Looking for a great airsoft gun that’s reliable, good looking, and gives good performance? “Hell yeah, what else I could be here for?”
But you are not sure which type of gun you should go with; spring-based? Electric powered? Or gas loaded? Let me tell you something:
Because we will be answering all your questions in this post by comparing Gas vs Electric vs Spring, along with the Electric Blowback airsoft guns. We have also noted down the pros and cons of each type to make the decision-making process simple for you.
Let’s get started…
Comparison of Gas vs Electric vs Spring vs Electric Blowback Airsoft Guns
Here’s a quick comparison table for you in case you are short on time, otherwise you are welcome to read the complete article.
|Feature||Spring Based||Gas Powered||Automatic Electric Guns||Eelectric Blowback|
|Additional Items||None||Gas cartridge||Battery||Battery|
|Maintenance required?||Not much||Yes||Not much||Not much|
|Weather Intollerance||None||Freezing cold||Rain||Rain|
|Firing Modes||Single||Mostly semi-auto||Single, auto, semi-auto||Single, auto, semi-auto|
|Recoil||Little to non||Realistic||None||Realistic|
|Look and feel||Good||Realistic||Not great||Realistic|
|Good for||Starters and Snipers||Professional Players||All||All|
1) Spring-loaded Airsoft Guns
Spring airsoft guns use the compressed spring mechanism to shoot BBs down the barrel, it needs to be pumped or cocked back (in case of shotguns and pistols) or set in place by the bolt in case of airsoft snipers. Unlike the AEGs or Gas powered replicas which use battery or green gas to shoot, the spring-powered airsoft weapons work purely on mechanical processes.
Bolt action airsoft snipers are loved by all in the category of spring-loaded guns. As the rate of fire depends on how fast you can reload/pump/cock, so it’s obvious that it’s only recommended for snipers as they don’t have usually loads of enemies coming towards them.
2) Gas Powered Airsoft Guns
Unlike the spring-loaded airsoft guns which use only the mechanical system, these guns use gas as a propellant. Since the gas-powered airsoft guns were one of the first few airsoft guns ever made, they are also called “classic airsoft guns”.
In the airsoft realm, most commonly used gas powered guns are pistols.
They usually shoot faster and harder than the spring powered guns. But only a bunch of gas guns can shoot fully automatic, most of them are semi-automatic.
The most common gases used to power these guns are green gas and CO2. The CO2 gives high FPS than the green gas or propane and can be used both in rifles as well as pistols. Other least used gases are nitrogen and HFC134a refrigerant.
The use of “Red Gas” or R-12 liquid propellant is strictly forbidden by US EPA regulatory agency so never ever think about using any of those. Stick only to the legal gases such as CO2 or green gas etc.
3) Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs)
Automatic Electric Guns or AEGs are the most widely used airsoft guns on battlefields around the world. They are mostly replicas of real-world firearms and available in numerous amount of different shapes, sizes, and colors.
AEGs are powered by an electric battery and a motor, the battery powers up the motor which creates an air blast to propel the BBs down the barrel. And obviously, the battery will need to be charged in order to make the gun work.
Just like the above two types, the AEGs also contain the spring. But it features a gearbox as well which comprises 3 gears that compress the piston and then releases it to cause a powerful shot.
4) Electric Blowback Airsoft Guns
Electric Blowback (EBB) airsoft guns are high-end AEGs with the additional feature of blowback. The feature is introduced in electric guns because people loved it in the gas-powered weapons, it gives a pretty realistic feel and look like those of a real gun. But obviously, the kick won’t be strong in replicas as compared to the real steel firearms.
They use a 9.6-volt rechargeable battery which is upgradable to LiPo for better performance in terms of increasing the RPS (rounds per second).
Now let’s take a look at the upsides and downsides of the EBB guns, most of these remain the same as those of normal AEGs.
As we discussed in this post, each type of these guns come with its own benefits and drawbacks. Spring guns are good for sniping while AEGs are preferred in CQB. Spring base guns are cheap while AEGs will leave a hole in your pocket. Both AEGs and Gas-powered guns have some weather limitations.
Each of these types is not for everyone, and that’s why we ended up writing this post to help you weigh your preferences and make a wise decision in getting yourself the best airsoft gun.
If you have any questions or doubts, then don’t forget to ask them in the comments below.
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