Airsoft is a team-oriented sport in which players use replica “guns”. These airsoft guns are used by players to fire spherical pellets (BBs) at their opponents. If you’re looking to dive into the world of airsoft, then you want to make sure you learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the better your overall experience with airsoft will be. This guide will cover nearly everything you need to know about airsoft, in an easy and digestible way.
The History of Airsoft
Airsoft was born in the island country of Japan around the 1970s. Due to strict gun laws at the time, no one was allowed to own conventional firearms, and so the citizens of Japan decided to create safer “guns” that would be legal to own. Spring-powered airsoft guns were the first type of airsoft gun ever made, and were trademarked as “soft air guns”. One of the earliest mass-produced airsoft guns was the 7 mm 1976 Matsushiro SS-5000, which you can see below.
I won’t go into too much detail about the history, as I think the sources below do a great job of talking about the growth of airsoft.
Airsoft Rules & Game Types
There are some common rules you should know before heading to the airsoft field. Break any of these rules and you’ll most likely be unable to play, so make sure you know what they are. There are also a variety of games you can play, with the more popular ones being Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.
Types of Airsoft Guns
Airsoft snipers are rifles that allow players to hit targets from long distances. They are one of the more high-maintenance airsoft guns and have a fairly steep learning curve, so be absolutely certain you’ll enjoy having one before buying one.
Airsoft pistols are the most popular secondary in airsoft. They’re light, quick to draw, and easy to use. Electric pistols are usually a bit cheaper, while gas pistols are generally built better.
The most popular type of airsoft gun. airsoft assault rifles are generally semi-automatic and automatic, firing BBs at a higher rate than pistols and sniper rifles.
Airsoft shotguns are one of the best when you’re dealing with CQB, although they aren’t as popular as assault rifles. With the ability to fire more than one BB at a time, they provide a unique gaming experience.
Airsoft Power Sources
Gas-powered airsoft guns are guns powered by CO2 or Green gas. They are a little more tedious to deal with than spring or battery since you have to replace the gas when it gets used up. Between the two, Co2 is less affected by the cold but requires higher-quality parts to deal with the pressure.
Spring-powered airsoft guns are guns powered by a spring. They’re very nice because they aren’t affected by the cold, and are much easier to take apart and fix than a gas or electric airsoft gun. You’ll find spring-powered guns mostly in airsoft snipers and shotguns.
Electric-powered airsoft guns use a battery (usually a LiPo or NiMH), that’s connected to a motor that fire BBs. These are the most common type of assault rifles and are generally pretty reliable.
Airsoft BBs, often called pellets, are round projectiles fired from the barrel of an airsoft gun. BBs can have different weights and compositions, and perform at different levels depending on your FPS snd the type of airsoft gun you have.
Although your airsoft gun is the most important purchase you can make, the gear you get also helps shape your airsoft experience. The right gear will make your experience more enjoyable, whereas the wrong gear will make it less enjoyable.
There are a ton of airsoft brands, with some creating better quality airsoft guns than others. Most people know about Tokyo Marui already, but there are other brands that make some solid airsoft guns. I highly recommend learning about the different brands and what they do well so that when you decide to buy an airsoft gun, you know who to buy it from.
There are airsoft fields all around the world, and they all have their own set of rules that need to be followed. Many fields have FPS restrictions, so knowing what field you’ll be going to beforehand is important. If you’re looking for an airsoft field near you, one website I recommend using is airsoftc3.com. As of right now they only include airsoft fields in the United States, although that may change in the future.
Airsoft Tactics & Strategies
If you want to give yourself an edge, make sure you stay up to date with the latest tips, tricks, and strategies so that you can incorporate them into your game.
Common Airsoft Terms