My new passion: Airsofting

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Gunslinger, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Mildly Dipped

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    Apr 3, 2003
    About a week ago, I recently purchased an Auto Electric Gun made from a Japanese company called “Tokyo Mauri”. Before you start thinking I’m a gun nut (I’m really not) I should clarify that the A.E.G. shoots “relatively” harmless 6mm plastic BB’s. My A.E.G. is up to scale and almost faultlessly replicated from the Austrian Steyr Army Universal Gun.

    Before owning my Auto Electric Gun, I owned a Daisy air rifle. You know, one of those toys you had to pump several times just to plink cans with copper BB’s. I had just about forgotten about the old Daisy until I did a search for BB guns and I discovered the modern sport of airsoft. This fairly unacknowledged sport has been around for quite a while and I’m surprised I’ve overlooked it since. People are actually fighting each other in military scenarios or skirmishes with realistic (at least looking) guns.

    After being introduced by a cousin who was big in paintballing, I was resolved to purchase one. I’ve recently found a retailer, Jungle Toys, conveniently nearby me. It was a simple matter of making the ten minute drive to the store and picking out my choice from a plethora of weapons. There were the standard Auto Electric Guns, gas-blow guns, spring guns. I saw AK-47’s, Colt M-16’s and M4’s, PSG-1’s, FA-MAS’s, multiple variants of the MP-5, M-60’s, M249’s, and the really compact-looking P90. I even saw a non-firing Vulcan Minigun behind a glass stand worth a king’s ransom. All of these guns were only distinguishably from real guns by an orange-blaze tip.

    There was a lot to choose from but my eyes instantly gravitated to the unique AUG. When I first saw the A.E.G., I was surprised at the futuristic look of the AUG. The Steyr AUG was actually created in the 70’s but its bullpup design makes it looks just nifty. I picked it up from its rack and noticed that it was particularly back-heavy when compared to the rest of the other guns. But the butt-stock conformed comfortably into my shoulder and the forward handgrip was a pleasure to handle. Even the plastic felt good when I rested my cheek against it. This gun was definitely made with human comfort in mind. I liked the way the gun looked so all I had to do was see how it performed. There was a shooting range inside the shop and the owner hooked up a battery to the AUG, slapped in a magazine, and let me plink away. One thing that was super, super cool: the trigger. It breaks back so cleanly. You slightly pull the trigger for semi-automatic shots and you pull the trigger all the way back for full auto. It’s very easy to control your stream of fire. Also, the gun was silent. When you place your cheek against the plastic cheekrest, you can still hear the gears and the spring inside working but my mates can’t hear it on the field. And when you’re shooting away at a platoon of players from a hidden spot, that’s definitely a plus. The hop-up (a plastic nub in the barrel that adds backspin to the BB) was easy to adjust. You simply pull the cocking handle back and lock it and the hop-up adjustment dial is revealed inside the breech. The ergonomically sound design of bullpup means that you have all the good components of a gun in a small package. Because the magazine feed is behind the trigger, the barrel extends farther into the gun. Taken out, the gun equals the same size of a Colt M-16 but is visibly shorter. The longer barrel means the BB is more stabilized and fire is more accurate.

    I wanted the Civilian model of the AUG, which has a Weaver rail to mount your own scope, but the shop was all out. Instead, I purchased the Military model that had its own low-magnification scope welded onto the barrel. Still 1.5X magnification wasn’t too bad and I wanted the gun right away. So I laid down the couple hundred dollars for the gun. Jungle Toys is a great retailer not only because of their friendly service but also because you get a gun carrying bag, battery, and battery charger free of charge.

    See, normally, I would be satisfied. 300+ dollars is a lot of money to spend at one time. But airsofting is a horrendously addictive sport. Three days later, I came back to Jungle Toys and made some more purchases. I bought two more magazines, making that a total of three magazines. Each magazine carries eighty rounds so I had 240 rounds at hand. Then I bought a Scott paintball mask, which is really necessary unless you’re keen on losing an eye. I also purchased a webbing vest, which carried four pockets that accommodated the curved magazines, one large back pocket, two sides smaller pockets, and a long zipper “secret” compartment that I’ll use to bring my candy bars. But the best purchase I made that day was an Auto Tracer. An Auto Tracer, when used at night, electrically illuminates glow in the dark BB’s to a brilliant sheen and also simulates muzzle flash. Laying down a constant stream of illuminated BB’s is like shooting a laser.

    My two cousins both purchased MP-5’s. One bought the MP-5 R.A.S. (a tactical version of the MP-5 with numerous additions and modifications including a RIS rail, folding stock, and red dot scope) and the other bought a MP-5 SD5 (a MP-5 with a fake silencer attached to the tip). Once again, showing that classic “customer comes first” attitude, Jungle Toys gave us three bags of BB’s and a box of glow in the dark BB’s for free.

    So yeah, if you want military-simulation without playing computer games, airsofting is the safest and closest to real-life. If anyone is interested in getting started into airsofting, give me a PM. I, for one, am having a blast.
     
  2. Gwydion

    Gwydion Vault Senior Citizen

    May 6, 2003
    Does getting shot hurt? What's the range like on these guns?
     
  3. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Mildly Dipped

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    Apr 3, 2003
    Right out of the box, most A.E.G.'s are about 290 FPS. My cousin is a great shot; he's hit me on the hand holding the forward handgrip, several times on the face mask, shoulder, top part of the head, and shoe. I wore jeans and a rugby shirt and it just stung a little bit. One minute later, you'll forget about the pain. A paintball mask protects everything except for the top of your head and back of your neck. The shot to the top of the head hurt pretty bad and left a tiny welt (gone the following day) so I always wear a baseball cap reversed. If you've played paintball, getting shot with a A.E.G. hurts waaaaaaaay less. Upgraded guns are lethal, but padded vests or BDU's (just for looks) soften the impact.

