There are a number of Airsoft events taking place this year where Airsofters from across the UK and Europe come together to play, buy and sell and socialise with other players.
There are a number of Airsoft events taking place this year where Airsofters from across the UK and Europe come together to play, buy and sell and socialise with other players.
The basics include at least one gun, most people usually carry a rifle and a sidearm such as a pistol along with sturdy, weather-resistant clothing and protective eyewear which are usually all that is necessary for a skirmish or speedsoft.
There are a range of optional gear choices which can give you the advantage during the game although not everything will be suitable for every player or game type.
This year’s National Airsoft Festival will take place on August 28th-30th August bringing players from all over the UK and Europe together for a weekend of all things 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
What is MilSim?
MilSim is the abbreviation for military simulation. This can encompass a broad range of events and activities, however, within the Airsoft community, Milsim is a term that has become synonymous with long (sometimes 30h+) roleplay wargames usually including the use of military tactics, equipment and organisation, as well as a number of props, casualty simulations and pyrotechnics.
There are a number of companies that run these events in the UK and although these are normally privately owned these companies have deep military roots with most staff members and owners being ex or current service.
This is a simplistic rifle with an impressive velocity rate of 340-370FPS.
This medium price ranged assault rifle handles well despite weighing almost 4kg with a sleek external coat that gives it the look of a real gun.
This electric rifle comes with both semi and fully automatic firing modes with the wooden look and weighty feel of the rifle staying true to the original 1959 M14 it was based on.
It benefits from an adjustable hop-up and rear sight to improve range and accuracy. The stand out feature of this rifle is the butt plate which allows users to stabilise the rifle against their shoulder.
This rifle has a well-above-average velocity of 375 FPS with a long barrel improving the accuracy and range of the shot.
It also comes with an adjustable hop-up, a rear iron sight that can be adjusted horizontally and vertically and a rubber stock pad which stops the rifle from slipping as you hold it while the butt plate stabilises the rifle against your shoulder.
One of the oddest looking guns on the list is a compact version of the classic AK74 rifles making it easier to hold and carry while still producing a powerful shot.
The electronic blowback system gives you a real jolt as fire off your shots at a rapid rate of 400-450 FPS.
The Electronic Firing Control System used in the gearbox allows for semi-auto, a 3 round burst or fully automatic firing while the electronic trigger provides a faster trigger response.
It has a front and rear flip-up iron sight and an adjustable hop-up to improve range, targeting and accuracy along with a high torque flat motor.
This replica is based on a very modern-day rifle currently used in the German army and it has the durability to match.
The folding stock can change the weapon’s length to suit your situation whether you need it for close-range or long-range combat.
The handguard rail allows for accessories to be attached while the rifle itself is compatible with a number of external and internal upgrade parts.
This rifle looks and feels like the real deal with a length of 86cm making it one of the bigger, more imposing rifles and an adjustable hop-up makes it dangerous over a long-range.
There are two 20mm rails, at the top of the receiver and the top of the handguard, for accessories to be added onto it. The modular handguard allows for even more attachments like Grips and Launchers.
The 6 position Stock, along with the Hand Guard, is replaceable and the rubberised rotating butt plate design is unique to this rifle.
This rifle may be towards the lower end of the price range but that doesn’t mean you don’t get a lot for your money.
This is a high-grade weapon suitable for short and long-range firing with front and rear iron sights while there are six positions the Crane Stock can be adjusted to make the rifle the length that suits you to achieve the range you desire.
The Nylon Fibre Receiver allows you to add a number of accessories such as flashlights and the ambidextrous magazine release and fire selector features allow it to be operated comfortably by left and right-handed people.
The selling point of this rifle is the attention to detail that goes into the design to make it look like and have the durability of the real thing while still being relatively lightweight.
While it has some useful features found in other rifles such as an adjustable hop-up, 4 position adjustment and features which make it ambidextrous, it has some unique aspects which sets it apart from the others.
It has four firing modes; safe, semi-auto, 3 round burst and full-auto while it also has a feature which prevents it from firing once the magazine runs out.
This rifle is right at the top end of the market in terms of price and quality.
This rifle is an exact replica of the 1944orginal and the detail is clear to see with the imitated wood colour and texture design adding to the realistic look of the iconic rifle.
It is a rifle that is useful for both short-range and long-range skirmishes with an adjustable rear sight to ensure high-precision accuracy.
This rifle is versatile, being good for close combat and long-range attacks with an adjustable rear sight to ensure high-precision accuracy while the sling mounting points make it easy to use for left and right-handers.
The most unique part of it all is the folding metal bayonet which is fixed onto the rifle to be used when your opponent is within touching distance.
