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Airsoft Rifles

Airsoft Sniper Rifles and Assault Rifles

Choose from AEGs, green gas-powered, spring-powered, or CO2 rifles to shoot with. An airsoft rifle is no good on its own, so we also carry an expansive selection of airsoft ammo, batteries & chargers, and spare magazines that you can arm yourself with.

Assault Rifles: Rapid-Fire Shooting

The most popular form of airsoft rifles, assault rifles are widely used in airsoft military simulation games and are a great choice of firearm for shooting practice. Automatic electric guns, or AEGs for short, are the majority of the airsoft guns we have for sale. Other assault rifles include spring-powered, green-gas, and CO2 variations.

Metal Gearbox AEGs

Seasoned airsoft veterans know that AEGs with metal gearboxes are far more superior than their plastic gearbox counterparts. Aside from being built from a much more durable material, AEGs with metal gearboxes also shoot harder and more accurate. Luckily, Gorilla Surplus has a wide array of internal parts for airsoft AEGs, including metal gearboxes, hop-ups, gears, and bearings.

Sniper Rifles: Long-Range Precision Shooting

For those that like to take their time lining up their shots, Gorilla Surplus stocks a wide range of sniper rifles perfect for the more tactically inclined. Sniper rifles are built with long barrels, allowing for enhanced precision compared to shorter-barrelled guns. Customize your rifle with our selection of scopes and lasers and upgrade your shooting accuracy.

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There are hundreds of starter airsoft rifles. Let us help you find the best of the bunch.

We’ve played hundreds of airsoft games, shot a thousand airsoft products (this is no exaggeration – one of the writers used to work in the industry in one of the biggest airsoft retailers in the USA), and talked to hundreds of new airsoft players. We learned it is very easy to end up with an airsoft rifle that wasn’t worth the money.

Let us save you the headache and hassle (not to mention a couple hundred bucks in broken airsoft dreams).

What we’ve done is compiled a list of 7 of the best airsoft rifles. These rifles were reviewed and selected by long time veterans of the hobby. Potential buyers can think of these airsoft guns as a solid starting point for their journey.

We didn’t include very expensive brands like Tokyo Marui, VFC, or Krytac because a newer player will not have the cash to shell out for those options. Nor did we even think about adding a spring powered rifle to this, since they suck. We’d be doing a new player a disservice by recommending an LPEG as well.

Note: We’ve recently updated our best beginner airsoft gun buying guide.

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A quick list of our top winners:

Factors to Consider for What Makes a Great Airsoft Assault Rifle

Shooting Performance

We want our airsoft AEG’s to have:

  • Consistent Muzzle Velocity – the standards we’d like to have are a +/- 10 FPS variance inside of 20 shots with .20g BB’s. Consistent muzzle velocity means that it’ll more likely have a more stable and consistent flight path.
  • High Accuracy out to 125+ feet – most airsoft assault rifles are capable of hitting man-sized targets out to 150 feet with .25g BB’s.
  • Hop up Consistency + Quality Bucking – Consistent flight paths are reliant on these qualities.

Reliability

This airsoft rifle should work under varying circumstances. Luckily, AEG’s have a tendency to excel here. Nonetheless, there are common failure points we need to review.

  • Quality Construction – what we’re looking for is precision during the building process. How well are the gears shimmed, how sturdy are the piston teeth, are the gear teeth aligned well with the piston teeth, do the contact touch fully flushed? There are numerous factors here to consider.
  • It will work under tough circumstances – Luckily, most airsoft AEG’s are very reliable in many circumstances so long as the common failure points are addressed.
  • How well does the receiver take different magazines – One things we’ve discovered is that magazine compatibility can be a hit or miss. KWA midcap magazines, for instance, are quite high quality replacement for PMAG Magpul style, but they work well in only SOME airsoft guns. The more magazine capatibility we have with different brands, the better.

Internal Build Quality

Moreso than with other airsoft guns, an airsoft AEG MUST be made of quality materials and be built with precision.

  • High quality bucking – the bucking is one of the only objects that makes contact with the BB to give it thea all important backspin.
  • Solid hop up – the hop up unit must be adjustable as well as rock solid so it doesn’t self adjust as you fire.
  • Well constructed nub – the nub is what pushes down into the BB so the bucking can make contact. A more classic nub is built in the shape of an O, however there are other designs that help with accuracy.
  • Smooth inner barrel – a smooth inner barrel with perfect crowning will do more for accuracy than a tightbore. We won’t go into the harmonics of airsoft inner barrels, but know that it is important nothing impedes the backspin of the BB.
  • Gear Shimming – good gear shimming ensures that the gears are only making contact with other gears while in stress. If they rub up against the shell of the gearbox or other components, your gearbox is liable to fail eventually.
  • Durable contact points – in our opinion, this is the most common issue we have with most airsoft AEG failures. Contact points that end up out of alignment or get worn from not enough contact account for over half of the AEG failures we see on the field.

Upgradability

What we mean here is that the airsoft assault rifle should be able to take upgrades. Stock performance is important, but so is the ability for an airsoft gun to take parts well. There are only a few design templates for airsoft AEG’s, however, so that works in our favor.

  • V2 or V3 Gearbox is highly preferrable – Version 2 or Version 3 gearboxes are the most common type (they belong typically to M4 / AK styles respectively) and so have the high options in terms of aftermarket parts for both upgrading or replacing.

Value

We want to ensure that your money is well spent.

  • Stock performance to cost ratio – the higher performance that come with the guns without upgrades, the better.
  • Features to cost ratio – the more overall features, the better as well.
  • Customer Service of manufacturer – The airsoft brand’s manufacturer and customer service capabilities should be adequate enough to cover lemons if you receive one. (Even legendary brands like TM and KWA will have lemons.)

Our list of the Best Airsoft Assault Rifle:

Lancer Tactical LT-24 Full-Metal CQB M4 AEG...

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Gun Specification
Fire Selector:Full Auto / Semi Auto
Power:AEG Electric
Material:Full Metal Receivers
FPS:350 -370
Ammo:6mm
Range:Medium / Long
Gun Type:M4

PROS

  • Full Metal Receivers for Max Durability and Authenticity.
  • Replacements components are easy to get.
  • Quick-change spring system allows you to make this AEG indoor or field ready in a matter of minutes.
  • Gun has lots of rails space, which makes it easier for a user to mount aftermarket accessories
  • Gun isn’t hard to get accustomed to at all and there’s an adjustable stock that makes for superior comfort.
  • Contoured pistol grip maximizes comfort while shooting.

