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					Paintball Vs Airsoft Guns
The guns used in airsoft and paintball are quite different; Airsoft guns
and rifles, whether gas, electric or sniper rifles or spring guns, are
popular as they are highly realistic replicas of military guns and a
relatively cheaper option. The main difference between the types of gun
is that paintball guns have a hopper that the paintballs are poured into,
whereas airsoft guns use clips. Clips make loading and unloading a
straightforward process and the extra clips are light to carry. In
paintball a belt or vest is necessary to hold the big cylinders of
paintballs.
Start up packages for Airsoft or Paintball are around the same price,
however, further costs are incurred when purchasing ammunition and
carrying out any maintenance and repairs to the guns. Taken as a whole,
Airsoft guns work out less expensive as Airsoft pellets are a lot cheaper
to produce than paintballs are and the ammunition used makes the guns
less liable to 'jam.' The biggest outlay is the purchase of the Airsoft
gun, after this initial cost everything extra is relatively cheap.
Airsoft guns have a longer range than paintball guns with most shooting
between 250fps to 600fps, an Airsoft pellet will also travel a lot
further than a paintball pellet will.
Ammunition used in games is paintballs and 6mm BBs in airsoft games.
Games can be played in woods/forests or in an open area, if the area is
wooded the paintballs can have a problem reaching their target as the
trees and bushes stop their progress and can even break them. Airsoft
pellets are much smaller and the likelihood of them hitting something in
the way is less probable.
Airsoft guns are more accurate than paintballs, so games are concluded
faster as targets are hit. Players can also easily avoid paintballs, if
they see it coming in beforehand it's quite easy to move out of its way,
whereas Airsoft pellets are too small to see when they are traveling at a
high speed and would be very difficult to avoid.
Airsoft guns are much easier to maneuver with as they are lightweight and
easy to hold, whilst paintball guns tend to be large and unwieldy with
external CO2 and N2 or compressed air cylinders. Also, the hopper can
occasionally get in the way.
Paintball guns need to be oiled, regularly cleaned and refilled each time
you want to play. If you own a gas airsoft gun it will also need
refilling each time you play, but electric and spring airsoft guns
require no gas at all. Both types of guns will require regular
maintenance to ensure they stay in good working condition. Although a
simple process, paintball guns will need the barrel cleaned on a regular
basis and they do have more parts than airsoft guns proving more costly
to fix.
Both Paintball and Airsoft Guns each have their individual advantages and
disadvantages. How the gun looks, costs, speed and effectiveness will all
contribute towards the final decision you make.
Michiel van Kets provides articles for Charles Bernardi, who is the owner
of Strike Back Now which is a retailer of Airsoft Guns and many licensed
brands of replica Airsoft Guns from top manufactures such as Cybergun,
Soft Air and others.

				
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