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Airsoft Guns And The Technology   by Anthony Carter

in Outdoors    (submitted 2009-10-16)

The design of the airsoft guns were supposed to be simple. As manufacturers saw a need for the technology, they answered the call. The call was to Japan. In the 1970s, it was illegal for anyone to own a firearm. Airsoft technology was the way around the law. These guns offered military designs but were not deadly.

The first airsoft guns were designed with a spring-powered, single-shot technology. Every time that you shot the gun, you would have to pull a bolt, lever, or other kind of mechanism to reload the chamber with more ammunition. This made the shooting process slow. You could not fire repeated rounds of ammunition; however, the advantage to this technology was that it was cheap and that it would always work. One does not have to rely upon an outside power source for the gun to work.

As the years passed, manufacturers incorporated new technology into the weapon. The electric-powered airsoft guns were developed. This gun operated off of an electric motor that was powered by batteries. This gun had its limits. If the batteries went dead, you could not fire the gun. On the other hand, the electric-powered guns were available in automatics and semi-automatics.

Automatic means that you only have to depress the trigger once. Then, if you continue to hold it, the gun will continue to fire. If you release pressure off of the trigger, the gun will stop firing. One could literally fire hundreds of rounds per minute. You will definitely go through the ammunition fast with this version.

The semi-automatic gun was also suitable for competition. It didn't fire rounds any faster than the automatic version; however, it was still fast. With this weapon, every time that you pulled the trigger, the gun would fire. You didn't have to pull a slide, lever, bolt, or any other mechanism. You just had to depress the trigger. The faster that one could depress the trigger, the faster that the gun would fire the rounds of ammunition.

The semi-automatic and the automatic airsoft guns were more expensive to purchase. Also, one came to rely upon the power source for the gun to operate. This is where the single-shot, spring-powered gun had the advantage.

Now, gas-powered airsoft guns have been developed. They operate off of pressurized CO2 gas. You have to purchase the gas separately from the ammunition. These guns provide more pressure with the shot. This means that the gun will shoot a longer distance. This version also comes in an automatic and semi-automatic version.

Airsoft guns can be purchased in both pistol and rifle models. You can expect to pay $50 and upwards for the airsoft technology. The safe design of the plastic BBs make this gun friendlier because the ammunition will not penetrate the skin; however, the guns are still considered to be dangerous. It is for this reason that the guns are not recommended for anyone under the age of 16. Manufacturers recommended that people age 16 and older operate the gun. They also recommend that everyone abide by the necessary safety precautions that are needed with this technology. As long as you follow the recommendations, you should have a safe, new toy to enjoy new recreational activities with. Be safe and have fun!

Author: Anthony Carter enjoys everything about airsoft guns. If you want to find great airsoft gun then JD Airsoft Guns is where you should look.