Airsoft is a sport where players engage in simulated combat, (not too dissimilar to paintball), with Airsoft Guns. Airsoft today takes many forms, yes there are still many who play the sport but there are also many Airsoft enthusiasts that just collect the Airsoft Guns plus even more that only target shoot in their back gardens or on private land.


Whilst many players don’t like comparing airsoft to paintball, it’s the closest thing that can be compared. Airsoft, is similar to paintball, in that teams of people group together into organised teams at a dedicated and insured field, and shoot small projectiles at each other for fun and sport. Where airsoft differs from paintball is that airsoft is much more focused on military simulation. Where paintball markers don’t always look like “real” guns, airsoft RIFs (Realistic Imitation Firearms) are modelled after genuine firearms and are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. The players will also, for the most part, be more dedicated to dressing in more realistic military gear, including vests and sometimes helmets, in order to look more realistic.


Thinking of getting into Airsoft but want to know more about the sport and about Airsoft Guns before you buy? Okay, so firstly, let’s take a look at what you need to know before making a choice that’s right for you. The following information is given as a guide, and we hope that the information will help you get into our global sport and join the community. Furthermore, you can also see our blog posts and our FAQs on this website for good, unbiased information.



Airsoft guns are replica guns that shoot spherical plastic projectile balls known as BBs They are typically 6mm and white but can also be a different colour. Airsoft guns are also known in the UK as BB guns; many airsofters will sometimes refer to lower-priced spring guns as BB Guns, but there is no rule for this. Typically. an Airsoft Gun is a RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearms), designed for competitive gameplay such as skirmishing and historical reenactments.

There are countless types on the market, and all have their place, offering endless fun for the owner. However, one of the most important things you need to know when buying a gun is ‘why are they also available in blue?’. In the UK, you must have a defence to buy a realistic-looking gun, i.e. all black, tan, silver or gold. However, dont forget, if you dont have one of the following reasons to buy, you can choose any gun in blue or orange.

Defence can include one of the following. Your delivery address is not in the UK; you have a current UKARA membership; you have a current UKAPA membership; you’re a member of a properly insured historical reenactment group or society; you’re a film, television or theatre production company; you are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum; you are a Crown Servant in pursuance of your Crown duties.

airsoft guns


To play airsoft you’re going to need a gun! In this category, we list all of our Airsoft Guns from Rifle to Pistol. If you don’t know what you want yet, then this is a great place to start. However, if you do know what type of gun you are looking for, please see our most popular gun and pistol categories below.

Electric Airsoft Rifles


AEGs or Electric Airsoft Rifles are the backbones of any airsoft player or gun collector. They are the most versatile, with many accessories and upgrades available for all models.

spring airsoft guns


If you are looking for an airsoft gun for back garden target shooting and this is your first gun, then the best value for money is one of these Spring Airsoft Guns.

airsoft shotguns


Pump Action Airsoft Shotguns are great fun for both target shooting and gameplay. CQB skirmishing has never been a more exciting, fast-paced action that you will love.

airsoft gas pistols


Regarding replica airsoft pistols, gas blowback is the most popular for skirmishers and target shooters. These Airsoft Gas Pistols will blow your mind but not your budget!

airsoft revolver


Are you looking for outstanding realism, maybe a Saturday Night Special? Then these Airsoft Revolvers with metal shell cartridge mags just like the real thing may be for you.

spring airsoft pistol


A great inexpensive way to start airsoft is with one of these Airsoft Spring Pistols. Most have drop-feed magazines and are very hard-wearing due to being a full metal construction.


FPS is the standard form of measurement for the power of Airsoft Guns. It stands for ‘feet-per-second’ and essentially covers how fast your pellet will project once you’ve pulled the trigger. To give you a gauge of this, 1 FPS is around 0.68 MPH, so when you fire an airsoft gun with 400 FPS, your pellet will be travelling at an impressive 270 MPH.

Airsoft Skirmish Sites will have limits on how much FPS power your weapon can have. Most have a cap of 330 to 350 FPS. However, if you are using an airsoft sniper rifle at an outdoors skirmish site then you usually have an FPS limit of 500.


Today there are hundreds of BB manufacturers and brands plus different weights to offer the best performance for your kit. Every airsoft will have their favourite brand, which can also change depending on the gun they are using. Magazines can also be funny with some brands but OK with others. A good place to start is with Bulldog BBs; low cost and very good for most rifles and pistols. Start with the standard 0.20G 6mm BB, and then experiment with different weights and even other brands if you feel you are not getting the best performance from your gun.


