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Why are Airsoft BB polished?

Ever wondered why Airsoft BBs are polished? Its for good reason! It's not just another marketing slogan, it's actually to help with your accuracy!

Smoothing out and polishing your BB is a process designed to ensure there are no micro scratches or gaps on the BB, and almost all reputable BB brands do this.

The process has two effects:

  • Most importantly, removes any micro fissures or irregularity in the BB
  • Removes any excess residue from the BB

But why remove the bumps in the BB?

Any bumps, imperfections, grazes, dints or anything like that affect the air around the BB, which meaning that the flight path will be disturbed. The more imperfections you find on BBs the less accurate your shots will be, as the flight path will be more erratic, with the inaccuracy only increasing exponentially across long distances.

The hop-up unit is designed to add spin to the BB as it leaves the barrel to create a more stable Air pocket, and any imperfections can affect this.

Switching between a low quality BB and a high one can have all the world of difference when it comes to Airsoft. Why spend hundreds upgrading your rifle only to fail at the first hurdle by picking a low grade BB.

Excess residue on the BB, what's that?

Due to the way some BBs are produced residue can be left behind from the moulding process, which can either be a waxy substance or a release agent. Though they're not usually in a high enough amount to seriously destabilize the BB they can leave deposits behind in your barrel over time.

These deposits can then affect the trajectory and spin of the BB before they even leave your barrel, reducing your accuracy.

Over time these deposits build up and you will need to re-clean your barrel.

What BB do Patrol Base recommend?

We recommend all the BBs we sell, as they are the BBs our staff use when we play, however, these are our top 3 picks:

Commonly Asked Questions

Do you do bulk offers on your Airsoft BBs?

PatrolBase Jonny
Yes we do offer bulk BB offers. Your best bet is to check out the Bulk Buys Section on our website, which I'll link below. Hope this helps 🙂

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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