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Maintenance of airsoft equipment

19/09/2019
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To enjoy a perfect experience we must take care of the equipment we carry on the playing field. Here are some tips.

Maintenance of weapons:

The weapon is a heavy investment, and it is important to check it to work properly without losing performance. Before making any revision to the weapon do not forget to remove the magazine, empty the shots that may remain inside it (shoot a few times so that there are no balls in the feeder or in the inner chamber), and remove the battery or gas. Start with cleaning first, and try not to scratch the surface. Use soft paper or a cloth and a mixture of soap and water. It removes any dirt from the mechanism or from the barrel. After cleaning the gun you should lubricate it, and in Airsoft you should use only silicone lubricants, such as silicone spray, or silicone grease, as oil lubricants will destroy rubber seals and the like. Oil lubricants can also destroy the surface of some weapons.

Spring weapons:

The maintenance of these weapons is very simple since they are of simple construction. The only serious problems are damaged or worn cylinders and mechanisms. A clogged barrel is often due to poor quality balls and improved barrels. A dirty barrel tube will cause a drop in performance.

The basic routine for keeping your weapons in good condition is as follows: If the weapon can be disassembled, disassemble it and clean it of dust and particles before lubricating the parts. Use a spray to apply a thin layer of lubricant to the pieces that slide over each other, and don't forget to lubricate the HopUp and the rubber ring that holds the ball so they don't dry out. Clean the magazine, but do not lubricate it (or lubricate it a little), so that the balls are not sticky and there are jams. After lubricating, remove excess lubricant from the outside with a soft cloth. The HopUp will run a little shaky until the excess lubricant is removed.

Gas Weapons:

These weapons are slightly more difficult to maintain, although their construction is simple. It only takes a few taps to keep the gas gun in good condition. Basically all gas guns have a valve, either on the magazine or on the gun itself. To keep these valves in good condition, use a screwdriver (of the appropriate size) and carefully remove the valve. Put a few drops of fine silicone oil in the gas tank, and carefully replace the valve. Don't squeeze the valve too hard, just let it settle. There is gas mixed with silicone oil, so this operation can be avoided.

Gas BlowBack Weapons:

BlowBack's weapons are some of the most hostile when it comes to maintenance, with the exception of an AEG's gearbox. But the basic principle is the same as for other weapons, and with the help of common sense and a little information anyone can review a BlowBack.

As far as I know, all of BlowBack's weapons are disassembled somehow. You may need the manual to disassemble and assemble it correctly. Here are some tips. First lubricate the gas tank as explained above, and after disassembling the gun locate the BlowBack gasket, which should be at the top, below the rear sight. Lubricates the rubber ring. Do not stretch the pieces too hard, because some of them may be hooked with a spring, and you do not want that spring to fall off. Cleans and lubricates sliding surfaces on top and bottom. You only have to mount the weapon again and the review will be complete.

Electric Weapons - AEG:

There is not much an ordinary player can do to maintain an AEG except to clean the barrel and occasionally lubricate the HopUp.

Use the tool that comes with the gun to clear the barrel. One end of the bar is chamfered, and is used to remove balls stuck in the barrel. If a ball is stuck in the barrel, by the insurance to remove magazine. Gently insert the bar with the beveled side in. All jammed balls must fall through the ball feeder.

The other end of the bar is rectangular in shape with a hole. Using a rectangular piece of clothing or soft paper, put it through the hole and gently wrap it around the bar. Lubricate the rag with a few drops of oil and gently push the bar down the barrel until it reaches the red marks (before reaching the HopUp). Pull out the bar, replace the rag and repeat the process until the rag is clean. This cleaning process should be done every 2000 shots, but if the gun has been used in a very dirty game, the barrel should be cleaned afterwards. A clean barrel is important to performance.

Other than this, the battery is the only thing that needs checking. Never overcharge a battery, because it can "burn out", and a burned battery will never behave properly. The battery does not have to be charged too little as it can develop a memory effect and the capacity will decrease. The battery should not be fully discharged, and discharge should stop when the voltage drops to approximately 70% (6V for an 8.4V battery). When the motor no longer has enough power to move the gears you must charge the battery. Charge the battery in slow mode, to keep it in top condition. Fast charging is not good for batteries, and its life expectancy decreases. Don't charge them faster than 15 minutes, and remember that a fast-charged battery must cool down before use and that it won't have the same capacity as a slow-charging battery. I don't recommend fast charging for more than an hour as it is a good compromise between charging time and battery condition. And the battery will only get a little warmer. Automatic chargers are best since they cannot overcharge a battery.

HiCap chargers:

AEGs are the only weapons that have the option of using high capacity chargers. These chargers should be checked every 5000 shots or so, but as the charger ages the check requirements will increase. In the same way as with AEG, it leaves the HiCap review to an experienced person. To avoid breakdowns and increase the life of the charger, try to keep it away from dust, grease, pieces of leaves and broken balls.

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By: Orestes García

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