Airsoft Spring Pistols

Written by Johnny Kitchens
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Airsoft spring pistols are most commonly of the entry-level, low-power types. These guns are called springers and are neither capable of high firing velocities nor great degrees of accuracy. They are fine for playing around at up to a dozen yards or so, but for players in Airsoft competitions, which are full of AEGs and gas-powered pistols, they are simply not up to the task. For these purposes, a spring pistol must use a heavier spring and stronger internal mechanisms.

Heavier springs are often employed in mid-range rifles and precision sniper rifles because manual cycling, hand-cocking the weapon with every shot, is not as detrimental to these weapons in mock combat situations. Though a spring-operated pistol can achieve better firing characteristics with changes to the spring and barrel, it can never be fully or semi-automatic. The majority of high-end pistols are powered by gas and electric motors, but there are some spring models as well.

In a spring pistol, the spring is compressed by a piston when it is cocked. When the trigger is pulled, the piston is released and is driven forward by the spring. The piston compresses the air behind the BB and forces the BB down the length of the barrel and on towards the target. Installing a heavier spring will apply more force to the BB, but it will also cause more wear on the gun's interior. When upgrading your spring, it is a good idea to upgrade other parts as well.

Legal Issues Surrounding Airsoft Pistols

Airsoft pistols are legal in most parts of the United States, with the notable exception of New York City, as long as they are marked on the muzzle in bright orange. Because most Airsoft guns are made in Asia, it is possible to purchase these guns without the orange markings, but this is technically illegal and can lead to prosecution. More legal action may be in the works to lower maximum legal pellet velocities and address silencers and other accessories for Airsoft guns.

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