-capacity (75-160 rounds), or high-capacity (190+ rounds). These magazines are spring-loaded. The high-cap magazines often have a ratchet wheel that can be wound up periodically to force pellets up from the holding chamber of the magazine to the feeding chute. Due to loose pellets in the reservoir, they often make a rattling noise when running or walking. Some airsoft guns have a battery-powered box or drum magazine that holds thousands of pellets, but these are usually only used and allowed on LMGs (light machine gun) type replicas.

It is common for owners to "tech" or modify their guns. The standard gearboxes are made to Tokyo Marui specs and have upgrade parts available. It is also possible to perform DIY modifications.

What is a Hop-Up?

The "hop-up" system, which is installed in most stock airsoft rifles and in most pistols, is used to add extra range by putting backspin on the pellets. The Magnus effect causes them to rise upward as they are fired. A small rubber nub protrudes into the top of the barrel through a small hole, and it catches the top of the pellet as it flies past. Adjusting the Hop-Up makes the nub protrude more or less into the barrel, so that backspin is increased or reduced. Ideally, the Hop-Up should be adjusted so that the pellets fly as far as possible in a straight line without curving upward too far, or dropping to the ground too quickly. Hop-Up does decrease the velocity of the projectile (a gun firing 340 ft/s (100 m/s) with the hop fully unwound can drop to as low as 300 ft/s (91 m/s)). Ease and location of adjustment varies by gun design; some weapons provide controls that can be adjusted quickly during gameplay, while others may require partial dis-assembly. For example, a common location for Hop-Up adjustment is where the ejection port would be on a real firearm, which allows the mechanism to be covered while still allowing quick access to adjust the Hop-Up.

What is a BB?

A BB is a small spherical plastic ball used as ammunition for airsoft guns. 

How do BBs affect the game?

BBs come in different sizes and weights. The more the weight of the BB the higher the impact force and accuracy they have and the lower the weight the faster the BB travels. The accuracy and precision of your shots depend on the BBs, the more perfectly shaped have a higher level of precision. We Recommend The Draft Club Ultra Fine BB’s for the best results.

What do the numbers mean on the BBs?

The numbers refer to the weight of the BBs. The unit used for measuring weight is grams (g). For example .20g, .25g, .28g and .30g are the most common weights of BB.

How realistic is an Airsoft gun?

They are very realistic. Sometimes even law enforcement officers are unable to distinguish them from the real thing. For this reason they should never be taken out in public as they may cause distress. Always transport Airsoft guns in an appropriate bag or gun case.

What is FPS?

FPS is feet per second in velocity and is a measurement in distance travelled. In theory the higher the FPS, the faster the BB will travel. But you will also need to take into account BB pellet weight and if you are using a Hop Up unit. More FPS does not mean you will have more effective range.

Should I reuse BBs?

Don't reuse BB's unless you want to damage your gun very quickly. Used BBs may contain cracks and deformations that may ruin your gun. Always use fresh BB's in your Airsoft gun.

How loud are Airsoft guns?

Gas blowback guns are usually the loudest. AEGs are a little bit quieter and almost sound like a hammer smashing loudly on a plank of thick wood. No airsoft gun can possibly match the volume of a real gun. On the other hand some airsoft guns can be made to be very quiet which is great for stealth. Non blowback MK23's for example are renowned for being very quiet which makes them great sidearms for sniper loadouts.

What is the difference between fully automatic and semi-automatic gun?

In the fully automatic mode after the trigger is pulled the gun keeps firing until the trigger is released. In the semi-automatic mode when the trigger is pulled the gun only fires once.

Is it dangerous?

When airsoft equipment is used properly under supervised conditions the answer is quite simply no. Of course common sense precautions such as eye protection are highly recommended and indeed most well run sites enforce this vigorously. Of course airsoft guns are also classed as 'realistic imitation firearms' and all care should be taken in accordance with the current law.

We can't over emphasize the importance of eye protection. Full face protection is always recommended but most sites will allow you to wear eye protection only. Full cover clothing is recommended but most airsofter's tend to buy military clothing for the added protection and camouflage.

Airsoft Maintenance

How do I maintain my gun?

The usual maintenance you will have to carry out is keeping your barrel clean. It goes a long way and having a clean barrel will make your gun perform better. For further maintenance it is always recommended to get a competent technician to do it for you. We provide all the maintenance and service requirements that you will need to keep your gun running at optimal performance.

How often should I service my airsoft gun?

We recommend a full service every year to make sure nothing is worn or broken and to refresh the lubricants and greases it may need. Gas blow back rifles and pistols will require more maintenance due to the nature of the replicas and the moving parts and seals. You should ideally clean your barrel after every event to keep debris and dirt at bay which can have an effect on performance and accuracy.

What about customisation and upgrades?

We offer a full range of maintenance and custom services in house as well as having access to various machining and 3d printing capabilities. We can cater to all your customising needs and we will produce something that will cater to you specifically.

Where can I customise my airsoft gun?

We have all the facilities here at Bespoke to fulfil your customising needs. Whether you need accessories or more in depth custom services we are here to help.

Customising & Upgrades?

We can customise the guns to shoot faster or cycle more quickly. We can upgrade and downgrade them to get them shooting at your desired fps limit. If you require upgrade part fitment, servicing or extreme custom builds you have come to the right place. Feel free to ask any questions and we will be happy to offer advice and quotations.