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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.
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 player, which is why this game is often reffered to as "Mil-Sim(military simulation). The electric powered replicas are often modeled after real rifles and submachine-guns. The Gas powered replicas are oftern modeled after handguns and small submachineguns. And the spring powered replicas are modeled after a wide varity of real weapons, due to the simplicity of thier design.
The sport was oringinated in Japan, then quickly adopted in the US as an alternative to paintball. Airsoft has a relatively small following of people as opposed to the millions who play paintball, mostly due to the fact that paintball is more "user-friendly" due to the fact that most paintball guns look nothing like real guns, unlike airsoft. Airsoft requires a great deal of responsibility, due to the fact that if you are seen in public with these replicas, you could be arrested or even shot at.
Now stop using this dictionary as a forum, and flame each other somewhere else.
by matt August 23, 2003
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Coolest fucking outdoor game ever!
Dude, let's go play some Airsoft!!
Fuck YEAH!!!!
by Spencer Lucke July 30, 2008
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a game which uses replicas of real guns that shoot small brass or plastic ball bearings (BBs). this game is just as good as paintball. paintball are for those who like just being able to shoot people and run around avoiding paintballs the size of nickels, airsoft is for those who like MilSim and using realistic guns. arisoft i usually played by older people, and paintball is usually played by younger people, although this does not imply that airsoft players are more responsible (i went paintballing once and some guy that looked like he was 20-30 years old took off his mask in the middle of the game cuz he got hit)
paintballer: whats the difference between airsoft and paintball?
airsofter: well you dont get welts the size of quarters for one and you use realistic guns, but theres not much difference both are pretty good
paintballer: cool i wanna try it.

paintball and airsoft are just as good as each other, neither one is better, for all you nerds using this as a forum, just please shut the fuck up.
by UberPaintballer July 29, 2007
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is a sport/activity played among with ten or more people, a strategy is used like military tactics, its a very fun game. Places to play would be in urban areas such as your neighborhood, and a forest. Guns can cost up to 10.00$ to 600.00$.
Jim and I are going to make a team for airsoft today.
by Ray Schardt September 12, 2006
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A game in which multiple strategic teams use model weapons that exceed the legal power of a paintball gun and fire on each other until the other team is all dead. Uses camouflage and model guns for realism, unlike neon and Super Soaker type guns in paintball.
Ben an I play airsoft, I shot him many times in the face until he bled.
by Kevin March 31, 2003
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12.
A sport kind of like paintball but better in thousands of ways.
"Wanna go play paintball?"

"No, I'm going to go have an airsoft skirmish, the scenario today is that terriosts have taken over an airplane on the run-way with hostages and we have to stop them."

"Oh..... Well my scenario is to try to shoot people with paintballs with this gun where the sight is replaced by a big plastic bubble that holds my ammo."
by aNawesomEguYwhOloveSairsofT September 20, 2009
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a fun game in which people shoot eachother with realalistic-looking guns. hurts some depending on speed/weight of BBs and distance. About equal w/ paintball interms of fun
dude wanna play some paintball?

ya but i only got an airsoft gun

oh well airsoft is just as fun
by jack bauer biatch July 10, 2008
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Air soft guns are guns that fire small plastic pellets. The pellets can be metal coated. Not to be mistaken with BB guns, which fire pure brass BB's.
Dude, me and my neighbor had an airsoft war yesterday
by 2010 June 28, 2005
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