Airsoft Warrior’s Christmas List!


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Tis the season for egg nog, tree trimming, the “joys” of hanging lights, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!  Of course, there will be gifts as well, which means it’s time to get your airsoft wish list together!  I’ve gathered these great airsoft items into one place and separated them into sections to make it easy to find what fits your airsoft style!


The Run and Gun Airsofter

We all like to rush the enemy team from time to time, but some of us are better at it than others.  Here’s what you need to take the fight to the enemy!

Gun: ICS CXP16S (Sportline) or KWA KZ.61 Scorpion ICS makes a great product that’s easy to upgrade.  The Sportline models feature a sturdy, light polymer body, reducing your fatigue while rushing up the field to spawn lock the enemy team.  The KZ.61 Scorpion features the NS2 gas system for lower gas consumption and a high ROF to insure the kill.  You’ll want to pick up some 40 round mags to keep the fun going.  You can find some HERE.

Gear: Blue Force Gear Chest Rig–  Want one of the lightest chest rigs around?  Look no further than the 8.5 ounce, 0.6 mm thick (half the thickness of a dime) Blue Force Gear Chest Rig.  Be sure to browse their other offerings to complete your extreme minimalist load out!

Accessories: Angled Fore Grip and Sightmark Reflex Sight– A low profile AFG (Angled Fore Grip) can help improve your weapon control and get you on-target faster.  For quicker aiming, get a Sightmark Reflex Sight.  I’ve used it for everything from full auto CQB games to long range field engagements without a problem!


Team Supporter

If you’re the kind of guy that likes to clear the way for your team with superior firepower while the rest of “those guys” kick down the doors, then here’s what you need for Christmas:

Gun: Krytac LMG Enhanced– It’s an LMG.  It’s made by Krytac.  It has Keymod rails.  ‘Nuff said.

Gear: Lancer Tactical Strike Plate Carrier and Condor M.O.L.L.E. Open Top M4 pouches– While you’re on the field, you must be able to carry as much gear as you need to help those that are less prepared.  Carry everything – all those “why not bring it” items – in the Strike Plate Carrier.  Keep extra mags at the ready with some open top mag pouches from Condor that use bungee cords to keep your mags secure.

Accessories: 5000 round Box Mag– Dump as many BBs as you feel like into those baddies.  This thing makes mid caps scream in terror!



You’re the guy who makes sure people are doing what they need to do to win the game.  Your tactics could be enhanced by adding these fine items to your wish list:

Gun: Elite Force 1911 Tac or KWA H&K USP–  Get a tactical back up weapon and look cool with the two-tone 1911 Tac from Elite Force.  1911s not your thing?  Get a fully trademarked H&K USP from KWA instead!

Gear: Motorola 23-Mile Two-Way Radios– Get battlefield updates and direct the team from across the field with some nice two-way radios!  I’ve even set these up with headsets for CQB games to talk with teammates over the noise!

Accessories: Fenix PD35 TAC or Streamlight Protac 2L– Light up the dark while tactically designating targets and stunning enemies with 1000 Lumens from the PD35 TAC.  If you’ve been really good this year, you may want to ask for a flashlight from the market leader, Streamlight.


The Working Man

Does functional gear beat out diamond studded, hippie guns any day in your world?  Here’s what you’re going to want to find under the tree:

Gun: KWA CQR MOD 2 or G&G CM16 Raider-L or CYMA AK 47-  KWA has built a workhorse of an AEG for under $200.  It includes the 2GX (2nd Generation eXtream) gearbox for maximum reliability.  If you want better parts compatibility for your champion tech skills, while still getting a competition grade weapon, check out the CM16.  If you’re looking for an AK that’s known for being a strong weapon both in the field and on the workbench, try a CYMA AK.

Gear: Condor Gen II Battle Belt– I’ve rigged up my own tac belt system before, and it works well, but it would be even better with the right gear.  Get the job done with a M.O.L.L.E. compatible battle belt from Condor.  Simple add a tactical belt, select some pouches for your mission, and you’re good to go!

Accessories: Elite Force M4/M16 First Aid Tool Kit–  Have all the parts you need to fix almost any AEG problem, right here in this kit.  HERE is a list of everything you’ll find inside!  It’s like dozens of presents in one!