CONS

  • We would have preferred it came with a high-cap magazine.
  • Battery is connected to the stock in such a way that it’s impacted by either collapsing or extending it.

The Lancer Tactical LT-24 Full-Metal CQB M4 AEG Airsoft Rifle is a solid choice for anyone looking for a reliable M4 platform. Some of the standout features include full metal upper & lower receivers along with a RIS system built in.

This gun is fully upgradable utilizing the standard V2 gearbox. The performance out of the box is great and it leaves you room to add your own upgrade as needed. This AEG also features a MOSFET – which helps ensure the electronic components of the airsoft carbine don’t wear out too quickly.

The stock FPS is nothing to sneeze at 350 – 370 with 0.20g 6mm BB’s. This does mean that it may not be appropriate for some indoor fields. But, they thought ahead. There’s a quick spring change system included, so if you also purchase an M100 spring it’ll downgrade your FPS to acceptable levels at an indoor field.

Players will like how easily adaptable these airsoft guns are because of the tactical rail that’s located at the top and quad rail hand guard.

This does come with a 120 round mid cap magazine – meaning that it requires no winding. The capacity for mid cap magazines is less than a high cap, but it also means it is quiet and doesn’t rattle. If you’re a new player, consider picking up speed loader as well. It will help you load a midcap much more quickly.

Overall, these airsoft guns from Lancer Tactical are a solid choice for a starter player considering the price.

Lancer Tactical LT-24 Full-Metal CQB M4 AEG...
Lancer Tactical LT-24 Full-Metal CQB M4 AEG...
  • Built-in Lancer Fast Trigger with MOSFET to regulate electric flow and protect trigger contacts
  • Full metal upper/lower receivers and CNC machined buffer tube
  • Quick-change spring system for rapidly adjusting muzzle velocity

2. Lancer Tactical Airsoft Full Metal AK-47 AEG Rifle

Lancer Tactical Airsoft Full Metal AK-47 AEG...

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Gun Specification
Action:Semi Auto / Fulll Automatic
Power:Electric
FPS:Around 380
Ammo:0.20g 6MM
Range:Medium – Long
Gun Type:
AK

PROS

  • The integrated tactical rail system allows you to add on accessories with ease.
  • The stock FPS is perfect for the longer ranges of field play.
  • Contoured pistol grip maximizes comfort.
  • Hope up system is easy to make adjustments to as well as dial in.
  • The included high capacity magazine holds 550 rounds - outstanding!.
  • Internal and external build quality is similar to CYMA - famous for their quality airsoft AK line.

CONS

  • Magazine can be a little loose at times, but users won’t have to be worried about it falling out during play or practice.
  • The battery installation can be a bit of a hassle.

The Lancer Tactical Airsoft Full Metal AK-47 AEG Rifle is a replica of one of the more well known weapons of the 20th century.

This AK style airsoft rule features a handguard tactical rail system for the placement of optics such as red dots or reflex sights.

The nylon fiber telescopic stock makes this great for utilizing in close quarters or at longer ranges. This airsoft rifle’s black color, RIS system, and forward grip make it look like a special operations Russian weapon. It is capable of semi automatic or completely automatic fire and when used has the ability to fire as much as 12 BB’s per second while reaching velocities as high as 380 FPS.

Shooting off a high amount of rounds each one after the next with great range and accuracy is possible with this AK replica. The upper and lower receiver are made fully of metal and the version 3 gearbox. In fact – we’ve found that they’re actually similar to the airsoft AK’s manufactured by CYMA (a company famous for quality airsoft AKs). Hop up feature can be easily adjusted and is capable of slinging BB’s to nearly 200 feet while hitting a man-sized target.  The tactical design of the gun makes it aesthetically more pleasing than the conventional Kalashnikov.

Lancer Tactical Airsoft Full Metal AK-47 AEG...
Lancer Tactical Airsoft Full Metal AK-47 AEG...
  • High quality durable metal construction. Integrated Version 3 performance gear box. Same internals and externals as CYMA AK47...
  • Rifle output capable of 380 FPS for full range. 550 round high capacity AK waffle magazine.
  • 12 slot top mounting rail for optical attachments. Tuck away front foregrip included for comfort.

3. HK Heckler & Koch HK416 AEG Rifle Airsoft Gun

HK Heckler & Koch HK416 AEG 6mm BB Rifle...

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Gun Specification
Action:Semi / Full-Auto
Power:AEG Electric
FPS:335 AVG / 350 Max
Ammo:0.20g 6mm
Range:Medium
Gun Type:
416 (M4)

PROS

  • This gun has all the features of a higher cost gun at a lower price.
  • Gun is very lightweight, but at the same time sturdy.
  • It’s very authentic looking and is properly licensed by HK.
  • There are lots of functional mock pieces such as the forward assist as well as the charging handle.
  • This is a replica of the gun most famously used by Navy SEALs
  • The stock fps is perfect for CQB play.
  • Iron sights are quite good.

CONS

  • The upper and lower receivers are made of ABS plastic - which isn't the best on the market.
  • In the beginning the batteries can be a little tough to put in.
  • This is definitely a starter gun - you can feel it when compared to more expensive models.

Users who are looking for an airsoft gun that’s going to enable them to be dominate as far as CQB airsoft skirmishes go will appreciate the HK Heckler & Koch HK416 AEG 6mm BB Rifle Airsoft Gun.

The way the gun is designed comes from the AR15 platform and was thought of originally as a way to enhance the Colt M4 carbine. The body of the gun is mostly plastic and is able to be lugged around comfortable during intense airsoft wars.

It has as one of its features a quad weaver/picatinny rail system as well as a top rail for putting on scopes and red dot sights. It has a magazine capacity of 250 rounds and shot velocity of about 330-350 fps.

The stock is telescopic allowing a player to adjust it to for CQB or field play. Has 4 tactical rails that make for plenty of customization – allowing you to add on accessories like flashlights, forward grips, and lasers.


4. Double Eagle AK-47S Metal Electric Airsoft Assault Rifle

Double Eagle AK-47S Metal Electric 425 FPS...

