Tips to Reloading Airsoft Guns (How To Get More Shots Per Magazine)

You can’t have a gun without ammo. You can’t have a airsoft gun without BBs. It just won’t work. That’s why the biggest hassle in any gun fight is reloading. In this post I’m going to show you how to get more shots per clip, which may not sound like a big deal, but when a friendly airsoft fight turns into a war, a couple extra shots can kill/tag a couple guys on the opposing team. Think about that, less players shooting at you, that’s a pretty big deal. Find your type of gun below, and get your guns locked and completely loaded.

AEG’s (Automatic Electric Guns)

AEG’s usually have big reservoirs that are pushed into the chamber via spring that you crank by turning the wheel on the bottom of the magazine. Take a completely empty magazine, and fill up the reservoir just like you normally would. Now I know that you’re suppose to put the magazine into the gun and then crank the wheel, but this time crank the wheel on the bottom of your magazine just until the BBs reach the top of the chamber. Then open up the reservoir again and there should be room for at least five more BBs if not more. Fill the space up, and then insert the fully loaded magazine into your gun and then crank the wheel all the way taught. This has now given you a average of 10 more BBs in your magazine.

Spring Pistols, Shotguns, and Sniper Rifles

Unfortunately, there’s not much extra room in pistols/shotguns/sniper-rifles magazines for extra BBs due to their slim, tidy design. However, you can add just one more shot. How you do it is, take a empty magazine from your gun. Then load it with just one BB. Now insert the magazine with the one BB in it into your gun. Now simply cock your gun just like you would to get one in the chamber. Then take the magazine back out and it should be empty. Now fill the magazine up just like you normally would and insert it into the gun. The single BB you loaded earlier is now in the chamber, giving you a extra shot. Just be careful to keep the gun on safety until you’re ready to fire because as soon as you pull the trigger, it’s loaded and will fire.

Gravity Fed Hopper Guns

Gravity fed hoppers are the most simple design out there, making it the hardest to manipulate. Basically, BBs are stored above the chamber, usually in a scope or a compartment. To juice some extra rounds out of these you’ve got to get creative. What you need to do is take a piece of construction paper and roll it into a giant straw thing and tape it so it wont unroll, make it just small enough to fit into the hole where you pour BBs into to fill up the scope/compartment. Shove it into the hole about a half inch in and tape it into place so it wont fall off. Now fill it up with BBs so it fills the compartment and the funnel you made up to the top. It might look ridicules, but it gives you a average of 50+ extra BBs. This is to give you a idea of what it would look like if you cut your gun right down the middle with your funnel inserted:

Spring Rifles

All spring rifles have different magazines, which makes explaining this part hard. There’s some guns were you have no room to “top off” (I’ll show you how to top off in a moment), and for those guns (a example is the Mossberg M590 shotgun from Soft-Air USA), the only thing you could do to get as much ammo as possible is to “get one in the chamber”. Scroll up to “Spring Pistols, Shotguns, and Sniper Rifles” to learn how to get one in the chamber, it’s the exact same concept. But some rifles (the Stinger R34 from Crosman, for example) has a little more room to work with. To give you a idea of what kinds of magazines can top off, take a look at the picture below. You need one like that, with the outward notch:
The notch usually isn’t that dramatic, but the bigger it is, the more ammo it’ll hold. On magazines like this you usually pull a spring down on the front of the magazine and you usually lock it into place some how, then you either pour the BBs in from the notch, or if you have a reservoir that you shake to make the BBs fall in from the reservoir.  As seen below, the BBs fall into a sort of chamber in the magazine. The BBs don’t take up that whole chamber, the notch up on top is empty, so you can just manually drop a couple BBs on top of the others. A idea of what you’re seeing below is the “before” is a normally loaded magazine. The “after” is a normally loaded magazine with three extra BBs on top (the extra BBs are shown in red):

Just make sure to keep the magazine up right while you insert it into your gun becuase the BBs on top are loose and could fall.

That’s about all the different ways you can extend your BB count. While these methods do take longer to load than just a regular load, you never know, maybe those few extra BBs might save your hide and keep you in the game.

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Mossberg M590 Airsoft Gun Review

The Mossberg M590 is a very versatile, powerful, light weight, combat shot gun. Soft-Air USA  took all these key features and turned it into a purebred airsoft shotgun.

