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Gas Blow Back vs Automatic Electric Airsoft Guns

Updated on November 23, 2012

Which is better?

This subject comes up a lot, especially for younger players wanting to make their first big purchase of a quality item. There’s a lot to be considered before you make your decision, but there are a few items you can put on a check list to help make your decision. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

  1. What you like: its’ that simple. You’re buying it, so it has to be something you like. Electric certainly has some performance advantages, and these become more obvious when temperature is brought into play. For some, it’s the realistic operation and function of gas that makes the most appeal.
  2. Function: just like number 1, how the system works means a lot to some. I admit when I first moved to gas, it was mostly because of the bolt function and the way it mimicked a real firearm. But some of the other benefits came later, like the fact that I don’t charge batteries anymore. Of course, the trade off is having to lug around a propane canister. If you aren’t very big, this can be a concern.
  3. Mags: there are no 400 round high cap mags for gas guns, but that just makes the realism stand out more for me; I like reloading. That isn’t to say there aren’t days when you wish you had that almost bottomless mag. And there is cost, because gas mags cost a lot more than electric mags; it can be a budget killer.
  4. Cost: to be honest, there are not many cheap gas guns on the market. With the exception of a few pistols and some SMG models, most gas guns are high quality items and you know the rule; you get what you pay for. Just like the mags the guns are expensive, and you can’t leave that out of the equation. You don’t just get what you like, you get what you can afford as well.

As you can see I’m biased when it comes to gas vs. electric but not because I think one is better than the other. It’s because I like one better than the other. When I try to explain Airsoft to someone the comparison to Paintball always comes up as a way of making them understand it. But in that explanation I make sure they realize we are about realism and not competition like Paintball. That’s the thing that drew me into Airsoft in the first place; the function of the weapon. First it was cool that you could fire BBs on full auto and chew up the ground or cardboard. But to be able to do it with the constant clunking of the bolt striking against the buffer spring and the receiver; it makes me feel I’m back on the range wielding power!


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    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      This helps a lot, thanks ^_^ I will certainly think about these things the next time I buy one. voted up and useful

    • Brain Baldwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Brain Baldwin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      Thanks That one guy, Your point is well taken. I will make a part 2 to this article with a more attention to the differences in weapon function with a focus on the impact of game play. I have recently conducted a survey on this subject on my web site and will make those findings available as well.

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      That one guy. 

      7 years ago

      Interesting Brian, but you didn't really delve into the differences of the two options. While I understand that this is more of an opinionated assessment, I would have liked to hear your input on the opposite side of the table, considering that you have plenty of experience with both.


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