- Stealthmasterairsofter14 wrote:
- The G36C holds 450 and is the most accurate
The M4 holds 300 and has better range, but not that good of accuracy
They are both pretty compact.
Ahem...prepare for rant on airsoft barrel length and its relation to accuracy...
First the actual difference in the barrel length is only something like 6 inches.
In a real steel firearm this could make a world of difference not the least of which would be a result of differing cartridges, charges etc...
The reason it makes a difference is bc the bullet has a chance to spin more (Rifling) and thus gain more gyroscopic stability, but also bc there is more room for higher compression cartridges to build higher pressures behind the bullet which is then pushed to faster speeds.
Take the humble airsoft gun.
Unlike in real firearms...all the ammo diameters are the same, the projectile weights are nearly identical and there is neither rifling nor extremely high pressure (Usually).
The 243 (ish) mm barrel of the G36C will not lose much range to the 363(ish) mm M4 barrel.
If there is a difference, I would be willing to bet that it will be indiscernible to the average airsofter.
OK...deep breaths...happy place...
Seriously though, understand that the barrel length in airsoft play FAR LESS of a role in the ballistics performance of the bb than in the real steel.
If you would like a better measure of predicted accuracy look to
barrel to bb fit. If the gun has a tightbore barrel its a good bet it will be somewhat more accurate (Tighter groupings) and possibly have marginally better range (MAYBE 25ft). The point is, in airsoft...if someone where to say "Model 'X' is more accurate than Model 'Y' bc 'X' has a tightbore barrel and an upgraded hop up", then it would be a far more accurate statement than any commentary on the length of the barrel.
That said, there is ONLY ONE QUESTION to ask yourself;
"Which gun do I like the look of better?"
If the answer is the M4...then by all means buy the M4 or the G36C...its really all up to you.
If however, you find that you really cant make up your mind and you like the look of both equally, heres why I would chose the G36C over the M4.
1. Ammo cap - Always nice to have nearly 500 bbs at your disposal...and yes the tabs on the sides work great for keeping an extra mag ready to be slapped in. (BTW machismo aside...all of us spray and pray from time to time...sometimes its the guy with the most ammo cap that is left standing when it comes down to suppressing fire)
2. Battery compartment - On the G36C its ROCK SOLID... one that retaining pin is in place there is virtually no risk of an accidental battery drop bc your fore grip came apart! Ala E1 M4A1.
3. Barrel length/Compactness - If your playing in a wooded environment, you will have to contend with brush a fair amount. Here the M4's barrel would be quite a liability and could snag much more easily. Contrast that with the slab sided G36C and the probability of snags is dramatically reduced. (This can really be useful when making a mad dash through the woods).
4. Perceived durability- I say perceived bc in truth their is really nothing wrong with the M4...it just feels a little flimsy in MPEG airsoft form. The G36C is basically a brick of plastic with a barrel and a stock poking out on either end. (This isn't a very "sexy" description but I feel its accurate). This design makes the G36C fairly immune from snags, body flex etc...
5. Out of the box upgradeability - Imho, the G36C is superior to the M4 for the sole reason that it comes with three R.I.S. rails already mounted to the nose of the gun.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the M4A1!!!!!!
IF YOU LIKE THE WAY IT LOOKS>>>Disregard all the anti M4 comments and buy the M4...its your money...you have to live with your choice!
Best of luck!