Airsoft as we know it is a combat sport that originated in Japanin the early 1980’s as the Japanese answer to the American craze of Paintball.
Airsoft is a primarily recreational activity where replica firearms shooting plastic rounds are used for personal collection, gaming, or professional training purposes (Military Simulations and Police training exercises). Airsoft Realistic imitation firearms (RIFS) uses 6mm or 8mm plastic BB ammunition and have muzzle velocities of less than 600 feet per second (FPS), which is generally considered safe when used in a controlled environment, this is fast enough to feel, however slow enough not to hurt.
Airsoft games vary greatly in style and composition depending on location, budget, and the quantity of participants but often range from short-term skirmishes and organized scenarios to military simulations and historical re enactments. 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 airsoft weaponry along with either real or replica military gear and uniforms.
Airsoft Skirmishing – Firstly, its great fun, no matter what age, gender or size you are. It is primarily a team sport, although games such as last man standing and rifles versus pistols are great fun. Players quickly learn that proper planning prevents poor performance and an early walk back to the safe zone. Some scenarios may seem familiar to those who have played Paintball but the addition of full automatic capability and longer range add new dimensions.
Airsoft vs. Paintball – From our own experiences and others we have spoke to, there are many points that set airsoft apart from paintball.
These points are as follows:
Realism – This game offers you the closest thing you can get to immersing yourself into war type situations without really going. You’ve played the game COD on your X Box ect, you have seen the films like Blackhawk Down, Platoon, and our favourite Bravo Two Zero, well now you can play through those scenarios. The weapons can give you an awesome range of upto 60-80m. You can get silenced pistols for close engagements and heavy machine guns if you want to lay down covering fire big style!!!
Cost – Airsoft average cost is usually a lot cheaper than paintball. This is mainly because the ammunition is a lot cheaper. Think about it, Airsoft ammunition average cost is about £10.00 for a bag of 5000 rounds. Paintball cost on average about £100.00 per box of 2000 rounds. Need we say more?.
Some people will always prefer Paintball some will always prefer Airsoft. As paintball is becoming more arena based, woodland is the domain of the Airsofter.
Airsoft equipment is more realistic. The weapons have both semi and full auto capability and they look like their real steel counterparts. You can get L85 A2, LSW, and the MINIMI all used by the British Army, M16s, M4s, M733 as used by many special forces around the world, MP5’s of every sort, AK 47’s, the futuristic Steyr AUG and the HK G36 family, shotguns, grenade launchers, sniper rifles and pistols. There’s not much you can’t get – put it that way!
Unlike Paintball where players are marked when hit, Airsoft uses an honour system where by you call yourself out when hit. Our gamers are therefore very honest and friendly and we have a strong community. We have marshals that monitor the games and address any concerns players may have.
Your health & safety are EXTREMELY important to us, so that is why our staff or marshals insist that site rules are strictly obeyed. They are there for your benefit. Airsoft equipment like most things in life is perfectly safe provided you adhere by the rules and respect it. All players are insured and are required to READ and SIGN an insurance waiver.
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