Common Airsoft Misconceptions: Cheaters

Everyone who has played airsoft for more than a couple games has experienced cheaters. These Supermen of the Sphere run around the field seemingly invulnerable. Were it not for constant twitching, recoiling, and convulsions, as their bodies react to being pelted with plastic from every direction, you could mistake them for a Kryptonian. Everyone knows the frustration of firing at a cheater. You may be tempted to yell, “Call your hit!”, try to flag down a ref or even pull out a cheater mag or gun to let the sucker feel it next time. But what if they’re not actually cheating?

“My BBs were flying straight! Of course I hit him”

Far less common an experience, but not so far as to be unheard of, is being called a cheater simply because you’re good, and they’re not. Most BBs will have a fairly visible flight path for about 150-200 feet, depending on the shooters eyesight, background and the use of optics. In some situations, the BB may be visible reliably over a much shorter distance. I, for instance, have terrible eyesight, and will have trouble seeing my BBs at about 80-100 feet without a magnified optic.

The issue comes in to play as the part of the BB’s flight path most visible is also when the BB is carrying the most kinetic energy. As the BBs reaches the end of its path, it flies with far less energy. This makes it far more susceptible to outside effects. It is possible for a BB to fly straight for 200 feet, and veer off significantly in the last few feet causing the shot to miss.

Older, more experienced players tend to own and build guns that have increased range, and also understand the ranges they’ll be effective from. Likewise, younger, less experienced players tend to use guns which achieve less range. This is a consequence of both more affordable guns and less knowledge about how to tune a hop up unit. Also, novice players tend to engage everything they see. That guy who’s 200 yards away? Yep, the new guy is shooting at him, too. As far as he can see, the BBs are heading straight for him. He doesn’t see that BBs striking the ground 100 yards in front of his target.

The Bottom Line

You may be able to see a BB hit the target, but that tends not to be reliable. The best barometer is the flinch response. People naturally flinch away from pain, and it is largely an involuntary reflex. If the person didn’t flinch, he or she may not have been hit, or may not have felt it. It may be frustrating, but it also isn’t cheating. If the person flinches away, and then continues playing call a ref. Cheaters are a natural byproduct of a competitive sport. To stop the behavior, an authority may need to be involved. The player will learn or be removed from the field.

Field Chatter | E&L M4’s – Not Just Another M4

Every time a new M4 model airsoft gun gets reviewed, the entire internet gets the same reaction.

“Oh, it’s just another M4, why do we care?”

What does it take for a gun to be more than just “another M4”? Is it performance or external quality? Is it some new hot shot feature like recoil or last round locking? To me that answer isn’t an easy one to nail down. What sets the E&L M4 apart from everything else is its attention to quality and performance.

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First Impressions – G&G GPM92 GBB Pistol (Prototype)

The GPM92 Pistol is G&G’s newest take on Gas Blow Back Pistols. This gun has their new Whirl Cylinder Valve which helped reduce the cool down effect. The prototype was delivered in a very nice Hard Shell Case and included with the gun is a speed loader. Michael was able to test fire this gun and he was able to get through 3-4 magazines of BBs before having to refill on green gas (Video coming soon). The gun had a full metal construction with plastic grips. Over all the gun had a solid build and performed very well in our shooting test. Check out the video below for more info!

 

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Field Chatter | Krytac Vector for Best SMG 2017

Very rarely does a gun so fully encapsulate the attention span of the airsoft community in the way the Krytac Vector has done. From when it was first unveiled in January of 2016, to now as it’s release looms upon us (and some lucky preorder customers already have theirs in hand) the entirety of the airsoft hive brain has been locked in on this awesome game changing replica. We wanted to know what makes this gun such a hot ticket item. Is it because the style is so unique? Could it be the performance possibilities that have us all so intrigued? Hit up the “Continue Reading” link below to find out.

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BB Weight Shootout! Best BB for Your AEG

A common question we get asked is, “What’s the best weight BB for my airsoft gun?” The answer is: It’s complicated!

In the video below, we take a look at the most common BB weights used by most airsoft players and run them through a stock G&G Armament Combat Machine. Though every gun will perform a bit differently, this makes drawing general conclusions quite simple. The .20g BB is by far and large the generic industry standard for many users for its reliability and widespread availability. The round is consistent and performs well in many different guns, making it a great all-around choice for AEGs that may be stock or shooting within CQB FPS ranges. You’ll not want to go any lighter than this round for your rifle, as generally most .12g BBs are poorly made and can have casting seams that will damage your gun’s hop up unit.

When your gun is shooting a bit closer to the FPS ranges typically associated with outdoor play, you may want to consider anywhere from a .25-.32g BB. Though you’ll lose velocity of the round due to the heavier projectile, this range of BBs typically produces a more stable flight pattern and increased overall accuracy at range. The .28g BBs used in our video scored the most hits out of all rounds tested, offering optimal accuracy and range from the maximum engagement distance. These BBs are also quite popular for airsoft LMGs at events that allow them to shoot above normal Rifle FPS limits.

Generally speaking, .34s, .43s and beyond are usually reserved for sniper or marksman platforms that have been upgraded extensively, as the extreme FPS these airsoft guns produce are generally unstable with anything lower weight than that. The stock Combat Machine we used in testing was not able to produce enough backspin via the hop up for these rounds to be a viable option in any scenario.

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