I hope you all have a Merry Christmas this year!  You can check out last year’s Christmas list HERE.  Let me know what’s on your Christmas list in the comments and on the Airsoft Warrior Facebook page!  As always, remember the Reason for the Season, and year round! 


Staying Hydrated


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One of the most likely injuries to occur during an airsoft game is dehydration. This occurs due to airsofters getting in the “zone” during a game and forgetting to drink liquids, or through lack of having water easily accessible.  I’ve seen enough issues arise due to dehydration to avoid it at all costs.  No matter how short the game is, I always have water accessible.

According to, it’s recommended to drink 16 ounces an hour before a game.  During the game you should drink 4-8 ounces every 15-20 minutes.  If the game lasts more than an hour, you need to have some sports drinks with electrolytes to replenish the minerals you’ve lost.

As you can tell, that adds up to quite a bit of water during a game.  Here’s some of the best options I found to keep hydrated during a game without being overloaded!



Hydration Reservoirs and Packs:

The Hydration Pack is one of the best options out there for airsofters.  It allows operators to keep large amounts of water on them during a mission without being cumbersome.  The packs come in many sizes to fit the needs of different operations and length of games.

The part of the hydration pack that holds the water is knows as the reservoir (or bladder).  If you’re looking for a hydration reservoir, then it’s hard to go wrong with the market leader, CamelBak.  This company offers a great, quality hydration pack system.  You can start your search by checking out THIS link for their reservoir offerings on

If you want a cheaper, but still functional option, try Outdoor Products’ 2L Reservoir (also known as the Cyclone Hydro Reservoir).  I’ve used it, and it works great! For $10-$20 USD, it’s hard to beat and is my go to option for on-a-budget hydration.

For those of you who are looking for a shiny, futuristic, terminator hydration system, look no further than the Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Reservoirs. They use a pressurization system to allow you to use your hydration pack as an emergency, melee water thrower during games! 😉


Picking A Pack:

It’s easy to find a carrying system for your new hydration reservoir. If you use M.O.L.L.E. gear (like plate carriers or vests), many companies offer M.O.L.L.E. compatible packs to carry the hydration reservoir right on your gear!  One of my favorites is the Condor Hydration Carrier II.  Condor also offers versions that keep your water cool using a reflective insert.  CamelBak has many offerings (as you can imagine).  Check out their Mil Spec ThermoBak Antidote for a good, all purpose pack.

For a budget pack, check out THIS pack from Lancer Tactical. It allows you to carry a reservoir without attaching it to a M.O.L.L.E. system, and also gives you room to store extra gear, while being cheaper than most of the other options out there.



Water Bottles:

This is the cheap way to bring water to a game.  You trade off the ease of carrying the water on your back like a hydration pack, and risk it spilling all over you if you carry it during a game.  Keep in mind that it’s difficult to use them while wearing an airsoft mask.  The big benefits are that they’re easy to find and require zero prep time before a game.

I recommend using water bottles during CQB games where you can easily get back to the staging area for water.  This keeps you from carrying the extra weight of a hydration pack.  Consider getting a Nalgene bottle for a more durable (and reusable) option.



Water Purification:

This is probably the least used option of getting water during a game, but is a good option to consider if you attend large MilSim games.  Water purification allows you to reduce the amount of purified water you have to carry on you during long games (which equals reduced weight).

One of the best options is purification tablets.  Simply fill a container or Nalgene with contaminated water from a pond or stream during a game, add the recommended amount of purification tablets, and wait until they purify the water (time varies depending upon the amount and source of the water)!

I recommend Katadyn Micropur MP1 Tablets.  They’re tasteless and work great!

If you don’t mind the extra weight and bulk, and want purified water without the wait, then try a water filter.  I’ve used the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System before.  It does a great job filtering water and comes with a ton of accessories.  There’s even an option to make it an inline filter for your hydration pack so it cleans the water while you drink it!


No matter which hydration option you choose to bring to a game, the most important thing to do is REMEMBER TO DRINK!  Make it a habit to drink water between rounds, or when there is a lull in the action during a game.  You’ll be able to stay in the field longer, fight harder, and avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital!


