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Definition: The hobby of collecting realistic, non-lethal, shooting replicas
of actual firearms either for display or for the purposes of
skirmishing in friendly competition.
History: The sport of Airsoft started in Japan during the early
1980s. It was illegal to own firearms in Japan but there was
a significant interest in them, so a company started producing
spring-powered replicas of firearms that fired 6mm, plastic
BBs. During the latter part of the 1980s the sport migrated
to neighboring countries such as Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and
the Philippines. Airsoft started appearing in North America
and Europe during the middle of the 1990's.
The Guns: This is essentially what attracts players into the
sport. Airsoft guns are 1:1 scale replicas of actual firearms
that fire 6mm, round, plastic pellets commonly called as "BB's"
which are propelled out of the guns by compressed air. In most
cases, Airsoft guns mimic the looks and functionality of it's
real-steel counterpart. By that, meaning Airsoft guns look,
feel, weigh, and functions similar to the actual firearm. Often,
the only way you can tell apart a "real steel" firearm
and an airsoft gun is the blazing orange tip and when you pull
that trigger .
There are 3 major types of Airsoft guns: Spring-Powered, Gas-Powered,
and Automatic Electric Guns (AEG's).