Categorization of Airsoft guns based on the power driving them
Airsoft guns were meant to cater the interest of people in firearms but at the same time abiding by the laws. It was considered illegal for the people to own any kind of firearms. But even this could not lessen the interest of the people. The trade gurus saw it as a business opportunity and exploited it. Fine replicas of the firearms came into being and were known as the airsoft guns for a start.
Types of the airsoft gun
Primarily theis powered in three ways mentioned here:
All these have been discussed independently here. The working of airsoft gun depends on its underlying mechanism.
Spring powered airsoft gun
The spring powered airsoft gun is the simplest of all the types mentioned. It has a very easy to comprehend mechanism which involves a spring. The Electric Potential Energy (EPE) of the spring is employed to get the propulsion. This stored potential energy is used to compress air and launch the pellet from the airsoft gun.
Advantages of the spring powered airsoft gun
The electric powered airsoft gun also makes use of a spring. The difference stands in the fact that it uses a rechargeable battery which drives the electric motor which in turn is responsible for the propulsion of the spring. The electric powered airsoft gun can further be classified as under
The electric powered airsoft guns stand intermediate between the spring powered and the gas powered airsoft guns. There are several disadvantages due to which these air soft guns have not become so popular.
The spring powered airsoft gun uses elastic potential energy for propelling the pallet; in the gas powered airsoft gun pressurized gas is used for this purpose. The commonly used gas is the ‘green gas’ which is a mixture of propane and a polysiloxane lubricant. The other option used is the CO2 and nitrogen/high pressure air. The gas airsoft gun is used at places where size is the main constraint.