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So what's the deal with the orange tip, it looks silly. Can the orange tips be removed?
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
So what's the deal with the orange tip, it looks silly. Can the orange tips be removed?
You can remove the orange tip but remember, the orange tip lets people know it is a "toy".
My son (12) kept bugging me to let him remove the tip. I won't let him!!

It's getting to be air soft season now. Fall to Spring he goes to this Air Soft Arena and spends HOURS with those folks. They have different missions they performm and he has a ball. His favorite is "Trouble in Terrorist Town". They even have air soft grenades!!!

He bought a G&G M4 that, for $150.00, was a great buy. Semi and full auto, laser scope, GoPro mount, etc.
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G&G makes a good gun. I bought my son an echo1 for his first gun. No issues with it. I ended up getting a Krytac SPR for myself. For a first gun I'd look for something in the sub 200$ range. Polymer body with full metal gearbox. Get a lipo battery and charger. Hobbyking.com has the best prices that I've found for lipo batteries. Evike.com is another good website. AEG's are the simplest guns to use. Plug in a charged battery and go. Good eye/face protection is a must. I use a full wrap around paintball mask even though only eye protection is required at the field I go to. I've seen too many teeth and face shots that are bleeding to ever wear anything less than full face protection.
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Originally Posted by Just1more View Post
You can remove the orange tip but remember, the orange tip lets people know it is a "toy".
My son (12) kept bugging me to let him remove the tip. I won't let him!!

It's getting to be air soft season now. Fall to Spring he goes to this Air Soft Arena and spends HOURS with those folks. They have different missions they performm and he has a ball. His favorite is "Trouble in Terrorist Town". They even have air soft grenades!!!

He bought a G&G M4 that, for $150.00, was a great buy. Semi and full auto, laser scope, GoPro mount, etc.
I figured on the orange tip, never had them on my toy gus as a kid. Does everyone else in the Air soft Arena have orange tips? You're not that far from me, where is this air soft arena that you speak of?
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Originally Posted by ericjp View Post
G&G makes a good gun. I bought my son an echo1 for his first gun. No issues with it. I ended up getting a Krytac SPR for myself. For a first gun I'd look for something in the sub 200$ range. Polymer body with full metal gearbox. Get a lipo battery and charger. Hobbyking.com has the best prices that I've found for lipo batteries. Evike.com is another good website. AEG's are the simplest guns to use. Plug in a charged battery and go. Good eye/face protection is a must. I use a full wrap around paintball mask even though only eye protection is required at the field I go to. I've seen too many teeth and face shots that are bleeding to ever wear anything less than full face protection.
I like the gas blow back guns, how are they?
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GBB guns are more realistic. The price of equipment adds up quickly. Just a warning. You buy a rifle then a sidearm and holster. Then better barrels, optics, smoke grenades, grenade launcher...............
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I figured on the orange tip, never had them on my toy gus as a kid. Does everyone else in the Air soft Arena have orange tips? You're not that far from me, where is this air soft arena that you speak of?
It's probably 50/50 on the tips. My issue with it is, I don't want my son running around the outside of the house or in the woods with it and have someone freak out about a kid running around with an assault rifle. I can see that ending badly.

The Air Soft Arena is in a warehouse up in Glen Burnie, off Crain Hwy, just past Dave's Trailors on same side. I think it's $20 for all day and the guy even buys pizza for the kids.

Here is a link: http://www.replayairsoft.com/replay-airsoft-arena/
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It's probably 50/50 on the tips. My issue with it is, I don't want my son running around the outside of the house or in the woods with it and have someone freak out about a kid running around with an assault rifle. I can see that ending badly.

The Air Soft Arena is in a warehouse up in Glen Burnie, off Crain Hwy, just past Dave's Trailors on same side. I think it's $20 for all day and the guy even buys pizza for the kids.

Here is a link: http://www.replayairsoft.com/replay-airsoft-arena/
That is cool, that's 30 min from me. Thanks
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Fish, if you're concerned about BBs around the house and yard you can just buy the biodegradable BBs.

My son has an HK 36 full auto (electric) with collapsible stock. He also has a spring powered sniper rifle by Daisy. He uses the Daisy more because the battery runs down fast on the HK. You can get larger batteries though.
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Fish, if you're concerned about BBs around the house and yard you can just buy the biodegradable BBs.

My son has an HK 36 full auto (electric) with collapsible stock. He also has a spring powered sniper rifle by Daisy. He uses the Daisy more because the battery runs down fast on the HK. You can get larger batteries though.
They make biodegradable bb's? That is too convenient. How long do they take to break down?

So your son has an electric. Did you consider any of the gas blow back guns? I am still trying to weigh the pros and cons of each.
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My son got into it and I played with him for awhile and it was fun. Let me give you guys a few tips in no particular order:
While we started with cheap, spring plastic guns, they always ended up breaking. No matter what. We ultimately ended up with FULL METAL guns (KMH are best quality and reliable) and they would have been cheaper in the long run.
The full metal guns break too, but they can be fixed and upgraded as well.
LEAVE THE ORANGE TIPS ON!!! Didn't you guys see that video of the kid in Ohio who was shot by the cops? He had painted over his.
Yes, bb's get everywhere and they aren't biodegradable (although they make those).
They do make small paintballs for airsoft but they are very bad for the guns as they can break and mess up the gun.
Blowback feature on guns looks cool, but performs no shooting purpose and uses up your battery or gas.
All in all, it can be a fun game to play war and stuff with your kids and other friends. We all played cops and robbers as kids and I remember everyone always fighting "I shot you! You missed me!" and airsoft and paintball take some of that lying out of the mix. Somewhat.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
They make biodegradable bb's? That is too convenient. How long do they take to break down?

So your son has an electric. Did you consider any of the gas blow back guns? I am still trying to weigh the pros and cons of each.
We looked at GBB online and if course that was what he wanted, but since this was his $$ paying for it, he opted for electric and spring. He's been shooting all summer in the backyard (destroying my PVC fence) with both biodegradable and standard BBs. All I've found when walking around or cutting the grass is the standard white BBs. The bio BBs are typically camo colored, so either they are breaking down fast or I can't see them.
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