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Cost of Airsoft

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Airsoft Prices – Prices to play Airsoft

There is a lot to consider when calculating the cost of Airsoft.

The question of how much you need to spend depends on how often you take part, what equipment you feel you need and if you have a desire to customise your weapons to improve performance.

Getting kitted up

A good pistol can cost anywhere from £50-£250 so it is up to you to decide if the features boasted by each pistol you look at is worth the money for what you want out of the game.

The pistol is the standard weapon for shooting at a target but there are a number of weapons from rifles to submachine guns which can either be used to give you more firepower or help you in a specific tactical role.

This is where the price can shoot up to over £500. From there, guns can be customised and accessorised further to improve performance increasing the cost further.

It is important to note that there is no need for you to buy multiple weapons or to customise them in order to take part although those who do may gain an advantage.

There is no set attire for Airsoft but camouflage and weather-resistant gear can be bought from Airsoft shops to help you blend in to and tackle the terrain.

You are free to wear your own clothing and boots but it is advised that these should be weather resistant.

The one thing that is a MUST for your attire is face protection. Tightly secured goggles or glasses are needed to protect your eyes from flying BB pellets.

If you do buy your own equipment, there will be a further cost of buying gun bags and/or rucksacks to store and transport your equipment to and from the skirmish site.

Alternatively, you can rent replica guns, equipment and attire from the runners of the skirmish site so that you do not have to worry about owning, maintaining and transporting the equipment.

Guns can usually be rented for between £20-£30 while equipment such as eye protection will probably cost another £20.

This might be the best option if you only plan to partake in Airsoft every once in a while but if you want to become a regular, having your own gear which you can customise may be the best way forward.

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Ammo

3000 0.2g BBs should be enough to see you through a day of Airsoft for a single gun, costing you somewhere in the region of £6-£12. This type of BB is the standard for most pistols and rifles.

However, weapons such as sniper rifles require heavyweight BBs in order to match the sniper’s range and accuracy which will cost £10+.

You will have to consider the number of weapons you bring and the type and amount of BBs needed for each to determine the overall cost.

Admission to day game

The good news is that registration with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA) is free; you are required to play three games on a UKARA registered game site over a two month period to complete the registration.

Admission to a skirmish site usually ranges between £20-£30 which is a fair price whether you want to go every now and again or every available weekend.

Overall, the cost of Airsoft varies widely on how often you take part and how much you invest in your guns and equipment.

The basics needed for a day game work out favourably, particularly if you are just renting equipment so you can enjoy the game as it is but you might find yourself going further down the rabbit hole once you get a taste of it.

History of Airsoft

The beginning – A brief History of Airsoft

Airsoft began in Japan in the mid-1970s but the story starts before that.

At the end of WW2, citizens were no longer allowed to carry firearms so they turned to buying replica firearms which, at that point, had no purpose other than to look like the real thing.

Moving on to the 70s, replica guns were created to fire projectiles, small BB pellets, by a spring-loaded system which allowed the people of Japan to buy a weapon that could mimic the feel of firing a gun as well as copying the look.

While the skirmish sites weren’t really there at that point in time, these people now had an opportunity to play with their friends using these safe replica weapons, marking the start of Airsoft as a hobby.

Rise in Popularity

The growth in popularity among Japanese citizens was noticeable and companies in Japan soon latched onto it and began to create a marketplace for these weapons.

Airsoft grew further as Japan began exporting to other countries in Asia such as Korea, Taiwan and China, all of which had strict gun laws as well.

The spring-powered guns provided the firing ability but lacked the FPS to make the guns anywhere near as fast as their real counterparts.

The 1980s saw advances in the design of replica weapons and the technology used to propel pellets towards someone else.

Gas-powered guns, those with a blowback ability, came in to increase the velocity of the shot and still be safe to use against opponents.

It was during the 80s that Airsoft’s popularity began to spread outside of Asia, reaching the UK and US markets.

Cultural factors

Cultural factors

Many in the UK and the US welcomed the idea of Airsoft where people could shoot at each other with realistic looking and feeling guns.

They could do this without ending up with bruises which were the case for the fairly new and popular battle simulation of paintball.

Action movies brought forward the idea of an action hero who relied on an arsenal of guns to take down the bad guys.

War history enthusiasts, whether through film, documentaries or books, would have gained an interest and knowledge of the guns used throughout history which these replicas could faithfully imitate.

The 2000s saw a boom in the number of video games released regarding war which introduced gamers to many of the famous brands of pistols and rifles such as the Desert Eagle and the AK47.

Many people wanted to feel like an action hero, a solider or like they were playing a real-life video game and Airsoft gave people this chance without being in any danger.

Growth of Airsoft stock

As the market began to grow, people’s interest in a gun’s look and capability grew as people sort to not only play Airsoft as a hobby but also to invest time and money into buying Airsoft guns and accessories which suited their needs.

With the constant innovation and increase of new military-style weapons since WW2, there was an ever-growing list of real weapons where a replica was demanded.

In the 90s, Tokyo Marui invented the first electric gun, the AEG, to improve the rate of fire further.

Since then, guns have been built and designed with a number of features, along with customisation options, for people to get everything they need from their gun.

Airsoft today

Airsoft has grown on a global scale with Asia, North America and Europe, in particular, embracing it with a huge number of websites selling Airsoft guns internationally.

Almost every European country has skirmish sites while the UK now boasts over 150 of them.

It is a popular market which is still growing with no signs of its popularity stalling or declining anytime in the near future.

Global Airsoft

Airsoft around the world – Where can you do airsoft?

Airsoft is a hobby that has made its way around the world.

It’s reflected by the number of international Airsoft sites which are selling Airsoft guns and equipment.

Europe

Airsoft Guns

The Airsoft Guns website caters for the whole of Europe but the actual Airsoft store is based in the Czech Republic which has been selling imported Airsoft goods for over 10 years.

Led by experienced professionals, they offer professional repair, upgrade and custom work as well as selling Airsoft equipment.

Airsoft Zone

Airsoft Zone may be based in Austria but it is far-reaching with distribution rights for famous airsoft brands like Krytacand Airsoft Innovations within the European Union.

It has been selling Airsoft equipment on the website since 2011, shipping orders from the warehouse which covers 2000 square metres.

Airsoft Shop

Airsoft Shop operates as an online retailer as well as having a shop located in Belgium covering the full range of weapons from pistols and rifles to SMGs.

AFG

Slovakian based AFG has exclusive rights to represent companies and to import certain Airsoft goods into Slovakia.what is airsoft milsim

USA

Red Wolf Airsoft

Founded in 1998, Red Wolf Airsoft claims to be the first international Airsoft retailer with the most diverse range of Airsoft weapons and equipment.

With offices in the UK and Hong Kong, Red Wolf is spread far and wide offering repairs, upgrades and other customisation options for Airsoft equipment.

