FAQ (What’s this all about?)

What is Airsoft?

What you see are not real guns, but are realistic BB
firing replicas called airsoft. To understand what airsoft is, it is
important to understand what it is not.

Airsoft BBs are plastic, and are bigger than the US standard metal BB’s, but smaller than paintballs.
Note that pictured paintball is a small paintball. Paintballs used in the US and UK are typically larger.

Airsoft is different from the traditional “BB guns” common in Europe
and in the United States, which often fire 0.177 caliber metal BBs
(round or pellet shaped) at speeds of 350fps to 1000fps. Power is
usually by way of CO2 cartridges or through hand-cocking air power.
Some of these BB guns resemble real weapons in their general shape, but
in almost all cases they are modified somewhat in terms of details or
in the way their switches function. They will also never carry the
trademarks or names of their real counterparts. As such, close
inspection will always allow you to distinguish between a BB gun and a
real gun. BB guns can be used for sport shooting or hunting, but are
not suited for indoor shooting or war-gaming due to their high power.
These BB guns are incapable of shooting full auto.

Airsoft is different from paintball guns,
which is designed specifically for war-game purposes. These “guns” do
not resemble real weapons at all and are usually quite simple in
design. Power is by way of a compressed air gas tank that is in its
smallest form as big as a coke bottle, that is mounted externally on
the paintball gun. Paintball guns shoot plastic balls that are filled
with paint, which break up and splatter on the opponent’s body upon
impact. Given the relatively large size of paintballs, the projectile
of each shot is a slight arc rather than a pure straight-line. However
when shot at close range, these paintballs can really hurt and cause
bruising. The beauty of paintball is your opponent cannot deny being
hit due to the visible paint marks that are delivered by the paintball.
The only thing that leaves something to be desired is the look of the
gun, which is burdened by the huge container for the paintballs, and
the external gas tank. Paintball guns are mostly incapable of shooting
full-auto.

Do I have to keep on my orange tip?

As of right now our official rule is that yes you do infact need the orange tip on at all times during, after and before the games or on the property. It’s a law that we have no control over and is a criminal offense.

Are Airsoft guns dangerous?

Airsoft
products are not designed to deliver serious harm, and are powered by
various methods to propel a 6mm plastic BB at distances of 50 to 200
feet at between 200fps to 600fps. Most airsoft guns are designed to
shoot plastic BBs weighing 0.2g to 0.25g. Some of the entry level guns,
such as the mini guns and electric blowback guns are happier shooting
0.15g BBs, and modified weapons are capable of shooting over 0.3g.

Airsoft
guns can be modified to deliver serious power, though not
life-threatening. Highly modified and powered-up airsoft guns can break
skin and cause bleeding, but will never penetrate flesh or lodge itself
under the skin. That is why airsoft is perfect for recreational
skirmishing since they are non-deadly – unlike the metal BB guns
manufactured by companies like RWS (Europe), Daisy (USA), and Crosman
(USA).

Are Airsoft guns legal?

Yes!
Airsoft guns are legal in most countries without the need for a
license, including the United States (except in a few States), England,
France, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy,
and many other places. Some countries such as the United States
requires that all imported airsoft guns have painted orange barrel
tips. Other countries like England and France require nothing at all
and airsoft guns can be imported in their original state.

Note
that on some airsoft guns, there is no flash hider, or it is not
removable. In those instances, we will paint the tip orange. Removing
the orange paint is possible with paint thinner but again, we do not
encourage it for legal reasons.

For more on legal issues, click here.

How do Airsoft guns work?

Shooting
can be performed in semi-auto, and full-auto on selected models at
approximately 10 to 14 rounds per second. For example, Marui’s electric
MP5A5 machine gun is capable of 12 rounds per second, while KSC’s M11
sub-machinegun is capable of delivering 1200 rounds per minute (which
is as fast as the real M11). Accuracy varies depending on models but a
1-inch deviance at 20 feet is standard on stock, unmodified models.
With the proper modifications and upgraded parts, your airsoft rifle
can be deadly accurate and attain a deviance of only 2 inches from 50
feet.

There are several types of airsoft guns and they are categorized mainly by their propulsion mechanism.

How loud are airsoft guns?
Gas blowback guns typically sound similar in nature and loudness to popping a fully inflated balloon. AEGs are a little bit quieter and almost sound like a hammer smashing loudly on a plank of thick wood. No airsoft gun can possibly match the loudness of a real gun.

How strong is the recoil on airsoft guns?

AEGs typically generate little to no recoil. You can feel an intense vibration when firing in full-auto mode. Recoil is present in gas blowback guns and handguns will generally kick in your hand when fired in semi or full auto mode. Keeping your aim will require a strong grip as the gun kicks up. However, the recoil is far far softer than a real gun. While the recoil on a real gun is strong enough to lift your arm entirely, a strong kick on an airsoft pistol will only kick and pivot your wrist.

What is the relationship between Joules and FPS?
Joules measures the energy of a BB as it is fired and impacted upon its target. Joules accounts for both the speed and weight of the BB to calculated total energy of impact.

Velocity, or Feet Per Second (FPS) as it is usually referred to, simply measures the speed of the BB without taking into account its weight.

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2 Comments »

  1. AlexM Said:

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  2. BradandPitti Said:

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