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Gun Specification
Action:Semi / Full- Auto
Power:AEG Electric
FPS:330
Ammo:0.20g 6mm
Range:Medium
Gun Type:
AK 47S

PROS

  • Starting FPS allows you to play at indoor fields.
  • Huge 400 capacity magazine, perfect for Close Quarter Games.
  • This airsoft AK replicas the cold war era classic AK look.
  • The stock is fully foldable for some draco style shooting.

CONS

  • The battery quality is good, but you should look to buy a smart charger to maintain battery life.
  • The furnishing that look like wood are actually just plastic.

The Double Eagle AK-47S  Metal Electric Airsoft Assault Rifle is a completely automatic AEG with internal parts that are well reinforced.

This model retains the classic look of an AK47S (the S indicates that the stock is foldable).

The base FPS is 330 feet per second – which means most fields will allow this gun in. Gun can be shot in full auto/semi auto mode. Hop up is adjustable. Users can expect to get a battery, BBs, instructions, chargers as well as a 400 round high capacity magazine.

It weighs about 6 pounds and the length of the gun is about 36 inches. It has a black and wood color that replicate the look of the classic cold war era AK seen in action movies.

It’s a very well detailed gun and sports things such as a functional fire selector, a charging handle that can be pulled back on as well as a realistic magazine release paddle similar to the real thing. The upper and lower receivers are made entirely of metal – but the wood furnishings are actually made of ABS plastic.


5. Elite Force HK Heckler & Koch G36 C AEG Automatic 6mm BB Rifle

Gun Specification
Action:Semi-Automatic / Full Auto
Power:AEG
FPS:345
Ammo:0.20g
Range:Medium
Gun Type
G36 C

PROS

  • Officially licensed H and K stampings for max realism
  • Compact design makes this a CQB beast for players looking to rush
  • Polymer externals replicate the real deal accurately.
  • High quality full metal internals make this a rugged choice.

CONS

  • Folding stock has only two positions: folded or not. This means if your length of pull is inbetween, the gun might be a little uncomfortable
  • Battery compartment is limiting.

The Elite Force HK Heckler & Koch G36 C AEG Automatic Rifle i‘s is a great replica of the G36C designed by Heckler and Koch.

Featuring a top picatinny rail system as well as smaller rail segments on the sides and bottom, this AEG is going to turn heads at the field.

The futuristic and compact design of the G36 line really make it stand out. Firing 6mm BBs at around 345 FPS, this gun is perfect for CQB and mid range field play. Players will be looking to use the folding stock when in really close – and the fire selector functions just like the real deal.

The nice thing about the G36 line is that the externals usually replicate the real deal because the actual G36 has a high quality polymer frame as well. The internals, however, are completely made of metal. The included high-capacity magazine will hold 400 rounds and comes with the great feature of being able to clip onto other magazines.

Licensed by Elite Force – it sports the realistic Heckler and Koch stamping on the receiver.


6. G&G Airsoft Combat Machine M4 Raider w/ Integrated RAS & Crane Stock

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Gun Specification
Action:Semi / Full Automatic
Power:Electric AEG
FPS:370 – 390
Ammo:0.20g BBs
Range:Medium – Long
Gun Type
M4

PROS

  • Great budget entry level AEG Assault Rifle
  • Fiber nylon upper and lower receivers keep the gun light for younger players.
  • Stock FPS is perfect for field play.
  • Includes a rail accessory system to ensure you can add as many tactical toys as you want.
  • Rate of fire on 9.6v batteries is solid.
  • Tango down style pistol grip is comfortable for hands of all sizes.
  • Fully Tokyo Marui upgradeable V2 gearbox and compression components.

CONS

  • Polymer RIS can bend if you overtoque your attachments.
  • Tactical stock is servicable, but when the nunchuck battery is in the design can pull on the wires a bit.
  • The dust cover doesn't actually open when pulling on the mock charging handle - so adjusting the hopup can be cumbersome.

The G&G Airsoft Combat Machine M4 Raider w/ Integrated RAS & Crane Stock was famous for being one of the top beginner airsoft rifles to hit the market. The integrated polymer quad rail hand guard allows you to attach tactical accessories like flashlights, lasers, optics, and forward grip. Any airsofter looking to fulfill a flexible rifleman role should make this airsoft rifle a high consideration.

The fiber polymer body keeps the gun lightweight while maintaining a solid level of durability. Firing in fully automatic & semi automatic at 370-390 fps with .20g 6mm BBs.

This airsoft assault rifle comes with most of the fixings you’d expect on a more expensive model. The interior is quite solid as G&G has done a great job maximizing value on their high quality V2 metal gearbox. The tactical stock houses your batteries (buy nunchuck style ones) and is fully telescopic allowing you to keep it compact or extended for stability.

I can easily recommend this to any player looking for a solid starting airsoft rifle platform that has great out-of-the-box performance while also having maximum capacity to upgrade.


7. JG M4A1 S-System AEG Electric Airsoft Gun

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Gun Specification
Action:Full / Semi-Automatic
Power:AEG Electric
FPS:400
Ammo:0.20g BBs
Range:Medium
Gun Type:
M4

PROS

  • The one piece rail on the S-System rail system will turn heads. It is the same M4A1 you would find in COD.
  • Flip up front and rear sights means unobstructed view down your optic.
  • JG airsoft rifle internal parts are VERY rugged and fully compatible with Tokyo Marui type upgrades.

CONS

  • This gun can shoot a bit hot, meaning the FPS might exceed 400 FPS - which is a limit in many fields.
  • Battery compartment is small.
  • Two piece hop up system isn't as solid as one piece hop up system - this can affect max effective range.

The JG M4A1 S-System AEG Electric Airsoft Gun will really turn heads among airsoft M4 users out there. The reason is because of the S-system rails – which is a replica of another modular rail system most famous for the one piece top rail. If you look closely this is the same M4A1 you’ll see in video games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

The S-System allows you to place rails in specific locations along the handguard – meaning you can have rails where you want them for placement of a tactical accessories like a flashlight or forward grip.

There are some other tactical options on this unique rail system too, like flip up front and rear iron sights. The reason you want flip up iron sights is so it doesn’t get in the way when you mount optics. Having a front or rear sight get in the way of your sight picture through a reflex sight can be distracting.

The JG brand (same makers of the famous JG bar 10 and the first affordable Tokyo Marui clone) of airsoft rifles is famous for rugged internals that can take quite a beating. They are also specced to a standard V2 gearbox – meaning it’ll take upgrades to your heart’s content. The stock performance is actually quite good – with the FPS hitting around 400 and the rate of fire on a 9.6v battery being quite solid.

