The wintertime is the ‘peak season’ for gas guns to leak. Most people opt to store their guns during the colder months, only to realize that they’ve developed some problems once they start using them again during the spring season. At times, this is very frustrating, especially when you are looking forward to going out again shooting some targets. However, in this post, we shall discuss some simple fixes and protective measures, which will ensure that you get the best services out of your gas-powered BB gun. This will save the time you’d have spent trying to fix your gun.
Gas-powered BB guns are exciting to use because of their performance. Most of these guns create a recoil feeling since part of the expelled gas helps in blowing a slide or blow backward. Now, this is what gives the gun a realistic function like a real firearm which operates on the same principle.
First, you must a cock gun for a round to enter the hop unit for firing. This is another thing that makes it more interesting to use the gun. Other times you tend to experience feeding failures or jams, which increase the practicality further.
The main challenge with gas guns is that they are affected by cold weather. Low temperatures make the guns inconsistent, and you end up getting lower shots for a given quantity of gas. Thus, gas-powered BB guns require some extra maintenance compared to spring or AEG guns. With that, let’s look at a few tips that will help you get the most out of your gun throughout the year.
Gas up your gun and go!
Every gas gun has its recommended gas—always use that gas. If you over-pressure the gas, you risk causing your gun to break or fire hot since it will be extremely powerful for the mechanisms inside the gun to handle. However, you can always make exceptions during the cold season by using a bit more powerful gas. However, you should never attempt to warm your magazines, as this can cause other serious issues.
In case you had packed your guns to transport them in the back or boot of your car, or you’ve just removed them from their storage, ensure that you give them some time to warm up to the ideal temperature before you start using them.
Care and maintenance is essential
Abbey Predator Maintenance Gas comes in handy during the cold season. It resembles the 144a gas, however, it has a higher percentage of silicone. It’s recommended that you use it on your magazines and guns after every 10 fills with normal gas. Most guns can’t cycle or use in target shooting. However, the higher levels of silicone can help to keep the seals and any functional parts lubricated.
Silicone is a lifesaver!
The major leaks in gas magazines come from the seals—yes, that’s the culprit you’ve been looking for all that long! Most of these seals have custom-molded or an O-ring rubber gasket or ring. Now, if this gasket has the slightest of damages, you can apply some extra thick silicone grease to sort out this issue. You should be generous in your application, and ensure that all seals are well placed before assembling the magazine again. Please note that pinching or scratching them can cause them to tear or rip—which is not good for your gun.
Now, this is particularly essential during the winter season. You should never expect your gas guns to perform the same way during warm weather—even if you throw every trick in the book to them. During the cold season, always give some lee-way to your air pistol bb gun, but you shouldn’t be frustrated if it doesn’t perform as efficiently as it does during warm weather. With this, you will avoid unwanted frustrations in case your gun malfunctions.