Airsoft is a game that not many people play or have even heard of. The majority of players use plastic gun replicas that fire .12g or .2g plastic ball bearings (bbs). It is possible for different weights but those are by far the most common. The people that actually play airsoft (no, I’m not talking about the ones who just like to mess around with the guns) are usually the quiet kids in JROTC that look at guns on the internet in their spare time and want to join the army so they can shoot someone with a real firearm.
Now for a quick physics lesson. Many people say "well, airsoft fields generally allow 400-550 fps and paintball fields only allow up to 300 fps.” That statement means absolutely nothing. Well as a matter of fact it does mean something; it proves that paintballs hurt much more.
This is the average force of an airsoft pellet assuming its a .2 gram bb traveling at 400 feet per second (although many airsoft guns can’t even shoot that fast).
Force = mass X acceleration
.2 grams = 0.0002 kilograms
400 feet = 121.92 meters
F = .0002 X 121.92
F = .024384 N
This is the average paintball force assuming we are using a 3.185 gram paintball (the average weight) shooting at 300 feet per second.
3.18500 grams = 0.003185 kilograms
300 feet = 91.44 meters
F = .003185 X 91.44
F = .2912364 N
So what does all this crap mean? It means that the average paintball has roughly 12x more force than an airsoft pellet traveling 100 fps faster. You can make a fair assumption based on those facts that the average paintball will hurt 12x more than a pretty fast airsoft pellet. Still don’t believe me? Well then think of it this way… what bullet would do more damage, a .22 caliber bullet or a .50 caliber bullet? Oh and airsoft pellets loose velocity much faster than paintballs, I’ll spare everyone from those equations.
Airsoft is just a sport that no one really plays. But its cheaper than paintball so it must be better, right?
A game where opposing teams use either electric, gas, or spring powered replicas of real guns, to propel a small diameter ball-bearing(BB) at the opposing team. These replicas use varied weight bbs as ammunition, with each weight giving a different effect on the range, speed, and accuracy of the shot. The replicas can be upgraded by opening it up, and changeing various parts in order to achieve the effect desired. Most fields have an FPS limit, usually 400fps for automatic and semi-automatic firing replicas, and 550fps for single-shot bolt action rifles.more...
Most replicas used on field are either Gas powered or electric powered.
The electric powered ones use a battery that runs a motor, that turns a set of gears, which in turn cranks back a spring, which pulls back on a piston , which then raises the amount of air in the cylinder, which is all released at once raising the pressure behind the bb in the chamber which propels the bb down the barrel, all at the pull of the trigger. The gas replicas use ozone-friendly HFC-134a(weakest) or HFC22(strongest) to propel the bb down the barrel. The gas is stored in a resivior in the magazine(ammo storage) of the replica. Spring powered replicas use manual cocking of the piston in order to raise the amount of air in the cylinder behind the bb which is all released at once, raising the amount of air pressure behind the bb propeling it foward and down the barrel.
Military style tactics and dress are often used to the advantage of the p...
a game which owns paintball.
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Airsot = L337
game where people use tactics to try and achive an objective by using teamwork. they use replica guns and shoot at each other. powerd by gas or electric and maybe springs. vaguly similer to paintball. but paintball is a more agressive fast pave game. and airsoft is based on military concepts. paintball is a new concept all its own.
paintball and airsoft are 2 differnt things so stfu and stop saying one is better then the other. paintball isnt supposed to be realistic. its not based on anything.
A military simulation using 1:1 scale replicas of real firearms that fire 6mm plastic spherical pellets. The sport focuses on realism, tactics, and strategy. The MilSim genre began with paintball, but milsim paintballers became fed up with the sport because all these kids in bright jerseys came along and gayified the sport, and therefore switched to airsoft--but it is possible for someone to be an airsofter and a paintballer, as I play airsoft with many of them. Unlike paintball, airsoft breeds mature and honest people, of course there are a few exceptions. What gives airsoft a bad reputation are these idiot kids who pick up $20 springers from Wal-Mart or the flea market and do drivebys.
