Introduction: Begginers Guide to Airsoft

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So you want to start airsoft It is a fun sport to take up i think its a step up from sitting around getting fat playing video games. But before you go out and buy a full suit of gear and top of the line airsoft guns you need to ask yourself some questions.

1.)Can you handle being shot? This is the most important question because sooner or later you WILL get shot they may bleed, bruise,and will definety raise some welts.

2.)Can you handle shooting people? This is the this is the second most important question half the fun of the game is shooting people and getting them out and if you can't handle shooting people then you'll just sit there until somebody shoots you.

Step 1: Basic History, and Info

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Now that you have answered yes to the 2 questions on the intro you can start considering the kind of gun you want, the money you want to spend on it, the performance, and what you intend to do with it. But, before that you should gain some background knowledge of the sport.

How It All Started- 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.

Now that you know a little backround you should know the 3 types of airsoft it will help you figure out the type you want and make it easier when you buy it at a store.

Spring Airsoft- First, spring-powered Airsoft gun, the perfect entry level choice. Spring-cocking guns are true to their name in that you cock the spring first, and then fire. Cock spring, fire, cock, fire, cock, fire, etc. These guns are usually magazine fed and semi-automatic, but they must be hand-cocked after every shot. This system is very cost-effective, and the guns are surprisingly sturdy. Every Airsofter, in his lifetime, has owned at least one spring-powered gun, either a pistol or a rifle. Due to it's relatively cheap price-range, this is usually the gun of choice for the person just starting to play airsoft. A spring-powered handgun can be purchased for as little as $20.

Gas Airsoft- Another popular type of an Airsoft gun is the gas-powered. While there are several types of gas-powered airsoft guns, the most popular are the Gas-Blowback guns (GBBs). The GBB allows a realistic, semi-automatic firing of the gun by employing either an on-board, or magazine-stored gas storage system. Basically, the same compressed air that propels the BB out of the bore is harnessed to cycle the slide back (hence: blowback). This creates the realistic "recoil" by cycling the slide/upper receiver back-and-forth while firing the gun. This system gives the hand-held gun the capability to empty a magazine as fast as you can pull the trigger, and just as easily reload the gun by inserting a fresh magazine. Needless to say, this feature holds tremendous appeal for the "simulationist".

Electric Airsoft- Lastly are the Automatic Electric Gun. The creation of the AEG is partly responsible for Airsoft's "boom" during the late 1990s. Basically, an AEG is powered by an on-board battery (similar to hobby R/C Cars), which operates a motor that turns gears inside the gun to compress and release a piston, which in turn creates the blast of air needed to propel the 6mm BB through the barrel of the gun. This system allows the gun to efficiently generate the power needed to support the fully-automatic features of most AEGs and the result is a realistic Rate-Of-Fire (ROF) of anywhere from 600 - 900 Rounds-Per-Minute (RPM), once again mimicking the capabilities of real steel firearms. This is the airsoft gun of choice for most skirmish veterans.

Step 2: Safety Procautions

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This is another very important step how well you protect yourself when shooting could be the difference between losing and keeping your eye. Take it for someone with experience I was a dim-wit and shot at a piece of sheet metal with my AEG one came back and hit me in the eye and went behind my eye i had to be taken to the emergency room where they had to pop my eye out and pull the BB out. So, here are some safety tips.

1.) Do not wear safety glasses like shop glasses, sunglasses or other safety glasses that have a huge gap between the glasses and your skin.

2.) Now this step is optional but recommended for it will save you alot of pain. When you play a game cover up! It may be a little hot but when you start playing with people that have stronger gun you will thank me.

3.) Always treat your gun as though it were loaded and DO NOT point it at anything you don't want to destroy.

Step 3: Practice

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Just because you could not shoot a can off a post from 30 feet away with your new gun fresh out of the box does not mean you suck at airsoft PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! practice shootind a bigger target from 10 feet after a couple of good shots at the target move back 5 feet. The more you practice the better you get. I have 5 years of airsoft under my belt and now i can snipe someone 50 feet away as they are moving under heavy cover in the woods with my 300 dollar MP5 AEG.



The most important step is.................................................................................................From The Brotherhood of Steel............................................................................HAVE FUN!!!

My airsoft team- (starting from the top left)John, Me Casey, My nerdy cousin kevin that tagged along, Luc, Anthony, Alan, and finally Chris


Buck10 (author)2016-07-06

Hi do you know if there legal in Australia

Everything impossible (author)2015-09-18

I need to find a nice helmet that covers the back of your head (I found its a good idea through experience) and one that I can wear with glasses on. I can't find one so far. What I have now is just a front face mask that doesn't eaven cover the top of my head. If you have any ideas, thanks

CarterG (author)2015-07-27

My gun is a Xcr-rdc full metal and it is retailed at $400

blackholeseeker (author)2015-04-17

BTW on the front page like your helmet I have one 2!

SkeletonS (author)2014-12-30

There is a another beginner's guide on this website for anyone who needs some more information.

That was a good read! I play a lot of airsoft but I didn't know too much about the history of it. I guess that would explain why airsoft is so big in Japan too. My favorite type of airsoft weapons are AEGs, specifically SMGs. I've got an MP5 and I love it in close quarter combat.

Also, another thing - gas pistols are extremely powerful and are also good in close quarter combat. Sometimes I even prefer them over SMGs because of the mobility.

