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Airsoft is a modern combat sport or recreational hobby in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched from a compressed-air gun (or Soft Air gun) powered by gas, manual spring-load, or an electrically powered gearbox.

Airsoft participants organize meetings, either indoors or outdoors, at dedicated airsoft battlefields to play a variety of games ranging from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, military simulations, or historical reenactments.

Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common military tactics to achieve the objectives set in each game. Participants typically use varying types of weaponry designed as replicas of real firearms, tactical gear, and accessories used by modern military and police organizations..


Airsoft has its roots in late-1950s Japan, where firearms were difficult or impossible to obtain due to local laws; gun enthusiasts were seeking a legal alternative to use while enjoying their passion.[citation needed] Airsoft is still today most popular in several Asian regions, such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and to a certain extent, the Philippines and Indonesia. The vast majority of airsoft guns, accessories, and after market upgrade parts are also manufactured in these countries.

There is also a growing interest in North America and Europe, especially in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Belgium (which is also visited by Dutch players, as the game is illegal in the Netherlands), and Denmark.


The only groups of persons now allowed to purchase Realistic Imitation Firearms (RiF's) are those working in Film, TV, Museums, Theatres, Crown Servants, and persons engaged in Re-enactement activities, and airsoft skirmishing. All these purchasers must be over 18 years of age. Individuals within these permitted group have to prove their status, in the case of airsoft skirmishing regular membership of a UKARA recognised airsoft skirmish site (Most UK sites restrict maximum gun FPS to around 328, with single shot sniper rifles sometimes being allowed to be slightly higher).

UKARA are a group of Airsoft retailers who have formed an association to protect their businesses and enable the sale of RiF's, to the newly restricted recognised and approved customers resulting from the Violent Crime Reduction Act (VCRA). Under the new act it is the responsibility of the seller to verify that the purchaser is approved, and they may be prosecuted if they fail to do this with due diligence.

Note that so-called 'two-tone' guns, essentially identical to other RiF's except being brightly coloured over the majority of the items surface, can still be bought by those 18+ without being members of the above user groups. It should also be noted that repainting or otherwise covering up the bright colouration is a prosecutable offence.

Hazards of being mistaken for a real firearm

There have been unfortunate instances in which an airsoft replica firearm have been mistaken (by police, and also by armed citizens) for a real steel firearm. In these rare cases players must know how to act; dropping the gun when told to by anyone with a real gun, keeping hands in sight, remaining calm, following instructions, saying that the gun is a toy, but staying still, compliant and otherwise quiet while waiting for the person with the real gun to inspect the airsoft.

Some safety precautions you can take so that no confusion arises are: informing surrounding public about airsoft, and playing in private areas.

The major distinction between a real firearm and an airsoft gun is the shape of the magazine feed area, which contains a round circular opening through which the pellets pass. Thus, releasing and removing the magazine can assist in distinction between an airsoft gun and a firearm.







Officer from the 506th in action with a gas powered grease gun
Credit - Kerrin


Unit moves in on it's game objective
Credit - Kerrin