What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is a modern combat sport or recreational hobby in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched from a compressed-air gun (or airsoft weapon) powered by gas, spring, or an electrically-powered gearbox.

Airsoft participants organize meetings, either indoors or outdoors, at dedicated airsoft battlefields to play a variety of games ranging from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, military simulations, or historical reenactments.

Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common military tactics to achieve the objectives set in each game. Participants typically use varying types of weaponry designed as replicas of real firearms, tactical gear, and accessories used by modern military and police organizations.

Does it hurt?

A close-range shot from an airsoft pellet on bare skin from a gun with a velocity over 330 fps can break the skin and cause minor bleeding or welts. If playing with a t-shirt or thin clothing it may possibly make a small bruise. A shot closer to the eye area can cause serious injury and possible blindness. For this reason eye protection is mandatory for all players.

Most impact energy levels should be below 1.15 joules or 490 fps with a 0.20g pellet. While impact at close range may hurt for a while, at longer ranges it stings for only a second, if at all.


What's the difference between Airsoft and Paintball?

While the rivalry between paintball and airsoft can be a heated one, the true answer to which is better can only be answered by the player. There are a few distinct qualities that distinguish the two sports from each other.

Paintball weapons are not based on real weapons. They run on a gas that has to be refilled regularly, they have less range and accuracy, and the ammunition is considerably more expensive.

Airsoft weapons are based on real guns and can have significantly more range and accuracy.