Evike

Evike have an eye-watering number of Airsoft brands on their website providing you with plenty of variety when considering your options. They also offer the chance to book a place on a number of themed skirmish events across the USA.

Airsoft Atlanta

This store was founded in 2000 with a walk-in store opening the following year to provide a physical and online presence, specialising in high-end custom Airsoft guns.

Airsoft Atlanta not only provides Airsoft equipment but have their own skirmish site too with Power Ops Airsoft, which provides over 100,000 square feet of field space for skirmishes to take place.

Airsoft Station

Airsoft Station was founded in 2006 as a part-time hobby that soon grew to the point where the website was set up in 2008. They now operate online and from their Minnesota store to provide Airsoft equipment on an international scale.

Airsoft Megastore

This site is committed to cheap prices to make Airsoft accessible for as many people as possible without dropping the quality.

They also have a commitment to making their company as green as possible with eco-friendly packaging and procedures. This is an Airsoft site with a clear ethos that goes beyond selling Airsoft equipment to customers.world laws of airsoft

Asia

Echigoya

One of the oldest Airsoft shops in the world, Echigoya was founded in 1993 selling Airsoft replicas among other toys. It has grown to 4 branches across Japan supplying top brands to the worldwide Airsoft market.

Impulse101

Impulse101 has an international feel about it, made up of Franco-Japanese Airsoft enthusiasts who also speak English.

Its story began with Pulse Airsoft in 2013; the men behind the company’s rise left and set up Impulse101 instead which has been going strong ever since.

Airsoft Shop Japan

This online shop ships out Airsoft equipment to people all over the world. Its collection of Airsoft equipment is fair but it is a bit on the smaller side in comparison to its competitors.

WGC Shop

Hong Kong’s WGC started life in 1998 as an Airsoft forum, War Gamer Club, for people to share their experience of Airsoft weapons, equipment and skirmishes.

Two years later the name changed to WGC Shop and the website began selling Airsoft equipment and quickly grew with a number of offices and warehouses being owned.

In 2008, they opened their first showroom to display their stock to members of the public.

John’s Airsoft

John’s Airsoft owns 5 stores in the Philippines called Vincent’s Hobby Shop. With a focus on pistols and rifles, there isn’t as much gun choice with a lack of SMGs and grenade launchers and limited shotgun options.

Where it does excel is in Airsoft accessories with almost 250 items to choose from.

Where can I do Airsoft in the UK?

UK Airsoft

Airsoft is a popular sport where battles with fake weapons that feel realistic can take place without having to face the danger of a real battle.

Although the weapons are generally harmless, there are rules in regards to carrying these around.

Airsoft equipment should not be taken out into public. If you carry it with you, it must stay concealed in a bag, unloaded. This is because these guns, even though they are fake, can cause unnecessary worry to the public if spotted.

Two-tone guns (guns of more than one colour) are recommended if they are ever carried anywhere other than a skirmish zone as to make the gun imitation appear less real but it is still advised that you conceal them.

Any damage you cause to people not wearing protective equipment can be designated as common assault and items broken can be classified as criminal damage.

That is why there are designated areas where people can take part in Airsoft with other players referred to as skirmish sites.

These skirmish sites range from woodland sites to urban sites where players are free to roam around and fire their weapons at others in the knowledge that those people are part of the game too.

There are over 150 skirmish sites are set up across the UK where you can get involved in a simulated battle with others, using your Airsoft equipment in the process.

This saves you from having to organise your own get together and find suitable space to play in.

You can contact the owner of the site to join in or you can set up your own skirmish site to have a battle simulation among a group of people, usually taking place on a Sunday.

Costs

If you are simply a person interested in becoming an Airsoft player, the cost is non-existent to take part in Airsoft activities.

Some sites will allow you to buy or rent Airsoft equipment once you are there which, along with the cost of travel, is the only cost associated with Airsoft activities for players.

Buying and owning your own weapons and protective gear beforehand means that you have everything you need and won’t have to pay for them each time you play.

The only added cost comes if you want to upgrade your current equipment.

You can register with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA) to become a registered player, requiring you to play three games on a UKARA registered game site over a two month period.

If you want to set up your own game site to run and have people join your group, there are a number of costs associated with bringing this to fruition.

You will need to reach an agreement with the owners of the land to rent or buy the site for yourself (even if the site appears abandoned), clean up the area and make it the layout you want.

Once all that is done, you will need to take out an Airsoft insurance to cover you for public liability so that those who take part in your activities are insured. The good news afterwards is that registration with UKARA is free.

How to begin with Airsoft

Making a start

Once you have your Airsoft weapon, you will probably be looking to join a skirmish site as soon as possible to start playing.

However, before you can go ahead with Airsoft games, there are several things you have to consider to ensure you are fully prepared when you arrive at a skirmish site ready to undertake Airsoft activities.

Face Protection

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

While chest protectors can be bought to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns, they are not a necessity. However, face protection is.

It is important to protect your eyes as any object flying into an eye can be damaging, particularly considering the speed of the pellets as they are fired. Goggles can be purchased to protect your eyes from any possible damage.

Masks and helmets are also available to cover your eyes and give your entire face and head protection.

While pellets won’t cause major damage to the face, any small welts that appear on your face will be much more visible than on your arms and legs which should be considered when you return to the real world following Airsoft.Best airsoft guns 2018Transporting Your Airsoft Gun

If you are carrying your gun on public transport or in your car en route to a skirmish site, the gun will need to be concealed in a bag or any other object which keeps it out of public sight.

Having the gun out in the open, even in a car, could cause unnecessary worry for members of the public and the police may be needlessly called out.

Battery & Charger

When you’re in the heat of battle, the last thing you want is for your gun to run out of power.

That is why it is important to charge your battery beforehand and it is also helpful if you bring spare batteries along so that these can be switched in and out throughout the day.

We have a number of batteries and chargers to choose from so you can gain a sense of the limits of each battery to know how many shots you can fire before the battery runs out.

BB Pellets Ammo

You’ll need ammo for your gun. BB pellets are small metallic balls which are fired from your gun which acts as your bullets during the game.

BB pellets can be fit into any Airsoft gun although pellets of a certain weight are usually more suitable for one type of gun over another.

We have a number of BB pellet options for you to discover, allowing you to work out the most suitable pellets you need to fit into your gaming strategy.

Register as a player

You can register with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA) for free to allow you to join in Airsoft games at skirmish sites.

You will be required to play three games on a UKARA registered game site over a two month period.

 

Safety

Is it dangerous?

Any object flying into your eye will hurt and cause damage to your eye but with the speed at which pellets are fired, there is an added danger to your eyes.

Goggles, helmets and masks all offer protection for your eyes which are at risk of damage if they are hit by a pellet.

In a skirmish site where everybody is wearing the correct protection, there is little danger caused by the firing of pellets itself.

Many sites will enforce the rule for all participants to wear suitable eye protection which eliminates the only danger which comes from the firing of bullets towards another person.

