Top five tools to add to your Airsoft toolkit
Once you have your Airsoft equipment ready to go, the next step is to keep your gear in good shape to extend its longevity.
There are a number of tools you can make use of to repair, tune and upgrade your weapons to ensure it maintains its peak performance.
This will allow you to get the most out of your weapon rather than buying a new one as soon as a problem occurs with your current weapon.
Wrenches and spanners or a combination of both are important for maintaining your weapon for as long as possible.
The most common reason you will need this tool is to tighten or remove nuts found in the stock of rifles.
At point of removal, you can try to repair the stock your weapon currently has or you can upgrade it by replacing it with a new one.
Our tool, the Delta Ring and Barrel Nut Armorer Wrench Tool, is useful for maintaining a number of rifles such as the M16, M4, and AR Variant Rifles.
For other Airsoft weapons, you will need to work out what nuts make up the stock and buy suitable wrenches with a half-inch drive.
- Valve Tool
Valves make up the structure of the magazines of gas blowback airsoft guns so keeping these intact is important to make sure your gun works as efficiently as possible.
A common problem with gas blowback guns is a leaky magazine which reduces the amount of shots you can get out of your gun before you have to fill it up again.
The valve tool is designed to remove these valves whether you need to replace them if they are leaking or upgrade them if you find a new magazine you want to insert.
Removing and replacing leaking valves will increase the gun’s capacity once more without the need for you to go out and buy a new one.
It is possible to remove these without it but this tool has been specifically designed to remove them which makes the process much easier.
Our tool, the PPS Steel Valve Key Tool, is designed for use on all GBB pistols and rifles.
- Cylinder head tool
The cylinder tool is useful for removing the nozzle off the cylinder on your gun with ease.
From the cylinder, you have access to the spring which is responsible for the propulsion of bullets out of the front of your gun.
Repairing or upgrading the spring ensures that your gun is performing at full strength in terms of projectile strength and range.
Our tool, the Airsoft Pro Cylinder Head Tool, acts as a universal cylinder head for all sniper rifles.
Once you’ve opened the gearbox, calipers are a useful tool to measure various elements within your gun.
It can be used for measuring the thickness of shims you place into your electric gun to let you know if your shims are the thickest they can be or whether you are able to replace them with something thicker.
You can also measure hop-up length among other things so that you can compare its current length against other options out there to see how your current gun stacks up.
A digital caliper does all the measuring for you and displays the results so it is recommended you purchase one of these rather than peeking into the innards of your gun and working out the measurements for yourself.
The screwdriver, or a set of screwdrivers, are a staple of any handyman and its usefulness extends to Airsoft weapons as well.
AEG guns have a number of different sized screws such as the stock screw in M4 weapons or the smaller screws found in the gearbox.
Keeping your gearbox healthy is important to prevent your gun from misfiring or misfeeding while you are stuck in a battle.
While Airsoft sites will sell tools suited to particular types of guns, Amazon, Halfords and eBay are some of the best places to find specific tools or universal tools which will work on most Airsoft guns.
Screwdrivers are sometimes capable of achieving the same results of the above tools but may require more effort to get there but, more likely than not, having a set around will come in handy.