(This is kinda LONG. )
Well I mean, in some cases, a small difference may make a big impact, like you said. But in other cases, a small difference won't make any difference. I mean, I'm all for going over kill
and doing whatever it takes to squeeze out as much efficiency and effect as possible. I spend countless hours tuning my bicycle and a good amount of money on little little things that cut less than half a pound of weight off my bike each, all just so I can go a tad faster, since it can actually slightly make a difference. And, using Gen. 1 NV might even make a difference too!
But when it comes to things that are already good enough, a small difference isn't really going to do anything at all
. It's like studying for an easy test. Take for example, my high school physics class last year. I was forced to sign up for regular physics last year (we don't have honors), since it was a prerequisite for AP Physics, which I'm taking now. The class was geared towards those who only took the class so they could graduate, since no one likes physics for some reason?
I've coached at baseball for Stanford University's camps that they have for younger kids, and we put a huge emphasis
on working with physics, rather than against it. I've also done a lot of research about phsyics, since there's a lot of physics involved in airsoft, and both my parents are aerospace engineers. So, I already knew everything there was to learn in the class.
Whether I payed attention in class or not, whether I studied and read books or not, it wasn't going to make any difference on the tests
, considering how I got 100's on them all.
This example is COMPLETELY
relevant. There's a point
where decreasing the gun's loudness isn't going to make any difference at all. Once your gun is at a certain level of loudness (I don't know any other term for it... resonance?), once your gun is scoring a 100%
in that category, there is no point
in trying to make any more difference. It's not considered any sort of edge to be lower than that point. An airsoft sniper rifle is so so so so much quieter than an RS gun, even if the airsoft rifle isn't "silenced".
I played a game of, what we call "Mercy", where no one gets out until they call mercy. I was shooting my friend with .28's with my nearly bone-stock UTG L96
(only thing in it was a Polarstar L96 piston I had laying around, with no airbrake, mind you) at around 25-30 yards away. Staying in the same spot and not moving at all, I shot him 4 times. He stayed in the same spot too, trying to look and find me. I was wearing a plain green T-shirt and jeans. Yet, he couldn't see me, and never did see me until I stood up after he called mercy when I shot him the fourth time, and in the neck.
I honestly think that silencing an airsoft rifle to a DEGREE is effective, but after that, it's pointless. And, having an airbrake, in my honest opinion
, is pointless. There are other things to do, like using heavier bb's and claying/foaming/puttying your gun and padding the cylinder head (not piston
), but things like using an airbrake have pretty much no use, especially since (I totally forgot about this) the airbrake actually cuts down the fps as well. If anything, why not just use a weaker spring? That cuts down the fps too.
The only time that those differences that I call "pointless
ever come in handy is in a situation such as if you are laying in an open field or are really really close to someone. You shouldn't even be in an open field with a sniper rifle. If you are playing at a place where there's an open field, avoid it. If the place IS an open field, don't snipe. And if you are really really close to someone, odds are, they are below your MED, and you can use a silenced, lower fps springer pistol or an airsoft blowgun (easiest thing in the world to make, as loud as a ninja
). If your gun has been silenced to a certain degree, know where to hide, and are a good distance away from your target and others that are out of your MED, the only things that will give your location away are your skills and your judgement, not some airbrake for your gun that no one can already hear.
Perhaps this is a rant? Or me just trying to win an argument? Or maybe, I just really hate airbrakes? LOL dunno! Keep in mind, this is my OPINION
. This is what some guy you don't know on the internet somewhere probably far away thinks
. But if you are still persistent in getting one, then nothing I say will stop you. So, I would highly recommend going for a stock piston, since the piston end is polycarb, which should help quiet the *click* sound from cycling the bolt, as well as *click* from the piston release. It's also very light and will give you a little more efficiency with fps.