One downside is that we weren’t too big a fan of the two piece hop up unit however, and we do think it can impact the range a bit more than we would like.


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Airsoft Core’s #1 Airsoft Rifle of Choice:

The G&G Raider Combat Machine continues to be one of the best airsoft guns for newer players.

  • The Tokyo Marui clone version 2 gearbox has solid out of the box performance while being wild friendly to taking upgrades such as better compression parts, stronger motors, and better triggers.
  • The external body can take quite a beating and and is pre configured to allow you to install metal RIS if you really wanted to. Although the lightweight polymer rail will do the job.
  • It is an M4 type platform with a standardized front rail system means it is a great platform for external accessories.

G&G continues to lead in the department of great airsoft guns and we highly recommend it as your starter platform or for your first airsoft game. Pick up a combat machine, batteries, eye protection, and tactical gear and you’ll be all set to start.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of these Airsoft Guns are over $100. What’s the best airsoft gun for under $100?

To be quite honest, all the airsoft guns below $100 aren’t really worth your time if you’re at all interested in going to an airsoft game or even want to get some decent plinking in. Almost all products below $100 will be an LPEG, which means low power electric gun. It’s either that or a spring gun (which aren’t fun to play against other people with.)

There are a lot of corners that are cut in order to keep the price low on these airsoft guns, this includes proprietary gearboxes and designs. This means that if these airsoft guns break – that’s about all that can be done. Additionally, these guns are effectively unable to upgrade in any meaningful way.

Out of the box shooting performance is typically serviceable for firing at targets and nothing more. Rate of fire is often terrible and the FPS is usually far below average.

Even the best airsoft LPEG rates a 2/10 in our book.

We do implore airsofters to see if they can save an additional $10 to $50 dollars for even the more simple Umarex 416. The performance capabilities and quality of build is simply leagues ahead of all the LPEG’s and spring guns.

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What are the different types of Airsoft Rifles

G36 Style Airsoft Rifle

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The airsoft G36 is built to model the 5.56mm battle rifle that was designed and made early in the 1990s by Heckler & Koch, who were German manufacturers. The gun comes in a multitude of different variations to full sized rifles, to CQB length carbines, to a long barrel sniper rifle. The G36 airsoft rifles comes with most of the features on the real deal such as a foldable stock, top picatinny rail, and an ambidextrous fire selector switch.

The most common version of the G36 for airsoft guns is the G36C – which is the smaller compact version of the larger battle rifle. The main difference you’ll see is that the barrel is much shorter and there are no integrated sights.

A high quality G36 airsoft rifle will do a good job of modeling the real version and will serve a user well for CQB and assault skirmishing. These airsoft guns do include a rail system on top of the gun, which can be used to attach optics such as reflex sights.

M4 / AR-15 Style Airsoft Rifles

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The M4 airsoft gun is modeled after the version that’s commonly used by different branches of the United States Armed Forces and U.S Military. It is a shortened version of the M16 battle rifle (in itself a militarized AR15) – maintaining most of the ergonomic features while having a shorter barrel & telescopic stock for easier handling & CQB.

M4 styles airsoft rifles, which include AEG (airsoft electric gun) and GBBR (gas blow back rifles) are amongst the most commonly used in the game. This is due to their capabilities being modular and the fact that upgrade parts / aftermarket accessories that are incredibly easy to come by.

The M4’s most famous component is the rail accessory system which allows a user to add components to their airsoft guns like flashlights, lasers, optics, and forward grips to their M4. This creates a strong sense of player personalization.

AK Style Airsoft Rifles

The AK is a gun that was created by a man named Mikhail Kalashnikov who lived in the Soviet Union during the period of 1947.

As far as production it is one of the most mass produced guns with there being over 75 million created as of this day. The rifle was created with two different formals of stock, one being a fixed wood stock and the second being a stock that’s foldable metal.  The AK is an airsoft gun that’s very versatile and is widely used around the world even to this day.

There are different versions of the AK airsoft rifle available (AKS, AK-74, RPK etc.) and some of the most well known manufacturers in the game produce them.  The AK version of airsoft rifles are a pretty solid option overall for all players, providing a no nonsense ergonomic platform that the Kalashnikovs were famous for.

How do I increase my airsoft gun’s accuracy without spending much money?

The best airsoft rifles are fully capable of firing a BB out to 250+ feet. They are also quite expensive.

The easiest, and least expensive, way to increase the accuracy of any airsoft gun is to utilize better more perfectly spherical BB’s. If you’re already using high quality BBs from a reputable manufacturer then the next step is to test out a heavier weight BB.

BB’s that weigh more will be less affected by outside forces like wind or air and so they are far more likely to have a stable flight path. You might need to adjust your hop up a bit when you use heavier BB’s, however.

In general, if you’re already using 0.20g BBs, consider moving up to 0.25g or even 0.28g (any heavier than that and you’re getting into airsoft sniper rifle territory). Immediately you should see these rounds fly far more straight and consistently than the 0.20g version.

Some things you’ll notice, however, is that the FPS will drop as well as the range. This is the tradeoff for more stability, so you will need to find the right balance for you. Our recommendation is to test out different brands and weights and decide on which is more important to you.

We found that, especially in an indoor airsoft game, the lighter BB’s still have good consistency. Once you move the airsoft game outdoors, however, you’ll see the benefits of heavier BB’s.

All other upgrades will require you to take apart your gun, which will void your warranty.

Where should I buy these heavier BB’s?

You can see the links below for the most up to date price & user reviews:

What batteries should I use for my airsoft guns?

Most manufacturers will have a recommended battery size and power. Typically, you should be using 9.6v NiMH batteries. 8.4v versions of the same battery exist, but you’ll find their performance lacking. Voltage for your batteries are going to be between those two. There are LiPo batteries, but you may wish to avoid those until you’re more familiar with high-powered hobby batteries as they need to be charged in a different way and can be too powerful for some airsoft rifles.

Remember, higher voltage will mean your rate of fire and your trigger response will increase. You’ll see the difference in all the fire modes.

After looking at voltage you’ll want to consider the configuration. All airsoft guns will have a varying amount of space for their battery compartments, with some accommodating different sizes based on where and how the gearbox is wired.

Some of the configurations that exist are:

  • Stick (All cells are arranged back to back)
  • Block (All cells are stacked side to side like a brick)
  • Crane / Nunchuk (All cells are arranged in two sticks with connecting wires)
  • Custom Blocks (All cells are arranged to fit a specific gun’s battery compartment.)