A Hop-Up system is installed in most airsoft guns and pistols, and it is used to increase effective ranges by putting backspin on the pellets. The Magnus effect causes the pellets to experience more lift as they are shot, counteracting against gravity. A small rubber nub protrudes into the top of the barrel through a small hole, and it catches the top of the pellet as it moves past.

Adjusting the hop-up makes the nub more or less protrude into the barrel, so that backspin is increased or reduced. Ideally, the hop-up should be adjusted so that the pellets fly as far as possible in a straight line without curving upward too far or dropping to the ground too quickly. Ease and location of adjustment vary by gun design; some equipment provides a control that can be adjusted quickly during gameplay. Others may require partial disassembly. For example, a common location for Hop-Up adjustment is where the ejection port would be on a real firearm. This allows the machine to be covered while still allowing quick access to adjust the Hop-Up.


The minimum age to buy an airsoft gun is 18. However, you can play on an airsoft site under the age of 18. Different sites will have their own minimum age requirements. However, there is no age restriction with owning or using an airsoft gun or using it in your back garden or on private land.


Spring Airsoft Rifles are exactly what the name suggests. These use springs to propel the pellet from the gun and are also called BB Guns by many airsofters. A spring gun offers great fun at a low cost to entry into the world of airsoft. On the other hand, Spring Powered Airsoft Sniper Rifles or Spring Powered Airsoft Shotguns offer serious power without the need for batteries or gas. Spring Airsoft Guns need to be manually cocked for each shot, which means you won’t see any semi or full-automatic spring guns.


Electric Airsoft Guns (AEG) or Electric Airsoft Rifles are Airsoft Guns that are powered by a rechargeable battery pack. They are the most popular type of Airsoft Gun on the market, mainly because they can fire fully automatic and are reliably accurate, making them ideal for players of all abilities.


Gas Airsoft Rifles utilise compressed gas as their source of power, such as Green Gas. Most gas guns ad a new level of reality due to their blowback action and the sound they make when fired. They are also field strippable and are used a lot in tv and film.


The number of accessories for your gun, pistol or loadout grows daily! From bipods to scopes and magazines to gun bags or cases, you will have lots to choose from. Whether you’re looking to add space, improve performance or just give your replica a new look, our accessories can make that happen. If you are a skirmisher you can take your game to the next level with tactical accessories that offer benefits to your game, from improved accuracy to performance of your gun.



Airsoft originated from Japan in the early 1970s, when photographer Ichiro Nagata, an avid shooting enthusiast himself, thought about making model guns that shoot real projectiles that could not kill. These “guns” were trademarked as soft air guns, tailoring to the needs of shooting enthusiasts while conforming to Firearm and Sword Possession Control Law Japan’s strict gun control. The name “soft air” referred to the compressed Freon-silicone oil mixture (later replaced by a propane-silicone oil mixture known as “Green Gas”) that was used as a propellant gas, which was significantly weaker than the canister CO2 used in airguns.

Originally designed for target shooting, the plastic balls these “soft air guns” use can be shot at humans without causing injury due to the low muzzle energy. After Tokyo Marui introduced its revolutionary electric motor-gear box design, which allows sustainable rapid-fire using rechargeable batteries, soft air guns became popular for casual wargames, which the Japanese call survival games. Asahi Firearms was a model company from Japan that operated in the 1980s and 90s and was one of the early pioneers of the hobby.

The guns spread to the United Kingdom in the late 1980s and early 1990s via a company called LS. They were sold in separate pieces and had to be assembled before they were capable of shooting. These then became available to the rest of Europe and North America and rapidly gained popularity worldwide. Since the mid-1980s, airsoft has been adapted with a purely recreational application in mind, and the sport is enjoyed by all ages. The replicas are now produced globally, with the majority being manufactured in East Asia. Many law enforcement agencies and military units within the United States now use these guns for force-on-force training drills.



Just BB Guns is a longstanding UKARA registered retailer, offering one of the largest product catalogues online and in our shop. The Just BB Guns collection of authentic replica and two-tone guns includes both rifles and pistols. We have sourced outstanding products from the world’s leading manufacturers and brands worldwide. Just BB Guns offers quality equipment to enthusiasts of all levels, serving the needs of thousands of visitors daily.

If you’re a beginner we’ll make sure you walk away with the perfect starter kit. Our skirmish guns are popular replicas due to their realistic look and feel, whilst being safe to use for sport. Dont forget you must be an adult 18 years or over to buy any of our guns. A good place to find more information about our products is in our blog or on the FAQs pages on this website. Also if you do have any questions you can chat with our support team via this website or give us a call. We are always on hand to help.