What is airsoft?

Airsoft is a competitive sport played by enthusiasts and new players alike.

In the game of airsoft,  you use replica guns that fire 6mm plastic or biodegradable BBs.

It’s a lot like paintball. But much more fun.

What’s the difference between airsoft and paintball?

The obvious difference is that airsoft doesn’t use paint balls. We use 6mm BBs, which sting a bit.

But it’s deeper than that – it’s not just about the projectile size. The fact is that a smaller calibre in your weapon allows the manufacturers to make them much more realistic both in their action and aesthetically.

So the fun of airsoft is in getting guns and equipment that looks just like the “real steel” equivalents, e.g. an M16 airsoft gun will look and feel very much like a real one.

Who do the best airsoft guns?

You can get very cheap and poor quality airsoft guns, they cost just a few bucks from like WallMart or something.

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They’re no good, don’t bring one of those to a game. They can only shoot a few metres, and if you do hit your target they might not actually notice anyway!

The best airsoft guns are probably made by a company like Tokyo Marui. The only downside is that TM guns are a bit low powered, but you can usually power them up to get a better kick out of them.

How to play airsoft

There are loads of ways to play airsoft.

Here is just a snippet of the different games you can play:

  • Capture the flag
  • Save the hostage
  • Domination
  • Last man standing
  • Plant a bomb

All of these have different variations too. Capture the flag could be “steal some documents”.

Apart from all of this, you can play different styles too, individually:

  • Sniper
  • Close quarters combat player
  • Heavy support
  • Scout
  • Grunt (general footsoldier)

So airsoft has loads of different games to suit everyone’s individual style.

Hopefully as time goes on we’ll update this website with more information about it all.

Now go play airsoft!