Why You Should Switch To 0.25g BBs


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When I first started playing airsoft, I learned that the best BB to use is one that weighs at least 0.20 grams, is white, and is seamless.  This allows the BB to get improved range, be easy to see so you can adjust your aim, and won’t jam the gun (which can happen with the BBs you find at your local sporting goods store).  I also discovered that the most common BBs around are 0.12g and 0.20g.

I used to buy only 0.20g BBs in all my airsoft weapons.  After a couple of years of using them in my weapons, I learned that there were other, better options for my weaponry.

Although most airsofters are satisfied with using 0.20g BBs in every weapon they own, you can get a lot more out of your games if you select BBs that best fit the FPS of your weapon and the goal of your mission.

I primarily use 0.25g BBs in my weapons (including a 350 FPS, KWA SR7 designed for CQB).  Although I could achieve similar accuracy/range with 0.20g BB while playing CQB games, the extra 0.05 grams give me an advantage while battling outdoors that I would lose if I stuck with a standard 0.20g BB.  Here is a few reasons why I made the switch-

Better Accuracy:

Physics dictate that the heavier a BB, the better it resists the effects of cross wind and other environmental factors.  This significantly increases accuracy in outdoor battles, giving you the edge.


Greater Effective Range:

My CQB gun shoots at 350-355 FPS with 0.20g BBs.  With 0.25g, I get around 320-330 FPS.  This may appear to be a disadvantage at first look.  Less FPS ought to equal less range, right?

While it’s true that the BB will have less speed when going out the barrel, it will have the same kinetic energy (the amount of energy stored during acceleration), aka Joules, as a 0.20g BB in most airsoft weapons.  The heavier BB will gain an increased momentum, which will result in increased accuracy and yield a better effective range (the distance a BB will travel forward while still being accurate).


One Myth About 0.25g BBs


“They Are Harder Hitting”

Since the same energy is stored in the heavier BB as a lighter one, it will not transfer more energy to the target it hits.  It won’t hurt enemy players anymore than normal BBs.  The only way you could increase hitting power of your airsoft gun with BBs would be because you’re using too heavy of a BB (say 0.40g in airsoft gun that fires 350 FPS with 0.20g gun).  This would reduce the kinetic energy (Joules), meaning less hitting power (or “punch”) with each shot.  Reducing BB weight to a 0.25g would increase your kinetic energy.


So you’ll gain an increase in accuracy and better effective range with each shot if you use 0.25g BBs instead of 0.20g.

Now before you run out and buy a bag of 0.25g BBs, make sure you have the right weapon to handle the higher weight.  You’ll need to have a airsoft gun with a velocity of around 350 FPS with 0.20g BBs and a good hop up system to take advantage of the benefits of the heavier BB.  Otherwise, your weapon will just lose range (and the effects of increased accuracy aren’t too noticeable at 15 feet!).

Check out my “Picking The Right Pellets Of Pain (aka BBs)” post for more information on picking the right BB weight for your gun.


Let me know what weight of BB you use on the field and how it improves your game in the comments.  Share this post with your battle buddies and find out what type of BBs they use!


Building An Airsoft Bazooka


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Awhile back, I got the urge to build something new to use at my airsoft games.  I wanted somthing effective, easy to build, and easy on the wallet.  After searching the airsoft DIY section of the internet, I found a great video on building a compressed air powered, airsoft bazooka.  The design was simple but effective.  Check out the video below to see how to build your own!


The design’s genius lies in the air compression system and the removable shells.  This makes it safe on the field and easy to reload.

In testing, I found that the effective range is about 30 feet with a horizontal spread of around 20 feet when the bazooka was charged to 40-60 psi.  FPS was around 100 (no need to worry about going over field FPS limits!).  Each shell holds approximately 70 BBs.

It only took me about an hour to get everything cut (using hand tools) and glued together.  Total cost was $30-$35 and I have enough PVC to make another one after I buy the extra fittings.

Another awesome feature of this type of airsoft weapon is the endless modifications and improvements that can be made.  I could easily see adding on a better trigger system, dual air tubes for fast follow up shots, and some cool paint schemes.

Although this bazooka is more of  a “just for fun” weapon than a serious battle winner, it’s a lot of fun to make and use.  The kick I get out of using it was well worth the effort and money I put into it!


Let me know in the comments what modifications you’ve made to this design when you build it!  Be sure to share this with your team members or battle buddies!




