gearbox upgrades in individual boxes: pistons, bushings,
shims, compression rings, spring guides, air nozzles, gearbox shells
etc. There are a lot of good after market upgrade parts out there. If
you start to pick and choose parts inside your gearbox, the markup and
shipping will cost you dearly. Double check with your local airsoft
repair enthusiast or the airsoft shop of your choice to ensure they
will upgrade your brand of AEGs. Some AEGs have nasty quirks when it
comes to the internals and the gearbox
|Save money by looking at brand name
complete tune up kits or lower cost tune up Kits (Ex: Guarder or Hurricane)
it yourself) internal gearbox upgrades or "repairs", even
your gun breaks. Not only are gearboxes hard to open and put back
together, the internals require a lot of TLC (tender loving care) to
function reliably (for example the shimming operation). Putting
the spring back can be a hassle.
You will be able to take your gun apart and replace the inner barrel and hopup unit yourself, just dont touch the gearbox : )
|Save hours of headache and money by paying
a small fee to have your guns upgraded by a professional (preferably
cell (9.6 volt batteries) - These will often not fit in
your weapon and will require an external battery pouch.
||Buy a high mAh 7 cell battery (8.4 Volts)
skeptical of high FPS
but cheap AEG. This most likely means that
someone swapped the stock spring to something more stiff to get the gun
to the 380, 400 or 450 FPS range. Expect a host of mechanical problems
down the line. I would not trust a 400 FPS gun, unless tuned up and
upgraded by an expert. 450 FPS fully automatic guns are
prohibited at most fields.
|Get a stock AEG and upgrade it later.
Alternatively, purchase the upgrade service offered by your airsoft
Many people are tempted to get a
Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) like MP5K or an MP7 as a
backup (same goes for an Uzi
or a Scorpion if you feel like a badass). The cost of these is
comparable to getting a second AEG (extra mags, sling/holster, etc).
performance of these PDWs is decent, but not as good as an AEG. If you
truly consider getting a PDW, look for one on
your local airsoft forum. Chances are someone has one for sale for 60 %
of what you would pay at most retailers.
money by getting an AEP or a
GBB pistol as a backup.
away from expensive
military gear or replica gear as a beginner
airsofter. Find out of you like the sport first before making major
investments in gear or attempting to sumulate some real world
||Save money and go milsim after you see the
limits of airsoft.
vision or night vision scopes. These are very expensive,
even if you get Generation 1 type off ebay. There are 2 types: infrared
illuminators and existing light intensifiers. Infrared illuminators
have limited range and make you visible to other players using the same
technology. Avoid the temptation of getting these for a single game.
|Save money by counting the number of night
games you will attend before ordering these.
Helmet or Gun mounted cameras. While having airsoft video
is cool, as you may notice, most airsoft footage on youtube lacks the
depth of view and the video quality makes it difficult to see who you are
engaging. There's plenty of used cameras on ebay.
|Read reviews and google for examples of
footage from your camera before buying. Look specifically for airsoft footage.
in general do not wear helmets
and opt out for other methods of head
protection, because helmets are often too cumbersome (interfere with
goggles) or hot.
||Save money on a helmet(30-80$)
10$ on cheap baklava
replicas, (or underarmor
replicas).If you decide
to get one for head/face protection, get one that can really wick
moisture away from your head and keep you cool. Skiing masks (5$) are
extremely hot when used with goggles, even in the middle of winter,
don’t pick up one, even though it is cheap. A shemagh (olive or tan,
10$) works well during the colder months and can make playing even in
the freezing rain decently comfortable.
|Get a good Baklava instead
Pads. These are rarely used and may be uncomfortable to
wear. The only time when they are useful is when prone on a wet floor.
||You probably wont wear them after 1-2
games. Save 10-20$
electric box magazines. The only place where a Box/drum
looks acceptable is an M249 or an RPK. An electric box magazine has a
pressure switch which winds up your magazine so you don’t have to. They
are difficult to manage and make noise. A TM high cap for AK 47 series
comes with a hex key that allows you to rapidly wind up your highcap in
combat, turning your AK into a support weapon.
|Save yourself 100$ or at least read/ see a
review of a box mag that you are about to purchase
your need for a tracer
unit (100$) and glow
in the dark BBs (15$/bag).
Night games are pretty rare (mostly scenario games).
Tracers do look very cool though and also produce a muzzle flash.
||Count the number of night games that you
are expecting to attend before buying
money on LED Flashlights
and tactical flashlight imitations. It does
not matter how many LEDs a flashlight has, unless there's a good
focusing lens, the light diffuses after ~40 feet and you cannot see
much past that point at night. This makes you a fat juicy target. The
only place where such flashlight will be good is in a poorly lit indoor
|Get a good focused flashlight for night
sights. While they look cool on weapons, ask people if
actually used them to aim during airsoft games, and the answer would be
"No". The players on the "receiving" end of the laser complain about
them quite vocally, resulting in laser sights being rather useless for
||Save yourself 10$-140$ on a laser sight, as
you wont use it much. White BBs act as tracers anyway.
|Bipods. There's no need for
a bipod to shoot at targets less than 200 feet away. The fast nature of
most airsoft engagements will have you shifting firing directions
multiple times per engagement. The only place where a bipod may be
needed is for heavy machine gun replicas or sniper rifles.
|Save 10-100$ on a bipod or buy a used one
money on Urban(snowflage) or any camouflage with white, because it
stands out like sore thumb in the woods and defeats the purpose of
camouflage. ACUs may also be too bright to wear in the woods, observe a
few people who wear them to airsoft games before deciding if this is
the camo for you.
|Save money on white camouflage and go with
Woodland or Desert patterns instead.
can also save money on overpriced
camo. The internet made it available
to get camouflage BDUs in almost any pattern available out there.
Unfortunately, importing authentic military uniforms is expensive, and
the differences between most woodland camouflage patterns at engagement
distances of ~300 feet are negligible. Remember, most airsoft players
are civilians, wearing goggles/masks, they are not optically assisted military
observers, marksmen or snipers (who can notice differences in
camouflage) or pick out an out-of-place camo pattern.
||Save money by sticking to 1-2 sets of