Pellet Pistol Types
A pellet pistol is a small non-spinning airsoft gun that fires these pellets usually at a maximum distance of about fifteen feet. Unlike other airsoft guns, pellet pistols are small and can be very effective if fired at the right range. They are very popular for backyard wars between neighbors and friends, and can often result in good friends becoming enemies because they don’t realize they are shooting live ammunition. However, because it is not as powerful as standard airsoft guns, a pellet pistol does not have the stopping power of a standard airsoft gun.
There are three major styles of pellet pistols, including spring, gas, and electric. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you are planning to use it for. Here are some of the major types:
The most common and cheapest style of Pellet Pistol is the piston-piston bb gun, which is probably the most affordable. With its basic design, the piston is powered by compressed air from a bail and feeds plastic BBs via the air hose to the magazine, where they are stored until ready for use. The disadvantage is that the magazine must be constantly refilled or the power source will become less effective. Also, since it is inexpensive and can be easily maintained, this is probably the best choice for beginners looking to start out with an airsoft pistol.
The next two Pellet Pistol designs are slightly more powerful and expensive. The first, the velocity god, uses a spring to increase the velocity of the pellets. The resulting velocity is greater than any non-permanent magnetic braking system, such as the electric motor. This design is capable of high FPS, but is generally not the best choice for people who are going to use the gun frequently outdoors. However, the price for this design is quite high, making it the more expensive of the two.
The second, the AccuTec, uses gravity to increase the firing power of the pellet. This means that accuracy is increased greatly. Like the velocity gun, the accuracy of this design is unaffected by temperature, although extreme temperatures can reduce the accuracy of a pistol. The magazine can hold up to sixty BBs, which makes this a good choice for people who like hunting. Although accuracy is increased greatly with this design, the final performance of the gun is much less powerful than the other models. This is because the gravity feed system does not feed each BB into the pellet.
The last type of model, the CO2 powered air pistols, are the most accurate. To achieve this level of accuracy, the Co2 fed pellets hit the target at extremely high velocities, using a CO2 mechanism. Unlike the first two options, CO2 powered air pistols do not need any spring to operate. They can achieve this high level of accuracy by using compressed air to propel the BBs. Because of this, these types of pistols are the best option if you want semi-automatic firing, rapid firing, or rapid firing without a magazine.
Depending on your needs, you will have to choose between a semi-automatic or an automatic pistol. Semi-automatics need to be cocked before each shot and must be manually operated, whereas automatic pistols can fire continuously with a press of a button. The major difference between these is in the amount of power that the pellets need to have to reach their maximum speed. For example, an automatic pellet pistol would need less power to shoot a pellet from sixty feet than a semi-automatic one, which would need almost double the force to fire a pellet at sixty feet per second. Air pistols can use compressed air to propel the BBs, as well as having a CO2 cartridge to provide the energy to ignite them.
The blowback action is another reason why they are more powerful than regular pellets. A blowback action is when the BB does not leave the barrel until it gets to its destinations. It pushes the BB into the air, creates friction, and then the gas that is in the barrel heats up and causes the BB to vibrate. This process is similar to how a rocket works. However, the vibrations make the pellets travel further than regular pellets. Even though the blowback action can cause the pellets to travel farther, they are still not as powerful as a regular BB.