The Mossberg M590 airsoft gun comes in three different styles: Full Stock, Collapsible Stock, and Pistol Grip (seen above). It’s great to have that kind of options, and every style fits each person differently. For example, if you’re a smaller kid and still like the stock, I’d recommend the collapsible stock. If you’re looking to use for CQB (Close Quarter Battle), I’d probably buy the pistol grip version. And finally, if you were looking for a true combat shotgun to own the battlefield with and hold nothing back, I’d purchase the full stock. There’s just so many different scenarios, so just think about which one fits you best and give that a try.

The Mossberg M590 is a true regulator. It shoots 355 FPS, and is pretty accurate (within five shots you can hit a squirrel from over 100 feet. I don’t recommend shooting it at any animal though, squirrels or otherwise). Obviously the pistol grip version might be less accurate though, due to it’s small format, just keep that in mind. As for different weights of BBs to use, I recommend .25 gram if you want a accurate shot, although .12 and .20 gram work fine if your goal is just to go all kamikaze on the other team. But if you’re looking to target shoot or be more conservative and accurate in a fight, I’d stick with .25 gram.

One of the reasons that the Mossberg M590 is so accurate is because it boasts the BAXS system. The BAXS system is a cousin of hop-up, and claims to be more accurate. Basically with BAXS, the BB doesn’t float/sink like hop-up does. In the case of the Mossberg M590, the BAXS system works like magic. Also, the BAXS is adjustable, to give the BB less/more backspin.

There are also two tricks with the Mossberg M590 that you can do. Just as a warning, though, these are called “tricks” for a reason, the Mossberg M590 isn’t suppose to be able to do this, so I’m not responsible for any damage to your gun by you trying this. The first trick is to hold down the trigger and never let it up and pump as fast as you can. That will make it virtually fully automatic. The second trick is to hold the gun so the barrel is pointing up and pump 3-5 times. Then when you shoot, it’ll shoot how ever many BBs you’ve pumped simultaneously, like buck shot. Just make sure to keep the barrel at no less than a 45 degree angle, otherwise the BBs will role out the muzzle. Like I’ve said, those are just a couple tricks you can do with the Mossberg M590 shotgun, they’re not actual features.

The magazine is the only weak-link in the Mossberg M590. It only holds 12 rounds, which might seem like a lot but at the rate you can pump and shoot, you’re out in no time. Most rifles hold 20+ rounds, so the 12 rounds is defiantly a down side. But, to make up for the 12 rounds, there’s a nice big reservoir that holds 180+ rounds. The thing about the reservoir is you pull the magazine spring  back past a hole that BBs fall in from and fill the chamber, just like any airsoft reservoir. The only thing about this one is that most springs can be pulled back and locked into place via notch, letting you be able to shake the magazine and get BBs into the chamber. This one however you must manually keep the spring back, because there’s no notch.

When you’re shooting, and think you’ve run out of ammo, you have to hold the gun upside-down and pump for the last two or three shots. You have to do this because the magazine spring doesn’t push the last few BBs up far enough, and if you were to just take the magazine straight out, a couple BBs would fall out. This isn’t a huge deal, just remember to pump the last couple shots in upside-down.

To conclude, the Mossberg M590 is a fast shooting, accurate shotgun. Great for both target shooting and a good backyard airsoft fight. While the magazine isn’t perfect, the power and versatility more than makes up. And it comes in many different styles, so make you get the right one to fit your needs. I definitely recommend this gun for the 20-$50 it costs (depending what style you get and where you get it from).

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 355
Accuracy: Can hit a person from over 100 feet
Power: Spring (you must cock it back before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25 grams
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs (with a 180 round reservoir)
Manufacture: Soft-Air USA

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Stinger P9 Airsoft Gun Review

The Stinger P9 is a very useful and good-looking airsoft pistol. The Stinger P9 is truly one of a kind with it’s mind-blowing accuracy, durability, FPS, and the price tag of only $20!

It’s made fully of plastic, with the exception of some springs, but I assure you, it’s very well made.  My personal one has been dropped multiple times in the heat of battle, and still runs flawlessly. From extended abuse, the weight located directly behind the handle may come off, but without any glue or anything, you can snap it right back into place. The Stinger P9 also might get dirty on the inside after a month or two of warfare. It’s very simple to take it apart. Just push out one of the pins, and the slide will come right off.