The main danger of Airsoft is the terrain.

Although sites will be cleaned up regularly and debris will be removed, the terrain itself might be difficult to navigate.

Hilly areas may be harder to traverse safely while muddy areas can lead to falls and slips.

The franticness of battles means a lot of the time, you may be on the run which also creates the potential for people to fall over so any injuries associated with falling can be applied to Airsoft.

Airsoft guns should not be used against any person in any other circumstance than as part of an Airsoft game.

Members of the public won’t be wearing anything to protect their eyes so shooting at them puts them at serious risks.

Guns must be concealed in a bag and unloaded so that the gun isn’t seen as a danger by any member of the public who spots it.

Carrying an Airsoft gun in public is a danger to yourself as police may become involved or you could even be tackled by someone who suspects you are carrying a real gun.

The speed of firing pellets is dangerous to small animals which can be killed by them. Animals should not be shot at with pellet guns under any circumstances as we know you know.

Does it hurt?

With the rate of speed at which pellets are fired from guns, you may be forgiven for thinking that the impact of it against your body would hurt.

Any pain you may feel when you are hit by a bullet is an instant sensation, like having a rubber band snapped back against your skin but the pain won’t linger.

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

Chest protectors can be bought and thick clothing can be worn to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns.

Unlike paintball, you won’t leave the Airsoft game with bruises from the pellets. Close range shots onto unprotected skin can draw blood but won’t pierce the skin.

It is most likely that the pain you feel will be similar to the pain you might feel after exercising.

Running, climbing and jumping may play a huge part in your game so you may have some sore limbs afterwards and if any of these activities leads to you falling over, that may cause you a bit of pain too.

Airsoft as a hobby

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Airsoft is a sport

Airsoft is a sport where replica guns are used as weapons to fire pellets at other players in a simulated battle.

It is similar to paintballing in that the aim is to avoid being hit while shooting at other players.

These battles take place on skirmish sites, which range from woodland sites to urban sites, where players are free to roam around and fire their weapons at each other on a Sunday afternoon.

It began in Japan in the mid-1970s before reaching the UK and the US in the 1980s and it has continued to grow since then.

How popular is Airsoft

The fact that there are 150 skirmish sites registered across the UK with the number likely to increase is an indication of how popular Airsoft is.

On average, these sites can provide Airsoft activities for groups of 30-40 people each weekend, potentially meaning over 7,000 people could be playing on any given Sunday.

There are also skirmish sites in almost every European country so it is not just in Britain where there is a call for it.

This popularity is reflected by the vast number of sites which sell Airsoft weapons, accessories and protective gear. More.

Why is it popular?

Airsoft gives people a chance to experience the physical and tactical side of a battle without being put in any real danger.

As long as you have correct eye protection, Airsoft is pain-free particularly in comparison to paintballing which often leaves people with bruises afterwards. More.

There are so many battle scenarios and various terrains to play on to provide a unique experience each time you try out a new skirmish site.

FPS Chart usersBattle scenarios can range from capturing the flag to modern military battle operations.

Any scenario or environment that can be imagined can be applied much like in a video game allowing for an immersive experience.

The rising popularity of video games, tactical warfare games, in particular, is a factor in making Airsoft popular- the fact that it is like a video game in real life.

You get the chance to try and try again in Airsoft after you are shot by returning to a respawn point for you to join the battle once more.

Players enjoy the challenge of developing battle strategies, keeping their minds stimulated while they play.

This goes even deeper with the range of weapons and equipment you can purchase beforehand to fight in the style that suits you and your game plan.

Many video games that simulate battle are often played with and against other people which is the same for Airsoft which can be a social bonding activity for you and your friends and even with strangers too.

Unlike a video game, you are actually living in a constructed battle.

If you like video games, you might have been told to go out and enjoy the outside every now and again.

With Airsoft taking place outdoors, you can fulfil that requirement and keep yourself active at the same time with plenty of running require to avoid fire.

 

Airsoft safety

Safety

Is it dangerous?

Any object flying into your eye will hurt and cause damage to your eye but with the speed at which pellets are fired, there is an added danger to your eyes.

Goggles, helmets and masks all offer protection for your eyes which are at risk of damage if they are hit by a pellet.

In a skirmish site where everybody is wearing the correct protection, there is little danger caused by the firing of pellets itself.

Many sites will enforce the rule for all participants to wear suitable eye protection which eliminates the only danger which comes from the firing of bullets towards another person.

The main danger of Airsoft is the terrain.

Although sites will be cleaned up regularly and debris will be removed, the terrain itself might be difficult to navigate.

Hilly areas may be harder to traverse safely while muddy areas can lead to falls and slips.

The franticness of battles means a lot of the time, you may be on the run which also creates the potential for people to fall over so any injuries associated with falling can be applied to Airsoft.

Airsoft guns should not be used against any person in any other circumstance than as part of an Airsoft game.

Members of the public won’t be wearing anything to protect their eyes so shooting at them puts them at serious risks.

Guns must be concealed in a bag and unloaded so that the gun isn’t seen as a danger by any member of the public who spots it.

Carrying an Airsoft gun in public is a danger to yourself as police may become involved or you could even be tackled by someone who suspects you are carrying a real gun.

The speed of firing pellets is dangerous to small animals which can be killed by them. Animals should not be shot at with pellet guns under any circumstances as we know you know.

Does it hurt?

With the rate of speed at which pellets are fired from guns, you may be forgiven for thinking that the impact of it against your body would hurt.

Any pain you may feel when you are hit by a bullet is an instant sensation, like having a rubber band snapped back against your skin but the pain won’t linger.

Body shots are generally harmless although close-range shots could make your body jump a little bit or leave small welts.

Chest protectors can be bought and thick clothing can be worn to give you added protection against the plastic pellets fired from Airsoft guns.

Unlike paintball, you won’t leave the Airsoft game with bruises from the pellets. Close range shots onto unprotected skin can draw blood but won’t pierce the skin.

It is most likely that the pain you feel will be similar to the pain you might feel after exercising.

Running, climbing and jumping may play a huge part in your game so you may have some sore limbs afterwards and if any of these activities leads to you falling over, that may cause you a bit of pain too.

What is UKARA?

What is UKARA

UKARA stands for ‘United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association’. It serves as a single database of all registered Airsoft Skirmishers in the UK, and allows retailers to check the eligibility of customers wishing to purchase airsoft guns or “Replica Imitation Firearms (RIF)”.  A UKARA Registration is recognised as a valid defence for purchasing an airsoft gun.

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What is airsoft?

Information from WIKI

 

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Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms called airsoft guns. Since airsoft pellets do not mark their target and hits are not always visibly apparent, airsoft relies on an honor system in which it is the duty of the person who has been hit to call themselves out regardless of whether or not anyone saw it happen.[1]
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Airsoft Laws Around The World

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Airsoft And The Law

Airsoft is a modern, military simulation shooting sport that makes use of round, plastic BB pellets as ammunition. Whilst Airsoft guns are legal in lots of countries, there are certain places in the world where they are not, so it’s important you have all of the facts. Airsoft restrictions can vary country to country, including areas such as maximum muzzle energy, real firearm trademarks and marking requirements (e.g. bright orange barrel tips)..

