Originating in 1980s Japan, the term airsoft gun refers to a non-lethal replica of an actual firearm. The airsoft gun may be sized as a realistic model or miniaturized. The guns fires small, normally around six millimeter, plastic pellets.
The pellets come in different weights, providing options for varying accuracy and impact. The guns themselves may be spring loaded, gas powered, or electrical. Spring loaded air soft guns are the most affordable but require cocking before each shot to prime the firing spring.
Gas powered weapons are for the more discerning collectors and rely on pressurized gas canisters for firing power. The electrical airsoft gun is the most commonly used type, using a rechargeable electrical battery to power the firing mechanism’s gears.
Prices for these different model guns range from ten pounds to upwards of a thousand pounds for particularly customized or high-end designs.
The care of airsoft guns is a primary concern for aficionados and players. The basic rules of replica firearm maintenance mirror those for real firearms. The guns should be kept free of dirt and jams, kept out of the reach of children or immature users, and kept from being dropped or thrown needlessly. Furthermore, a fundamental understanding of the working components of the gun, including its springs, gas canisters, batteries, or fuses, will be invaluable in its successful use and maintenance.
Airsoft guns are used by players in simulations of military or law enforcement scenarios at registered airsoft sites in the UK. These scrimmage sessions pit teams of players against one another using tactical strategy. There several variations of game matches, each with its own unique scenarios and victory requirements. Some of the most played match types include stalkers, manhunt, prison escape, capture the flag, last man standing, and king of the hill. During these games, players communicate chiefly with hand signals to convey instructions to one another without the opposing team overhearing.