What Exactly is Airsoft Rifles Game?

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Some people may be totally unaware about this game. Some may be crazy about it. What exactly this game is? Airsoft is a recent fighting sport or recreational pastime in which participants remove the opponents by striking each other with spherical airsoft pellets.

Participants usually make the use of different weapons produced as replicas of real firearms and accessories used by modern military and police groups. Airsoft has its history in late 1970's Japan where firearms were difficult to obtain because of local laws and people required a legal substitute to owning real firearms.

Airsoft participants arrange meetings indoors or outdoors at airsoft battlefields to play a variety of games from short-term fights, organized circumstances, and military simulations up to historical re-enactments. The situations on the battlefield always require the use of military tactics to attain the objectives.

Actually, airsoft is a game played within a fixed area where the aim is to 'kill' the enemy. It is accepted that when a player is struck, they go outside. Some similar type games are Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch and Close Quarters Battle (which is a simulation game of real life Close Quarters Battle).

Airsoft equipment includes many types of equipment including the airsoft gun used to fire airsoft pellets, safety goggles, vests, equipment holders, and gun accessories etc. The guns used in airsoft are normally replication models of real firearms. Airsoft guns are distinguished as spring, electric or gas-powered. The gun is selected according to battery life, magazine capacity and range.

Airsoft guns have three major classifications according to their use in the game which decides the pellets speed and energy produced. In addition to the normal ranges, there are weapons for longer ranges such as sniper rifles and shorter ranges (also termed as Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and normally of 200 feet or less). CQB situations include short range confrontations like 'house entry' where maneuverability is more significant than power or range. The airsoft guns used in these cases usually shoot less than 360 fps for safe operation.

Some powerful and improved airsoft sniper rifles can drive 6mm pellets at 600 fps. Usually most airsoft guns fire 200-450 fps and they are used outdoors for almost all operations, with proper equilibrium of speed and range.

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