The last thing to consider here is the power storage amount. This is typically tracked as “mAh” which means milliamps / hour. Think of this as the “gas tank” of the battery. It determines how long the battery will last under a full charge before requiring a recharge. So, the higher the mAh the longer the battery will function. Naturally, more mAh usually means bigger cells, so you’ll need ample space in your airsoft gun’s compartment.

It is usually recommended to have two sets of batteries. This is so even if one battery is juiced out at an airsoft game you have a backup.

What charger should I get for my battery?

Assuming you’re using a NiMH battery talked about above you’ll almost always want something called a “smart charger.” Standard wall chargers are liable to overcharge your batteries, which can result in a battery fire ruining it. A smart charger has a safety device that knows to turn off the charger once your battery has been fully charged.

If you’re using a lipo battery then you’ll need to use a completely different type of charger known as a balance charger.

Note: DO NOT mix this up as using the wrong charger will not only void any warranty on the battery but it can actually burst into flames (this is quite a problem!)

What do electric blow back airsoft guns do differently form normal airsoft guns?

There are two types of electric blow back airsoft guns.

Visual blow back – this type of blow back just simulates a bolt cycling in a real gun. What happens is the mock bolt cover will cycle back and forth like the real thing. The mechanism for this is usually derived from the gearbox cylinder – where it uses some of your air compression to cycle that mock bolt.

In terms of actual performance, it does nothing but look cool.

The second type of electric blow back is simulated recoil. Simulated recoil guns will actually use a spring powered mechanism to simulate recoil and your airsoft gun will actually shake. We’ve seen multiple ways airsoft manufacturers (such as KWA with their ERG or Tokyo Marui with their Recoil Shock Sytem) achieve this, some with more success than others. Typically this will place more strain on your motor resources (the impact of the spring loaded weight has to come from somewhere).

In terms of actual performance, it actually is likely to reduce the performance of your gun at the benefit of simulation and immersion.

In general, if your goal is to max out your performance you should probably stay away from electric blow back airsoft guns. But, if your goal is to feel immersed in the sport and hobby, then go for it, that’s what an airsofter using an airsoft sniper rifle might do.

An alternative to the electronic recoil guns are green gas blow back rifles like the KWA LM4. Green gas blow back airsoft rifles (GBBR) set the standard for maximum realism in airsoft.

What’s considered a good rate of fire?

Utilizing a chronograph – it is possible to see the number of rounds an airsoft gun fires per second. This is often shortened to RPS (rounds per second).

In general, the following guideline applies:

Rate of FireRating
< 8Poor
9 – 15Average
16 – 22Good
23 – 30High
30+Very HIgh

Can I remove the orange tip?

United States has federally mandated that all airsoft guns are to be sold with the orange tip. This is really for your own safety as you don’t want any police agencies believing you have a real firearm (which the orange tip helps ID it as an airsoft product). You’d hope that United States law enforcement would be able to tell the difference between an airsoft gun and a real one, but it is not really reasonable for them to assume. This is why the orange tip is essential and removing them can create a problem.

With that said, you’ll find a lot of players end up removing their orange tip. Hopefully, they know the risks involved. Ultimately, we want you to be safe, and the airsoft hobby / sport truly does NOT need any tragedies. To maintain top interest in the hobby we have to show that the player base is a quality bunch. Our content is built with safety in mind.

By removing the orange tip you can create other legal concerns as well.

Please, keep your orange tip on your airsoft guns.

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Airsoft

Activity which can be played as a game or shooting hobby

AirsoftRockField.jpg

Airsoft players firing at an objective

First playedEarly 1970s in Japan
ContactDependent on ruleset
Mixed genderAny
Equipment6mm bb

Airsoft is a team game in which participants eliminate opposing players by tagging them out of play with spherical plastic projectiles shot with mock air weapons called airsoft guns.

Although very similar to paintball in concept and gameplay, airsoft pellets do not leave visible markings on their target and hits are not always apparent. Though the pellets sometimes leave bruises or welts on exposed skin (protective gear recommended), the game relies heavily on an honor system in which players who have been hit are expected to call themselves out by shouting "HIT".[1]

The airsoft guns used are mostly magazine-fed, with some having manual/battery-powered spring-piston pumppowerplants similar to Nerf Blasters, or pneumatically powered by replaceable compressed gas (e.g. propane ("green gas"), 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane or CO2) canisters.[2] Many airsoft guns also have mounting platforms compatible with genuine firearm accessories, and cosmetically more resembling real firearms. This makes them popular for military simulation and historical reenactments. There are also professional gun safety and weapon manipulation trainings conducted with airsoft in some fields, such as law enforcement trainings,[3] due to better safety and lower cost. The United States Coast Guard, for instance, has officially adopted airsoft for training in 2018.[4][5]

Airsoft gameplay varies in style and composition, but often ranges from action shooting to short organized live action role-playing (LARP) scenarios, close quarters battle skirmishes, military simulations (MilSim) or historical reenactments.[6] It is played in indoor courses or outdoor fields.[7] Combat situations on the field may involve the use of genuine military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Participants may attempt to emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations. A game is normally kept safe by trained professionals acting as supervisors and umpires.

Before gameplay, an airsoft gun's muzzle velocity is usually checked through a chronograph and usually measured in feet per second (FPS). Some countries have a set velocity or muzzle energy restriction; guns shooting over the legal velocity can be confiscated. Some playing fields further restrict minimum engagement distances,[8] requiring players to yell "Bang Bang!" or another phrase instead of shooting other players at close distances. This is done to prevent possible injuries from short range, high energy pellets.

