Airsoft was first created in Japan; it is a team-based shooting game in which participants eliminate opposing players out of play by tagging them with spherical plastic projectiles shot from low-power airguns called Airsoft Guns.

Although similar to paintball in concept and gameplay, airsoft pellets do not leave visible markings on their target, and hits are not always apparent. Though the pellet impacts can leave small bruises or welts on exposed skin (so protective gear is still recommended), the game relies heavily on an honour system in which players who have been hit are expected to call themselves out of play in keeping with honesty and sportsmanship.

Today many gun fans collect airsoft guns and use them simply for target shooting in their back gardens. Airsoft guns are less powerful than airguns and offer a safer target shooting experience than high-powered air rifles and pistols.



The Airsoft Guns guns used for either skirmishing and gameplay or target shooting are mostly magazine-fed, with some having manual feeds. Most guns are battery-powered or spring-piston-powered and use green gas or CO2 canisters. Many airsoft guns also have mounting platforms compatible with genuine firearm accessories and most cosmetically resemble real firearms. This makes them popular for military simulation and historical reenactments. There is also professional gun safety and weapon manipulation training conducted with airsoft in some fields, such as law enforcement training, due to better safety and lower cost.



Airsoft gameplay varies in style and composition but often ranges from action shooting to short, organized live-action role-playing (LARP) scenarios, close-quarters battle skirmishes, military simulations (MilSim) or historical reenactments. It is played on indoor courses or outdoor fields. Combat situations on the field may involve the use of genuine military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Participants may attempt to emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations. A game is normally kept safe by trained professionals acting as supervisors and marshals.

Before gameplay, an airsoft gun’s muzzle velocity is usually checked through a chronograph and usually measured in feet per second (FPS) or joules, a measurement for kinetic energy. Some countries have a set velocity or muzzle energy restriction; guns shooting over the legal muzzle velocity can be confiscated. Some playing fields further restrict minimum engagement distances, requiring players to yell “Bang Bang!” or another phrase instead of actually shooting other players at close distances. This is done to prevent any potential injuries from high-energy pellets shot at short ranges.

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Airsoft target shooting is where you would set up a target using empty drink cans or one of the many targets available now available from any airsoft shop. It is important to make sure there is nothing behind the target, or that you have something to stop any shots that may miss the target. Target shooting is great fun either on your own or as a group, it is a great idea for a party where you can run simple competitions that may have a prize at the end for both the best shooter and the worst shooter.



Many people that buy Airsoft products do not use them, they purely collect them as gun fans or movie and computer game fans. Many of the guns used in Airsoft are replicas used in film, TV and gaming.