Electric airsoft guns are the most popular type of airsoft gun.¬† They are usually powered by rechargeable batteries, as using non-rechargeable batteries would be exhausted incredibly quickly.¬† The batteries power an internal piston, pulling it back and pushing it forward in order to project pellets.¬† In the case of full automatic guns, this cycling of the piston occurs at a very high rate.¬† A popular acronym for these “automatic electric guns” is AEGs.¬† Most AEGs are modeled after real military weapons, such as M16, Steyr Aug, HK MP5, AK-47, M14, HK G36, and many others.¬†
AEGs can achieve high speeds (of BBs, measured in feet per second) and rates of fire (ROF).¬† High-quality AEGs can have speeds more than five hundred feet per second, and fire more than two thousand pellets per second.¬† In cases like this, drum magazines would be used so clips would not have to be replaced frequently.¬† For a common AEG, a ROF of six hundred rounds per minute and a speed of three hundred feet per second would suffice in an airsoft game.¬† Remember, the faster an airsoft gun is, the quicker it drains the battery (although very fast airsoft guns have larger batteries).
Speaking of batteries, a wide variety of batteries can be used in AEGs.¬† As stated, most airsoft batteries are rechargeable.¬† Batteries are measured in volts (V) and milliampere-hours (mAh), which is a unit of electric charge.¬† A high mAh indicates the battery will last a long time, and a high voltage indicates the battery can support a high ROF.¬† The most common battery used in AEGs is an 8.4V large battery with a 2400 mAh.¬† While 8.4V is the most common battery voltage, some batteries have voltages as high as 12V.¬† For some airsoft guns, regular AA batteries can be used.
Tokyo Marui, the most popular AEG company, designed the basic mechanism used in most AEGs.¬† The mechanism consists of a gearbox which holds three gears, which are powered by an electric motor.¬† The gears turn and pull back a piston against a spring.¬† Once fully compressed, the spring pushes the piston forward, thus forcing the pellet in the chamber out of the barrel.¬† Many airsoft guns utilize metal gearboxes, a feature which prolongs the life of the gun and makes it sturdier.¬†
Many companies, notably Classic Army, have made their AEGs full metal.¬† Not only does this make the gun nearly unbreakable, but it drastically increases the realism of the product.¬† An alternative to full metal is reinforced plastic, which has a similar effect.¬† Other improvements and modifications of an AEG further add to the realism of the device.¬† More importantly, beneficial alterations can increase the functionality and usefulness of a gun.¬† However, noticeably useful modifications are usually expensive.¬†
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