    Range is rather dismal right off the bat. I'd say maybe 50 feet maximum. The hop-up or lack of hop-up often affects range and accuracy. From backyard length, I can hit what I'm shooting at with little spread. Across a field, the BB's deviate by either going over or too low. Upgraded guns go farther.
     
  4. Mohrg

    Mohrg Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jun 27, 2003
    Airsoft weapons are a bit expensive, yes?

    My Spider Elite SE(Paint Gun) was about 400 maybe 4 years ago, but from what I have heard AS weapons can get into the 1000's.

    Mohrg :twisted:
     
  5. Gwydion

    Gwydion Vault Senior Citizen

    May 6, 2003
    That's for really high-end weapons, though. I was looking at Tokyo Mairu -- or however it's spelled -- weapons on a website and they were all mid 200s. That's still not an insignificant chunk of change, though.

    Say a MINIMI on some website for about 1800, though.
     
  6. Vikingsoldat

    Vikingsoldat First time out of the vault

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    May 1, 2003
    It is boring when there is no blood, unless you have a huge imagination.
     
  7. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Apr 2, 2003
    Paintball is the way to go!
     
  8. Azael

    Azael Still Mildly Glowing

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    Apr 6, 2003
    Agreed, paintball is really fun. I used to play both it and laser tag a lot a few years ago, but haven't played it in a while.

    What I'd really like to get my hands on is the kind of laser training equipment we had in the military. Now that was fun!
     
  9. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Apr 2, 2003
    Oh man, those were annoying. When you got shot, it really gave of a LOUD noise..
     
  10. Vikingsoldat

    Vikingsoldat First time out of the vault

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    May 1, 2003
    I like paintballing too but the guns suck and this sport sucks down too much money.
     
  11. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Apr 2, 2003
    Erm, I wonder which guns you tried because some of those I've used are really good. But of course it's nothing like the real deal, of course :P
     
  12. Vikingsoldat

    Vikingsoldat First time out of the vault

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    May 1, 2003
    Thats what I meant, paintball guns suck compared to real pistols and rifles.
     
  13. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    Yes, but I don't like to get chased through the woods by someone wielding a Glock.

    A Spyder, on ther other hand...

    I have a Spyder TL Plus, with an All American barrel. I've modified it a little bit, too, removing the trigger guard and some other slight things... I also own a Tippman Model 98 Custom (which I'm trying to sell off), with a...damn...I can't remember the name of it. It's got one of those semi-auto/full auto converstion triggers.

    I used to own a Tippman A-5, which is a newer Tippman. It looks somewhat like an MP5, but has a "Cyclone" feed system. It was okay, but I decided to sell it off and use the money to hook my Spyder up with some stuff, buy a new mask (JT NVader...they look so cool), and an extra CO tank.

    -Malk
     
  14. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Mildly Dipped

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    Apr 3, 2003
    I got chased down in the woods by a tango with a gas blow back Glock. He was a sniper and you're not allowed to use your rifle (sniper guns, though semi-automatic, are almost always suped up) at a certain range so out goes the secondary. If you get into airsoft, learn how to run without your rifle getting snagged on tree branches. One boy with an AUG versus a very determined man with a Glock that runs like an Olympic marathon sprinter isn't fun.

    By the way, very interesting link here:

    http://www.airgunstore.com/PBALL/RAM/RAM-M4.HTM

    Wished I heard of these before getting into airsoft.
     
  15. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    Wow...

    That gun looks kick ass! $500 bucks is a bit much though...I'd just go with a couple of pistols. The hunting store in town carries those Airsoft guns now. I was looking at a Desert Eagle and an Uzi the other day. They're really neat...I might get into that.

    -Malky
     
  16. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Apr 2, 2003
    ooh..nice gun!
     
  17. Officer Friendly

    Officer Friendly First time out of the vault

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    Aug 8, 2003
    Oh man, for a while now, I've been wanting this very nice Airsoft sniper rifle with bipod and all the works. Only catch is, its 2,000 dollars american. Ouch
     
  18. Choro Ex

    Choro Ex First time out of the vault

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    Apr 15, 2003
    Hmmm.... Time to consider something more serious like.....

    This One!!!



    Pindad SPM-2 Medium Machine Gun, 7,62mm NATO, Belt Feed, Air Cooled, 800 rpms, With Tripod and accessories.... Only $ 12.000...
    100 percent made in Indonesia with the help from our fellow Belgian....(looks like MaG-58 coz it is a MaG.. heh heh)

    Just Kidding!!
    I Still love my Crossman AIR 17 BB Gun. 100 rds 4,5mm BB, single stroke pump. Purchased in Lebanon, smuggled to Indonesia...
    I prefer 4,5mm Air Gun. Well, you could hunt with it. I owe about 9 Air Gun and My Colonel issued an M16 and FN Pistols. NEver fire that two tough...
    I even purchased a special Air Gun, made from S tainless Steel tube and Duraluminium... Very heavy, 7,5 kilos (Thats 15 pounds) but with a 4x scopes could blast a Cat from 50 metres ranges....(literally)


    One of my friend from World Guns once tried to put Napalm inside the balls and he try that at ranges. Blast one wooden plank!!! :P
     
  19. Choro Ex

    Choro Ex First time out of the vault

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    Apr 15, 2003
    Oh yeah, almost forgot.... Napalm round for Paint ball is illegal in US and most Nation... But my dad suggested we purchased one for home defense..... Errr... you guys know how to make napalm right??? Nope.... never tells you that!!
     
  20. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    I used to make napalm, when I was in scouts.

    Damn...those were the days...blowing shit up is so much fun.

    -Malky