I'm not an airsofter because I'm too much of a pussy to get a half-dollar sized bruise, I'm an airsofter because I like the military, but I am physically unable to join. I also prefer airsoft because of the realism in gear and gameplay.
Tokyo Marui makes the most reliable airsoft guns.
Airsoft can be considered a sport or a hobby. People play in operations (OPs) that can be from 20 players to in the hundreds. Also people can play in scrimishes, which tend to not be as organized. Airsoft guns can be operated by spring (air cocking), gas (hfc134a, hfc22/green gas, co2), AEGs or "Automatic Electric Guns" (battery, 7.2-12 volt). The guns are based off of real guns, and in airsoft real guns are called "Real steel".more...
Hobby airsofters normally collect guns for the close replication of their real steel counterparts, and the normally the only time you can tell the difference is material. Airsoft guns tend to use the real gun trademarks along with the manufactor trademarks.
Operations are military simulation, or mil-sim. Airsofters love airsoft because it is really realistic and why we don't play with markers (a.k.a. hairdryers with a CO2 tank and a hopper). One reason why airsofters don't join the army is when you are hit in the head with a bb, you call yourself out. If you are hit in the head in the army, you don't call anything. You're dead.
Airsoft guns can be relativly cheap if bought at Wal-Mart or a sporting good store, but those guns are of low quality and reffered to as "LPEGs" or "Low Powered/Priced Electric Gun". There are medium quality guns that or normally clones of Tokyo Marui guns, but never come close to the qua...
There are so many paintball players on urbandictionary that I thought I would clear a couple things up for people who are actually interested in airsoft. First of all, paintball and airsoft are two completely different games. Paintball is usually much faster paced, and is played on much smaller fields. It tends to have much more of a video game/fps feeling to it. Airsoft is slower paced, and is usually played in the woods, or in buildings (to reenact cqb/cqc scenarios) Paintball guns range from $50 to thousands of dollars depending on the make and the upgrades that you give them. Airsoft replicas range from $10 to thousands of dollars depending on the same factors.more...
Airsoft uses 6mm plastic pellets, usually weighing between .12 and .3g. the most common weights are .2 and .25g bbs, which are used in most AEGs (automatic electric guns). Paintball uses different sizes and weights of gell filled capsules that burst on impact, leaving a mark.
Airsoft guns do tend to hurt less per shot, but most airsoft guns are fired on full auto, meaning that you almost never get hit just once. Paintball guns are usually semi auto only. Airsoft guns tend to have much more range than paintball guns, as most high end airsoft replicas use a system called "hopup" which imparts backspin to the bb giving it a straight trajectory for longer. Airsoft guns also tend to fire at much higher velocities than paintballs, which means that there is less delay between the bb leaving the barrel ...
Airsoft is divided into two catagories.more...
1. Mil-sim, or military simulation, is when a large group of people buy realistic military gear (Eg. Camo, vests, guns) and play large scale objective games, some of which can last for multiple days. Airsoft guns use a variety of propellants, Green Gas, electrically powered springs or manually cocked springs to propell a BB out of the barrell. It is comparable to paintball, however paintball markers shoot faster and harder than airsoft guns. The point of mil-sim games change, but basically it requires one team to fulfill an objective and the other to stop them. Transportation of certain objects, such as bombs and detanators, or the rescue of a survivor behind enemy lines may be used as objectives. These games are usually played on large fields with official refferees and don't end until one team acheives and objective.
2. Recreation: Recreational airsoft can be played (most likely not legally) in someone's back yard. Low grade guns are usually purchased, and there are no legal ref's or rules, and it usually works on the elimination system.
As a whole, Airsoft works on the honor system, as it is hard to see if you hit someone unless you are very close to them. It also has a very good binding element, if you're working with someone then you're bound to talk, and even post-game chatter with people on the other team can be constructive. Generally talking like an asshole is not accepted, and saying you