New Gun Arrival: ICS CXP16S |

I would like to announce that my new ICS CXP16S has arrived!  I will be thoroughly testing it in the next couple of months and then write up a review for you guys.  Here are a few things about the CXP16S to get you guys excited for the upcoming review!

  • Uses the ICS Split Gearbox for fast FPS changes and repairs
  • Has a one piece RIS with a monolithic top rail (looks like a H&K 416 RIS)
  • Rear wired to the crane stock (uses screws to hold the stock plate on for added durability)
  • Rotary style hop up for easier and more consistent hop up adjustment
  • Flip up front and rear sights (MBUS style)

Overall,  I think this is going to be a great weapon on the field and at the work bench.  I’m really looking forward to showing you all what it can do!


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10 Rules of Airsoft Safety


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I’ve seen a lot of airsoft players who don’t understand the meaning of “muzzle control” or think it’s OK to not wear lower face protection at longer games.  They can make the game less safe for themselves and others by following less-than-safe practices while on the field.  To keep you from being “one of those guys”, here are 10 rules to make your airsoft games safer (these are adapted from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Firearm Safety — 10 rules of Safe Gun Handling”).


Only Point Your Muzzle At What You Intend To Shoot:

Practicing good muzzle control will prevent others from being injured and will lower the amount of friendly fire.


Keep Your Airsoft Gun Unloaded When Not In-Game:

Wait until you’re on the field and everyone has eye pro on before loading your gun.  When you leave the field (even just to go grab something from the staging area), eject the magazine and fire several shots at the ground to clear the gun.


Don’t Rely On The “Safety”:

Airsoft guns use a series of safety systems (both mechanical and electrical) to prevent accidental firing.  But they are in no way fool proof.  Always treat your airsoft gun as if it is loaded and ready to fire.  Be sure to practice Rule 1 at all times when your gun is loaded or unloaded.


Be Sure Of Your Target And Beyond:

This is one of the most repeated gun safety rules you’ll hear.  Identify what is beyond your target every time you fire.  This will prevent friendly fire and allow you to have better battlefield awareness.


Use Good BBs:

Cheap BBs have been known to shatter on impact, resulting in plastic shrapnel flying in all directions.  Using quality BBs is safer for you, your teammates, and your gun.


If Your Gun Fails To Fire, Take Precautions:

If your airsoft gun fails to function as it should and you can’t correct the issue in-game, unload the mag, try to clear the gun (or unplug the battery), and use a secondary weapon.  If you don’t have a secondary, you can still support your team by being a spotter and doing recon.  After the game, take the gun back to staging, unplug the battery, and attempt repairs in a safe place.


Always Wear Eye Pro and Face Pro:

If you aren’t doing this, don’t play airsoft.  Eye and Face Pro are vital to keeping you safe during games.  Eyes, teeth, and BB-clogged ear canals aren’t easy to fix.  Buy a pair of inexpensive goggles for $15 and a $10 metal mesh face mask and you’re good to go.

(Note:  Metal mesh masks may need some custom modification to fit properly with your goggles.  Check out this video for tips on how to do this.)


Clear and Clean Your Airsoft Barrel:

After each scenario at a game, clear your airsoft gun by firing at the ground a few times with the mag out to clear any BBs still in the hop up.  This prevents a suprise BB from flying around after you’re in the staging area.  When you get home, clean the inner barrel.  This will prevent jams, and increase accuracy so you hit what you aim at.  HERE is my inner barrel cleaning guide to get you started.


Don’t Alter Airsoft Guns Without Tech Experience:

If you try to upgrade your airsoft gun without proper experience, you not only risk breaking the gun, you also may make it a part spewing, overpowered death machine (that was not meant to sound cool in any way).  Spend the time to learn how to upgrade airsoft guns properly and talk to professional airsoft techs to figure out what the best upgrades are.  (Check out my “To Tech Or Not To Tech Post” to determine whether tech work is for you.)


Learn How Airsoft Guns Work And Why:

Learning how airsoft guns work allows you to understand the reason things go wrong with your gun, and direct you to make informed decisions about upgrading.  It will also keep you safer on the field because you’ll have the knowledge to correct issues and prevent them in the future.  HERE is a great Version 2 (M4, M16, etc.) gearbox guide that will also give you the basics of Version 3 (AK, G36C, etc.) operation.