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Australia

Airsoft guns are federally banned, although Airsoft Australia have made significant progress in legalisation. They are currently illegal in QLD and those with them can be prosecuted as if they were real weapons.

Austria

Airsoft guns and pistols more than 0.08 joule can be purchased in specialised weapon shops only and all users have to be at least 18 years old.

Belgium

Airsoft guns and pistols can only be bought at officially licensed dealers, who carry a government permit along with a certified weapon of defense (W.O.D.) to import and sell firearms.

Organisations are able to run airsoft events as long as they’re not affiliated with any ideological/religious agendas.

It is forbidden to display or carry airsoft replicas in public. Events must take place in private locations.

Airsoft replicas should never exceed than 7.5 Joule measured 2.5 meters from the barrel tip.

Owning and renting out airsoft replicas is unrestricted.

Sale of airsoft replicas to minors is forbidden, including sale over the internet (such as eBay).

Bulgaria

Airsoft is legal in Bulgaria with no restrictions placed on airsoft guns.

People between 14–18 years old need their parent’s permission. For the rest (18 and above) there are no restrictions.

The Bulgarian law considers Airsoft guns to be Airguns – you don’t need any documents, licenses or anything else to possess them.

However, shooting in “protected” (quote from the law) areas is forbidden. Protected areas are schools, administrative buildings and other public property. Also, shooting with an Airgun/Airsoft gun in public areas is forbidden.

There are no restrictions about carrying, possessing or using Airsoft guns in Bulgaria. There are no restrictions about the age of the players (traders don’t sell Airguns/Airsoft guns to minors <18 though).

There are no restrictions about lasers, flashlights etc. Basically, you could put anything on your gun.

There’s no need for the end of the barrel to be painted in orange (like in the United States)

There are no restrictions about the power of the Airguns/Airsoft guns – you could buy an 1J Airsoft as well as an 80J PCP Airgun

There are no restrictions about carrying Airsoft guns in public areas (it is not a good idea, however).

Canada

From the Canada Firearms Centre’s fact sheet on airguns:

Airsoft guns that closely resemble real firearms are classified as replica firearms and can only be imported by companies possessing a Business Firearms License. It is unlawful to sell or transfer replica firearms without this license.

Air guns with both a muzzle velocity greater than 152.4 metres per second (500 ft/s) and a muzzle energy greater than 5.7 joules (4.2 ft•lbf) are considered firearms for the purpose of the Canadian Firearms Act. For example, an airsoft BB leaving the barrel at 213 metres per second (700 ft/s) and weighing 0.20 grams (3.1 gr), has a muzzle energy of 4.43 joules (3.27 ft•lbf).

No legal distinction is made between airsoft and true firearms when they are used for the purposes of crime.

In Ontario the minimum age to purchase airsoft is 18. Children under 18 must be supervised by someone over 18.

Airsoft guns imported into the country by private citizens are at risk of being seized and destroyed at the border by customs agents. The few Canadian airsoft retailers that exist take advantage of this fact and the prices are high in comparison to other countries.

The People’s Republic of China

In the People’s Republic of China, Airsoft guns have been illegal for years mainland China. However, it is essentially an underground sport, and local authorities have been raiding this sport and people carrying these guns have been arrested and their stocks been confiscated by government. Market stalls and Shops have stopped selling airsoft guns. It is legal in China’s SARs (Special Administrative Regions, such as Macau and Hong Kong) but it has begun to go underground there as well, several cargo companies already refuse to do anything with them. Ironically, the majority of the world’s airsoft guns are manufactured in China.

Macau

In Macau, China, all airsoft guns are legal but may not be fired with a muzzle energy above two (2) joules of kinetic energy.

Denmark

Airsoft guns are mentioned in the Danish “Våbenlov” (Arms control legislation).

You must be at least 18 years old to buy, hand over or possess airsoft guns.

You can use airsoft guns, on police approved sites, with a permission slip, at the age of 16.

You do not require a firearms certificate to own airsoft guns in Denmark.

Finland

The transportation of replica firearms, i.e. airsoft guns that are visible in public areas is forbidden, but they are not classified as firearms by law. All replica firearms must be covered with something, for example, a weapon case.

To play airsoft, you will need the land owner’s permission to play there.

Those under the age of 18 are able to buy airsoft guns with written permission from their legal guardians.

France

As with Finland, the transportation of replica firearms in public is forbidden if visible. All replica firearms must be covered with, for example, a weapon case.

Permission from land owners is needed to play airsoft anywhere. Those below the age of 18 can only buy or use airsoft guns under 0.08 joules in power.

Airsoft guns’ power cannot exceed 2 joules, otherwise they are considered to be a weapon and must be registered.

Germany

Airsoft guns under 0.5 joule are considered toy guns and can be freely sold to all persons above 3 years of age. Distributors agreed to raise the limit to least 14 years of age. [This is realised and the limit is thus 14 years]

Allairsoft guns between 0.5 joule and 7.5 joule must be bolt-action or semiautomatic only and can only be sold to people 18
years or older. Theseare considered “free” firearms, as a result:

Sales of guns of more than 0.5 joule are allowed only in weapon shops. Guns must be marked with the trader’s weapon abbreviation and a F-in-a-pentagon mark as well as the airsoft gun caliber (such as 6 mm BB).

Target illuminating devices and lasers may not be attached to guns but are legal otherwise. For example: possession of a flashlight is allowed, even shooting with the flashlight in one hand and the gun in the other; but attaching it via mount ring to the rail system of a gun is not. Devices made specifically for the purpose of being attached to a gun (like certain flashlights with integrated foregrip for mil-spec rail) are prohibited.

While the possession of airsoft guns is allowed, the actual use in a game is (at least) hotly debated. For sure, most players using guns with more than 0.5 joule muzzle energy leave Germany to play in countries like France, Belgium, Denmark or the Czech Republic.

Greece

In Greece, airsoft is very much an underground sport as the law is unclear. In Greek law, airsoft guns are not classified as real firearms and they are free to be purchased from shops.

For those under 18 years of age, they cannot buy or use airsoft guns unless there is parental supervision. Replica guns cannot be visible to the public.

The use of lasers, scopes and flashlights on a replica weapon is prohibited by the law.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, all airsoft guns are legal but may not be fired with a muzzle energy above 2 joules.

You are only allowed to play airsoft in private areas and non-country park areas.

You may not reveal the airsoft guns in public areas.

Indonesia

In Indonesia, airsoft guns are neither decidedly classified as toys or real guns, and there are no harsh guidelines or rules about the sport. However, the founders of Indonesian airsoft communities put some restrictions on airsoft games.

