5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Airsoft Guns

For one reason or another, gun enthusiasts around the world are turning to airsoft as an alternative to paintball and BB guns. It all began in Japan, where owning any type of gun is illegal.

To keep the gun enthusiasts in Japan law-abiding citizens, the airsoft market flourished by creating all types and sizes of guns as identical replicas of real firearms. Every detail, including any trademarks, is recreated for this plastic BB shooting gun to make everything as authentic-looking as possible. They look so real that many police and military training programs around the globe use airsoft guns for training purposes. Many countries mandate orange painted barrel tips on all airsoft guns to help authorities differentiate real guns from airsoft.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or an old pro at airsoft, you’re going to need to buy new equipment at some point. Here are 5 tips for you to keep in mind when you’re shopping for airsoft guns.

1) Be sure that you’re dealing with a reputable company, not one that’s only been around for just a few months. A good sign is a business that has a brick and mortar location, not just a post office box. A phone number in addition to an email address is also a good sign.

2) A good selection of guns (pistols, rifles and shotguns), ammo (including BB’s and loaders), tactical gear and clothing, gas, lubricants and batteries/chargers. Keep in mind that even though you are into one particular type of gun now, your hobby might eventually lead you down another weaponry path, so it’s important to keep your options open. Kits to upgrade and maintain your current gun are also good things for your chosen e-commerce website to carry.

3) A good return policy is another thing to keep in mind while shopping for you airsoft gun. The majority of retailers do have an “All Sales Final” policy, but if your gun doesn’t work when you receive it, that’s another story altogether.

4) Make sure the website is secure. Above and beyond anything else, your security from every possible angle should be their concern, and you shouldn’t settle for anything other than the latest in Internet security. The best e-commerce sites will prominently display security badges on their homepage for the entire world to see.

5) Look for a troubleshooting section on their site. Just because the semi automatic mode on your gun doesn’t work it doesn’t mean that you need to send it in for repairs, especially if you’re somewhat of a newbie to the sport. A good company will value you as a customer and try to help you when they can. One of the best ways for a company to show you their appreciation is by saving you the hassle of a needless return.

Choosing The Right Paintball Gun For You

Paintball wouldn’t really be much fun without the gun, but
they can be pretty expensive. There are always the
Wal-mart guns, but most of those are not great quality; on
the other end, you have custom paintball guns, made exactly
to someone’s specifications,but they are too expensive for
anyone outside a pro player. So how do you find the perfect
paintball gun?

The first thing to do is to determine what’s just right for
you.

Are you a beginner: buy a less expensive paintball gun. You
can always upgrade it when you have new requirements. Most
paintball markers (=paintball guns) are easy to upgrade.

If your a more serious player or even play tournaments you
need a marker with more features. You need a gun that fits
the type of player you are: do you play in front, are you a
sniper or a cover player? The type of player you are
determines the size, weight and features of your gun. A
sniper doesn’t need a big hopper (the paintball container on
your gun) or big air supply, while a cover player does. A
front player needs a gun that’s easy to handle and light,
while a sniper might prefer a longer gun with a scope.

Some people would rather use a paintball pistol than a
longer gun, whereas others prefer rapid-fire semiautomatic
and automatic paintball guns.

There are more things to keep in mind when buying a
paintball gun, for instance, newer paintball guns have
trouble firing older bullets, and older paintball guns often
won’t fire newer bullets at all.
You need to educate yourself on the different types of guns
available out there. Here’s a good site to get you started:

http://www.paintball-accessories.com

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Let’s say you’re a beginner and you want to buy a cheap
paintball gun. Where do you go?

The first option would be a paintball shop in your town or
city. The problem is that your only source of information
in a shop is the shop keeper and I don’t say all shop
keepers are biased, but a lot of them are.

Second option is buying online.The worst thing about buying
paintball guns over the internet is that you don’t really
see what you’re getting until the item is shipped to you.
This is especially so on online auction sites like Ebay.com.

Instead of buying at eBay it’s better to buy your marker at
a specialized online paintball store. The people who create
the sites and who post comments are remarkably well-informed
and friendly, and they’ll help you determine what kind of
gun is good for you.

Beware, though, of the too-good-to-be-true bargain; it
usually is. For instance, a refurbished gun that looks great
on the outside may rattle like a cage when you shake it; NOT
a good thing for paintball guns. You should make certain you
have a money-back guarantee.

Also check out the different paintball packages on the net.
Paintball packages include all the basic things you need for
your games, and they usually come at a reasonable price.
Most paintball packages include a paintball gun, a mask, a
hopper, an air cylinder, a squeegee and a barrel plug. More
expensive packages come with all that and other things, like
paintball oil, ammo packs, and paintballs.

Have a look here for good paintball package deals:

http://www.paintball-accessories.com/articles/paintball-packages.php

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©2005 Dirk Laukens

Starting Out Small – The Creation of an Icon

One iconic business provides an excellent example of this. Transforming his business from a tiny tackle shop to a major company, Johnny Morris (the creator of Bass Pro Shops) proves that baby steps can be key to growing your company.

From Eight Feet to an Indoor Stream

As a shop boy in his father’s liquor store, John L. Morris grew frustrated with the lack of tackle in local stores. Sectioning off an 8-foot section in the back of the store, Morris started his own business selling homemade bait and tackle. Morris’ bait became so popular that he started a mail-order catalog service in 1974.

Then, in 1984, Bass Pro Shop’s flagship store, Outdoor World, opened its doors in Springfield, Missouri and soon became one of the most popular places in the area. The venue was large enough to house streams, trees, aquariums, an indoor waterfall and even live animals.

Kind of a Big Deal

Today, Morris’ business has grown to 56 stores in the U.S. and Canada and a popular mail-order catalog. Attracting more than 4 million visitors yearly, the original Bass Pro store in Springfield, Missouri is the state’s top tourist attraction. In 2010, Bass Pro Shops made number 96 on Forbes top 100 Businesses, and last year the store jumped to number 93.

Humility at Its Best

Even with fame and fortune brought to him by his business, Morris is known for his humility and involvement within his company. It has been said that Morris has a quirky habit to make his driver stop so that he could take photos of interesting trees for inspiration for the interior of his stores.

Morris is also involved in testing the products. In an interview with Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale, he said that Morris often described their roles and relationships well. “He (Morris) said, ‘I think we’re a pretty good team. You stay here and work, and I’ll go and test the product.'” Remembering his roots, Morris is still making small steps to improve and build his business.

Bait and Much More

Though Bass Pro Shops grew to be one of the biggest hunting/fishing/outdoor retailers in the world, it has more to offer than just gear and guns.

  • Outdoor World Television: Offering a whole televised experience of hunting, fishing and the outdoor world, Outdoor World Television has won many top industry awards.
  • Big Cedar Lodge: Taking up 850 acres at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, this resort offers tons of activities from boating to skiing to fishing and more.
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park: Hidden deep in the Missouri Ozarks, this 10,000 acre wilderness is open to the public for historic tram tours, hiking, biking, horseback riding and, of course, trout fishing.

From an 8-foot section to a top brand and successful business, Bass Pro Shop’s story should be a perfect example to all those entrepreneurs out there who are reaching to the stars and waiting to watch their business grow into something amazing. Don’t be afraid to start small. Eventually baby steps could get you to where you want to be or even take you further.