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Frequently Asked Questions


Each airgun kit comes with a manual. Read the manual and familiarize yourself with the names of various parts, disassembly, assembly, operational, safety and maintenance procedures. You could also get a friend familiar with guns to show you how to operate the airgun, or contact a local gun club to inquire about safety classes.
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Slide the spring loaded follower toward the bottom of the magazine. Using the bottle of BBs, pour a few BBs into the slightly wider opening at the bottom of the magazine making sure the BBs settle in an alternating pattern without gaps. Continue to add BBs a few at a time. You can add up to 27 BBs into the magazine. In some cases a pencil or pen point can be used to correctly arrange BBs. Once fully loaded, release the follower gently against the bottom BB.
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On the bottom of the airgun's handle is an opening. With the spring facing forward, slide the magazine into the handle of the airgun until you hear a click.
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To remove the magazine, locate a round button on the left side of the airgun behind the trigger. Hold one hand under the airgun handle. Pressing the round button will release the magazine. Use caution to not allow the magazine to fall to the floor as damage to the magazine is likely.
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CAUTION: There may be a partially filled CO2 charger in the airgun. Make sure the bottom of the magazine is pointed in a safe direction away from people. Never leave a CO2 charger in the magazine. Always remove the CO2 from the magazine after shooting.

The plastic cap on the bottom of the magazine is a wrench and a cover over the CO2 compartment. Slide the plastic cap forward exposing the shiny metal CO2 cover. Using the groove in the plastic cap slowly unscrew the metal cover in a counter-clockwise direction. Unscrew the cap slowly to allow the slow release of any left over gas in the charger. Once you are confident there is no more CO2 left in the charger continue to unscrew the cap until the charger can be removed. Insert a new CO2 charger into the chamber. Using the cap wrench, screw the metal chamber cover in a clockwise direction until tight. You may hear a slight hiss when the internal valve pin pierces the seal on the charger. Slide the plastic end cap back onto the bottom of the magazine.
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CAUTION: There may be a partially filled CO2 charger in the airgun. Make sure the bottom of the magazine is pointed in a safe direction away from people. Never leave a CO2 charger in the magazine. Always remove the CO2 from the magazine after shooting.

