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Proper maintenance of your airsoft guns means that they will last for longer and continue to perform at a high level. Knowing how to keep your airsoft gun clean, which ammo to use, how to unblock them, etc. are all key to keeping your guns in good condition.

With this in mind, we have put together a quick guide of airsoft gun maintenance to help you keep your kit in prime condition.

Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning your airsoft gun, steer clear of strong cleaning products as these can damage the exterior of the weapon. You should only need to use a soft, damp cloth and a bit of elbow grease!

Most airsoft guns will only require minimal cleaning, but the barrel is one of the most important parts of the gun and will need fairly regular attention and lubricating.

To clean the barrel properly, spray a small amount of 100% silicone spray on to a cleaning patch on a cleaning rod and insert into the barrel AFTER you have turned off the hop up. If the hop up is on, you can damage it and the cleaning rod can become stuck. In fact, it is better for the barrel to remove it from the AEG and hop rubber, but as this can damage the hop rubber if done improperly or too often we don’t recommend doing this to everyone.

Clean the barrel using a back and forth motion, and then remove the cleaning rod. Attach a new dry cleaning patch to remove any excess residue. Once the patch comes out clean, test fire the gun and re-set your hop.

If you wish to perform maintenance on the interior of the gun’s gearbox, we strongly recommend you use a professional, as doing it yourself could result in damage to the gun or the risk of voiding the warranty.

Care of mags

Before you load your magazine, always check with the user manual of your gun and follow their advice. However, there are a couple of general rules worth remembering, such as:

Use clean, new BBs. Dirty BBs or ones which have been fired before and are now deformed can harm the mechanisms of your gun and cause magazines to jam.

Keep your BBs and magazines away from dirt and debris to ensure no foreign bodies get stuck in/on them.

Ammunition

Only use high quality BBs, as poor quality brands can damage both your gun and the barrel. High quality airsoft guns are designed to use 0.2-gram BB’s or heavier. Any BBs lighter than this can jam or break and cause over hopping & inaccuracy. Also, never reuse your BBs as they become deformed once fired. This can also contribute towards breaking your airsoft gun. If you are ever in doubt, please feel free to contact us and we can offer some advice on what is the best ammunition to use for your gun.

In case of a jam…

Sometimes, your gun will jam, no matter how well you look after it. If a BB jams in your gun, stop firing immediately. If you continue firing, it could lead to a broken gear or piston.

Completely turn off your hop up and insert the reverse end of your cleaning rod (which should be angled) into the barrel with the angle facing the feed tube in the magazine well.

Turn the gun upside down, look inside the magazine well and gently move the BB inside the barrel, you should see the BB pop out of the feed tube and then see the end of the clearing rod. Test fire the airsoft gun, and if it sounds good, crack on! If not, or if there is more than one BB stuck inside the barrel which you can’t remove, cease fire again and get in contact with us, as there might be an underlying problem!

There we have it, a quick guide to airsoft gun maintenance. If you need any cleaning equipment for your guns, or you are looking to pick up any new airsoft guns (UK based) why not take a look on our website or come and visit us in store?