What Exactly Is Airsoft And What Are The Different Types Available?


So what is airsoft? Airsoft, which is a recreational sport, is played by a variety of people for a few different reasons. Airsoft guns are replicated after firearms, but instead of shooting ammunition, airsoft guns shoot small lightweight plastic pellets called BBs.

Airsoft was created in the 1970s in Japan, and was designed to be a purely recreational sport. The first airsoft guns designed were spring powered and shot several sizes of rubber, aluminum or plastic BBs, but eventually it became a standard to use 6mm and 8mm plastic BBs. Also, the spring airsoft guns eventually evolved into electric guns. Because of the all the new manufacturers of airsoft guns in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, airsoft guns began to be exported to North America

There are various reasons why people play airsoft. Some of the people that play airsoft are former/current military personnel and police officers. There are airsoft players that are adults and those that are very young. People often play airsoft because they are extremely interested in military history, and some also play because they are very interested in police and military tactics. But, the main reason why everybody plays is because airsoft is extremely fun.

There are a ton of airsoft guns available. You can chose by type, by what powers them, and by looks. Gas, a spring, or electricity are what airsoft guns are powered by; electricity is the most popular. Electric airsoft guns are usually referred to as AEGs (Automatic Electric Guns), and are battery operated. The most popular airsoft AEG is the M4, but other popular types of AEGs include the MP5, AK-47, M14, G36, and scar. There also are quite a few airsoft pistols and airsoft sniper rifles available in stores.


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