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.
by kleeklor June 11, 2007
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!
by Jipper August 22, 2003
Common misconceptions:

Air soft is for people who are too afraid to play paintball!

Truth: first of all, some people may be, some people may not be. I for one am not afraid to play paintball, and neither are my friends and I'm a teenager. You don't know every air softer in the world! And also all these paintballers who bash air soft for not hurting as much, what are you, emo? I don't want to be badly bruised all day! Shut up, emo paintballer!

Air soft guns are used because you won't buy a real gun!

Truth: Who the fuck wants to go and buy a real gun which you have to buy real expensive ammo for and go and shoot fucking targets all day?! That is boring as fuck! I would much rather go to an arena with a replica gun and some gear and shoot the fuck out of my friends and people I don't know and have a blast and everyone makes it out OK.

Air soft is for military wannabe's, nerds, people who are too afraid to play paintball, and military rejects!

Truth: I don't want to be in the military nor am I old enough so saying I am a military wannabe is just wrong. Not all air softers are nerds, once again, you do not know every air softer in the world, lots of them are chill dudes. Paintball hurts like a mofo and i don't get why people brag about that. It is just stupid how much it hurts but I'm not afraid to play it so that is also a false claim. Then military rejects, some players who were rejected from service may be, but 99% of them are not or not even old enough to join.
Airsoft

Air softer 1: Hey, lets go play some air soft today in our local cqb arena!

Air softer 2: Good idea! i just got a new KWA m4! Should be fun!

Fag air softer: Wow look at those cool guns! mommy I want one! I want to be just like soap from call of duty mommy!

Milsim fag: Wow way to be faggots how about you come and face my team because were so cool and we look like the rangers but were really just rejects!

Paint baller: Wow way to have guns that don't hurt like hell! I'm going to go play paintball because I'm a man and i love to hurt myself!

Real gun owner: Wow pussies go buy a real gun and come sit still and shoot at a target all day!

Air softer 1: Wow all these people are retarded lets leave.

Air softer 2: Yeah, its just our hobby, don't make a big deal out of it!
by The person who is right 12534 October 23, 2011
A game in which players use realistic looking guns that shoot plastic BBs. Once a player is hit, they must call themselves out. Airsoft is typically a game for mature individuals seeking refuge from dishonest, pre-pubescent paintball players. Can also be defined as a game in which 2000 rounds only costs you 15 dollars, as opposed to 45 dollars for paintball rounds (and don't forget CO2). Airsoft uses an honor system, which is an ingenious system designed to keep paintballers from playing.
Chad: Hey Chump, I got a kill from 250 feet with my JG G3 airsoft gun in our game.

Chump: Wow my paintball gun has weak stream, it only goes 150 feet. I wish I could shoot that far!
by JG-G3 March 08, 2010
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
by supo3 July 10, 2013
The sport that people that can't play paintball play. Airsoft is played by many ages from 8 to 40. The game that Cheaters will be envolved in not calling there hit and saying your out when you aren't.
Friend1: hey you should come air soft with me
You: sorry airside is for people who can't play paintball
by The_lonly_one June 20, 2014
Ok, Here's the deal with airsoft. Basically, it is for people who decided that paintball wasn't 'real' enough so they outsourced poor quality guns from China ( Places like FAUX AIRSOFT will charge you plenty of money, even though these guns will malfunction on you more than any paintball gun)

Airsoft is LARPING. Bunch of 13 year old to 40 year old virgins who either A.) want to join military and KILL but they are too young B.) Were actually in the military but never saw combat, so they attempt to relive some glory that they never actually saw . ( Seriously, what veteran who has actually seen combat, blood and death, is going to want to pretend he's doing the same thing by shooting plastic BB's at 12 year old boys) Or, C.) 30 something virgins who have never been in the military, nor seen a pair of tits in their life.

Airsofters like to think they are tough by buying over priced replica gear of what real military units use. The reality is airsoft 'ops' consist of 30 year old has-beens ordering aroudn 14 year olds like they have some sort of authority. Not to mention airsoft runs on the 'honor' system and you cannot tell if you've shot, or been shot unless you are within a very close range. Airsoft does nothing but brainwash youth into the military industrial complex... Plus, it's just kind of gay.
Airsoft player: TANGO DOWN, 1.5 clicks!

other airsoft player: I SHOT YOU! call your hits!

airsoft player: NO I SHOT YOU!

* two airsofters have anal sex in the woods*
by christhimself March 04, 2012
A military simulation game whereby players use 1:1 scale replicas of real firearms that fire 6mm plastic spherical pellets. Airsofts try and look like actual weapons - but they're not.

Basically, Airsoft is for gun owner wannabees who either can't afford a real gun, aren't allowed to own firearms in their country (Japan) or can't pass the criminal background check or are too young to own the real thing. Sad really.
Mike: "Hey look bro! I just got a new Airsoft Sig 229!

Me: "What? Look at my REAL Sig 229! Want to have a duel? No? Thought not."

Mike: "You had to rub that in my face didn't you?"

Me: "You can't have a gun because you got busted with pot, moron. Who says it's a harmless drug?"
by LarryGunNut August 03, 2011

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