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.

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 and hitting its target. Contrary to popular belief, airsoft guns can leave welts, as the bbs do not burst on impact, and the force is concentrated into a much smaller area, however, airsofters tend to not care weather or not their guns hurt their opponents.

There are no professional airsoft teams, and airsofters want to keep it that way. Because airsoft is based on the honor system, airsoft attracts a different type of player. Airsoft games tend to have little or no cheating. You will hit someone, and they will immediately leave the field. I have never been to a paintball game where there has not been a problem with cheaters.

Airsofters tend to concentrate on the tactical and milsim aspect of the sport, wheras paintballers tend to focus more on the fast and furious action. both have their merits. Airsofters usually wear camo and tactical gear to carry their equipment, paintballers tend to wear jersies and use waist harnesses.

The fact of the matter is, airsoft and paintball are two completely different sports, both of which are fun. paintballers tend to bash on airsofters out of ignorance, many of them have never played an actual game of airsoft; they have shot their friends springer in his backyard and think that that is indicative of the entire sport. You wouldnt want an airsofter to shoot a wal mart 30 dollar pump gun and think that that is all there is to paintball would you?
paintballers say that they would simply not call their hits in a game of airsoft, this is why airsofters dont want you to play with them.
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air soft guns are realistic looking guns that shoot 6mm plastic bbs and some are replicas
my air soft gun is am M4 and a G36C
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Airsoft Is like paintball in many ways. Airsoft is usually slower paced game based off of Tactics, Ops, and Mil-Sim/Reenactments. When paintball is more fast paced. Yes Paintball hurts more and is easy to identify when hit while Airsoft uses an"Honor System".They sports differ in many ways but both have their own ups and downs.

Airsoft Pros:Can fire 6MM Paintballs, Major weapon Variety, Customizable and realistic guns, More realistic weight, A more Honorable Game.

PaintBall Pros: More identifiable hits, Faster Paced, Fires bigger rounds and hurts more.

Airsoft Cons:Slow Paced(Usually), You must have honor or threaten being kicked from game, Small rounds which can stray off, Constant Political votes to banish the sport.

Paintball Cons: Non realistic guns, Big ass Ammo Resevoir blocking your sight,No big weapon variety (Example Shotgunner, Machine gunner etc.) weapon classes Besides Assault and Long Range).

So overall both sports are better in their own ways and whoever is stupid enough to argue which is better has no life and is willing to waste whatever fragment of one he has arguing about it...Is a major Dumbass
Ignorant bastard: Airsoft is a pussies sport

Standard Airsofter: Have you even tried it?
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Airsoft is a military simulation game. It involves dressing in military or law enforcement gear and usually camouflage and shooting members of the opposing teams with plastic or bio-degradeable BBs (meaning Ball-Bearings) fired from airsoft guns. Airsoft guns are usually 1:1 replica firearms that function externally in similar ways. Airsoft guns are usually powered by gas, a battery which runs a motor, or just a spring. Guns run by spring power are usually called "springers" and looked down upon by every real airsofter. They are usually purchased for tweenage children who don't know any better, or whose parents don't know any better. Airsoft is often compared to paintball, which makes no sense because they are two very different games which attract different people who are looking for different things to do. Airsoft also incorporates the use of real military and law enforcement tactics, and games can get very intense. It is an honor based game, meaning if you feel yourself get hit with a BB, or even suspect it, you need to call yourself out. The majority of players do this, though a small minority decide that they are invincible and never call their hits which ruins the fun for everyone else. All in all, if you are willing to spend a lot of money on a hobby, you should give airsoft a try. You just might love it.
Lets go play airsoft this weekend! I got a new gun!
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Airsoft is a game played by people from all walks of life, contrary to popular belief that it's only played by people who can't join the military but would like to. Time to debunk some myths!

Myth: BB's don't hurt

Truth: This is opinion, to me they don't hurt that bad, to other people, they hurt like a bitch, it's all about pain tolerance.

Myth: Only older people and military obsessed nerds play airsoft!

Truth: Also not true, Me, being 15, and having no desire to join the military play with mostly kids my age with the same opinions.

Myth: Airsoft is cheap and the guns are unreliable!

Truth: Compared to Paintball, Airsoft IS relatively cheap, BUT the guns are everything but unreliable, unless you're buying from Wal-mart. A good gun will run you about $100-200, a sidearm will go about $25-40 and BB's are about $5 for 10,000 of them.

Airsoft guns also fire on average about 350 FPS, that's alot for a little plastic pellet, one of my buddies once started bleeding from being shot with an Airsoft sniper.
"Airsofter: Wanna play some Airsoft?"

"Airsoft hater: Airsoft sucks, it's for pussies who can't join the military, Go suck a dick!"

"Airsofter, to a more reasonable and rational human being: Wanna play some Airsoft?"

"Rational Human being: "Sure, it sounds fun!"
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A hobby in which players wear military-style uniforms (sometimes this is not true) and wield realistic replicas of military weaponry. Essentially, it's non-lethal military warfare. Airsofting is all about realism, tactics, fun and awesome.

There's a few common misconceptions about airsoft. For one, it is not a game for 12 year olds, though I will admit, they often give all of us other players a bad name. It is not better or worse than paintball because it can't be statistically proven that one is better than the other; they're so different that you just can't say one is better. Besides, that's all a matter of opinion. Third, some paintballers may call airsofters wusses, but how many times can you say that a paintball has made you bleed? Sure, airsoft guns often don't, but you can still feel them when they hit you. Also, how much they hurt differs from person to person, and what gun the shooter is using. Some will hurt more than others. All of the BBs are the same size, but some of them are a different weight. They can be as light as .12 grams or as heavy as .25 grams; each weight producing different results in accuracy, speed and overall performance.

Note: Airsoft has a number of additional equipment, including landmines, grenades and plastic knives. As far as I know, paintball does not have any of these.
Airsofting often incorporates skill, tactics and teamwork.

Paintballing may apply these... very loosely that is.
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A sport in which more mature fuckers play with fucking bb guns that fire frone auto to bolt action. U play by honors and not by annoying paint.
Takes more maturity to play airsoft than paintball!
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A game where wanna be badasses who are usually too fat or stoopid to join the real military run around with gucci gear and plastic guns playing cops and robbers. They have terrible tactics and absolutely no understanding of real world combat (with real weapons and real bad guys) yet still call themselves "operators".
Hey let's play airsoft

-Sorry queer I'm heading to Afghanistan for 9 months to do big boy stuff
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