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How long will your AEG last?

Everyone want's their gun to last forever, so do we, its annoying to have to keep repairing your gun. But how much is too much for your Airsoft Pride and joy? Well, we came across something interesting whilst scouring the G&G Manual for the G&G ARP9 AEG which made us think.

We've always wondered how much punishment each AEG can take, which obviously varies from gun to gun, but its so hard to put a number on it, so when G&G have mentioned it in their Instruction Manuals we found it kind of interesting once you worked out how many rounds it realistically is.

Before we start, a bit of background, G&G are a great brand, and are usually considered one of the go-to brands for quality and reliability. In fact, the G&G Raider range is used at a lot of Airsoft Game sites as rental weapons because they're so reliable, so they're a great base line for this example.

The reference relates to the Motor, which is usually the last thing to break on an AEG.

And, if you want to read the manual for yourself, you can find it on G&G's Website: G&G - ARP9 User Manual.


How much is too much?

In the ARP-9 Manual, in fact all of the newer style manuals, under the troubleshooting section you can find the issue 'No operation at all'. This reads that a possible cause may be:

"Expired Motor Life (50,000 to 60,000 rounds) or poor electrical connection."

This got us thinking, we needed to put some perspective on this in real terms to get our heads around it, so we worked out the following:

60,000 rounds is 20 Bottles of BBs.

-  If you used 6000 rounds per day of Airsoft (around two bottles) this would mean 10 Skirmishes.

- If you play twice a month it would mean your rifle should be expected to work for around 5 months.


What do you think?

This in our opinion is a bit of a conservative guess, we've seen rifles last a lot longer than this, and some a lot shorter. It mostly comes down to how you use the weapon, if you stick an 11.1v battery in and hold down the trigger its going to last a lot shorter time than on a 7.4v.

This rough estimate only takes into account the motor too, so doesn't take into account other mechanical faults such as a Gear Failure, Snapped Tappet plate or Nozzle Failure. It does make for an interesting rough guide though.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Do you think this is a good estimate, or has yours lasted longer? How long do you expect your weapon to last?

Written by PatrolBase Jonny, who has written a total of 74 posts.

Jonny has worked for Patrol Base for 5+ years, working in the media department and on the main website. Responsible for managing the software which runs the website, bringing new features wherever possible. You can get in contact via Facebook and Instagram.

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