Airsoft is a competitive team shooting sport in which participants eliminate opposing players with spherical plastic projectiles launched via replica air weapons called airsoft guns.
Although very similar to paintball in concept and gameplay, airsoft pellets do not typically leave visible markings on their target, and hits are not always apparent.
The game relies heavily on an honor system in which the person who has been hit is responsible for calling themselves out.
The airsoft guns used are typically magazine-fed & battery-powered, some having manual spring charged systems similar to Nerf Blasters,
or are powered by replaceable compressed gas (e.g. propane (“green gas”), tetrafluoroethane or CO2) canisters.
Many airsoft guns also have mounting platforms compatible with genuine firearm accessories, and cosmetically more resembling to real guns.
This makes them popular for military simulation and historical reenactments.
Gameplay varies in style and composition, but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, close quarters battle, field, military simulations (MilSim) or historical reenactments.
Games can be played in indoor or outdoor sites. Combat situations on the battlefield may involve the use of military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game.
A game is normally overseen by two or more marshal’s to make sure the rules are being adhered to.
Before gameplay, an airsoft gun’s muzzle velocity is usually checked through a chronograph and usually measured in feet per second (FPS).
The UK has a set velocity or kinetic energy restriction; guns shooting over the legal velocity can be confiscated. Some game sites like ours further restrict projectile velocity.