Pushing the limits
Since I started airsoft sniping 11 years ago, I had one mission. Crafting the perfect sniper rifle, with the best possible range and accuracy. Since 2016 however airsoft sniper development hit a dead end. The 6mm 0.46g BB was the heaviest Bio BB and it could not be made heavier. The ammunition was the actual factor which limited the full potential of our sniper rifles.
It is time for change
I went back to the drawing board and engineered the system from ground up. After extensive research, I found out that the 6mm BB is not ideal for 2-4 joules sniper rifles. I needed to do what hasn't been done before, creating the future of Airsoft Sniping.
Less Air Resistance
Air resistance increases exponentially with the projectile's speed. The heavier 0.58g BB leaves your muzzle with the same energy, but slower, which leads to less air resistance. This is why it keeps speed and the kinetic energy much longer which leads to a drastic increase in effective range.
Consistent Magnus Effect
The higher mass of the 0.58g BBs in combination with the bigger diameter makes for a long-lasting backspin. Since the mass is further away from the center than on a 6mm BB, the spin can be kept for longer which leads to a flat and long-ranging hopup effect.
Flight characteristics | 0.46g compared to 0.58g
The flight path explained
As a result of the larger 6.44 diameter, vertical accuracy is improved due to a more consistent force of the Magnus effect (=hop up effect). The hop up bucking has more time and surface to grab the BB and spin it consistently every time you fire a shot.
Due to the high inertia, the 0.58g FULL THRUST BB will keep its direction towards the target more stable even with air turbulence trying to get it off its path.
0.46g grouping | 60m @ 2.6J
0.58g grouping | 60m @ 2.6J
Stable in Wind
Wind Drift Advantage
Wind effect | 0.46g compared to 0.58g
The flight path explained
The higher surface of the 6.44mm diameter spreads the force of the hitting BB over a bigger area. This results in less injuries. An example that shows this effect well is the bigger diameter of paintballs.
They are fired at an energy of up to 10 joules, but since the paintballs are bigger, it doesn't break the skin. A 10 joule 6mm airsoft gun would be way too dangerous to bring to the field. This is why the 6.44 BB is overall safer than the 6mm BB.
Clay Penetration test
To visualize the safety aspect of the FULL THRUST BBs we used ballistic clay diluted with water. Both the 6mm and the 6.44 rifles shot with similar energy.
As you can see, the FULL THRUST BB could not enter the clay as deep as the 6mm BB could, due to the bigger surface area.
Skin Irritation Test
To test the theory we shot with a 6mm and a FULL THRUST rifle at bare skin. Both rifles had 1 joule and were fired from 10 meters at a forearm.
While both hits are far away from a serious injury the close-up picture shows how the 6mm BB damaged the skin slightly more due to the smaller impact surface.
Heavy and Bio
100% Biodegradeable PLA
The base material from the NOVRITSCH 0.46g Bio BB is the same as for the new FULL THRUST BBs. The heavier weight is a result of the increased diameter.
This makes the FULL THRUST BB the heaviest biodegradable BB on the market which makes it ideal for long-range engagements at outdoor games.
What do they think?
Field owners share their opinion about FULL THRUST in these videos.
The Perfect Sniper
Most people are focused on building the perfect sniper rifle that would outperform everything on the field. This has been done over and over again by skilled technicians all over the world. But there is one problem with this approach - most people never think about the finite capability of the projectile - the 6mm BB. The ammunition and laws of physics will inherently limit even the best and most expensive rifle. That is why we went back to the drawing board and redesigned the system from the ground up, starting with the BB.
The Very First Question Was Obvious
Why is the 6mm BB the industry standard? Is it the perfect size considering the western energy limits? The answer is evident if you look at the BBs' weight development over the past few years. Snipers all over the world are continually switching to the heaviest weight available as soon as it comes out. First, there were 0.40g BBs, then the 0.43g, and since 2016 0.46g BIO BB hit the market and became the go-to standard for most snipers. The problem we're facing now is that current materials don't allow the 6mm BB to be any heavier while keeping its BIO properties. Therefore, the only logical step is to increase the diameter slightly to increase the weight dramatically.
After months of research on air resistance, drag formulas, ballistic coefficients, and real-world testing, we concluded that increasing the diameter is a step in the right direction. Hence, the new 6.44 BB was born, and its performance is impressive. For airsoft rifles with 2-4J muzzle energy, the 6.44 BB significantly outperformed the 6mm BB in range, accuracy, and stability during the flight.
A Bigger BB
The increase in diameter not only allows for the increase in weight but also helps to prevent skin damage and injuries simply because larger objects do not penetrate as easily as smaller diameter objects. Therefore, if other things are held equal (especially the muzzle energy of the rifle) the probability of the 6.44 BB causing an injury on impact is smaller in comparison to a 6mm BB.