The Stinger P9 is a compact little gun with a good punch. At 275 FPS (Feet Per Second), it’s great. Though, FPS comes at a cost. The hop-up is very loose, even brand new, straight fresh out of the package. The hop-up being very loose will cause your BB to shoot extreme up. That’s why I highly recommend using high-grade .25 gram BB’s only for this gun. Anything less won’t hurt the gun, but it will be horribly inaccurate. But, even with .25 gram BB’s, it still shoots somewhat high, but this is just one of those down sides that you just have to live with. Just keep the nose down, and it’ll work fine. Just a side note, also, this gun is extremely reliable. I’ve never seen it jam, misfire, or any other malfunction you can think of.

Most airsoft pistols are meant for a effective range of around 20-30 feet. But, the Stinger P9 can hit a person from over 50 feet away (using .25 gram BBs)! This is a great gun for all types of players, new or advanced, sniper of heavy gunner, infantry of scout, for target practice or skirmishes, this gun is like the utility tool of airsoft, it does it all.

What I really love about the Stinger P9 is it’s magazines. They have a 80 round reservoir, which is a huge advantage in airsoft matches. They’re super cheap, too, averaging around $6. If you buy a simple pistol magazine holder, and four extra magazines, you can be unstoppable.

So, if you’re looking for a inexpensive, reliable, accurate, powerful airsoft pistol, this could be your golden ticket. Like I said; the utility tool of airsoft. It can fit pretty much anyone’s needs. And it’s light and compact enough to wear in a leg holster if you needed. Between it’s power and extreme accuracy, it’s personally my favorite spring pistol, and I carry it as a sidearm to all my airsoft matches.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 275
Accuracy: Insanely Good for a pistol
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25 grams
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs (with a 80 round reservoir)
Manufacture: Crosman

937 UHC Revolver Airsoft Gun Review

At first glace, the 937 airsoft revolver from UHC looks pretty nice. Usually airsoft handguns are pistols, so a revolver’s a nice change from the same old spring pistols everyone’s used to.

One of the obvious down sides is that the 937 Revolver only holds 6 rounds of ammo. A even bigger down side is that they’re held in shells, just like a real revolver, and you must manually push a BB into little holes on the rear of the shell and then insert the shell into the gun. That’s a lot of work for only 6 rounds of ammo in both target shooting and airsoft wars. And, even if you do buy extra shells, it’s time consuming to take all six of the used shells out and then all six of the new ones back in. And still another flaw with the shells, they’re very lose, and if you don’t keep the gun pointed straight down while you reload, all of shells will fall out. I recommend not even bothering with buying extra shells and just keep six shells in the gun and push the BB into the shell while it’s still in the gun. If you’re confused, let me explain what I mean. There’s a little rubber hole in the back of each shell. And you need to push a BB into that rubber hole to get it loaded. Now, what I’m saying is, it’s best if you leave the empty shells in the gun, and just push in the BB’s right there.

Long story short, the shells are just a nightmare. But once you do get the gun loaded, how does it shoot? Not to well. Even though the 937 Revolver claims to have “hop-up” technology, it’s far-fetched. With .20 gram ammo, it fires straight, but takes a dramatic nosedive after about 10 feet. .12 gram ammo isn’t much better, and it doesn’t even fly straight, so you probably have a better chance with .20 gram.

The effective range for a airsoft handgun anyway is around 20 feet, and if you’re just looking for that then you’ll probably be happy with the 937 Revolver, but if you’re looking for anything over that then probably skip this gun. Bottom line; does well for close quarters or indoors, does not do well for ranges over 20 feet or outdoor use.

Even though the 937 UHC Revolver can’t perform too well at anything over 10-20 feet, it is well built. For the most part it’s metal, but a couple parts are made of plastic. The hammer is well built, too. As for the shells, they’re made from plastic and some rubber, but they do the job.

But, even through all these down sides, the 937 Revolver still could make a decent sidearm if you wanted something different. For example, if you already have a AEG or well built spring powered main weapon, and don’t have a lot of cash to spend on a sidearm,  this could fit the bill. Although only having 6 rounds of ammo, and less than perfect accuracy, the 937 Revolver can shoot at a very fast rate. It’s single-action, which means you must pull back the hammer before each shot, but you can pull and shoot faster than you’d think. You can have all 6 rounds down field in under 4 seconds if you get a feel for the gun. Accuracy through volume, that’s what this gun’s all about.

Another benefit of the revolver platform is that you can operate it with only one hand, where as, with a pistol, you need to use both hands to cock it back and fire. Which means if you got two of them that you could duel-wield them!

