Most airsoft guns and BB guns today have a removable magazine, and in this blog, we will look at Airsoft Magazine Types for Electric Gun only. This blog will help you understand the different types of magazines available, what they are designed for, and how they can help you make the most of your AEG airsoft gun.
AIRSOFT MAGAZINE TYPES – IT’S A REPLICA THING
When we look at Airsoft, it’s all about replicating real-life military tactical guns, so depending on how you want to use your airsoft guns and BB guns will decide on the airsoft magazine types you need. So let’s dive in and take a look at the main types of airsoft magazines available and how they are used in Airsoft.
High capacity magazine do precisely what the name says, holds lots of BBs. There are various types of hi-cap magazines, but they are usually fed via a special feeding mechanism which is wound up from the bottom. When the magazine is wound up, it compresses an internal coil spring which drives the gears inside the magazine, feeding the BBs. These types of magazines are usually included with the gun and are a great starting point for new players or those who just want to shoot without reloading.
Mid Capacity magazines hold an average amount of BBs, usually between 60 – 120. BBs are inserted into the top of the magazine, usually via a speed loader, and are then fed from the magazine from a spring. As the BBs are inserted into the top of the magazine, it compresses a spring inside the magazine; as you fire your gun, the spring decompresses, pushing the next BB upwards. Mid-capacity magazines typically come designed to look like the weapon they are made for. Some mid-caps have extra features, but typically they are all pretty much the same. These types of magazines are included with some high-end guns and are great for experienced Airsoft skirmishers or those who want to take a more realistic approach and have to reload more often.
A Low Capacity Magazine works exactly the same as a Mid-Cap magazine, except they have a lower capacity than a standard magazine, typically 30 rounds depending on the type of weapon the magazine is designed for. These magazines are used by historical reenactors, military simulations and extremely experienced airsoft skirmishers who want a realistic experience where they must constantly reload.
Q. Will the magazine fit in my gun?
A. Usually, it’s a safe bet that most magazines will fit in most guns of the same type. Sometimes brands are not compatible with other brands, but this is rare. For example, most M4-type guns accept most brands, but AK, G36, MP5 and others can sometimes run into problems. If you want to know if a magazine will fit, feel free to contact us.
Q. Why would anyone use a Mid-Cap Magazine over a High-Cap?
A. Some people like a more realistic game; others prefer mid-caps because they don’t rattle. When using a High-Cap mag, the BBs are kept free-floating in a large storage chamber; this means that when you move, so do the BBs, causing them to rattle. This can give your position away in a skirmish. Most people don’t mind this as they’re not concerned about being sneaky in a game of Airsoft, or are using their gun for target shooting.
Q. What is the easiest way to fill Mid-Cap and Low-Cap Magazine?
A. To fill these types of Magazines, we recommend you use a speed loader, which feeds the BBs into the top of the magazine. You can do this by hand, but if you do, you will have a long job that can take some time.
Q. How many Magazines should I carry?
A. Depending on how trigger-happy you are and what kind of time length each game is can vary the number of magazines you require. The minimum amount for Outdoors games is usually around 2 Hi-Cap magazines or 4 Mid-Cap however, for CQB, you may only need one to two Mid-Cap
Q. Do I need to clean my Magazine?
A. You should not need to do any cleaning on your magazine; unless they get filled with dirt and mud or jam up, you should be fine. However, when first used, some people recommend a short burst of silicon spray in the magazine to keep everything moving.
Q. Should I remove the BBs at the end of skirmishing for the day?
A. We recommend that you take BBs out of your magazines. Over long periods, the springs can start to become compressed. Though this is not likely to happen over a period of a month, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Q. Can I use any weight BB in my Magazine?
A. Most magazines should be fine with Heavy BBs; some cheaper High-Cap magazines might struggle. However, there is no harm in trying, and the BB can be manually removed by pushing the small spring-loaded tab which holds the BBs in place.
Q. A BB has jammed in my Magazine. What do I do?
A. Sometimes BBs can get jammed if they are low quality, a strange size, or your magazine is full of dirt. Sometimes a sharp knock on the side of the magazine can dislodge the BB, but if not, it will require stripping. Due to the nature of Airsoft, each magazine is usually taken apart differently; for more information on specific magazines, feel free to contact us.
If you’re a beginner at Airsoft, you need a good starter kit. Airsoft guns are popular replicas due to their realistic look and feel while being safe for sporting and recreational purposes. If you want to purchase a Realistic Imitation Firearm (RIF), you must provide your UKARA registration or other defence. Also, if you do not have a UKARA registration or a defence to buy a RIF, there is a wide range of two-tone guns that anyone over the age of 18 can purchase.
Most BB Guns are available in Two-Tone Blue and RIF Black or Tan. You simply select the colour to get the one that’s right for you. Don’t forget you will need to provide a Defence for RIF colours but not for Two-Tone Blue. If you have any questions about BB guns, please contact us.
ABOUT JUST BB GUNS
You can see the full range of airsoft guns and BB guns on the Just BB Guns website.