There is no doubt that airsoft, like most hobbies, requires certain financial commitmentat the beginning. It's easy to remember elementary items such as a an airsoft replica
, vest or BBs, but after a few games we will see what we really lack few key element. Sometimes it's worth buying all the things you need at one time so you can save time and money on combined shipping. Other times, you’llout you need some things to keep our new toy in good shape.
In this article, I wanted to present to you a list of five things necessary to start your airsoft journey. These will be the items that will help us organize a home service or care station for our replica, as well as some less obvious protective accessories that will increase your comfort in the game. I just wanted to point out that this list is purely subjective and its order is completely random. With each of these items, I will try to tell you first of all why I consider it useful and briefly explain why I consider it not necessarily obvious.
I am aware that this article goes primarily to less advanced players. Probably in the first people starting their adventure with airsoft will get here. However, if those of you who already have experience read this, please leave your list of 5 necessary items in the comments that will be useful to start with. Thanks to this, our less advanced colleagues will be able to draw on general knowledge. Let's move to point one.
Airsoft battery charger
I wanted to start with something that in my opinion certainly does not come to mind of the person who is just starting his adventure with replicas. It is true that in most, even cheap replicas, we immediately get a charger and a battery. While the latter, in my opinion, we can easily use during the first few games, the charger would probably be the first for me to replace. The thing is that chargers usually attached to boxes with replicas usually do not have any lamp or diode that would signal us charging state of out battery. In addition, as they do not have built-in electronics responsible for controlling the charging process, they usually do not turn off when the battery reaches full power. When we add to this the lack of balancer needed to charge the Li-Po packets, it turns out that it is probably easier to immediately invest in at least the simplest microprocessor charger.
We can buy even the a simple multicharger
but a more advanced model
will be an investment for many years and will handle the entire range of batteries. After that, we are ready for a smooth transition to more efficient energy packages. In addition, we can save onpotential expenses. I know people who are very careful when it comes to charging (and discharging) their batteries. Thanks to this, their replicas are powered by several years by packages that they bought almost at the beginning of their airsoft career.
Isopropyl alcohol for cleaning replicas
Another item on the list is an item that is hard to find in your typical airsoft store, however, as experience shows, a home workshop of a home-grown serviceman would be incomplete without it. Certainly, people who tried some PC building or electronics in general have isopropyl alcohol in their tool cabinet or in the drawer of a work desk. Here, we are addressing people who are starting their adventure with airsoft and I think (because I did not think about it when I started) that it would not hurt to pay attention to some of the properties of this chemicalcompound.
Isopropyl alcohol will help us keep the new replica clean. This may not be a very spectacular postulate, but it's a bit like with bikes. A clean machine works more efficiently and drives faster (really!). We get most replicas with long cleaning rods to help clean the barrel. Isopropyl alcohol is the best chemical to aid in this process. Clean barrel has a positive effect on the accuracy of the replica. In addition, using this agent, it will be easy for us to clean the replica from the outside, if it happens that we will get it dirty with mud or soil after an intense fire exchange. Additionally when we try out assembling the gearbox
- it will prove invaluable in getting rid of grease residues and other dirt.
I remember that one of the first things I wanted to buy for my airsoft set were the humble knee pads. I started the adventure with a long and heavy sniper replica and to help myself in getting accurate shots I often knelt on one knee to stabilize my gun to shoot. After a few cases of squatting in the roots or stones, I came to the conclusion that I had to invest in proper protection.
What's cool about knee pads is that you don't have to spend a fortune to make them work. Virtually every store with airsoft equipment will have some affordable models in their offer that will be enough to get you started. For my part, I would recommend ones that we attach with a buckle instead of a Velcro(link). I know from my own experience that these should be more sturdy.
At present, it seems to me that the role and significance of knee pads
is no longer as strong as when I started the adventure with ASG replicas. We have all these nice uniforms with inserts and reinforcements, thicker fabrics and, above all, a more mobile style of play, at which the protectors could disturb our movement. However, I think it's worth buying a pair of knee pads. Inserts, in many pants fall on our shins instead of the knee. In addition, if we decide to do some cosplay with friends (e.g. with recently popular The Division theme) we canuse on our protectors even with more "civilian" clothes and we will still be able to enjoy the protection they provide.
Recently, at the bottom of the closet, I found my first pair of truly "airsoft" gloves. Currently, when I have a few pairs, these have been a bit forgotten, but I will tell you that despite probably seven years on the nape of the neck still sticking well despite what we went through together. As in the previous point, this will be an article that will help us avoid minor injuries while playing games with friends. And as with protectors - we don't have to spend a fortune on our first pair.
I am not sure about others, but I always get chills when I see someone without tactical gloves
on a Sunday skirmish. I understand that it’s harder to perform precise tasks in gloves, but the number of times I have avoided cuts or bruises thanks to this protective layer is countless. In addition, with the current vast selection it is very easy to find gloves that will be attractive to us staying within our budget at the same time (link). Finally, it is also worth noting that this is such an item of equipment that we can safely use in other activities besides playing airsoft. I willingly use tactical gloves on a bicycle or when I go camping.
A set of wrenches with interchangeable sockets
At the end I leave a set, which, like isopropyl alcohol, probably won't be a surprise for home DIY specialists. While I'm not a fan of replacing servicemen by ourselves and I have rather poor track record in the field of repair and tuning replicas, I think it's worth learning the most important basics of servicing our replicas. After all, it is not difficult to find tutorials on the Internet to help us deal with the most common issues. For popular replicas, we can even find step-by-step guides on how to face specific problems.
Often, when looking at replica reviews in the Web, we can see that small screwdrivers and bits are required to take them apart. Most often people in the film will indicate which screw head should be used to undo the screw. In general, it is worth aiming at a set with several Torx tips, a flat and a Phillips head and small hex keys. This should be enough for most replicas. What's important - a decent set does not require you to spend a fortune. I bought my first mini workshop of this type in a discount store for a dozen or so zlotys. Itstays with me until today and proved to be useful in many home repairs - even those outside of airsoft.
I hope that this list will be useful for people who are just starting their airsoft adventure. I know that it's easy to fall into tunnel vision and focus only on elementary equipment items. The replica and tactical kit are probably the things in which you will want to invest the most, especially in the early stages of your game. Still, I think you should not forget about a few small things that will clearly improve our comfort. Good knee pads and gloves are not overly expensive and will stay with us for a long time. In other hand, the charger, basic set of screwdrivers and appropriate cleaning agents for our equipment will be the basis for our future home-service.
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