History[edit]

Airsoft originated from Japan in the early 1970s, when photographer Ichiro Nagata, an avid shooting enthusiast himself, thought about making model guns that shoot real projectiles that could not kill. These “guns” were trademarked as "soft air gun", tailoring to the needs of shooting enthusiasts while conforming to Japan's strict gun control. The name "soft air" referred to the compressedFreon-silicone oil mixture (later replaced by a propane-silicone oil mixture known as "Green Gas") that was used as a propellant gas, which was significantly weaker than the cannisteredCO
2 used in proper airguns (pellet guns and BB guns). Originally designed for target shooting, the plastic balls these "soft air guns" use can be shot at humans without causing injury due to the low muzzle energy. After Tokyo Marui introduced its revolutionary electric motor-gear box design, which allows sustainable rapid-fire using rechargeable batteries, soft air guns became popular for casual wargames, which the Japanese calls survival games (サバイバルゲーム, sabaibaru gēmu).[9]

Airsoft guns spread to the United Kingdom in the late 1980s and early 1990s via a company called LS, and were sold in separate pieces and had to be assembled before they were capable of shooting. These then became available to the rest of Europe and North America and rapidly gained popularity worldwide. Since the mid-1980s, airsoft has been adapted with a purely recreational application in mind, and the sport is enjoyed by all ages. Airsoft replicas are produced globally, with the majority being manufactured in East Asia. Many law enforcement agencies and military units within the United States now use airsoft for force-on-force training drills.[10]

Equipment[edit]

Main article: Airsoft gun

The guns used in airsoft are typically classified as imitation firearms. They have a mechanism for shooting projectiles 6 mm or 8 mm in diameter.[11]

Airsoft guns are classified according to their operating principle, which can be spring-loaded, electric (battery-powered Automatic Electric Guns, Airsoft Electric Guns or "AEGs"), or gas-powered (if these have a blowback feature they are known as "GBBs").[12] Some companies produce full replicas of counterpart grenade launchers which fire a projectile spray of 6 millimetres (0.24 in) pellets by use of a high-powered spring mechanism or a compressed gas propellant (i.e. green gas, propane, compressed air, or CO2). There is also a type of airsoft gun that is powered by a single (HPA) high-pressure air tank and a battery pack to power the internal FCU "Fire Control Unit" computer board. These guns are often known for their high and adjustable ROF or "rate of fire" and durability.[13] These HPA replicas are most often referred to as "PolarStars", although this refers to a popular brand of HPA engines and accessories.

A typical airsoft gun is noticeably lighter than its "real steel" counterpart due to the use of aluminum alloy and plastic materials, though some have added weights in them for a more realistic feel. Japan has specific rules about producing airsoft guns with metal parts, while newer guns, especially those made in Taiwan and Mainland China, have both internal and external parts that are metallic. Smoke caps, as well as noise amplifiers, are available for certain airsoft guns to add realism.

Gas handgun magazines usually contain 10 to 30 pellets in a standard-capacity magazine; however, some are high-capacity magazines and can hold 50 rounds or more. In the case of AEG rifles, magazines come in either real-capacity (equivalent to the 30-round capacity of its real steel counterpart), low-capacity (10-50 rounds), mid-capacity (75-160 rounds), or high-capacity (190+ rounds). These magazines have spring followers like in BB guns. The high-cap magazines often have a ratchet wheel that can be wound up periodically to force pellets up from the holding chamber of the magazine to the feeding chute. Due to loose pellets in the reservoir, they often make a rattling noise when running or walking. Some airsoft guns have a battery-powered box or drum magazine that holds thousands of pellets, but these are usually only used and allowed on LMGs (light machine gun) type replicas.

It is common for owners to "tech" (modify) their guns. The majority of gearboxes are made to Tokyo Marui specifications and have aftermarket upgrade parts available commercially. Some gearboxes are proprietary in design. It is also possible to perform DIY modifications.

Hop-up[edit]

Main article: Hop-up (airsoft)

The "hop-up" system, which is installed in most stock airsoft rifles and pistols, is used to increase effective ranges by putting backspin on the pellets. The Magnus effect causes the pellets to experience more lift as they are shot, counteracting against gravity.[14] A small rubber nub protrudes into the top of the barrel through a small hole, and it catches the top of the pellet as it moves past. Adjusting the hop-up makes the nub more or less protruded into the barrel, so that backspin is increased or reduced. Ideally, the hop-up should be adjusted so that the pellets fly as far as possible in a straight line without curving upward too far or dropping to the ground too quickly. Hop-Up does decrease the muzzle velocity (a gun firing 340 ft/s (100 m/s) with the hop fully unwound can drop to as low as 300 ft/s (91 m/s)). Ease and location of adjustment vary by gun design; some equipment provides a control that can be adjusted quickly during gameplay, while others may require partial dis-assembly. For example, a common location for Hop-Up adjustment is where the ejection port would be on a real firearm, which allows the machine to be covered while still allowing quick access to adjust the Hop-Up.

Customization[edit]

Some players customize their airsoft guns, either to improve performance or for purely aesthetic reasons. Additions include scopes, fore-grips, and flashlights, red dot sights being the most commonly used. Red dot sights are used to help aim, fore-grips are used to get a better grip on the airsoft gun, flashlights (whether mounted or held in another hand) are used to illuminate dark areas and/or to blind opponents.[15]

Even though in certain countries lasers are illegal, they are popular attachments in the U.S. and Europe. Laser sights are more for their appearance than any practical effect, largely because they must be weak enough not to carry a risk of damaging another player's eyesight, which rules out using any laser powerful enough to produce a visible dot on the target in sunlight (although lasers can be useful for night games).

Also available are "mock suppressors/silencers". These resemble the actual firearm accessory that dampens sound. Since Airsoft does not use combustibles for propulsion these usually serve no function. Although there are models that function to "light up" a glow-in-the-dark BB using UV light similar to a tracer round.[16]

Projectile[edit]

Main article: Airsoft pellets

Most airsoft guns fire round plastic pellets, usually white, but black "invisible" or phosphorescent are common as well. The pellets mostly range from 0.12 to 0.48 g. However, the most popular weights for AEGs (automatic electric guns) and GBB* (Gas Blow-Back guns) are 0.20 g and 0.25 g (*These weights are generally specified for pistols whose muzzle velocity ranges from approximately 250 ft/s (76 m/s) to 400 ft/s (120 m/s)). Mid to high end AEGs use 0.20–0.30 g pellets, while heavier rounds (0.30–0.43 g) are typically used in long range and sniper applications since they are more stable in flight and less easily deflected by wind.

