Practicality: Choosing a reliable & accurate rifle for your 1st and 2nd Airsoft Rifles.
So today's blog will be focusing on the theme of Practicality, a concept that doesn't get a whole lot of lovin' in the Airsoft world. I've said it before, but I would say that the majority of us got into Airsoft because we saw how cool the guns and gear looked and instantly fell in love with the glamour of it all.
However, the cold cruel reality is that there are certain models or types of guns that are just not practical choices when you're choosing your first Airsoft gun. There are multiple reasons for this. For example, I would generally would not recommend a Gas Blowback Rifle (GBBR) for someone who is brand new to Airsoft and/or shooting guns, real or Airsoft. GBBRs are much more high-maintenance than AEGs, in my experience, and most models use a very low-capacity magazine to enhance the realism factor. I've found that most beginners, should go with a higher capacity magazine to start off with while they develop their shooting skills. Additional consideration when choosing your first two rifles should be given to durability and skirmishable accuracy (can the rifle hit a torso-sized target at 50 yards, assuming the gun is shooting between 350 to 400 fps with a .20g and the shooter has enough natural ability to figure out how to aim the rifle at his/her intended target). Chances are, if you're new to Airsoft, you have no real business trying to take your gun apart for repairs or upgrades yet. So you're going to need a gun that you can use that can stand some abuse and has a generally good reputation for not breaking down. Again, since you really should leave your gun's internals alone for awhile, until you can do some proper research, so you'll need a gun with decent accuracy (read: a well-made hop-up unit).
With those criteria in mind, here are a few recommendations from me to all the noobz out there, looking for which gun to get. This is not an all-inclusive list, but should do you just fine.
Click to see my recommendations after the jump...