If you have more thoughts on airsoft safety, let me know in the comments.  Be sure to share this post if you’re a fan of airsoft safety and!


KWA SR7 1 YEAR Review


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I bought my KWA SR7 last September from for $270.  After using it for a full year of airsofting, and obtaining a good amount of experience with it, I want to share my thoughts on this weapon.

The Way I Run It:

Before we hop into my thoughts, I want to explain how I run my SR7 so you can get an idea of what the performance is like.

  • I use a 9.6v NiMH battery,which gives me about 16 RPS and a fair trigger response.
  • I run KWA K120 mid cap magazines for guaranteed feeding and quality construction.
  • I’ve mounted a Sightmark Reflex Red Dot for faster target acquisition in dark CQB environments.
  • I have a few ladder rail covers installed to keep my hands off the bare metal of the RIS.  I have used a grip pod with the SR7 and found it to be a useful tool for setting down the weapon in between games, and for use as a hand rest (although I will often just use the mag well).

Now, onto my thoughts about the SR7.


KWA is known for having great performance right out of the box.  The manufacturer uses a 6.05mm Tight Bore Barrel (TBB) for better accuracy, 2nd Generation (2g) hop up system for better overall range and accuracy, and the 2nd Generation Extreme (2gx) gearbox with proprietary parts for enhanced reliability and power.

I’ve found that this system works like it was designed.  My SR7 gets 355 FPS (which has settled into the 335 range over time) with 0.20g BBs and has an effective range (can hit a man sized target) of 125 feet on semi auto.  Though, most of the time, I only use the KWA at CQB fields where the maximum range is 75 feet or so.

My SR7 has performed very admirably over the course of the past year.  I’ve had no problem making a multitude of mid range kills, and rocking it outdoors.



Things I Like:

There is a lot to like about the SR7.  Here are some of the top things I enjoy about it:

Crane Stock: The fins that hold the stock plate on are solid and should last a long time.  The battery compartment inside is intelligently designed with space for a nunchuck NiMH or brick style LiPo battery. The fuse is exposed and fitted into a special compartment in the stock, so it is easy to check and replace (although I’ve never needed to yet).

Free Float RIS:  The rail is easy to use, has zero wobble, and fits everything I need.  It was a big upgrade over the two piece, wobbly rail on my JG M4 RIS.

Sound:  The SR7 makes an awesome sound!  Its powerful “clunk” (for lack of a better word) scares the tar out of those high pitched, whiny guns you find elsewhere! 😉


Things I Haven’t Liked:

There have been a few things that I haven’t liked (and may never come to like) while using the SR7.  Here they are:

Proprietary Parts: KWA is known for using proprietary parts in their guns.  This is designed to make the AEG perform better overall, but it can make finding replacement parts difficult.  I personally haven’t needed to break open my SR7 since everything is working fine, but it is an aspect that I would like to point out for those who plan to upgrade later.

Hop Up Movement:  When I close the fake bolt after adjusting the hop up, it tends to shift the setting.  This is a bit annoying, and requires some work to prevent.  A rotary hop up would solve this issue, but since the 2-piece hop up is somewhat proprietary, I haven’t tried to replace it.

Triangle Front Sight:  I like the look and function of flip up sights better than the traditional triangle sight.  They’re less intrusive when using a red dot and tend to look better.


My SR7 has had a few quirks and hiccups since I’ve owned it.  Nothing major, but worth noting.

  • The range of the SR7 seems to significantly decrease when the battery power is low.  This may be due to a case of double feeding and some issues with the bucking (which I may need to replace soon).  Although this is a bit annoying, at least I always know when the battery is low!   🙂


  • The selector switch on the side of the gun sometimes moves and cause the gun to switch fire modes.  This is a somewhat common issue with airsoft guns and is easy to fix in-game.  A stiffer selector switch on upcoming models would be appreciated.


  • One of the issues that all Version 2 gearboxes have is what I call semi auto lock up.  The cut off lever decides to cause issues occasionally and make the trigger “lock”, keeping the gun from firing.  I’ve only had this issue once or twice in the past year.  All you have to do is switch the gun to full auto, fire a couple of rounds, and you should be back in business.  This issue can’t be permanently fixed without removing the cut off lever and installing a MOSFET, but it isn’t a big enough issue to make me break down and get one yet.