For example, airsoft players are prohibited to upgrade their gun to above 100m/s, or they’ll be rejected from the community.

For those who want to purchase an airsoft gun, they must be at least 18 years old and know the regulations and rules surrounding airsoft guns.

Some unfortunate events have occurred that could endanger the continuity of the hobby, such as robberies that have taken place in which airsoft replicas were used.

Therefore, in order to control its growth, there is a govt authorized club called PERBAKIN (Indonesian Shooting Club) which is currently appointed by police to accommodate Airsoft as a new born sport. However, this information about Perbakin may be inaccurate, as an anonymous tip informs us that PERBAKIN do not have any agenda whatsoever relating to airsoft IT is most likely that the Airsoft will be under IPSC supervision since one of the sport’s types can be categorized as IPSC (practical shooting) and not just only as skirmish (war game). However this statement may only be a wishful thinking considering how little attention the government is paying to this activity. The government hasn’t approved skirmish as a sport, they only permit target shooting and IPSC only. In other words, if you want to play airsoft, you should become a member of this Perbakin Club and not participate in skirmishes, but only in IPSC.

Ireland

Airsoft status in Ireland was changed after the 2006 Criminal Justice Act, which updated the previous Firearms Acts from 1925, 1963, 1972 and 1990.

Authorisation or a license was once required for all devices which fired a projectile from a barrel, however the law now defines a firearm as:

”An air gun (including an air rifle and air pistol) with a muzzle energy greater than one joule of kinetic energy or any other weapon incorporating a barrel from which any projectile can be discharged with such a muzzle energy”

The aim of this change was to establish a minimum power a device must have to be classified a firearm in order to eliminate the legal oddity where toy suction cup dart guns and the like were legally classified as firearms, bringing Ireland in line with the rest of the EU. In this case, one joule was used as the limit, as opposed to seven joules in Germany, 12 foot-pounds force (8.9 J) in the UK and so on. The one joule limit most likely arose from UK case law where it was found that energies in excess of one joule were required to penetrate an eyeball (thus causing serious injury). As a result, airsoft devices under one joule of power have been declassified and have become perfectly legal to possess and use within The Republic of Ireland. Those over one joule of power remain perfectly legal to possess and use within the Republic, so long as a firearms certificate is applied for and granted by the local Garda superintendent – but they are at this point classed legally as actual firearms.

Airsoft devices with a muzzle energy in excess of one joule must be licensed and as such must have a serial number marked indelibly on them; with firearms this is achieved by stamping or engraving the number on the receiver or other critical component of the firearm; for airsoft devices which do not have such serial numbers, one must be indelibly marked on the airsoft device. A discussion on the exact manner in which this is to be done should be had with the local Garda Superintendent, as different Superintendents may have different preferences for this. However it should be noted that the airsoft device in question would then legally be a licensed firearm and shooting any person with it would constitute assault, furthermore, no Airsoft site in Ireland would allow any player to use an airsoft device in excess of 1 Joule, licensed or not.

Israel

In Israel, airsoft guns are classified as “dangerous toys” which makes airsoft illegal to import, manufacture and sell. This law is not very well enforced, however, and it is possible to find retailers who import MPEG level airsoft guns and also AEG level airsoft guns.
Israeli airsofters have created an airsoft association in an attempt to make airsoft legal – Girit Airsoft Association in Israel. Girit is cooperating with the Israeli Shooting Federation, joining it shortly as a member and cooperating with other governmental authorities in an attempt to make airsoft legal in Israel. For more information you may refer to http://www.airsoft.org.il

Girit Airsoft Association has established cooperation with USAPSA, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Swedish and Czech airsofters. An Israeli national airsoft tactical shooting competition took place near Beit Berel March 2007.

Italy

Airsoft guns and pistols are allowed a muzzle velocity below 100 m/s (328 ft/s) i.e. equivalent to a muzzle energy equal or
minor to 1 joule: under the law, airsoft guns are not classified as firearms but as toys.

You can buy and sell them both from stores and from another private citizen, either domestically or from abroad: Internet purchasing and mail shipping is legal and unrestricted. No license or registration is required.

Red tips must be present on the barrel ends of the airsoft gun when they are imported and sold by a store. Once you own the airsoft gun, you may remove the red tip; however, the similarity between genuine firearms and airsoft replicas is close enough to provoke interaction with law enforcement personnel if an airsoft gun is mistaken for its real counterpart. Airsoft used to commit a crime is treated as if you had the real gun, assault weapons carry an extra mandatory sentence in addition to the regular punishment for the crime committed.

As the law limits the muzzle energy that an airsoft replica can develop before being classified by law as an air gun, modifying an airsoft gun to deliver more power or to shoot anything other than 6 mm BB plastic pellets is a felony.

There is no mandatory minimum age to purchase airsoft and/or use it during a regular match; the Italian Ministry of Interior only recommends that their sale be restricted to people over the age of 18, or 14 if accompanied by a parent or legal tutor or if the replica is not particularly realistic or powerful (i.e. low-grade airsoft products).

Usage and open carriage of air soft guns in public places is forbidden. You can play on a private property away from public sight, or in a well-delimited private or state property after having asked the local authorities for a limited-time permit (usually from 6 to 48 hours), and having alerted the local police command, to avoid alarmed citizens calling for emergency.

Japan

In Japan, airsoft guns are legal, but may not shoot with a muzzle energy above 0.98 joules.

Legal requirements are set on airsoft model manufacturers to prevent any possibility of a replica weapon being converted into an actual firearm.

Standards include (but are not limited to) use of low-melting point metals and non-ballistic plastics in structural components and incompatibility of mechanical components with actual firearm components and mechanisms.

The overall litmus test used by the Japanese National Police Authority is whether the replica weapon can be made to chamber and fire an actual round of ammunition.

These standards have proven successful within Japan, as it has been found that criminal elements discovered that it is significantly easier to purchase an actual illegal weapon in comparison to modifying a comparatively fragile replica into a functional firearm.

Due to this reality, most crimes involving a threat of physical violence are perpetrated with edged weapons, as firearms seen in public are (by default) believed to be toys by the public at large.[citation needed]

Luxembourg

All airsoft guns are treated under the national weapon law and demand a personal user certificate.

Lithuania

Registration of any sort is not required for airsoft weapons, however, they are only available for purchase to people over 18 years. Airsoft players have established unofficial set of rules, which regulates the behaviour of players belonging to the community.

Netherlands

The law places full restrictions on Airsoft Weapons, rendering possession illegal. When one looks at the Dutch law on this subject, airsoft is not explicitly mentioned, and the characteristics of airsoft weapons would place the weapons in Category I of the Dutch gun laws (legal to own and operate without a license). However, the Dutch Ministry of Justice can make exceptions, which it has for airsoft weapons, (The reason given is that the weapons look so realistic, that they can be used for intimidation), placing airsoft weapons that are 1:1 replicas and/or realistic in Category IV (illegal without any possibility of acquiring a
permit). The sport itself has the same legal status as paintball, but since Airsoft players prefer 1:1 realistic replicas the Dutch players travel to Belgium instead.

