Airsoft Machine Guns!
While there are many models produced in the form of the aforementioned four guns, there are also other airsoft variants that are modeled after military weapons. Of these weapons, the most popular would be airsoft machine guns.
Airsoft machine guns are replica models of real world military machine gun weapons. These replicas include classic weaponry such as the American M-16 and the Russian AK-47 as well as a number of different models that are drawn from World War I, World War II, and modern desert and urban warfare scenarios.
Of course, airsoft machine guns do not fire real bullets. They project plastic BB pellets at a decent range and accuracy level.
There are three ways these pellets are projected: gas power, electric power, and spring action.
Gas power is achieved through the release of pressurized gas through a loaded canister.
Electric power utilized a battery operated motor to launch pellets via compressed air.
Spring loading involves cranking a lever to amass compressed air to a high enough level that it can launch the pellets.
What They Are
Real machine guns have the option of being fully or semi-automatic. Fully automatic means one pressed and holds the trigger and the weapon fires its entire magazine.
Semi-automatic means the weapon will fire a single shot each time the trigger is pressed without any additional preparatory action.
Many electric and gas powered airsoft machine guns come have the ability to switch from automatic to semi-automatic mode.
Some of these weapons are exclusively semi-automatic. There are, however, no spring loading guns that can fire automatically.
Spring loading weapons simply are not able to compress enough air to effectively deliver such an effect.
Airsoft guns were initially developed as "toy guns" in Japan although the market the weapons were geared towards was not children.
Rather, the intended audience was young males looking to engage in active hobbies with moderately harmless projectile weapons.
While the original models were mainly handguns, the popularity of these weapons led to the later development of rifles and machine guns.
How Airsoft Machine Guns Are Used
Today, airsoft machine guns are mostly used in games that recreate classic battles of the major wars of the last century. Geography plays a role in these games as well.
Iraq War based games will be common in dry desert environments while WWII games are common in wilderness or forest areas.
Some of these games are completely unscripted while others will seek to recreate battles to the most minute historical accuracy.
Makes and Models
There are many different models of airsoft machine guns and they include the:
NeonFire-UHC Elite Sniper - 6mm 300 fps ($65);
Kalashnikov AK47 ($65);
Escort M60 E4 Gas Blowback Airsoft Gun ($2,100 - Yes, this unique crafted weapon does cost that much due to its scarcity);
Spring Well M16 Assault Rifle ($50); and the
M4 3181 AEG Electric Airsoft Rifle ($150) are among the most popular.
Once again, there are scores upon scores of airsoft machine guns on the market so it should not be difficult to find a reliable weapon that fits any budget.
These weapons are well-produced and can provide many hours of active fun. Ultimately, that is why they remain so popular.