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chvojka
is there a calculation or something to figure out how many shots per charge of propane in a given clip? perhaps cubic inches in a clip or something?
vulrath
Unfortunately, because we don't know exactly how much gas is released each time we pull the trigger, and the situation is complicated further by the addition of high-flow valves, varying power recoil springs, temperature, etc., its hard to tell exactly what kind of mileage you'll get.

What kind of gun is it? Someone might be able to give a rough estimate as to how long yours might last based on personal experience with a gun of the same make and model.
Slayer750
Just to let you know before people come in here and start bashing you, what you are referring to is a magazine, not a clip. I suggest searching "mag vs clip" on google so that you don't run into trolling in your future at ASF (or any other airsoft forum). I'm trying my best not to sound harsh...

As vulrath above said, there is no formula or sure way to calculate gas consumption in an airsoft gun unless using an external gas system, which wouldn't make much sense for a pistol IMO.
Sgt. Lai
It's not the magazine, but rather the gun itself. Give us a model and we someone who has it can probably give you an average
mrquackbunny
WHAT?
A CLIP? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU F-KING ARE TRYING TO TELL US YOU'RE USING A CLIP IN YOUR GBB? ARE YOU USING AN M1 GARAND?! WTF!

no, but seriously, there are a lot of factors to it, you can get anywhere from half a magazine to like 3 full magazines depending on what you have.
chvojka
Sorry, magazine. New to all this. I am not referencing any specific gun as I do not have one yet I'm just doing some research on what kind of gun to consider. I guess my question may be how does propane compare to electric guns? I am drawn to gas because it seems simpler and I like the blowback idea.
vulrath
Blowback is crisper, there are more upgrades available, it is actually a simpler system (at least I think it is when compared to AEG gearboxes; others might have a different opinion about that), more realistic. I'm sure others will add more, but that's all I can think of.
project-c2
Kind of hard to predict, due to cool down. If you let the mag stabilize per shot, say 86 degrees every shot, then you can accurately measure shot count, but who has time to wait 4-5 mins between shots. LOL But depends on the mag capacity too. ie Hi Capa vs 1911.
MARSOCdoc
u know what... if u wanna call it clip... do it... I support you. im gonna start doing it now too. as far as your original question, again, a lot of different factors come into play... we might need a lil more info about the specific gun... and propane vs electric, well... I'll always chose gas
chvojka
Thanks for all the info! The next question is can you generally shoot a full magazine of shots before having to fill with gas again? Also what should I be looking at for a starter gun, machine gun style for $150 or so. Gas of course.
jinmu
^Again depends. I was using a friends TM Mk23 (QUIETEST AIRSOFT GUN EVER btw), filled it wrong, and got three shots off before I ran out of gas. I should also note that it cold enough to see one's breath.

*Be sure to push the propane/green gas can DOWN into the mag/clip/valve in order to fill it correctly.
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