What is airsoft?

Vladimir Doneshko
Vladimir Doneshko
November 30, 2012
What is airsoft?

Airsoft is a type of command military-applied game, which is conducted with the help of a special pneumatic weapon, firing 6-mm plastic balls. Her story originates in Japan. In this country, not having the right to create their own army, at the end of the 80s of the last century they decided to conduct military exercises in the form of tactical games. For this purpose, exact copies of real small arms, operating on the basis of pneumatics, were created. The game began to spread rapidly in Japan and America. Airsoft has settled in Russia since 1997.

To better understand what an airsoft is, consider its main differences from the more well-known paintball game:

  • The airsoft does not use markers and judges, this is a game of honesty. When hit by a player, he must stop the game himself, wearing a special bandage.
  • In airsoft from special protective ammunition only glasses are used. Plastic balls are not capable of causing significant harm, unlike heavy paintball markers.
  • Serious airsoft teams try to reconstruct the ammunition and weapons of real military units, simulate real combat situations. In this case, the game can last from a quarter of an hour to several days. Teams that do not try to achieve similarities with real units in the “pro” environment are called “pokemons”.