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...
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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.
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 quality...
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 ...
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