What is Airsoft? What are the tools used within it? Where did it come from? What does it shoot? These are all common questions that many ask as they first come across this sport.
Airsoft much like paintball is a sport in which one team tries to eliminate the other through the use of plastic spherical projectives known and commonly reffered to as BB’s. Teams contest one another through various game modes in order to win the game such as: Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Elimination, Team Deathmatch and so forth.
In Airsoft there are a number of things that are needed in order to play: Complete face protection, an Airsoft Replica, and plastic BB’s.
Let’s split these categories into three respective parts:
Full Face Protection Masks, all airsoft players must at all times constantly be using an eye protection of some sort, face masks are recommended but not mandatory (Watch you teeth!).
Airsoft Replica’s or commonly referred to as Airsoft Guns are Plastic Pellet Propelling Replicas. They come in all shapes and sizes and are commonly made to look like their real world counterparts: M4 carbines, AK-47’s, MP-5’s, etc.
They also have various forms of BB projection platforms, either through electric guns (AEG or Automatic Electric Gun)’s, or Gas Powered Guns (Green-Gas/Propane/CO2). All types of airsoft gun platforms have various price tags (AEG’s generally faring a bit cheaper).
BB’s are small 6mm projectiles that the AEG or Gas Powered Gun’s use, they do not have paint inside them, airsoft uses an honor system.
Airsoft is a sport that came from Japan in the late 1970’s, which spread throughout South Asia, before coming to Europe in the 90’s and then to the United States. Airsoft was at first used by those in law enforcement and military training before it began to move on over to the Civilian market as a fun recreational activity. This allowed for Airsoft to rapidly develop as companies began to grow and greatly enhance the number of Airsoft replicas, the quality, and make the game more accessible for all.
In Airsoft players shoot at each other with Plastic Projectiles known as BB’s. These are 6mm plastic projectiles that leave small red marks (Long sleeve shirts/jackets are recommended!).
Once shot with an airsoft gun, it will feel like a pinch or a small sting on the spot, generally leaving a red mark, some weapons using high FPS may leave small welts.