New Zealand

Single-shot and semi-automatic (all automatic weapons require a special restricted endorsement) air-powered weapons are legal to possess and use in New Zealand, provided that the person is either over 18 years of age, or 16 with a firearms license. A person under 18 may not possess an air gun but may use one under the direct supervision of someone over 18 or a firearms license holder.

It is illegal to use these weapons in any manner that may endanger or intimidate members of the public (pointing, brandishing, etc) except where there is reasonable cause, such as an Airsoft game.

Police,
New Zealand, Airguns Factsheet, http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms/infosheet04.html, retrieved on
2007-07-24

Norway

The Arms control legislation (Våpenforskrift) requires:

One to be at least 18 years old to buy, hand over, possess and use airsoft guns. A firearms certificate is not required.

Philippines

Organised airsoft started in 1985, and interest in the hobby has gone up and down, several times over the past 20 years. The
airsoft gaming community initially conducted their games in secrecy, but in the recent years has reached the mainstream due to the tremendous surge of newbies, owing to the advent of cheap Chinese-manufactured airsoft guns. Airsoft teams are mostly clan organized, with a number of groups claiming representation, to a certain extent, of the local airsoft community, organising and coordinating between local teams, especially during big events where hundreds of players from teams all over the country converge on selected venues for friendly tournaments.

Letter of Instruction 1264, a Presidential Directive, signed by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1982, bans the import, sale and public display of gun replicas, but purchase of airsoft guns and the movement of airsoft players are largely untouched by the government, with only a few confiscated shipments marring that record. No direct regulations have been placed on the airsoft community, and players of all ages and background are welcome to play.

Philippine law considers any contraption a firearm if it fires a projectile larger than 5.5 mm in diameter, however, local media has suggested that airsofting will soon be considered officially legal provided there are a few exceptions like the proposed ordinance of repainting the replica gun to make it look less realistic and more
distinguishable from an authentic firearm (similar to laws in the United States). However given the structure of the Philippine government and their method of operation, such a ratification may take several years to be processed.

As of 24 July 2006 the-then Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Calderon has signed a Memo approving a petition for classification of airsoft guns as air guns under current PNP Rules and Regulations dated 29 January 1992, and thus providing an opportunity for legal ownership and transport of airsoft guns under specific conditions.

Despite the approval of the memo its validity is still the subject of debate. Under Philippine law, a memo from the Chief PNP amending the PNP Rules and Regulations cannot overrule, repeal or amend a Presidential directive. Only the Legislative body, the Supreme Court or the present President can do so. Since the PNP has the authority to classify what constitutes a gun replica and airsoft guns were deemed different from replicas there maybe no need to repeal LOI 1264 in order to achieve full legalisation of airsoft in the Philippines.

At present, the current PNP Chief Director, General Avelino Razon Jr has signed a revised version of the 2006 Memo and has given the airsoft community 6 months to comply with revised rules and regulations. Airsoft guns must now be registered and airsofters must also sequester a permit to legally transport their guns to authorised game sites. Unregistered airsoft guns may be confiscated.

Poland

Airsoft guns fall into the same category as paintball guns and air-powered guns, up to 17 Joules they are not considered to be weapons (above 17J they become pneumatic weapons requiring registration) and are available to people over 18 years of age, registration of any sort replica under 17 Joules limit is not required. There’s no need for the end of the barrel to be painted in orange or any other similar markings. The age restriction, however, is not strictly enforced and many cheap spring replicas can be found in toy shops due to common practice of labelling them as “toys”. Generally, the Police considers airsoft
replicas toys rather than “non-lethal weapons”. It is not forbidden to display or carry airsoft replicas in public, but as it may lead to unplesant encounter with local police it is better to avoid it. The Customs also recognize airsoft and allow their private import. The Polish airsoft community has formulated “Airsoft Rules”, an unofficial set of rules regarding airsoft as a whole. While they are not enforced in any specific way, abiding by “Airsoft Rules” is a sign of “playing fair” and belonging to the community. Excerpts from “Airsoft Rules”:

Eye protection must be worn at all times during the game.

Brandishing replicas in public places is not allowed. Doing so may lead to ejection from the community.

Local law enforcement (police, Forest Guard etc.) must be informed prior to every airsoft game taking place in the area.

Players between 16 and 18 years of age are able to participate in airsoft games only with written permission from their parents.

Portugal

Airsoft is legal in Portugal under the name of Softair. Softair falls into a specific category designated as “Arma de softair” or in English “softair gun”. According to the new Guns and Ammunitions Act (DR – Lei n.°5/2006 de 23 de Fevereiro – Regime Jurídico das armas e suas munições) some of the main excerpts are:

Any softair gun must be totally or partially painted in fluorescent red or yellow color;

Maximum energy level at muzzle exit must not exceed 1.3 Joules (or 374 ft/s);

Softair gunpurchaseis limited to:

Minimum age of 18;

Only for sport practice;

Buyer/gun owner must be registered in a softair federation;

Softair players/gun owners don’t need to possess

Public Liability insurance;

Other special limitations may apply to softair gunsmiths and players.

This information is an excerpt of the law, for further information refer to full document (DR – Lei n.°5/2006).

Romania

Law nr. 295 from 2004 (Regimul Armelor si Munitiilor) regulates all use of weapons and associated ammunition:

The law is quite unclear (in what concerns airsoft weapons) as to whether this kind of weapon classifies as “non-lethal weapon”or “toy”.

The law regulates the use of air-powered weapons (e.g.sport/competition use, that use a metal projectile) under “non-lethal” category and solely requires that you (1) are at least 18 years old and (2) register your weapon at the police precinct nearest to your location.

The law specifies that usage of night vision (infrared) or laser aiming devices designed for military use is completely restricted to members of the army and associated entities even if the aiming device is used on a lower-restriction category weapon (e.g. such as on an airsoft gun). The law, however, does not restrict in any way the use of aiming devices not designed for military use.

The law specifies that, should you attempt to use a non-lethal or replica gun to perform (or attempt to perform) armed robbery, you shall be prosecuted as if a real gun had been used.

Airsoft and paintball replicas can not be covered by Law nr. 295/2004 regarding the Guns and Ammo regime (Regimul armelor si al munitiilor), they are not listed in the law’s annex as a gun because of their destination and mode of operation, therefore there’s no need for an authorization to buy, own and use them.

A new addition to the law 295/2004 was made at 17/02/2008 called OUG 28/2008 which add further restrictions to the forms and regulations.

Slovakia

Airsoft guns have status similar to the Czech Republic and Slovenia, where they are considered to be firearms

All firearms are governed by law 190/2003, airsoft guns fit into weapon class D (§7b), no permit is needed.

