All the most basic questions about airsoft answered. A perfect place for beginners to start learning about airsoft.
What is airsoft?
Airsoft is a combat game that simulates real-life warfare as realistically as possible. It involves using airsoft guns that shoot small plastic BBs. Airsoft allows you to feel the thrill of military combat while being completely safe at the same time.
What is an airsoft gun?
Airsoft guns are very realistic replicas of real guns. They closely resemble their real-life counterparts in both looks and feel. Some airsoft manufacturers replicate real guns to the smallest details, right down to the triggers, switches, and even logos.
What do airsoft guns shoot?
Airsoft guns shoot small, plastic, cheap, ball-shaped pellets. These pellets are usually only 6 mm (0.24 in) in diameter and weigh 0.12-0.40 grams. The speed with which the pellets are propelled from the barrel can vary between 200-400 feet per second, and in some cases even faster.
What To Wear for Airsoft?
In a nutshell, here’s a list of necessary pieces of equipment and clothing that you should wear in an airsoft game:
- Full-face protection (or at least eye goggles),
- Clothing that leaves no skin exposed,
- Boots that offer ankle support.
Airsoft vs Paintball
There are a number of differences between paintball and airsoft. Some of the prominent aspects where airsoft and paintball differ are the:
- type of guns and ammo used
- realism they offer
- costs related to playing them
- amount of pain they can cause
Airsoft vs BB Gun
Although somewhat similar, airsoft and BB guns differ in a lot of regards, such as:
- the size and material of the BB (or pellet) they shoot,
- their safety,
- realistic appearance,
- use case
What is an electric airsoft gun?
An electric airsoft gun is an airsoft gun that is powered by electricity from a rechargeable battery. The battery powers the motor, which transmits through a gearbox to pull back a piston that compresses air and shoots out the pellet out of the gun. Further down there’s a separate section that goes deeper into how electric airsoft guns work, if you want to know how it works internally.
What Is a Gas Airsoft Gun?
A gas airsoft gun is a semi-automatic or fully automatic airsoft gun that uses gas as a power source to shoot airsoft pellets out of the gun. There are a couple of gases that can be used to power the gun, most notably green gas and CO2. Gas-powered pistols are a common choice for a sidearm.