What Is Airsoft and What’s The Attraction?

So here I am looking at all the airsoft gear that I’ve accumulated over the years and I’m thinking that I should share some of the thoughts that I’ve picked up while playing this amazing sport every weekend. I mean let’s be honest, this is a fun sport and sometimes we need to get away and blast each other without any lasting damage.
Airsoft and how it’s played
The comparisons are inevitable so I’ll just put it out there – paintball and airsoft have a lot in common. Airsoft is generally less painful because the BB’s are lighter in weight and so there’s less of a zing when you get hit. This can be an advantage since you can go home in one piece, but then again some airsoft guns shoot in excess of 400fps which CAN break the skin if you get hit. But generally you can’t really be sure if you hit your adversary like in paintball so airsoft is played by the honor system. Either way in both games people try to find a way to shoot the guy on the other team to defend a position or capture a flag or some other endeavor.
Another difference is in the equipment. Paintball equipment looks menacing in it’s own right but airsoft is generally more accurate in looks, size and weight to a real firearm which explains the legal restrictions in some areas. Some airsoft guns are so realistic in fact that they are collectors items in their own right with people playing hundreds of dollars to upgrade various parts. Paintball ammo, however is around 10x more expensive than airsoft ammo.
So in a nutshell, compared food processing courses to paintball, airsoft is:
– cheaper – the guns, the ammo, the gas etc.
– More realistic guns
– A little less painful
Finally, the airsoft equipment that you wear is intended to keep you safe, and unless you do something boneheaded, airsoft is one of the safest sports out there other than gateball or curling. There are plenty of ways to get hurt like ceco emissions testing smashing into a tree or twisting your ankle on a rock, all of which I have done, but generally, if you invest in good safety equipment and use it, you’ll live to play another day. Only watch out for biting and stinging insects.
So there you have it, pick up a gun, throw in a mag, get out there and have some safe wild fun!

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