You may be wondering what the advantages are for doing this are so below is an explanation of the main benefits you should see should you decide to buy a conversion kit.
Airsoft Conversion Kits are a great way of turning your pistol into a whole new weapon while in battle to suit your needs.
This gives you two weapons in one with the kit being easier to carry around than a whole other gun for you to switch between.
On top of this, it is a quick and simple process to add or remove the conversion kit so you are not stuck with the choice of whether you would like to use it or not before you go into battle.
It is also easier for you to store away whether it is at home or it is on your person while it goes unused in battle.
Even if you don’t remove the kit when you are done with it, the kit may make your pistol more like a rifle or SMG but it is not quite as long so it takes up less space than the real thing.
Conversion kits also give you the option to add extras to your weapon that might not be available for your pistol.
If under rails or side rails are a part of the conversion kit then that will allow you to add attachments to it such as lights or lasers to give you an advantage in battle.
The extra accessories are helpful but the conversion kits can make huge improvements to your current weapon dependent on your needs.
If you want to improve your accuracy or firing range, these kits can help you to make your weapon capable of achieving this.
Similarly, these kits can be used to improve the feel and comfort of holding the gun.
This could simply be by making the grip more comfortable to hold but can also lower the recoil you receive from firing your weapon.
Slings and mounts are common for bigger guns such as rifles and these can be used as part of the kit to help make your weapon ambidextrous, to suit whichever arm you want if your original weapon doesn’t give you that option.
Ultimately conversion kits are a cheaper option than buying two separate weapons. You can get the benefits of a rifle or SMG without actually having to buy and maintain one.
Buying a simplistic pistol along with a conversion kit that includes extras may work out cheaper than buying an all-singing, all-dancing pistol where these are included in the first place.
The same can be said for buying a rifle or SMG with these qualities if your current gun doesn’t offer it to you.
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Main material: Nylon Fibre
Ultra Grade: An Upgraded version of the sports Series! Attractive pricing with the perfect balance of weight and durability! It’s Perfect for newer players
Main Material: Zinc: Nylon Fibre.
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the perfect balance of gearbox & Mosfet assembly as the new features they bring better control over the weapon to all platers
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Main Material: Zinc Alloy / Nylon Fibre
Elite: A Semi – Professional airsoft build with the latest airsoft technology and full features, Outstanding performance and exceptional quality! Unstoppable momentum once you get your hand on the grip!
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Accurate shooting is what makes the difference between victory and defeat. No matter what airsoft game mode you’re playing, taking out more members of the enemy team is going to give you a huge advantage.
Tokyo Marui HK416 Devgru – £575
The Tokyo Marui Next Generation recoil series has been a massive step forward in airsoft due to the fantastic recoil and blowback action built into an AEG (Automatic electric gun). We’ve seen mechanical blowback and pneumatic blowback before in AEGs , but no company has done a recoil system as efficiently as Tokyo Marui. Sure there’s the BOLT recoil AEGs, but Tokyo Marui have put so much work into making sure the recoil action doesn’t harm the receiver, piston or any other internal parts of the gearbox, it all moves in perfect synchronisation.
Now onto the model itself, it’s based off of the DEVGRU (Seal Team Six) model and comes with the quick detach flash hider & supressor as well as a Tango Down style foregrip. The crane stock is also different from the standard HK416 stock. The batteries are situated in the crane stock, but is wired to take Tokyo Marui’s own battery configuration without a Tamiya or Deans connector, however we offer a free service to fit either of these connections on making it easier to use 8.4v, 9.6v or 7.4v batteries. We do not recommend using 11.1v LiPo batteries unless it has been modified by a technician to do so. The trigger response on 7.4v batteries is brilliant out of the box anyway.
The mid capacity magazines can hold up to 82 rounds, but can also be adjusted to hold only 30 rounds for milsim games. 430 round high capacity magazines are also available, however this does eliminate the functioning bolt stop when it runs out of ammunition. Both the HK416 and M4 Stanag type magazines work in the HK416.
As expected from Tokyo Marui, the FPS is approximately 280 with every one of their models, but this in no way hinders the performance of the RIF. The range and accuracy out of the box is brilliant. If you feel you need to change or upgrade the hop system then a Maple Leaf hop rubber with a ZCI 6.02mm tightbore barrel is a great combination for brilliant performance.
Sometimes, subtly takes a back seat and you need to go loud. And nothing goes loud like an airsoft grenade. Grenades and flashbangs are an efficient and viscerally enjoyable way to disorientate and take out a whole group of enemies at once.
Ah, the age old question: Which is better? The M16 or AK47?
It’s a question that’s been raging since the question of whether an AK47 is better than an M14 battle rifle was soundly answered in favour of the Kalashnikov during the Vietnam War.