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A question on BBs

  • 01-08-2013 9:51pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 17 ✭✭✭ Che16


    Hi,

    Not long into airsoft and am curious abut something.When I'm plinking out my back garden and trying to adjust my hop-up I've run into a bit of a challenge:I can't see the BBs half the time.I've got my hop adjusted satisfactorily now so it's not much of a problem.My question is how come the BBs are sometimes invisible,is it the type of BBs used,the AEG,the conditions present,the angle etc.etc.?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 144 ✭✭ CobraClan


    Well if your looking down the sight sometimes you can't see the bbs and then there is light or background, some bbs come in black but there mostly used by snipers because there harder to see when travelling through the air!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 ✭✭✭ Che16


    CobraClan wrote: »
    Well if your looking down the sight sometimes you can't see the bbs and then there is light or background, some bbs come in black but there mostly used by snipers because there harder to see when travelling through the air!

    Well I don't use the sight as I use a half face mask,as for the light and background I play CQB where all the lights are turned off so I wouldn't be able to see them anyway.I use regular white BBs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,913 T4RGET


    Che16 wrote: »
    Well I don't use the sight as I use a half face mask,as for the light and background I play CQB where all the lights are turned off so I wouldn't be able to see them anyway.I use regular white BBs.

    well then either your BB's are travelling beyond your vision (you may be short sighted or you have some serious good range) or the accuracy it self is a bit off and you're not actually looking where the BB's are.. Lastly your rifle could be putting out a high FPS making the BB's hard to see. out of all of them I'd put it down to a bad background though, try shooting into green or brown coloured backgrounds instead of just a plane field


  • Registered Users Posts: 711 ✭✭✭ bushball


    may be a bit extreme of a solution but you can get a tracer unit if all else fails


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 ✭✭✭ Che16


    bushball wrote: »
    may be a bit extreme of a solution but you can get a tracer unit if all else fails

    That's my most likely solution.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,040 ✭✭✭ Southern Dandy


    If you can't see it try and hear it. Set up a target ideally something metalic for a ping noise, start at 15m, fire 3 rounds if it hits it great, then walk back 5m maybe 10m, shoot a burst and continue this process in increments until you can no longer hit your target or see your BB's.

    This will give you a guide as to your range and accuracy which you can gauge in a skirmish and for yourself.

    I think a tracer unit is a pretty costly solution to a very easily solved issue. Not unless you want a tracer unit.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 ✭✭✭ Che16


    If you can't see it try and hear it. Set up a target ideally something metalic for a ping noise, start at 15m, fire 3 rounds if it hits it great, then walk back 5m maybe 10m, shoot a burst and continue this process in increments until you can no longer hit your target or see your BB's.

    This will give you a guide as to your range and accuracy which you can gauge in a skirmish and for yourself.

    I think a tracer unit is a pretty costly solution to a very easily solved issue. Not unless you want a tracer unit.

    I have a small back garden,I'm in the city so I don't live near a field and I've neighbours so I don't want to make much noise,I don't have much space to manouvre in.

    I can still hit my targets fine,the sights are dialed in so accuracy really isn't the issue,I have mild OCD so tht's the main problem,I have spare cash lying around so I might consider a tracer unit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 711 ✭✭✭ bushball


    you could try differnt color bbs first


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,048 OzCam


    Yes, but not yellow. Those are only .12g and will get blown off course by the slightest breeze.

    Just in case nobody's mentioned this to you yet, make sure your neighbours can't actually see your airsoft gun(s). This is important. Even though it's your own garden that will qualify as "exhibiting an airsoft device in public" and will get you at least a visit from the local Guards if someone makes a complaint.

    Anyway, if your hop-up is set properly, it's normal for BBs to climb slightly during the midpoint of the flight before dipping again and then falling off sharply when they run out of energy. You may be losing sight of them at that point.

    One other test you might try is to put up a dark-coloured backstop, a dark sheet for example, behind the target. That will give you much better visibility of white BBs.

    For all you ever wanted to know about BBs, see the Airsoft Trajectory Project. It still hasn't been bettered after all these years.


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