My airsoft adventures with an airsoft electric pistol (Cyma CM.030)
Cyma 030 First Person Shot!
All about airsoft electric pistols
By now you probably know what airsoft is. You may even own an airsoft gun. Let me tell you about a little gun that I owned for about 3 years now and absolutely love. You can read all about its technical specifications in this Cyma CM.030 review.
This review will focus solely on my airsoft electric pistol experiences! I hope this may help answer the long standing "which airsoft gun is the best?" question!
2x Cyma CM.030 airsoft electric pistols - Glock 18c
My gameplay experience
I've played airsoft for over 3 years in a variety of settings, as did quite a lot of other airsofters. Therefore, do not count my opinion as the end-all be-all. I still hope you will find this useful.
Where I've played with my airsoft electric pistol
- A farm that had a good combination of forest, open field and a bunch of buildings open for gameplay.
- An indoor CQB warehouse with 2 floors and an office section
- Woodland CQB with a bunch of houses
- A lot of pistol and shotgun only games in all settings
- 2 night games, including a night CQB game
- Role-play airsoft zombie games with limited ammo
I also use my airsoft electric pistol when engaging in tight spaces and around buildings. So far the impression is - the gun is great! This is especially true because I got both of them for 40$ each ! One of the best airsoft investments I've ever made
Airsoft indoor CQB gameplay review
airsoft electric pistols (AEP) really shine indoors, where the 50 feet range is not an issue. In fact, I feel quite safe shooting people with my AEP at point blank range. Unfortunately, at 200 FPS people often don't call hits to their vests or magazine pouches. Therefore, I always aim for upper legs or arms. The accuracy at close ranges allows me to nails someone in the full face mask as well, but I generally don't do that.
The advantage of an AEP over other airsoft weapons in such confined spaces is that you can shoot through any hole, from just about any position without getting tires. Ever tried to hold a 6 pound weapon at a weird angle for 15+ minutes? (such as when securing the stairwell) Not fun. The 2 pound AEP is really great for tasks like this
Urban engagements with an Airsoft Electric Pistol
Fast CQB games
On the left is an example of a CQB facility where I played. It is a long ruined building with a series of rooms. People could advance and clear the rooms by going through the main passage, or advancing alongside the walls and shooting through the windows. This is fun, adrenaline filled CQB at its best. Pack 20 people in here and you really see things picking up the pace :)
In this setting, airsoft electric pistol had a tremendous advantage over shotguns, springers and even gas pistols (gas pistols had a range advantage). This is because of the 30 round magazine. There's little time to reload in CQB, and having a longer magazine really helps. The small size allowed me to fire from any position, while being well covered (gun hits did count in these games).
One handed gameplay
There are games and instances where you simply cannot hold your AEG with both hands and aim effectively. I've used my airsoft electric pistol with great success in these situations:
- Carrying a heavy prop during an airsoft game - an anti air missle, a bomb, etc. These things are really heavy, and unless you are mr. Rambo, you wont be able to effectively fire your AEG when carrying these. An AEP or a gas offers at least some ability to return fire.
- Crawling through an overgrown field. This is an exercise for your whole body. Inch by inch, you crawl forward, pushing tall grass down. Shooting an AEG from this position is impossible, and I used an airsoft electric pistol for the whole game here.
- Hiding from zombies during a zombie game. When there are dozens of bloodthirsty zombies all around you, some even being super zombies, you hide wherever you can! In this case I was stuck in a small hole on a hill side and used an automatic electric pistol to cover both possible approaches. Zombies never got me ! :)
Quick and furious assaults
High speed low drag
The bunker to the left is one of the hardest points to take on this field. It is often defended by about 5 people and has 30 feet of empty field around it. Taking this bunker is a pain. Defending it is a pain. Yet people play love it :)
In the next image, you see this bunker, along with 5 defenders and me being captured by a person with an AEP who used his lighting fast approach and a small gun, to take out everyone in the bunker. At this range, neither your accuracy, nor muzzle velocity matters. All you care about is being able to shoot really fast
This feat really had the airsoft community talking for a while!