  • The SR7 doesn’t like Elite Force 140 round Mid Caps (AirRattle sent some free with the gun).  I have found that I can insert the Elite Force mag and the KWA will fling the BBs about 3 feet out the barrel.   After ejecting the SAME MAGAZINE and putting it back in, the SR7 works normally!  Still scratching my head on this one….


Overall the SR7 is still doing its job of sending enemies to respawn after a year of use.  I look forward to using it in the year to come!

If you have any questions about the SR7, or airsoft in general, leave a comment!  If you liked this post, be sure to use the share buttons to let all your friends know that you’re an Airsoft Warrior!  To learn more about the KWA SR7, check out my internal and external reviews.


Why You Should Own An Airsoft Sidearm (But Don’t Need One!)


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Airsofters love their sidearms.  All you have to do to realize this fact is look at the wide selection of pistols that can cost as much, if not more than, a primary airsoft gun.

But, if you don’t own one, you may be wondering if it’s worth the money to invest in a sidearm (not to mention spending the time required to master the different methods of using it).  I hope I can answer that question in this post.  If you already own a sidearm, consider the points I make in this post to determine whether you really need to carry it (and use green gas or CO2) every time you play.

Before we hop into this post, I want to make sure that everyone understands that pistols are NOT the only sidearm out there.  Everything from the TF11 (based on the MAC11) to the MP9 or VZ-61 Scorpion are available for purchase in an airsoft variant.  You can also get conversion kits to make a pistol into a carbine-style weapon.  They each have their benefits and disadvantages on the field, but are important options to consider when purchasing, or upgrading, a sidearm.


Why You Should Own A Sidearm

The first step to understanding the airsoft sidearm is to understand why these sidearms even exist.

Although sidearms have been around for hundreds of years, they serve a tactical purpose on the modern battlefield that goes deeper than being just a “backup” weapon.  Sidearms serve the purpose of defending operators from close quarters assaults when their primary weapon isn’t suitable.  They give the operator a second, potentially higher rate of fire option (especially for snipers) when it comes to sending rounds down range, as well as letting the operators stay in the fight when their primary goes awry (which always seems to happen at the worst of times).

Sidearms are also more maneuverable than most primary airsoft weapons.  For example, a DMR will never be as easy to run-and-gun with as a pistol or other lightweight sidearm.

Shooting offhand (using your non-dominant side to shoot around a corner or bunker) is also made much easier with a pistol because there’s no need to switch the weapon to a different shoulder and spend time lining up your sights.

And last, but not least, pistols are COOL!  Running through a room at your local field, dual wielding pistols with extended mags and silencers couldn’t be cooler (or more intimidating if you’re good with them!).

Entry level sidearms can be bought for as little as $35, making them a lot cheaper than buying another primary weapon.

(Note: If you choose a pistol as your sidearm, be sure that it’s gas operated (most electric and spring pistols are useless for competitive airsoft games due to low FPS and unreliability).  CO2 cartridges are easy to find at sporting goods stores, while green gas allows you to get lower FPS levels for CQB games.)

So, sidearms are great because they give you options on the field, can be more effective in CQBlook cool when used properly, and are relatively inexpensive.  Sounds like a good investment, right?  But, this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t explain….


Why You Don’t Need A Sidearm

When I airsoft at a field, I don’t carry a sidearm on me most of the time.  Here’s why:

I often play with a CQB-legal, primary weapon (KWA SR7) at CQB fields.  My primary weapon has 8+ TIMES the capacity as my sidearm’s (in this case a pistol) magazine when I use my K120 (120 round) mid caps.  My primary’s range will never be matched by a standard sidearm, and the Rate Of Fire (ROF) is as good on semi auto as a gas pistol (because I use 9.6v batteries) and far exceeds my pistol’s ROF when on full auto.  The stock and red dot sight system allow me to be more accurate than I could be with a sidearm; and the cost to BB ratio is much lower than if I was using CO2 cartridges rather than rechargeable batteries.

The only time I really see airsofters whip out a sidearm during a game is if their primary is down, the scenario requires it, or if they just want to have fun and add an extra challenge.