DenishRicherd (author)2013-05-31

Nice!!! Electric Airsoft guns and Gas Airsoft are very famous Airsoft guns. Well Airsoft could be understood to be a recreational activity where individuals remove competitors by holding each other with circular non-metallic pellets. Game differs in structure and method but frequently vary from in the pipeline situations, battle, area, and military mock-up o-r historical battle. Fight circumstances on-the field of battle often include the use of popular military processes to achieve goals occur each and every game. Individuals normally follow-the components and equipment requested by contemporary military and police. For more information go to

Halphinian (author)2013-05-26

I saw an airsoft pistol for $4.99

snook123 (author)2009-11-29

do you know anything about the

Crosman Pulse R72 Heavyweight Electric Airsoft Rifle it looks good but im not experienced please help

35Timmy (author)snook1232011-11-06

sure here's the reviews
hope i have helped u

the only problem you could possibly have is bad sighting, the hopper dubles as a scope so you have all these bb's in the way.

never mind, i was thinking of r73.

MrMadmonkey4 (author)2011-01-02

i have an ak47 too! what kind is your's?

yoshi1 (author)2010-12-05

Airsoft and paintball is illegal in Australia.......which sucks.

deterville (author)2010-12-03


Ride4jesus (author)2010-10-20

You said that an AEG "operates a motor that turns gears inside the gun to compress and release a piston, which in turn creates the blast of air needed to propel the 6mm BB through the barrel of the gun".

I may be wrong, but I think that most AEGs use gears that compress and release a spring.

1995duncan1995 (author)2010-07-28

how long did it take you to recover from the getting your eye popped out

About 2 months

damn at least you did recover from it right

courtchamp17 (author)2009-04-09

ive got a Tokyo Mauri M4 CQB. its got a 100% tight bore barrel, which is 6.01mm barrel shooting 6mm bb's. needless to say, it's accurate. ive got an 11.1 volt lipo battery which makes it shoot about 22 rounds per second at 450 FPS! i also have an Eotech hologrphic red dot sight and a 5000 round box magazine on it and a custom Clubfoot stock. needless to say, it is a super power at our wars. HOORAH!

Mattonater (author)courtchamp172010-07-07

not to good for cqb or realistic anymore

now thats badass

pyromaker (author)courtchamp172009-12-19

now thats a good gun!

Izokay (author)courtchamp172009-07-15

How much was that thing? And was the tightbore hard to install? I wanna put a tightbore on my next gun.

ILIKEPIE333 (author)courtchamp172009-04-23

how much, sounds high quality

jakerox43 (author)ILIKEPIE3332009-06-18


ILIKEPIE333 (author)jakerox432009-06-19

it seems like its a good gun, so I asked how much it was

jakerox43 (author)ILIKEPIE3332009-06-19

I don't know, courtchamp17 would have to respond... but the aftermarket upgrades would cost about as much as the stock gun.

ILIKEPIE333 (author)jakerox432009-06-20

okay, thanks

jakerox43 (author)courtchamp172009-06-18

That's pretty cruel of you! But keep it fun! :-)

random joe (author)2010-06-28

@Americaneagle he's saying to use it like a trap, the smell attracts people, and then you can shoot them from a hidden position

AustralLord (author)2008-08-18

with pistols you need to learn trigger control, because when you pull da trigger, the gun jerks a bit and you will miss.That takes a lot of practice to control. Also crappy bbs are inaccurate, you should add something about bbs.

random joe (author)AustralLord2008-08-18

yes you should always use the recommended BB,s or else it can damage your gun or make it lest then it's best

brickman93 (author)random joe2010-06-25

yea no kidding. my friend has a sig pistol, and uses .12 bb's insted of the reccomended .25's. it jams all the time. he tried some of my .25's, and the gun workes perfect now!

ninjacow123 (author)2010-06-02

 Honestly my gun is pretty bad. It's a Well D-94s which shoots at 280 fps with .12g and gets 600rpm on a standard charge. It's good for "backyard" wars which is what I'm interested in

almcgo (author)2009-10-25

I just have a 175 FPS Crosman Pulse M70 Fully auto it holds up 2 215 BBs and i got it for 21$ its good gun but im a beginner

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)almcgo2009-12-13

peice of poo. This is my baby.  $200 at shorty usa. 400 fps with a .20.  1000 RPM. Yeah. pure awesome

almcgo (author)SeMi_AuToMaTic2010-01-12

I got that one a while back, but now i got this full metal AK47 375 fps machine gun that holds 315rounds and goes 70+ yards!i got a lazer sight for it and dang i love this gun!

almcgo (author)almcgo2010-03-20

not sure but i since then got a new JG brand A47S that will put a hole in u and itll bleed for about 45 min lol it looks beast

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)almcgo2010-01-17

are your sure thats not an AK-74?

GianniMora (author)almcgo2010-01-26

that gun is terrable 

GianniMora (author)almcgo2010-01-26

thats my gun... the  battery on my gun alone was more that that thing 

GianniMora (author)GianniMora2010-01-26

360 fps, echo 1, and accurate up to 150= feet 

yeah i know (author)almcgo2010-01-20

Def one of the worst, but a good backup if you saw off the "magazine"
Echo1 baby!

airsoftbeast40 (author)almcgo2010-01-09

probably the worst gun out there but its good for beginners

RMConstruction (author)almcgo2009-11-08

That thing won't help in a skirmish, but ok for practice.

yourworstnightmare (author)2009-08-02

iwas a sniper in the marines and a good tactic is a ghillie suit if your in the woods

i highly doubt that you sound like to much of a noob to be in the marines

 wat do u do all day?sit on your butt playing video games all day?probably

no i played airsoft for 6 hours straight today and i was on a team of three against a team of 5 and i killed there whole team

 sure you did. you keep believing that

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