It also feels really good to hold. It looks totally realistic (except for the orange tip), and is overall solid. It has grooves on the handle that fit your hand perfectly, so it wouldn’t hurt your hands gripping it in a long fight.

One last thing to consider is the size of the revolver you want. This review is on the 937 revolver (which is 4in long), but UHC also makes them in 2.5″, 6″ and 8″ barrel lengths. The longer the barrel is the more accurate it is, and the more powerful it is in terms of FPS. Although, the longer length can be a burden when drawing or in CQB. So just keep in mind that you have the option to go with a bigger/smaller barrel length.

So, don’t let the down sides scare you, this is a okay gun with a little training and patience. You could even  buy two of them so you can go akimbo. Although I would not recommend this for target shooting, it can put up a decent fight in a airsoft war, despite only having 6 shots. At $25 this really isn’t too bad of a gun, it’s not one of the elite, but it’s okay. So, if you want something different to liven up your battlefield, and don’t feel like shelling out big bucks, and can appreciate a handgun for a handgun, and don’t expect miracles from it, it can do well.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 240
Accuracy: So-So, can hit a person from 20 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the hammer before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .20 grams
Magazine Capacity: 6 BBs
Manufacture: UHC

Stinger R36 Airsoft Gun Review

The Stinger R36 airsoft rifle is modeled after its “military-style” counterparts. It usually comes in desert camouflage paint job, with a FPS of 260. It also comes with a Red-Dot sights, a mock silencer, a flashlight, and a twenty round magazine.

The Stinger R36 looks super cool. The stock, silencer, red-dot sight, and flashlight are all removable. If you take it all off, you’ve got somewhat of a MP5k. As seen above, near the front of the gun there’s four weaver rails to accessorize with: lasers, fore grips, bi-pods, a upgraded scope, etc. It also comes with two studs to attach a shoulder sling, though, they are pretty weak, so just be careful.

Although the Singer R36 airsoft rifle is stylish and has a ton of ways to customize it and make it your own, it’s not very accurate. It’s in fact, horribly inaccurate. My personal one shoots extreme high and left. And some of the people I know that have this, theirs shoot all over the place. Even when loaded with .25 gram ammo, it still wants to pull up and left. I don’t recommend doing this at all, but I bent the barrel down and right, and that seems to help a little bit. So, unless to have the patience or money to upgrade the scope, and maybe get some .43 gram ammo, this might be a problem for you.

While the Stinger R36 loses in accuracy, it wins in BB’s down range. The cocking mechanism is located perfectly so that you can reach up with your weak hand cock, without taking your sights off your target and your finger off the trigger. With the 20 round clip it comes with, with a little persistence and training, you can unload the whole thing in 7 or 8 seconds. This is a great advantage in a spring powered airsoft fight. Although, you wouldn’t really have a chance against AEG’s.

The accessories are cool to. Airsofters love to see a lot of accessories and customizable parts on their airsoft guns, and the Stinger R36 provides. Everything from the stock and silencer, to the scope and flashlight, to the four weaver rails are fully customizable/de-attachable to fit your needs. The flashlight is semi-powerful and is great for nighttime wars or wars in dark indoor  places. And the stock is not adjustable, but it is removable and is made of solid plastic and very durable. The silencer doesn’t silence anything, but it does add some accuracy and it increases velocity. And finally, the scope. It helps gauge where you’re shooting, but like I said, the shot’s already extremely unpredictable.

The Stinger R36 is also very light; which could be good or bad. It’s made almost completely out plastic, which makes it one of the lightest guns I’ve ever shot. On the good hand, it won’t wear you out in a airsoft match. But on the bad hand, it feels very unnatural and cheap. It’s also prone to breaking if you drop it or play to ruff with it.

To wrap things up, the Stinger R36 is highly customizable to suit your needs, but is also very inaccurate, but there are steps you can take to help that. It can put some plastic down range in a hurry, which really helps in a airsoft battle. It also comes with many accessories and removable parts to make it your own. So, the Stinger R36 is not so great for target shooting, but can be a good tool to have in a war, I highly recommend getting some heavy BB’s and if you can afford it, a new scope. More than anything, be patient with it.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 260
Accuracy: Horrible (works okay as a infantry weapon, just don’t expect to be hitting targets at ranges over 25 feet with any consistency)
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25+ grams
Magazine Capacity: 20 BBs
Manufacture: Crosman

Stinger R34 Airsoft Gun Review

At a glance, the Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a almost exact replica of the standard M16. Everything from the magazine release to the sights are mirroring the M16. That’s not a bad thing, either. The Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a very effective gun in both the field or for target shooting. The four weaver rails located near the front of the gun (as seen below) are extremely useful for mounting anything from scopes, to lasers, to fore grips, to even bi-pods.

