A more accurate airsoft gun is a desire of all airsoft players, but new people to the sport of airsoft often have trouble deciding which airsoft upgrades would make for a more accurate airsoft gun. This guide aims to make airsoft upgrading easier, by showing possible airsoft upgrades that have already increased the accuracy of my airsoft gun.
1) The quickest way to improve you airsoft accuracy is by thoroughly cleaning the gun. Use this guide to assist you in cleaning the airsoft gun.
Dirty airsoft guns have horrible accuracy. You can have a much more accurate airsoft gun if you clean it inside and out. This removes debris from the barrel, hop-up, and internals which affect the accuracy of your airsoft gun. Before you begin with the airsoft upgrades, start by cleaning your gun completely.
2) Hop-Up- This is one of the most important airsoft upgrades you can purchase. The hop-up is system that gives the BB backspin, which allows the BB to fly farther and straighter. It directly contacts the BB, so having the best hop-up system is an essential airsoft upgrade to an accurate airsoft gun.
There are two parts to the hop-up that users commonly upgrade. The hop-up rubber/ packing is the tube of rubber that fits around the end of the barrel. This airsoft upgrade can be had for under $15, and you will have a noticeably more accurate airsoft gun.
The second airsoft upgrade to the hop-up is the nub. It pushes down on the packing, causing the backspin. This does not have to be upgraded, but it will often help the accuracy of cheaper airsoft brands.
3) Tight Bore Barrel- Obviously, the barrel plays a huge role in the path of the BB. This airsoft upgrade can decrease the wiggle room the BB has, and substantially improve an accurate airsoft gun. Airsoft upgrade barrels have smaller inner diameters, and are machined much better than stock barrels.
New tight bore barrels can run from $25-$100+, depending on the brand and length of the barrel. While this airsoft upgrade seems expensive, if your stock barrel is not very good, it will make a much more accurate airsoft gun.
If you do get this airsoft upgrade, be sure to only use high quality BBs in the airsoft gun. Cheap BBs will have imperfections that will damage or jam your tight bore airsoft barrel.
4) Internal Upgrades- The barrel and hop-up make contact with the BB, so they are obvious airsoft upgrades for an accurate airsoft gun. But consistency leads to accuracy, so your internal parts need to provide a consistent burst of air through the barrel for an accurate airsoft gun.
First, open the mechbox using these guides ( Guide 1, Guide 2), and locate the cylinder/ piston assembly. Take out the spring, and put your finger over the nozzle tightly. Push the piston into the cylinder, and test how good the air seal is that it has. If it is bad, you can replace the O-ring on the piston with a new one from a hardware store to improve the air seal, and get more consistent shots from your accurate airsoft gun.
If getting a new and bigger O-rings doesn’t help your accurate airsoft gun, then you can check the seal of the cylinder head to the cylinder. This is also held on by an O-ring, which can be upgraded also. Try the air seal test under water to find where the air is escaping from.
If you want the absolute best airsoft upgrades for your accurate airsoft gun, you can begin to replace the internals. The piston and piston head can be replaced, along with the cylinder, cylinder head, and spring guide. Getting these airsoft upgrades will lead to a more consistent shot from your accurate airsoft gun. They will have increased air seal, and deliver consistent shots every time.