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I do agree that propane and green gas are pretty much the same basic propellant, but for those who are lax on the lube (like my kid), green gas is kind of goof proof that way. As for too much lube, they've got that figured out and the proportion of lube to propane in a can of green gas is right. It keeps things working without soaking the gun.

Now, as for maintenance, etc, I am exceptionally particular about maintenance. After a game, my guns get stripped down and cleaned and are always at the ready for the next firefight. Parts are checked over for any damage that may have occured during the last game and everything is in exceptional working order. Mags never hit the floor or the ground (there's no reason for it...that's Hollywood), and at 50 bucks for a CO2 mag, why would I let it hit the floor? I worked too hard for that money. :)

I never dry fire anything...real steel, compound bow, airsoft gun, slingshot, air stapler..whatever. These machines are designed to operate under load. You can for test purposes, but no, I wouldn't do it regularly as an exercise. All guns get treated as if they were loaded at all times. Just safe practice and years of habit. Dry firing puts undo stress on components. Sure, it'll still last damned near forever and they may seems relatively cheap to replace, but I like to keep things forever and in perfect condition when possible. Sometimes, it makes all the difference when it has to.

As for green gas, not my thing. I'm a CO2 guy. I never game indoors and outdoors I use a CO2 pistol as a sniper/DMR secondary, in which case, they need to really reach out and touch someone. In response to barrels, I have a few options...the revolver packs multi shot shells, the 1911 has a modified nozzle and rocket valve for extra 'smack' and better gas mileage, and my little Prowler has a tightbore barrel and r hop for when I need alot of range and accuracy.

When using CO2 (as it is a very dry gas), one drop of silicone oil on the top of the cartridge (powerlet) before inserting into the gun or mag will provide enough lube to keep the gun happy. When I store the gun for long periods I put a drop of oil on a spent cartridge and place it loosely in the mag or handle so that the silicone remains in contact with the seal without exerting pressure on it. It keeps the seal 'wet'. So far, I have years in these guns with no repairs whatsoever. I know, I'm bad for business. hahahaha

That said, all the pistols are modified in house with the exception of two. A Skeleton (Dan Wesson) 4" revolver and the KJW MK2 (Co2 version). These are two pistols that are pretty much goof proof. Out of the box ideal for what I need them for and they just work. A little regular maintenance and they're on. Both give exceptional performance range as neither is blowback. I get well over 100 shots in either gun on a CO2 cartrdige, fps is strong, the shot shells in the revolver work exceptionally well, and the KJ with even a stock hop up (for now) works just fine. Guns like my 1911 have had the slide polished with rouge to make them like glass and reduce friction and wear substantially. It feels like it's on ball bearings! Also takes less gas, etc,etc..

Oh, and yes...get the best ammo possible. Always. Especially in higher fps pistols with hop up units. Revolvers and other smooth bores with no hops don't really care. hehehe
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