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Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns

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Electro-Mechanical Guns
Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns

Evil Omen

© 2007 David Muhlestein licensed to About.com, Inc.

How they work

Electro-mechanical guns are basically mechanical guns with an electronic trigger which electronically releases the bolt to fire. The actual firing mechanism is almost identical to a basic mechanical marker, but the electronic circuit board allows for fully automatic firing, three-round burst and other firing modes.

Maintenance

Maintenance of electro-mechanical guns is basically the same as maintenance for mechanical markers. Be sure to regularly clean and oil the gun after use and make sure you keep your electronics dry at all times.

Advantages

You have the reliability and simplicity of a mechanical marker with the ability to increase your firing speed and shooting fully automatic or use another firing mode. You can also decrease the weight of the trigger pull (make it easier to pull back smoothly) and shorten the trigger pull. Electro-mechanical can also be bought at a price that is much less than true electro-pneumatic guns and comparable to many mechanical guns. They have many of the same parts as mechanical markers so replacement parts are easy to find. They are also relatively easy to repair other than the electronics (typically all contained in the grip). They also can usually use CO2 or compressed air.

Disadvantages

Electro-mechanicals have many of the same disadvantages as mechanical guns - they are not as accurate or as consistent as most electronic guns. They are as loud as mechanical guns and need a higher air pressure (usually over 600 psi) than electronic guns.

Examples

  • Evil Omen
  • Spyder Pilot
  • Piranha E-Force
  • Tippmann X-7 Electronic
  • Spyder VS3

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