The Stinger R34 is also very accurate. Although the real M16 is mainly a infantry rifle, the Stinger R34 is commonly used as a sniper rifle. It can hit targets from 120 feet out consistently with .25 gram BB’s; before hard to come by, with the exception of sniper rifles.

A lot of airsoft players are drawn to not only it’s stunning accuracy and reliability, but it’s price tag of only $40.  Not bad for a gun of this caliber.

Also, the Stinger R34 has an edge by having a reservoir of 500+ BB’s in the magazine. That’s a huge deal to players who have day-long fights. Taking the hassle of having to reload manually every time out of the equation equals less down time between shots.

As with any airsoft gun, the Stinger R34 has its drawbacks. For example, the cocking mechanism is located directly behind the sights. This means that you either have to dismount each shot to rack it with your strong hand, or leave the rifle mounted on your shoulder and rack it with your weak hand. Either way is fine, it just slows down time between shots and gets you off target, and in a airsoft war, opportunity only comes once. Also, if you attach a sling, you have to attach one of the latches to the very back of the stock, which isn’t a big deal, it just feels weird and the sling can sometimes get wrapped around the stock.

And, even though the Stinger R34 is reliable for the most part, it does misfeed from time to time (a misfeed is when the gun doesn’t take a BB correctly, and it doesn’t fire a BB when you pull the trigger, it basically dry fires). Not a huge deal in target shooting, but when you need to make a shot count in a airsoft fight, you need to know that your gun is going to work. But don’t let this discourage you from getting the Singer R34, like I said, for the most part the Stinger R34 is very reliable, it can just misfeed every now and then.

It comes down to this, the Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a great gun; reliable, accurate, powerful, and cheap. While it does have some designed problems, it’s a hybrid of sniper, infantry, and assault rifle all packed into one. Good for both beginners or  advanced airsofters.

Also, note that the Stinger R34 is NOT fully automatic. It does have two “fire” modes, but they’re just for looks. A lot of people get confused by the two firing modes, but I assure you, it’s a spring powered rifle that you must cock before each shot, regardless of what “mode” you’re on.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 300
Accuracy: Can hit person from 120 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25 gram
Magazine Capacity: 18 BBs (with a 400 round reservoir)
Manufacture: Crosman

Colt 1911 Airsoft Gun Review

The first thing you will notice about the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is the resemblance to the real thing. From the beaver-tail, to the long 6 inch barrel, this gun’s as close as you can get to the real 1911.

It’s also cheap. Only $14! Though, spare clips will cost you around $10 for two, which is decent, considering to fact that their is no reservoir and that in a airsoft fight you don’t want to be having to be manually pushing in 12 BB’s under heavy fire and pressure. So, bottom line, spare clips are worth their weight in gold.

The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol also comes with a laser, seen in the illustration above. While the laser isn’t the greatest out in the field or at long ranges, it will work well for indoor target shooting. On that note, you do have to be gentle with the laser, as the wiring is weak. It’s probably best to de-attach the laser if you are shooting outdoors or are having a airsoft match. If the wire does fray, which it commonly will, you can repair it with some simple electrical tape.

The slide is also hard to cock. Not a big deal for target shooting, but can be a burden when trying to lay down fire while in the field; but you should keep in mind that this is a cheap pistol, and is best used as a sidearm/secondary weapon.

Accuracy isn’t the best with the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol. While the BB will fly in a straight line, it drops dramatically after 20 feet with .20 gram ammo. .12 gram ammo fixes this problem somewhat, however, it’s best if you stick with .20 because even though it will drop, .12 is very unpredictable. So, you should weigh out the odds; a BB that will fly straight but drop, or a BB that will fly very far but will be inaccurate. It’s really up to you.

To wrap up, The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good, cheap, durable sidearm that has its drawbacks but can payoff.  While some parts like the laser are touch-and-go, it’s a good idea to invest in other things, like some extra clips.  Overall, the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good gun. Good for target shooting, but a little less great in a airsoft fight, though it can make a good sidearm.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 210
Accuracy: You can hit a person from 30 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB weight: .20 gram
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs
Manufacture: Colt