Most people will have seen videos or heard about soldiers stripping and cleaning their guns after every use, and even being punished by officers and sergeants for not doing so properly. This is because guns have many moving parts that need to be kept clean, or they will tend to wear faster or malfunction. While airsoft guns are not “real” guns, their internal mechanisms mimic those of real guns, so the same principle applies to using airsoft guns. Airsoft rifles, airsoft machine guns, and even airsoft pistols all have a multitude of moving parts and need to be properly cared for to ensure a long working life in your hands. |
The large majority of airsoft guns are made of plastic, although there are a few high-end models that are made of metal. As with most things made of plastic, airsoft guns do not take strong impacts well. Dropping a plastic airsoft gun can mean having the plastic crack, rendering the gun useless. If you treat your gun properly, however, it can last for a long time through many enjoyable afternoons in the field.
Lubricant will help to reduce the wear and tear caused by the various moving parts of your gun, and you will need a Silicone based, non-petroleum lubricant to use with your gun. This is best applied using a rifle cleaning rod, which is easily available online. Simply spray some lubricant on a rifle cleaning cloth and use the cleaning rod to swab the barrel of your airsoft gun. You should also spray a small amount of lubricant into the gear box and BB feed point. This will help to ensure that the various moving parts of your gun move smoothly and minimizes wear and tear.
Be sure not to use too much lubricant, however, as lubricant does tend to attract dust and dirt. Using too much will cause dirt to build up inside your gun, which will almost certainly spoil it.
Often, when you purchase your gun, you will get free BBs with it. Unless you are sure that these are good quality BBs, you should simply put them aside and buy some high quality BBs. The better BBs are heavier and seamless, ensuring a smooth flight out the barrel of your gun. Not only does this prevent wear and tear taking place, it will also improve your accuracy because the BB will fly straighter.
Also, you should never reuse BBs. Even if you just dropped some BBs on the ground, you should refrain from picking them up and using them. Any chips or imperfections in the BBs can cause major wear and tear in your gun, and reduce its lifespan.
Making It Last
With the proper care, airsoft machine guns and airsoft rifles can last a lifetime, or at least until you feel that you have gotten your money’s worth out of them. Caring for your airsoft gun is not a difficult task, and with a little time and effort, you can ensure that your hard-earned money does not go to waste.
With the high quality Airsoft Rifles and Airsoft Machine Guns sold at Airsoft RC, you need only perform minimal maintenance to ensure that your airsoft gun stays in good shape and serves you long and well!
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