What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is a tactical sport in which players shoot each other with airsoft guns. Players use these airsoft guns (which often resemble realistic counterparts) to fire plastic or biodegradable pellets called BBs.

Resembling paintball in many ways, the overall goal in airsoft is to eliminate as many opponents as possible without getting shot. Teams compete indoors and outdoors using a variety of airsoft “weapons”, equipment, and strategies.

Here is a video highlighting some of the gameplay you’ll experience when playing airsoft:

The History of Airsoft

Airsoft was born in Japan during the late 1970s and early 80s. Since it was illegal for citizens to own real guns, manufacturers brought replicas to the hobby market. These imitation firearms shot plastic pellets and became incredibly-popular items nationwide.

The craze spread throughout Asia, eventually finding its way to Europe, North America, and beyond. Today, the sport has a strong foothold worldwide. While early guns were spring powered, newer guns are technologically complex.

airsoft timeline

Military groups and law-enforcement agencies even use the sport for training exercises! This suggests that growth will continue for the sport, especially given its realism.

Thankfully, airsoft is welcoming to all due to its relatively “low” cost and bustling community. Whether you’re a sniper, gunner, or otherwise, you’ll find immense enjoyment in airsoft.


What do you need to play airsoft?

You will need the absolute basics: a gun, ammunition, and preferably additional players (I go into more detail on essential airsoft gear here). You can target shoot to your heart’s content, though the game is best enjoyed alongside others.

Storage and wearable gear will help you keep extra accessories organized. While airsoft is quite safe, you will need important precautionary items to prevent serious injury. Accidents happen more often than you might expect.

Get out there!

Airsoft is growing rapidly, and for good reason. The sport is an awesome way to meet new friends and form lasting relationships. The game is what you make it – an expensive lifestyle or a casual hobby.

Some restrictions aside based on location, airsoft is extremely accessible and supported by passionate players. It’s a great outlet for building teamwork and social skills, and just might scratch that itch Call of Duty no longer can.