Pellets are usually bought in bags or bottles of 2,000 to 5,000, but other sizes are available, such as a 250,000 round (65 kg) package of tournament grade pellets. Biodegradable pellets are a fraction more expensive than non-bio counterparts, but many fields require them. Pellets are typically 6 mm in diameter, though 8 mm pellets do exist. Pellets vary by diameter depending on the brand (e.g. Matrix pellets are 5.95 mm in diameter and let less air slip past it during travel through the barrel, whereas Crosman pellets are 5.93 mm in diameter and allow more air to slip past during travel through the barrel and allow for less velocity). Pellets are used for the majority of play, although foam balls may be used to represent M203 grenade launcher shells.[17]

Ballistics[edit]

Further information on Airsoft pellet ballistics: Airsoft pellets § Pellet ballistics

An airsoft player shooting from behind cover, wearing gogglesto fully seal the area around the eyes and a balaclavato protect the face

Due to the low muzzle energy (less than 1.5 J or 1.1 ft⋅lb even for high-power models) and poor sectional density, the pain an airsoft pellet causes on skin impact is about the same as getting pinched. As a reference value, a standard 0.20 gram 6 mm pellet, which is the most common size and weight, traveling at 100 m/s (330 ft/s) has 1 J (0.74 ft⋅lb) of kinetic energy.[18] Calculating the Joules and energy generated by airsoft guns is important because of phenomenon like "joule creep" where the FPS remains the same while the energy of the airsoft BB leaving the airsoft gun barrel increases.[19]

Different regions vary in the velocity airsoft guns are allowed to shoot at. In the United States, velocity differs from the type of gameplay field. Close Quarter Battle arenas typically regulate velocity on airsoft guns at around 110 m/s (350 ft/s). For outdoor fields, velocity is usually regulated by the type of gun. With a standard 0.20 grams (3.1 gr) pellet, fully automatic Airsoft Electric Guns (AEGs) are often set at less than 120 m/s (400 ft/s), semi-automatic DMR-style AEGs at 120–140 m/s (400–450 ft/s), and bolt-action (manually cocked spring-piston) sniper rifles at 140–150 m/s (450–500 ft/s).[8]

The maximum effective range of field-legal airsoft guns is all around 100 m (110 yd) with a highly upgraded sniper rifle replica.[20] Most airsoft guns used for field play will have an effective range of around 43–67 m (47–73 yd), depending on the intended gameplay role.[21] Most Airsoft guns are capable of shooting from 60 to 125 m/s (200 to 410 ft/s), although it is also possible to purchase upgraded internals that will enable the gun to shoot up to 170 m/s (550 ft/s) or higher. In California, a common limit for CQB is 110 m/s (350 ft/s).[citation needed] In Ireland, Italy and Japan the muzzle energy limit for airsoft guns is 1 joule no matter what the type of gameplay. In the UK, the law allows weapons locked to semi-automatic and bolt-action rifles to fire up to 2.5 joules (at muzzle velocity up to 158 m/s or 518 ft/s). Any weapon "which is capable of discharging two or more missiles successively without repeated pressure on the trigger" is limited, by law, at 1.3 joules (velocity up to 114 m/s or 374 ft/s).[22]Northern Ireland has a maximum velocity of 100 m/s (330 ft/s) with 0.20 g pellets, without regard to the type of equipment.[citation needed] In Sweden, the legal limitations of airsoft guns caps the energy limit at 10 joules for manual guns, and 3 joules for semi- and fully automatic guns.[23]

The ballistics of spring- or electrically powered airsoft guns differ from real firearms in that a longer barrel will not always result in better accuracy.[citation needed] The "sweet spot" for barrel length in a spring/electric powered airsoft gun is around 450 mm (18 in), beyond which added barrel length will not improve accuracy.[citation needed] In any case, barrel quality, velocity consistency, and hopup quality/design are more important factors with regard to accuracy.[citation needed] Added barrel length will result in slightly increased velocity if the cylinder size and compression are appropriate for the barrel length. For example, a gun with a large cylinder and a long barrel will shoot slightly harder than a gun with a small cylinder and a short barrel (ceteris paribus).[citation needed] This rule will apply even for barrels longer than 500 mm (20 in), if there is enough cylinder volume and air compression to propel the pellet through the barrel.[citation needed] However, the resulting velocity increase will be hardly noticeable. The only considerable advantage of using a longer inner barrel in an AEG or spring-powered gun is that it generally will make the gun quieter due to the weakened muzzle pop.

In gas-powered guns, added barrel length (to an appropriate extent) can result in increased velocity and accuracy to a degree. Tighter bore barrels will increase velocity because there will be less space between the pellet and the barrel for the air to escape through. Most stock airsoft guns have 6.05–6.08 mm (0.238–0.239 in) bore barrels, but best performance[24] is usually seen with "tightbore" barrels, which are 6.01–6.05 mm (0.237–0.238 in) in diameter. However, the tighter the bore, the more likely the chance of a pellet jam, and subsequently, tightbores need to be cleaned and lubricated regularly. It is generally agreed upon that a high-quality 6.01-6.02 mm barrel will provide the highest muzzle velocity, while a good quality 6.03 mm or 6.05 mm barrel will provide the best compromise between power, accuracy and ease of maintenance. The actual accuracy difference between tightbore sizes is debatable and usually outweighed by bore consistency. Although with the new found popularity with HPA guns the debate has been opened that barrel's with a larger diameter (up to 6.13 mm or 0.241 in) could provide a more accurate shot. Due to the higher volume of air surrounding the pellet it negates the chance of the pellet coming into contact with the barrel throwing the pellets trajectory off similar to a musket, in how the bullet slams about before leaving the barrel.

Safety[edit]

Players in the 'safe zone' between games

Airsoft guns are not to be confused with BB guns, which are airguns that shoot 4.5 mm (.177 in) metallic spherical pellets. The two often are colloquially confused as synonyms.

Many manufacturers and retailers suggest treating an airsoft gun like a real gun at all times. This will help alleviate safety issues resulting in an accidental/negligent discharge, or prevent a public panic due to a carelessly displayed airsoft gun being mistaken for a real firearm.[25] Most manufacturers include an orange tip on the muzzle of the airsoft gun for signaling and safety purposes, and most retailers urge consumers not to remove the orange tip as it is used to help distinguish them from a real firearm. The orange tip serves many purposes, one of them being for law enforcement to help discern airsoft guns from real firearms and thus prevent unnecessary excessive forces.[26]

The minimum safe level of gear required to participate in most games includes a pair of ANSI Z87.1 eye protection, preferably an APEL-rated ballistic eyewear. Traditional prescription glasses and sunglasses, or goggles not rated sufficiently for impact-resistance, may shatter and/or be perforated upon being struck when used for airsoft or paintball, causing injury to the eye. Masks, face shields and other types of full-face coverings such as balaclavas are recommended at most airsoft fields.[27]

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Airsoft replica of an H&K G36C. This replica is not in use on a field, and has the magazine removed, the chamber cleared, and a barrel bag placed over the muzzle.

