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With the Christmas season upon us, I’m sure many of you warriors (or family members of warriors) are building your airsoft wish lists.
Whether you’re new to airsoft, or are a seasoned veteran of the sport, it is important to make sure that you research the options available, so you can make a wish list that best fits your airsoft needs.
Here are three guidelines to follow when composing an airsoft wish list:
Pick The Gear That Fits Your Needs
If you want to enjoy airsoft to the fullest, buying quality weaponry that fits your goals is important. Remember that sometimes using your current gear and doing a few upgrades is better than buying a whole new load out, and will allow you to customize it to your purpose.
Ask yourself a few questions before making your airsoft wish list.
– What is my play style? (CQB, Field, or Both?)
– What is my price range? ($100-$200 is a good price range for a player’s first AEG and load out. A veteran player will want to look in the $300+ model AEGs, and consider higher priced plate carriers and head gear)
– Do I want a specific model? (Does your new gun have to be an M4 that shoots 400 FPS and has realistic trade marks? Does your new plate carrier need to match your tan load out? )
– What accessories would I like? (A 9.6v Battery and a Smart Charger, extra magazine, and Grip Pod are a great place to start)
– If I’m a tech, what parts or tools might I want to upgrade my future or current weaponry?
Here are some things to add to your wish list based on your play style or upgrade style:
New Player: A Umarex H&K USP Pistol (you can check out my review HERE), a G&G Combat Machineor KWA CQR MOD2 , and some good face protection (like the Lancer Tactical Gogglesand a Mesh Mask). Make sure you pick up a Cyclone Mike Fan System (HERE is my review of it) from ActionFans.net to keep fogging away.
CQB Commander: Thunder B Grenades for softening up rooms, a CQB length AEG (like the KWA SR7, KRYTAC Trident CRB , or a CQB style gun from G&P or VFC), and a red dot for faster aiming in close quarters.
Field Fighter: A DMR style AEG (like the G&G CM 16 R8-L , the KWA SR10, or the Echo1 Stag Arms STAG-15 RC), a Tactical Vest or Chest Rig with MOLLE (so you can carry all the gear you need in the field), and a 1-4X Scope for maximum field of view while still being able to aim with precision.
Pro Performance: An 11.1v LiPo for better RPS (make sure you have a Mosfet to keep your trigger contacts from burning out), some Mid Cap Magazine for improved feeding, and a 6.03 mm tight bore barrel for extra accuracy.
Top Tech: A Dremel Rotary Tool to complete a variety of airsoft repairs and modifications, Shims and Gearbox Grease help your gearbox run its best, and some Sorbothane Pads to correct the Angle Of Engagement (AOE) and extend piston life.
Make A Cart
After you’ve decided on what you want on your wish list, make a cart with several reputable airsoft sites (some good ones are Evike, AirsoftGI, and AirRattle.com). This will allow you to compare prices (including shipping fees), get details on the gear you want, and check for holiday coupons.
Be a Well Informed Shopper
Do your research on the gear you want. Be sure to price match. Call up customer service reps and ask questions about the specific model you’re looking at. Search airsoft forums to get other players’ thoughts on the gear you’re considering.
Being well informed will keep you from being disappointed in your new gear or missing out on choosing gear that better fits your needs.
Let me know what’s on the top of your Airsoft Christmas List!
Have a very merry Christmas and Holiday season!