The following guide contains simple rules that AEG owners should keep in mind for best
results in a long lifespan of the replica. Please note that your manufacturer
may have additional specific guidelines for the product you have, be mindful of
the manuals they include. This guide is only meant as a broad supplement.
1. DO NOT dry fire your AEG needlessly. If thereís no object loaded in
your chamber to create resistance when fired, your piston will hit with the maximum force against the front half of your gearbox, thatís how you crack gearboxes. Sometimes, dry fire is inevitable when you run out of ammo, but do your best to limit this possibility. Listen for the sound difference your AEG makes when itís empty and change up that magazine as quickly as possible.
2. Decompress the spring. If you fire your AEG on full auto, itís possible that your piston may stop in a position that leaves the spring compressed. This can cause wear on the spring and weaken the firepower of your AEG at a much quicker pace. Fire the AEG on semi-auto 2-3 times after use to decompress the spring.
3. Never reuse BBs! Dirt, dust, and grime can cause wear on your hopup and feeding mechanisms. Always use new BBs. If you want to reuse them so bad, save them for your cheapo spring guns but DO NOT use them again in your AEG.
4. Always shoot with a full battery. A lower rate of fire can cause the AEG to cycle incorrectly and even throw your gears out of time. When you hear your battery starting to give, immediately charge it or change to a fully charged battery. DO NOT continue to fire it until the battery is completely dead.
5. Discharge your battery before charging(for NiCd batts only). Itís always best practice to discharge your battery fully before charging, this will ensure you get a full charge and your battery wonít retain memory. We recommend buying a charger with a discharge function for this reason.
6. Avoid contact with Water/Dirt/Sand. In excess, water, dirt, and sand can all damage your replica. Obviously this is a very active outdoor hobby and we do get dirty and wet, but try your best to keep your AEG internals and inner barrel out of harmís way.
7. Wipe down your AEG after use in the rain. Standing water droplets on some AEG parts can cause oxidization. Itís best to wipe down your AEG with a towel or a cloth thoroughly after use on a rainy day.
8. Periodically swab your barrel and lube moving parts. Be warned that some lubes, even those used on your real firearms, can damage AEG internals. You need to use 100% pure silicon spray when swabbing your inner barrel. Be sure to turn your hopup down all the way before doing barrel maintenance. Use the cleaning tool that came with your AEG and insert a piece of clean fabric (like a cotton gun cleaning patch) into the small notch at the end. Apply a small amount of silicon spray to the cotton patch and run the cleaning rod down the length of the barrel, slowly pull it back out while twisting. Repeat the process until the cotton/cloth comes out clean. Most cleaning rods have a mark that indicates how far you can insert the cleaning tool without contacting the hopup, do not exceed this mark! You may also want to apply silicon spray to some of the metal on metal external moving parts, if your model has any. You may also want to apply a single drop of silicon into the feed port, run about 100 rounds through it after you do this to clear any excess silicon. (The first shots may be erratic).
9. For those upgrading gearboxes. DO NOT use silicon spray as a lube, it will evaporate at some point and you will not have lubrication at all. Use either a silicon grease or white lithium grease. We donít recommend that you do your own gearbox upgrades unless you consider yourself a mechanically minded person who might actually enjoy troubleshooting the process of putting it all back together in working order.
10. Avoid using external parts needlessly. Some external moving parts are just for looks and serve no purpose for the function of the AEG itself. Itís best that you donít tamper with these too much, in some cases theyíll wear out or break easily.