Airsoft is an active, mostly outdoor sport played with replicas of real
firearms, which shoot 6 mm round plastic
BBs. This sport exists primarily for 2 purposes: to collect replica
firearms and to employ tactics and show your skills on the playing
field. A lot of game
variants exist, all of which involve shooting
opponents. .It is important to note that airsoft replicas are
same as air rifles.
is it played?
you are in the middle of a forest on a nice summer day. Except you are
not hiking. You wear camouflage and military gear and grasp a replica
assault rifle in your hands. It is quiet and you slowly advance
forward, trying to avoid stepping on twigs. You are on point, and a
squad of 5 other players follow you towards an objective. You are
looking for a stash of ammunition, but so are 8 other teams. You feel
like danger can be around every bush..
of the suden, your eyes gravitate towards movement, you definitely saw
a head about 200 feet in front of you. With a hand motion your signal
your squad to stop and point towards the enemy. They understand.
a low profile, you slowly advance forward and take position behind a
mighty tree. Seconds stretch as you hastily conceal yourself.
now the enemy squad has advanced closer and stopped mere 70 feet away
from you, yet they are unaware of your presence. Your heart begins to
beat faster and adrenaline begins to surge. You can feel your heartbeat just by holding your weapon.
around the tree you identify the enemy squad leader - you saw him at
the mission briefing. The opponents wait for his directions. He stops
his squad and advances even closer to you. He begins to peer in the
direction of your squad. Time slows down again as thoughts begin to
race through your head - "engage or let him go?" The enemy is mere 40
feet away now and you decide to engage. Slowly you raise your gun and
let a burst out. The enemy squad leader is caught by surprise as he's
hit in the chest by a shower of BBs. "Hit" - he yells and the
previously serene forest now is full of thumping and whirring
of replica weaponry as your squad unleashes a volley of BBs at your opponents.
your teammates supress the enemy squad, you withdraw from the front
line. Your teammates follow. Together you share a few laughs over a
well executed ambush and proceed towards your objective."
above is an example of an airsoft patrol game with 9 teams attempting
to search for two ammo boxes hidden on the field. The event is a combination
of squad tactics and stealth.
The game is played mostly in woodland setting, but other varieties
also exist. Players split into teams and proceed to engage each other
with replica firearms at ranges of 20-300 feet. Based on your budget
age, there are several distinct varieties of airsoft which you can
participate in :
skirmishes, as in the example described above
and Military Simulation
Be sure to check out these airsoft
videos on youtube to get a feeling of how the game
expensive is playing Airsoft?
is an expensive sport with steep upfront costs (at least for a college
student). A lot of equipment involved in the sport is imported with
shipping and customs fees adding up to the costs. In the
years, a variety of chineese manufacturers
started to produce affordable AEGs, comparable in quality to the more
upscale models. Buying a 120$ gun to check out if the game is for you
is a lot more appealing than spending 300$ on a similar gun.
This website attempts to demonstrate that through effective
budgeting and having a clear direction on the kind of gear you may want
to use, you will get a lot more for your buck. Please consult the links
at the top navigational bar for
a more detailed breakdown of costs involved in playing Airsoft.
As any sport,
airsoft is only as safe as the players make it. The good news are -
reckless behavior is corrected quickly and a variety of safety measures
are in place to prevent injuries. Statistically, serious accidents are
rare, and you will have to sign a waiver detailing
the kinds of accidents that may occur, and says that other players may
shoot you. Here are some safety highlights:
- Safety equipment (goggles, masks, head wraps
and gloves) are
available to protect your most exposed body parts from BBs.
legitimate or insured fields enforce a limit on kinetic energy of the
projectiles used in skirmishes
- Games are governed by rules of engagement which
include a significant focus on safety
For the legal status of airsoft, consult the
wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_issues_in_airsoft#United_States
is a sport played on privaty property with all players providing consent, signing
waivers and medical release forms.
- Thousands of people around the world enjoy
- The biggest risk involved is - an airsoft
weapon being mistaken for a real one. There are tips
available to minimize this risk
- Do not shoot passerbys or animals to avoid
getting in trouble.
Starting to play airsoft involves some money and a learning curve. Why
bother with this?
is fun. Many kids play "war" or "cowboys and indians" with their
friends. Airsoft is an opportunity to have similar experiences as an
- It is sport revolving around community - there
are many opportunities to find friends from diverse set of backgrounds
- Airsoft revolves around values such as honor,
integrity and teamwork. The honor system is in place at all
- Airsoft is a very active sport which helps you
quickly get in
shape and tone your body. After your first game, you will
feel sore all
over your body with some muscles that you did not even suspect
existed. After a few games you will find it easier to play and have enough
endurance for a whole day of games.
- It is an opportunity to get outside your home to
enjoy fresh air and outdoor exercise
your kids play airsoft, it is an opportunity to bond with them by
sharing a common interest. There are plenty of teenagers
airsoft alongside their fathers.
- It is an exciting opportunity to collect
replica firearms, gear and learn about infantry tactics.
it hurt to play?
Being shot with airsoft weaponry stings, but the pain doesn't last
The impact is blunt and rarely penetrates skin. Clothing
softens the impact significantly and face masks protect your most
sensitive areas. It
is possible to get a few minor welts from close quarters shootouts, but
these heal in a matter of days. Shots to the exposed areas of the face
heal within 3 weeks and give you a reason to brag about your manly
experiences : )
Consider the following table comparing the muzzle kinetic energy of an
airsoft projectile compared to other projectiles out there.
|Airsoft gun @
400 FPS with 0.2g 6mm plastic BB
|Air Rifle @
950 FPS with .22 Caliber lead BB
|5.56mm M16 assault rifle