Do’s And Don’ts – The Care Of Airsoft (AEG) Guns


1. Clean and oil your guns regularly, to keep them in top working order, Remember just a light coat of silicone lubricant often for all guns inside and outside. Guns with blow back features require silicone lubricant on the slides more often. Clean the barrel before and after use with a silicone lubricant, patch and rod. (Do not use real gun oil or lubricants like WD40)

2. Use only slick seamless 6mm round ammo purchased from a reliable website. DO NOT reuse ammo or cheap ammo, they will perform poorly and damage the weapon.

3. Use a smart charger-this will add life and performance to your batteries. These chargers will not overcharge and damage the battery and should be used with all NiMh and LiPo batteries.

4. Only use your gun with charged batteries. If your gun is wearing down, take out the battery, replace it and recharge it. DO NOT keep on shooting with a low battery.

5. Keep the gun dry, water can damage any and all components of an AEG. Keep all screws tight. Dropping can also cause damage that is no repairable.

6. Always read the safety warnings and instructions that is shipped with each gun or component. You can learn a lot from the pictures if you can’t read the language.


1. AEG’s are not built for continuous shooting. Keep intervals of 1-5 second bursts to prevent your gun from overheating. A hot gun can damage the gears or motor.

2. Never leave batteries in an air soft gun when you have finished shooting for any extended time.

3. If your gun gets jammed you must remove the jammed BB before shooting again. Shooting a jammed gun will cause damage that may not be repairable.

4. Never load your magazine to more than 80% capacity. Fully loading will cause the spring to loosen then the magazine will not work properly.

5. Never alter or try to remove the Orange Tip from your gun. This is unlawful (Federal) and some local governments have very strict laws protecting the orange tip.

6. Never discard the Owner’s Manual for your gun or components; it will be a valuable maintenance tool. Read It!


NiCad (nickel cadmium) batteries were the first to be used in air soft guns but due to their limitations they are included in today’s cheap guns only. These batteries need to be fully discharged by a “discharger” to prevent battery memory and thus a much less full charge. A large number of suppliers have quit selling NiCad Batteries. Discharge NiCad batteries before storage!

NiMh (nickel-metal hydride) Today’s air soft battery the most used and the safest. It can be recharged without requiring discharge. These batteries are inexpensive, stable and suitable for modern air soft guns.

LiPo (lithium polymer) Known for their use in cell phones and other devices, are now used in the airsoft market. These batteries bring lighter weight and the same rapid firing from fully charged to almost deplete. A LiPo battery will fire a gun the same RPM as a NiMh with less voltage. A 7.4 v LiPo should be used to replace a 9.6 NiMh, to prevent damage to gears, however a high end airsoft gun with metal gears this may not be necessary.

I will be back with tips on the care of spring and Gas Airsoft Guns.