The use of airsoft guns is allowed by players that are least 18 years old.

Guns may not have an energy greater than 15 joules.

The use of laser sights or night vision scopes is forbidden, attaching a laser sight to any weapon makes it a class A (prohibited) weapon.

The owner of a gun is required by law to secure the weapon when not using it.

Slovenia

One has to be at least 18 years to buy airsoft guns.

If the velocity of an airsoft gun is below 100 m/s (328 ft/s) i.e. equivalent to 1 joule, it is considered to be a toy.

If the velocity is higher than 100 m/s (328 ft/s), the airsoft gun is classified as a section D weapon in the Firearms control legislation of Slovenia. Additionally Air Soft Clubs and National Shooters Association in Slovenia recommends that airsoft gun velocities should not be above 100 m/s (1 J).

Singapore

Used to be legal, no age limit to purchase Airsoft guns.

One year after the sport was introduced in the country it was banned due to safety issues. A petition is underway hoping to legalise Airsoft. Currently, only a few clubs in Singapore have managed to set up IPSC shooting using Airsoft guns, with permission from the government and firearm licenses. Currently, the clubs allow purchasing of Airsoft pistols but these are not allowed to be taken back to the home. There are no skirmishes except the shooting of paper targets.

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In Spain the airsoft is not regulated due to the outdated gun law. They fall in the category of “replica weapons” of this law and should not be carried away from home. The fine if caught carrying the replica is normally 300€ and the seizure of the gun. However, in some areas the local authorities lets airsofters play on private zones with their permission. It’s legal to buy, possess and sell airsoft replicas and accessories, but sometimes there have been problems with customs.

Sweden

One must be at least 18 years old to buy airsoft weapons. Minors under the age of 18 can only use an airsoft weapon under the close supervision of someone older than 20. However, this law is meant for target shooting at a range. Thus there is no legal way for a minor to own or play airsoft. A parent that buys a weapon for their child commits a crime.

In order to possess a Co2, air or spring operated firearm without a license the impact energy of a projectile fired at a distance of 4 meters(from the muzzle) must be less than 10 joules. If it is semi or fully automatic the impact energy must be less than 3 joules.

Switzerland

Airsoft guns are not considered as subject to the weapon legislation and no permission is necessary.

All types of laser sights are forbidden.

United Kingdom

There are currently certain restrictions on thepossession of airsoft replicas, which came in with the introduction of the ASBA(Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003) Amendments, which prohibit the possession of any firearms replica in a public place without good cause (to be concealed in a hard gun case or sealed container only not to be left in view of public at any time) . The prohibition of self-contained gas cartridge weapons similar to that made by Brocock can arguably apply to Moscarts and BB-Shower grenade systems, however a formal case precedent has yet to be set. There were initial concerns among the airsoft community that the Violent Crime Reduction Bill (passed an Act in November 2006, but not yet commenced) would in future prevent airsoft skirmishers from buying realistic imitation firearms.

However, on the 20th of September 2006 the Association of British Airsofters (ABA) received a letter from Tony McNulty (Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing at the Home Office) saying that he has “decided to provide a defence for airsoft skirmishing in relation to the ban on the sale etc. of realistic firearms”. There has been confirmation airsoft will receive an exemption. This letter has been scanned and reproduced on the ABA website [2]. Note that membership of the ABA may be required in order to view the letter.

Since then, the Bill has received Royal Assent, and while now Statute Law in the UK, is still a matter of some (at times heated) discussion in the UK Airsofting community – not least of which the question as to how the Act, and Specific Defence, will work, the process of which is still being decided upon at the Home Office, at the time of this edit (5 December 2006).

The Defence will be based on whether or not a person is a Skirmisher. One of the measures put in place by retailers to aid in
identifying Skirmishers is a database of skirmishers registered in a central database. A person must be a regular skirmisher (i.e. skirmish 3 or more times in no
less than two months) in order to be registered, and the airsoft site they register/skirmish at must hold public Public Liability Insurance. Once a skirmisher is registered they receive a membership card and must produce this before buying or trading airsoft weapons from these retailers, though not a legal requirement (As long as you can prove that you are an airsoft skirmisher you may purchase Realistic Imitation Firearms or RIFs. (Airsoft guns deemed to be realistic.) It is expected that HM Customs & Excise will also have access to the database to verify the identity of importers.

The VCRA (Violent Crime Reduction Act) came into effect as of the 1st October 2007, thus meaning that RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearms) can only be purchased by registered members of an airsoft skirmish site (accessories and ammunition are not covered by the VCRA). Only those people over the age of 18 can purchase Replica Imitation Firearms. IF (Imitation Firearms), however, are still legal and may be purchased by anyone 18 or over and used by any age, regardless of membership status. These usually take the form of “Two-Tone” guns – normal Airsoft guns, that have around 50% of the gun painted or manufactured in bright colours in order to mark them out clearly as Imitation Firearms and not Realistic Imitation Firearms. However there is still nothing in the books preventing people from painting the gun after purchase.

United States

Under Federal Law,

Airsoft guns are not classified as firearms and are legal for all ages under federal law, as well as the laws in each state.

However, in some major cities and population centers the definition of a firearm within their respected ordinances includes propulsion by spring or compressed air, and airsoft are thus subject to applicable laws.

A 6 mm minimum orange tip must be present on the barrel end of the airsoft gun(or clear/transparent body) to identify it as such for any commercial sales. Once sold, local laws may vary on whether or not the orange tip must be kept – in many places, no laws exist restricting one from removing or replacing the orange tip, but one should check the local laws before making such a modification.

Airsoft guns’ trademarks must be removed where the manufacturer does not have an existing license agreement with the manufacturer of the real fire arm. For example: Classic Army has a licensing agreement with Armalite, so the trademarks can stay on imported replicas of Armalite’s weapons. In practice enforcement is hit or miss. You might get an “unlicensed” gun through customs with trademarks intact, while a licensed gun might be held in Customs by an uninformed customs agent. House Resolution 607, sponsored in early 2007, would change this if passed, allowing imports to retain trademarks even if there is no agreement between the real firearms manufacturer and the replica manufacturer.

In addition, the similarity between genuine firearms and airsoft replicas is close enough to provoke interaction with local law enforcement personnel if an airsoft gun is carried openly in public.

If someone were to, for example, attempt a robbery with an airsoft gun, they would be charged as if the airsoft gun were a real firearm.

New York City requires that all realistic toy or imitation firearms be made of clear or brightly colored plastics; furthermore, New York City makes possession of any pistol or rifle or similar instrument in which the propelling force is a spring or air, unlawful without a license. See New York City Administrative Code § 10-131(b) and New York City Administrative Code § 10-131(g)(1)(a)[ The rest of New York State is unaffected by these laws, and there are no state regulations limiting or prohibiting airsoft.

Michigan allows the purchase of Airsoft guns. However, they must have an orange tip on the barrel.

