Airsoft is a tactical sport/hobby in which players shoot each other with airsoft guns. Players use these airsoft guns (which often resemble realistic counterparts and require an orange marking[1]) 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.

The History of Airsoft

Airsoft was born in Japan in the mid-1900s due to strict regulations on gun ownership[2]. Since it was very difficult for citizens to own real guns, manufacturers brought replicas to the hobby market. One of the first manufacturers to exist was Tokyo Marui, which was founded in 1965[3].

Airsoft has only grown more popular over time, and has its purposes for both recreational activities and military trainings [4].

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?

At the bare minimum you’ll  need: an airsoft gun, BBs, and protective gear.


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.