To remove an empty charger from the magazine, slide the plastic end cap off the bottom of the magazine. Using the groove molded into the end cap as a wrench slowly unscrew the metal cover in a counter-clockwise direction. Unscrew the cap slowly to allow the slow release of any left over gas in the charger. Once you are confident there is no more CO2 left in the charger continue to unscrew the cap until the CO2 charger can be removed.
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Either - there is no magazine in the airgun, the CO2 charger may be exhausted of gas, there are no BBs in the magazine, or the slide was not pulled back to cock the hammer and load a BB into the chamber after a reload.
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Yes. Each time the airgun is fired the rapid release of compressed CO2 causes a slight drop in temperature inside the magazine. After repeated firing the magazine will feel cold to the touch.
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There are more BBs left in the magazine, or, poor lubrication of the slide tracks. A low or nearly empty CO2 charger may also result in the slide not locking on the last shot. If this problem persists, do a thorough cleaning and lubrication of your airgun and replace the CO2 with a fresh charger.
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Yes. Removal of the orange tip is a federal offense. When traveling, you should keep your airgun in the original kit box or in a gym bag so not to alarm a casual observer. Be a responsible ActionAirgun shooter!
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No. ActionAirgun is a one design sport which focuses on the shooter and not on the equipment. Become familiar with the assembly, disassembly and cleaning of your airgun to keep it in top condition.
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No. Everyone in the league uses the same equipment, on the same range, shooting the same courses of fire during each stage of competition.
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Only 100% silicon oil should be used to lubricate your airgun. Use lubrication sparingly. Too much oil can be as harmful as not enough lubrication. Avoid the use of petroleum based lubricants. Make sure any lubricant used is safe to use on plastic and rubber.
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Most parts of your airgun need to be wiped clean. The lubrication points are: The O-ring held in the slide valve, the hammer hinge pin, the trigger and the two sets of slide tracks on the airgun frame. Clean off old lubricant before adding a small drop of fresh lubrication.
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Getting hit with a BB fired from an airgun will hurt and can cause serious injury. ActionAirgun is a target shooting sport which promotes gun safety at all levels. ActionAirgun does not condone or promote force-on-force activities using ActionAirgun equipment.
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Explore the cause of the misfire. Are you out of ammo? Are you out of CO2 or is the CO2 getting low? Was the slide racked back to fire the first shot? Is the safety off? Is the barrel plugged? Was the gun dropped? When was the last time the gun was cleaned and lubricated?
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Check the airgun manual for the procedure to adjust your airgun's 'Hop Up.' Inside the slide is the barrel assembly on the lower part of the barrel assembly is a small serrated wheel. Turning this wheel produces an adjustment in the flight of a BB. Turn the wheel in the direction that produces the best flight path of a BB.
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A physical property of CO2 is a slight odor.
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The small amounts of CO2 released during the shooting of a course of fire should not create a health hazard.
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Yes, the three main components are the magazine, slide and frame. The slide comes apart like an actual .45 caliber handgun. The frame also comes apart but it is not recommended unless you have experience with actual semi-automatic assembly. The magazine does not require maintenance other than to make sure at the end of shooting there is no pressure left on the CO2 valve. Make sure the charger is depressurized and removed before putting your airgun away.
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ActionAirgun is working on having a supply of certain spare parts. At this time, we do not stock all replacement parts for the airgun. Guns have been tested at ActionAirgun to provide thousands of trouble free rounds as a result of regular cleaning, lubrication and care in handling. If you require a part for your airgun call customer service to check on the availability of spare parts.
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Currently ActionAirgun does not stock replacement parts for all the equipment. Call customer service to check on the availability of a replacement part as from time to time parts do become available. Otherwise a new magazine would need to be purchased.
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The CO2 chamber cap may not be screwed down tightly. There might be an obstruction in the internal valve allowing gas to pass through. The CO2 charger may be defective. Like real firearms, it is important to keep the airgun clean and never leave the airgun with a pressurized CO2 charger left in the magazine.
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Most malfunctions are due to poor gun maintenance. Make sure your airgun is clean and properly lubricated before competition. Make sure you are using high quality .20 gram precision ground BBs and the CO2 charger is not exhausted or low on CO2 gas. Leaving a pressurized CO2 charger in the magazine may also lead to problems.
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Official times are the shooting times declared by the shooter as the three times uploaded to the website for any course of fire. All shooters have the same amount of time to practice and shoot official times during each stage of competition. For example: A fireteam is preparing to shoot official times. They get together, practice each course of fire, and then begin shooting their official times. The captain or designated scorekeeper will keep an accurate record of each fireteam member's three official times. Once the shooting is complete, those official times are uploaded to the website and saved. These three official times are uploaded to the website before the stage ends and used to calculate a shooters ranking.
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To download a course of fire, click on the link "Competition". On the left side of the page is a link "Downloads". Select this link and a table of courses of fire will be displayed on the right hand side of the screen. You must be a registered ActionAirgun Shooter and have Adobe Reader 5.0 (free download at www.adobe.com) or higher to view these files. Double-click on the PDF file to display the course of fire. Courses of fire are available at the beginning of each new stage and remain available throughout the stage.
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To upload official shooting times, click on the link "Competition". On the left side of the page is a link "Post Scores". Select this link and a table will be displayed with open fields available to enter your times. The fields are designed to accept times with a precision of 1/100th of a second. Official shooting times need to be uploaded and saved before a new stage begins. Shooters who fail to enter official shooting times will be assigned a shooting time equal to the slowest shooter for that course of fire.
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No, BBs are pre-lubricated by the manufacturer. When fired, BBs will pick up dust and small particles from the floor or may be dented which will do harm to your airgun if they are reused.
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ActionAirgun is a fun sport. Under general rules of play, shooters compete under the honor system. When shooting with a fireteam, the captain will be responsible for accurate recording of scores or they may appoint a member of the fireteam to act as official scorekeeper. Similar to golf, bowling, darts etc. when a group shoots together one acts as referee and keeps track of everyone else's scores so scores are verified and confirmed by the other shooters. During a sanctioned tournament where reputations and prizes are at stake, range officials will be present to verify scores. In addition, no scores of other competitors are visible until the end of the shooting week when the next set of CoFs is released. This fact prevents shooters from 'chipping' seconds from their scores because they won't know how many seconds they would need to gain an advantage. Finally we have statistical tools to monitor scoring data.
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UTC is Coordinated Universal Time. To find the date and time equivalent where you live, visit www.timeanddate.com/worldclock.
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Team play is encouraged but ActionAirgun can be played on an individual basis. Scoring is always based on the individual shooter's score. If you shoot as an individual you will be ranked as an individual. If you are a member of a fireteam, your individual score will be used to calculate the fireteam's score. Individuals' scores can be used in different ways to create league scores or fireteam scores. Algorithms contained on the website can take individual scores and use them to compile team scores.
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A Fireteam is a group of 5 shooters competing as a team. One member of the fireteam is designated captain and is responsible for accurate recording of scores or may designate a score keeper. After a stage has been completed, individual scores are recorded and uploaded to the ActionAirgun website. The website algorithm uses shooters individual scores to determine the fireteam scores. The fireteam score is based on the four best shooters on the fire team. The unused fifth score set is retained for use in the event of a tie breaker.
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Yes, there are Official Rules that you can download here. As the sport evolves and situations arise there will be addendums and amendments to the rules.
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ActionAirgun offers six 6-week seasons each year which are open to all shooters 13 years old and up. To participate, one must become a registered member of ActionAirgun; purchase or share a shooting kit and subscribe to the upcoming event. Once those conditions are met, the person is elevated to "Shooter" status and is entitled to all the functionality of the ActionAirgun website.

In the future, other organizations will be able to request special shooting events with ActionAirgun managing the scoring.
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Shooting kits are available exclusively in the ActionAirgun Shop. The complete "Advanced Shooting Kit" contains everything needed to compete in ActionAirgun. A high quality all metal CO2 powered gas blowback airgun, targets, target stands, shot timer, safety glasses, holster and a supply of BBs. Individual shooter seasonal memberships are 12 weeks in length.
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