You Decide Which is Better: Green Gas vs CO2
All standard airsoft sidearms use one of four sources of power: spring, batteries, green gas, or CO2. Green gas vs CO2 is the ongoing argument between many experienced airsofters. Both are similar in many respects, but they do have their differences. One differentiating factor is the way they are loaded into the gun. Green gas is loaded into the magazine(s) through a small opening that the operator must insert the bottle into.
When full, there will be sufficient gas to fire all the BB’s in the magazine, but it must be refilled much more often than CO2. Another argument against green gas in the green gas vs co2 wars is that many airsofters use propane and silicon oil to replace green gas so they don’t spend as much money.
CO2 is not always necessarily loaded into the mag, but can be depending on the make of the gun. While green gas comes in large bottles that contain many refills, CO2 comes in 12 gram canisters that hold enough gas to fire the pistol anywhere from 50 to about 100 times. With some guns, it can be loaded into a designated chamber in the magazine, but in other pistols, the CO2 loads straight into the grip. A point against CO2 in the green gas vs co2 argument is that green gas guns are easier to fill. All you do is insert the bottle and fill. No CO2 canisters to install.
Another difference is in the fps that each gas provides. CO2 is traditionally known to offer a little more punch, but green gas is still preferred among some airsofters for different reasons. Whichever side you choose in green gas vs co2, there are a lot of options for pistol models in each gas type, so selection is not an issue. Mostly, it comes down to preference and price. CO2 sidearms are generally cheaper, but often not built with the same quality or reliability that green gas guns are known for.
Most gas pistols range in price from $40 all the way up to $180, and offer unique features and design depending on the brand and model. For example, some offer burst fire selection, while others may be custom pistols, not replicas of a preexisting firearm model. If you would like to take a look at some of the different pistol types and read some reviews, visit our online store.