Rules such as a maximum muzzle velocity and engagement distance guidelines are used by different groups. Some organizations have created common safety rules and guidelines. Most minimum engagement distances are 10 feet.[28]

When not actively playing, some fields require "barrel bags", also known as barrel socks, barrel condoms, barrel blockers, or barrel sleeves, to be placed over the muzzle of the gun. The magazine is usually removed as well, and the gun fired to clear the chamber. Most fields also require players to leave their guns set to the safety position when they are not shooting, a practice common when using real firearms. In certain countries, such as the Philippines, additional special rules have been adopted.[29]

Legal restrictions[edit]

Main article: Legal issues in airsoft

Airsoft is legal in most parts of the world. Some countries have specific restrictions,[30] such as maximum muzzle velocity and "unrealistic" coloring to distinguish them from actual firearms. They are legal throughout the United States, but restrictions do exist in cities like Chicago and Detroit. The states of New Mexico, New York and New Jersey,[31] however, do not allow airsoft guns to be used or handled publicly because of the resemblance to real firearms. They may be used on private property with the consent of the owner. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection FAQ page states that Airsoft guns are considered look-alike firearms which require the special blaze orange marking.[32]

In the Republic of Ireland Airsoft guns are classified as Realistic Imitation Firearms but not restricted as much as in the United Kingdom. Under the Criminal Justice Act of 2006 Airsoft guns are legal in the Republic. One can buy, sell and import Airsoft guns without notifying relevant law enforcement authorities. They do not need to be painted in fluorescent colors, they do not need to have an orange tip, but they cannot launch the projectile with a kinetic energy exceeding 1 joule. However, carrying an imitation firearm in public is prohibited, and a gun carry case is required, as for real firearms. Airsoft shops are spread over the country, and buyers must be aged 16 or over to purchase an airsoft gun. There is no age limit on Airsoft, as long as a minor has an adult's permission.[33]

In the United Kingdom, some Airsoft guns are classified as realistic imitation firearms or RIFs. The sale, manufacture, or importation (but not gifting) of these is illegal under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. A defence is allowed for selling for specific purposes[34] including airsoft skirmishing[35]

The minimum age for buying any imitation firearm in the UK is 18.[36] It is an offence to possess an imitation firearm in a public place without a reasonable excuse,[37] for example travelling to, or from, or being at an airsoft skirmish site.

Most UK airsoft sites and retailers participate in the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailer Association (UKARA) registration scheme. A player who has participated in at least 3 skirmishes over a period of at least 56 days at the same skirmish site can be registered by that site. Retailers have access to the database to verify that the purchaser can provide them with a defence.

As an alternative to RIFs, IFs (Imitation Firearms, including 'two tones') are available in the UK. These are RIFs which have been painted a bright colour (excluding white/silver/gold) over at least 51% of the item. No specific defence is required for selling an IF, although the minimum age for purchasing remains 18.

In Canada, there are laws pertaining to airsoft importing. All airsoft guns that are bought in Canada are legal, but when importing it, the gun has to have between 366FPS and 500FPS to pass inspection at customs, otherwise the gun will be shipped back or destroyed.[38]

In certain countries use of lasers of any kind is illegal, including airsoft gun scopes with integrated lasers.[39]

Orange-tipped muzzles[edit]

Airsoft guns in the United States are sold with a federally mandated orange tip which must be 1/4 inch or longer covering the muzzle of the replica. Manufacturers and importers may cite Title 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which stipulates that "no person shall manufacture, enter into commerce, ship, transport, or receive any toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm" without approved markings; these may include an orange tip, orange barrel plug, brightly colored exterior of the whole toy, or transparent construction (part 272.2, formerly part 1150.2). However, section 272.1 (formerly 1150.1) clearly indicates that these restrictions shall not apply to "traditional B-B, paint-ball, or pellet-firing air guns that expel a projectile through the force of compressed air, compressed gas or mechanical spring action, or any combination thereof."[40] This language clearly exempts airsoft guns from these requirements, placing them in the same category as BB-guns, pellet, air, and paintball, none of which are conventionally sold or used with an orange tip, and many of which bear as much resemblance to real firearms as airsoft guns do.[41]

Military and police training[edit]

Airsoft technology is used in military training and law enforcement training. Due to airsoft's realism, relatively safe projectiles, and economical ammunition, it is well-suited to war games and force-on-force scenarios to train and improve troop's tactical proficiency via associative learning and stress inoculation. Multiple airsoft inventions were developed originally for military and law enforcement use.

Marking rounds were invented by Kerry T. Bowden to allow trainees to see where each projectile landed. Much like paintball and simunitions, these marking pellets would break upon impact, marking the target with luminescent liquid. Unlike traditional plastic pellets, marking rounds are heavier to ensure breakage of the shell on impact. The weight can be adjusted by adding heavier liquid.[42] Marking rounds are critical for trainees because they allow the shooter to see exactly where they hit the target. This allows them to extrapolate their mistakes and improve their aim.

Reusable grenades were improved by Scott Frank to emulate the fragmentation of a real grenade in war games and scenarios. The grenade can be loaded with paint or pellets. It uses a quick release of highly pressurized gas to break the shell and quickly disperse pellets or paint in all directions. Frank's grenade, although not the first, aimed to be as realistic and predictable as an actual grenade. He developed a more accurate timing mechanism and secondary safety mechanisms to prevent accidental discharge.[43] Both marking rounds and reusable grenades gave airsoft the edge it needed to enter into military and law enforcement training grounds.

The airsoft guns used for training differ from civilian models. Guns manufactured for professional training are made to replicate the weight, feel and the sound of its real steel counterpart. In general, professional training airsoft guns are GBB models and enhanced with a weighted blowback mechanism to increase the force of the kick. Some are AEGs and are built with a blowback mechanism. They are also outfitted with muzzle protectors that amplify the sound to a decibel level comparable to that of a real firearm. The average FPS for professional training airsoft guns is higher than civilian models. Economically, airsoft is cheaper than simulation training. Benjamin Kratz, Fort Jackson's battalion executive officer, said that one blank M16 round can cost as much as 32 airsoft rounds. Airsoft can also be used in military simulations such as in malls or prisons to add to the emersions. There are different event producers like MiR Tactical holding these events.[44][45]

See also[edit]

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