I have rarely been in a situation where I considered switching to a sidearm during a game because it would be more effective.  Pistols just can’t match the abilities of a solid primary weapon.

Now, of course, there are exceptions.  A KWA KMP9 has a 48 round magazine, a stock, and the ability to mount optics for better aiming.  But with all of these features, it almost becomes a second primary and not a backup sidearm.  The MP9 is better suited for use at fields that require a different FPS for indoor and outdoor play and you want to have a more powerful outdoor gun.


So in conclusion, consider whether you need a sidearm for every battle or scenario.  If you can get tools to fix your primary weaponry easily, your primary is suitable for almost all combat situations you’re likely to encounter, and the field doesn’t require a sidearm (for FPS or scenario reasons), you may be able to leave it at the staging area as a backup and save money on gas.  Let me know in the comments why you would leave behind, or carry, a sidearm with you on the field!


Picking The Right Pellets Of Pain (aka BBs)


Picking The Right Pellets Of Pain (aka BBs) |

There are tons of different airsoft BB options out there.  BBs come in every weight from 0.12 gram to 0.43 gram and more.  They come in white, black, tan, neon yellow, and many other colors.  There are even BBs designed specifically for certain types of combat situations. With all of these options, you may be wondering which kind you need for your airsoft gun.  Here’s how to pick the right BB to get the job done on the field!

Don’t Go Cheap:

Cheap BBs can damage your airsoft gun by breaking apart inside the barrel or jamming the internal parts.  Although you can get away with using cheap BBs in inexpensive spring guns or AEGs, it’s smart to make the switch to more expensive, professional BBs when you begin using a skirmish-ready weapon.  Seamless precision 0.20g BBs are the minimum specs recommended by airsoft manufacturers and sellers for quality weapons.

Go For Precision:

You wouldn’t try to fit a 2 inch bolt into a 1 ¾ inch hole, right?  Then why would you try to shoot a BB that’s too big for your airsoft gun’s barrel?  Airsoft gun manufacturers make all types of inner barrel with various inner diameters.  Most quality inner barrels are tight bore (under 6.05 mm) and require precision BBs to work properly.  Buy a BB that is small enough (around 5.95mm), and has a very high precision (+/- 0.01 mm) to prevent problems with your gun down the road.

Buy The Right Weight

Buying the right BB weight for your airsoft gun will improve your ability to take down the enemy.  You’ll have an increase in accuracy because the heavier a BB is, the less likely cross wind (wind blowing the BB left or right) will affect it.  Range may also be increased because the hop up is able to better transfer backspin to the BB.  However, if the BB is too heavy, you’ll get less range because the FPS is lowered too far.  Pick the right BB weight to take maximum advantage of your gun’s accuracy and power.

(Note: Remember that for each 0.05 grams the BB weight increases, FPS will drop by 20-40.)

Here is a break down of the BB weights and the recommended FPS for each: FPS and BB weight chart |

Pick A Color, Any Color!

Well, maybe not any color!  White is the standard color used by most airsofters.  It is easy to see while in flight (making aim adjustments easier if you aren’t into using your sights 😉 ).

Other options include a variety of florescent colors (yellow, orange, green, etc.), tan, black, and glow-in-the-dark.  Here is a quick list of the pros/cons of each color option:

White: Standard and simple.  They’re easy to find and hard to go wrong with.

Florescent: I almost never use, or recommend, florescent BBs.  Usually they’re cheap, but very unreliable.  If you have trouble seeing the white BBs in the air you might consider this color option (but only if you can find some quality ones).

Tan and Black: These BBs are very hard to see when in flight.  This can be great if you’re going for maximum stealth and can use your sights effectively.


Look At The Unique Options:

BBs are not just offered in different colors, they are also manufactured to meet the needs of different missions!

Bio-degradable:  Bio-degradable (or BIO) BBs will eventually decompose into the ground. (To alleviate your fears, they won’t melt away in the bag.  It requires lots of moisture and time to get them to decompose.  This is coming from a guy who left them in a glass of water for a few days to check 🙂 ).  Many outdoor fields and MilSim game producers require you to use BIO BBs, so it’s a good idea to at least have a bag or two on hand.  I personally use Lancer Tactical 0.25g BIO BBs because they work great on the field.  Just keep them away from moisture and you’ll be rocking airsoft games, environmental style!

