Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Art of the Backup

I suppose there's not much art in it, but I like art and I like backup guns, so I decided that if they were in the same sentence, it would be great.  Phenomenal.

*insert witty transition sentence*

Let me clarify what I mean what I say "backup."  I'm not talking about using your pistol as a backup to your rifle.  Personally, I would call that a primary/secondary relationship (even though that might not be the correct usage), with the rifle obviously being the primary.  When I say backup, for example, a backup to your primary, I mean another rifle in the event your primary goes down in the field and you don't have the time or resources to fix it right then and there.  Do you have a backup primary that you can run back to the parking lot and grab real quick so that you can get back in the game asap?

Ben Franklin needs to add one more item to his list of life's certainties:

Death, Taxes, and Airsoft-guns-breaking-during-a-game.

It WILL happen.  I don't care who you are or how great of a gun tech you are, your gun will break and it's usually during a game.  Stupid Murphy's Law.  Often times, the culprit ends up being a stripped piston or gear, but whatever the reason, unless you want your game day to end early, I'd suggest investing in a second rifle to have on hand WHEN your primary takes a dump.  Now I realize that another rifle means more money out of your pocket.  So if you're on a budget, here are some options that make for excellent backups to get you through the rest of the day and then some, until you can get your primary rifle repaired.
Echo1 M14
I'm not going to lie.  I am mildly attracted to my table there.  It's pretty good looking.  Admit it.  It's cool.  Airsoft doesn't mind you saying so.

Now, I'm not saying that those are the only good options, but I tried to select guns that were of good quality and under $200 with the exception of one or two items to give you an idea of some acceptable alternatives some of the pricier models out there. If you're not so much on a budget, then get whatever you want. I'd recommend an M14, preferably a Marui or a Marui Clone like the Echo1's I linked above or a Cyma given their reputation for accuracy.  After all, a good looking gun won't do you much good on the field if it doesn't shoot straight.

Question of the day:  If Ben Franklin were to play Airsoft, what AEG do you think he'd run?  Sound off in the comments section.


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