Texas allows Airsoft guns to be owned but most cities require that the Airsoft guns be discharged only while outside city limits.

Some cities in Illinois considers shipping or distributing airsoft guns illegal. It is officially now not illegal to remove the orange tip of the airsoft gun

According to New York state law, airsoft guns are classified as firearms, and therefore, must follow state firearm laws regarding possession and purchase. Due to this, “technically”, airsofts are legal in New York. If you are going to play, you must do so on a private property.

In Minnesota, It is illegal for a child under the age of 14 to possess an Airsoft gun unless under the supervision of a parent or adult. It is also illegal for any child under 18 to purchase an Airsoft gun without parental permission. In Saint Paul and Minneapolis, airsoft guns cannot be carried in public unless they either have an orange tip, are clear, or brightly colored. Airsoft guns also cannot be carried in public if they have a laser attached. It is legal to possess Airsoft guns in these cities as long as they are transported in a closed and fastened gun case (in accordance with Minnesota firearm transportation laws) and unloaded. The vast majority of municipalities in Minnesota ban the firing of an Airsoft gun within the city limits.

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The Best Airsoft Blogs to Read

Best Airsoft blogs other than ours!

Airsoft International Magazine

This blog, which takes articles from the Airsoft International Magazine for their website, is a good place to start for beginners or for people who want to learn about the world of Airsoft before they dive into it.

The blog gives a run-down of the different types of guns, rifles and gear available, the advantages of each one and it explains in great detail how these weapons work.

It is good for beginners as it offers plenty of guidance to help you tackle and understand the jargon surrounding Airsoft as well as the rules of owning Airsoft weapons.

Airsoft Society

While this blog writes about things that are commonplace to consider in Airsoft, it tackles some less obvious issues that will only become apparent if it happens to you.

They have articles dedicated to treating injuries and wounds although not all of it is relevant for UK players such as what happens if you come into contact with poison ivy but it is good to see the advice is out there for instances like that.

As well as publishing their own blog articles, the Airsoft Society website makes use of forums for Airsoft players, at any experience level, being able to ask for and receive advice from fellow players.

It is fitting therefore that the site should be referred to as a society as it is a blog that encourages people to share their experiences or give advice, creating an Airsoft community where people help one another out.

Black Rams Airsoft

This blog is unapologetically focussed on reviewing Airsoft guns in-depth rather than discussing Airsoft as a whole.

The common template for them is to take 3 AEG rifles and compare them.

It may require you to read other blogs first to gain an understanding of the different components of rifles as it doesn’t take time to explain the importance of the different features.

Everything about the rifle is discussed, from gearboxes and recoil to how realistic the rifle feels to hold in your hands. It is a good place if you can’t decide between rifles but you’ll have to make sure you know what they are talking about first.

Popular Airsoft

This blog brings together all aspects of Airsoft into one place. They offer detailed features on Airsoft issues while also keeping up to date with the latest Airsoft news as well as reviewing Airsoft weapons and tactical gear.

This blog also offers video demonstrations for a number of guns and rifles to showcase weapons and give the viewer an idea of the strength, size and range of a particular weapon.

While other blogs have a backlog of articles to make up for their lack of new articles, this blog is constantly updated with more news, reviews, features and videos so you can keep going back for more.

Airsoft and MilSim News Blog

Despite the news being in the name, this blog covers all things Airsoft as well. Gun reviews are detailed and are quite a long read but the information is broken up and presented well.

This blog can call on some important names to interview in the Airsoft world from tactical gear manufacturers to Airsoft Event managers, to provide the readers with information from an expert.

They also report on Airsoft events where new weapons and gear are presented and tested to give you a sneak peek at what to expect in the near future.

Femme Fatale Airsoft

This blog is unique for a couple of reasons.

Firstly it is a female-focused blog.

Secondly, it was founded by Kelly Hardwick who has a constant presence on the blog, it is rare to see such a personal touch for a blog like this.

Kelly lives and breathes Airsoft, running the blog while still taking part in skirmishes when she can and articles can be found where she discusses how she first fell in love with Airsoft.

This makes the site both informative and engaging.

Reviews of guns, gears and events make up the bulk of the blog’s content for those who know what they are after while there are also ‘How to’ articles to help less experienced Airsoft players along the way.

 

Top 5 Unbeatable tips to improve your airsoft skills

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“Before you enter the battlefield, it’s a good idea to get in some really good training.”

Whether you are a beginner or far more experienced, every airsoft player can improve their skillset on the battlefield.

Remember these vital tips and apply them to your next skirmish and you will see an improvement in your focus, accuracy and general performance next time you’re in a cross-fire.

 

1)  Practice makes perfect

You are only as good as the time you put into the game. Regularly attending airsoft games where you live or further afield forces you to think like a soldier. When you have the right mindset, know your gun and the battlefield inside out, you will begin to predict your opponents’ next move.

There are many airsoft sites throughout the U.K. The most popular locations to become a better airsoft player can be found here

 

2)  Practice Improve your accuracy

The more you play with your chosen gun the more accurate you will become. However, you should do the following to improve your overall accuracy and rate of fire.

  • Know your gun – In combat it is best to utilise your gun’s sights and steer away from using hip fire on your automatic weapon as this will lead to inaccuracies and empty mags.
  • Hold your gun correctly – Using a stock (placed on your shoulder) will help you to control your aim. With the stock pressed against your shoulder, use your weaker hand to hold the gun whistle your stronger hand presses the trigger. If you can master gripping your gun you will eliminate your opponents’ before they shoot you.

3) Defence Oriented and Offense Oriented. Be more Tactical

Airsoft is fundamentally a tactical sport so it is important that you start to understand how the game works. When you are comfortable with this, you will automatically be able to think carefully about how you can best perform in each skirmish.

Rather than try harder to think smarter. This approach will make you one step ahead of your opponents’ and earn you the win your team deserves.

4) Don’t buy cheap guns

You get what you pay for! Don’t break the bank but also don’t buy the cheapest weapons either. Airsoft gun range.  The Ares Amoeba Honey Badger AM-013 is a good starter assault rifle and with this, you will be able to hit something. But it is £200! If you are new then perhaps a less expensive option is a good pistol, they start at £80.

 

5) Join a local team

Find a local airsoft team, or try with your friends. The more you do it, the better you will become.  Learn from others, look at their weapons and see what is good for your set up.

If you feel up to it let someone empty a magazine on you just to see what it feels like and see the different rates of fire and clip load, it will make it all more fun on the day. It does not really hurt and it will make you bolder as a soldier.

 

AND REMEMBER Never surrender

Remember, the more you play at Airsoft, the better you will be. Don’t be down on yourself if you can’t seem to win. Ask fellow players for help and advice; what new tactics can I use, should I be more offensive, should I be a sniper? Just keep trying, be safe and have fun.

By following these three sure-fire tips, you will quickly be able to improve your skill set and ultimately become a better airsoft player.

 

 

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