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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.

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New Retro Arms Electronic trigger processing unit !

We are exited to see a new kid on the block to take on the troublesome ASCU units. Below is some information released from retro arms. We are exited to test one of these new units!

Processor unit for our gearboxes

This is a program-controlled device with motor active braking. It has six shooting modes, controls rate of fire, precocking, active braking and low battery indication. The device is fully integrated inside the RetroARMS gearbox. The gun trigger is used for programming this device, the motor vibrates as a feedback for the user. Coated with lacquer, it protects device against water.

Maximum battery: Ni-xx 8.4 – 12V, lipol 7.4 – 11.1V

Maximum AMP: 25amp

It means no more adjusting our trigger and contacts in your gun!
Unit comes with all wires and programming scheme
Here are functions of our processor

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