How to Airsoft on a Budget ?
A budget is not a limitation, speaking from a sense of preservation. A budget is something you designate to be spent, not the amount of money your willing to spend. In this article I’m going to outline how to purchase a workable set of gear, from a few different perspectives. I’m not going to provide a bundle of links for you to click and buy, but I can shed some light on related products that you could look into.
How to Choose Airsoft Gear
When you’re choosing gear to buy, it’s never easy deciding which items to purchase. As you read this, several variables will no doubt come to mind; Style, reliability, price, color, cosmetic appeal…etc. I’ve had the same set of gear for nearly four years now, and you’ll need to deal with the inevitable reality that certain items will come and go. You must consider longevity in a budget load-out because if you don’t, you’ll end up spending money you never wanted to.
Allow me to map out the things you’ll need to play an airsoft game, first in a bare-bones fashion. To start, you’ll need a weapon (AEG, Sniper, Shotgun), next, face protection, and finally, some BBs’. A budget AEG, such as the G&G Combat Machine, can be purchased for $140, so we’ll use that price as our mark for budget rifles. Goggles or a mask will run you $15- $45 depending on which one you choose. BB’s aren’t cheap, especially if your playing longer games, and one bag can cost you another $12. The math is simple, and if you’ve decided on an AEG over a sniper rifle or a shotgun, you’ve spent about $167-$197.
Next, let’s move on to medium ranged budget. You’ll need a gun, face protection, a battery, an optic, a vest, and a few magazines. This is the budget I started with, and the budget I’ve built my current load-out on. With that in mind, I’ll share my personal financial scheme for this budget margin.
How to Airsoft on a Budget
First, I needed a weapon. So, the search began for a reliable AEG from a good company, for a reasonable price. I searched high and low, from Dboy to G&P, and finally one rifle appealed to me like no other. As I stated before, the G&G Combat Machine had me at first sight. I still have it to this day, it’s been running for several years without any problems, and it’s easily worth the $140.
Next, face protection and a vest. I hate fog, and so, in my quest to find the best piece of gear, I came across a goggle/mask setup with a built-in fan. Who could ask for more? Another $35, and four and a half years later, it’s still running. This piece of gear is especially appealing to budget players because it can function as a full facemask or goggles, so you don’t have to buy both or just one. I’ll post links at the end of this article. As for the vest, I felt that there wasn’t much choice for budget players. I wasn’t about to spend $80 on a chest rig because it said Condor. After searching around some more, the UTG Tactical Cross draw vest caught my eye. Radio pouch, four mag pouches, pistol holster, internal pockets, a tac belt, and a breast pouch with space for patch, all for $45.
Now that I had some gear, I needed a few cosmetic and extra function items. To do this, I developed a brand new approach to my budget scheme. Let’s examine what we need now, a battery for sure, and some magazines for the vest. However, after playing more games, I soon find I also need a smart charger, and some camouflage. Obviously, a budget player like myself can’t just procure all these items at once, with money from thin air. So, my new approach to this issue was ‘Budget Marginalization’. Simply speaking, I set aside a few dollars for each item that I needed, and every time I would be paid for work, the overall budget would increase, and such, each items’ dollar count would steadily rise. This would result in a steady flow of items coming in from the web, and the method worked in achieving my goals.
In conclusion, I’ve outlined what it will take to play airsoft at a minimum level, and at a medium one with some budget manipulation to help regulate what is bought and how much is being spent. I can’t tell you exactly what items will produce the best budget gear set, but I can provide a few links to help you understand what kind of things you should be looking for. Thanks for reading, I hope this article helped you get some gear, and understand the sport of airsoft just a little bit more!