Marking:  These BBs are designed to leave a small, colored mark on your opponent upon impact.  This can take away the honor rule part of airsoft (although I hope everyone you battle with is honorable!).  It’s questionable how well they actually work in a game (imagine walking up to a guy during combat and telling him you’re searching for the 6mm speck your BB left on him!).

Glow in the Dark (or tracer):  These BBs are often used with a tracer unit.  They’re able to light up and be seen in the dark.  This is a good option if you play night games or indoor CQB.  Here is a cool video from on how tracer units, and tracer BBs, work:


I hope this guide gives you a basic knowledge to select the best BBs for your airsoft armament.  If you have any questions, be sure to ask in the comments.  I would also love to hear about the type of BBs you use and why you prefer them!



Using A CQB Gun For Field Battles


Using a CQB Gun for Field Battles |
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One of the questions I get asked by other players is “Do I need to buy an outdoor gun and a CQB gun?”.  A common belief is that each of these weapon systems are necessary to enjoy various fields and combat environments.  I currently use a KWA SR7.  This weapon isn’t a big, DMR-style gun, doesn’t have 400+ FPS, and will never have the same range as an airsoft sniper rifle.


I still use it for field, and woodland, battles.  It performs on the field as well as at the short ranges of a CQB battle, due to the way I use it.

In order to use a CQB weapon on the field, you need to implement some basic tactics to keep yourself effective while in battle.  Here are some tactics that I use when I take my SR7 to a field game.


Know The Range

Oftentimes, airsofters don’t fully appreciate the short range that airsoft weapons have.  Depending on the combination of internal parts, BB weight, and FPS, your gun may only be able to reach 150-200 feet (which is actually a great range for a standard outdoor weapon).  My SR7, combined with 0.25g BBs, can get an effective range of 125 feet.  This is a bit less than most field-style AEGs and snipers.

Through testing, sighting in, and using the weapon at games, you learn what the range of your weapon is and how to judge the distances you can engage targets at.  Use the known distance of your weapon to move up the field and engage players who are within range.  Never try to fight a smart player who has a longer range gun if you aren’t in a position that gives you an advantage.  These players will just move to a range that suits them, and take you out or force you to move.

(TAC Tip: Practice judging distances with your battle buddies. Have a friend lay out a course with targets (which can be as simple as buckets or pieces of scrap wood) at various distances.  At least a few of these targets should be man-sized. When your friend tells you to start, stand in place and identify the distances to the various targets.  To make it even more difficult, have some of the targets near objects that are larger or smaller than the target, in the shade, or partially around a corner.  This will change the way you perceive distance and make the training harder.)

Move Up

While using my SR7 at a field battle, I chose to move up the flank.  After being engaged by players with weapons that outranged my own (and eventually getting hit), I decided to head back up to that flank and see if I could push up and gain some ground.  Working with my team, I was able to rush up to a good spot, locate an enemy, and take him out at a range that was well within my weapon’s capabilities.  It turned out that he was THE ONLY enemy on that flank and was holding up around 15 players! (Great job to that guy, by the way)

The point of the story is that you need to move up to a position that suits you and your weapon, while helping your team.  Don’t stay behind and try to fight the enemy at a range that you can’t reach.  Use that CQB weapon for the purpose it was made for – fast moving, in-the-enemy’s-face combat!

Be A Team Player

When you have a CQB weapon at an outdoor game, you can’t “do it all” while on the field.  Each weapon (and airsofter) works better in different environments and situations.  Use the strengths of a team to outweigh the weakness of individuals.

Focus on directing teammates and their weapons to achieve the goal of that specific game or scenario.  Snipers can stay 15+ feet behind other teammates and provide overwatch while being protected from enemy operators with higher ROF (Rate Of Fire) weapons.  Operators with CQB guns can focus on being breach-and-assault elements for buildings or bunkers on the field.  Again, make the weapon work for you and your team.


Never be afraid to take a CQB gun to an outdoor field.  Just go to the field, learn the terrain, and be a tactical airsofter.  You’ll be a great operator if you adapt to the environment and avoid being concerned that your weapon will slow you down.  Let me know what you think is the best way to play at an outdoor field with a CQB gun in the comments!