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Does it hurt to get shot by an airsoft gun?

Posted by Casey Meraz on 26th Jul 2022

Does it hurt to get shot by an airsoft gun?

This is a frequently asked question among those who are starting to play airsoft. 

If you have played even just once, you will have encountered people asking if it can hurt. There are some who are fearful of the consequences of playing airsoft. Others just want to know whether it is safe or not. 

The truth is, for the most part, it doesn't hurt to get shot by an airsoft gun if you're playing at a safe distance and taking the proper safety precautions. It can feel a bit like being shot by a rubber band. 

Also, there is no real danger of being injured playing airsoft if you are wearing the proper safety equipment and are not negligent. 

Airsoft guns simulate automatic rifles, pistols and other small arms with blowback mechanisms that produce rapid fire by working the action when the user pulls the trigger in simulated combat situations. It's a great way for players of all ages to hone their military or tactical skills and let off some aggression in a safe environment. 

With this article, we will give you an overview of what airsoft is, its risks, and answers to common questions about injury from playing airsoft guns.

How To Reduce Pain When Playing

Here are the best ways to reduce the possibility of experiencing pain when playing airsoft. 

  1. Always wear property eye and full face protection at all times.
  2. Do not engage (or get shot) at a short distance. We recommend 30+ feet
  3. Wear long sleeve pants and shirts. Military BDU's are great for this as they are a bit thicker
  4. Wear gloves

Safety Tips for Playing Airsoft

Guns Airsoft guns use compressed air to fire.  velocity of the projectile is also much lower. 

When you pull the trigger, the bolt-action mechanism behind the barrel will recoil back. This energy from recoil propels a projectile from the barrel of your airsoft gun. 

Therefore, playing with unsafe ammunition can cause injuries because it can propel projectiles at high speeds - especially if it's not properly coiled or if it's made of soft metal like lead or brass. Make sure that you always use reputable brands of ammunition, so you don't put yourself at risk by using sub-standard ammunition which may damage your airsoft gun or cause injury to you and others playing with you. 

You should also always wear eye protection when playing since the pellets that are propelled out of your airsoft gun have a sharp edge and can damage your eyesight if they're not deflected before hitting your face. 

Make sure that everyone who is playing with you also uses eye protection and safe ammunition to avoid any risks of injuring yourself or others while participating in an exciting game like airsoft!

Risks of Airsoft

The risk of injury when playing airsoft guns is minimal, but if you are going to play, there are some risks. 

The most common danger is when someone does not follow safety rules and does something that could cause serious injury - shooting themselves or others. 

If you want to avoid injuries, just make sure that you don't shoot anything other than the replica gun and follow all safety rules on the field. 

Keep in mind that there may be players on your team who might get angry with each other and attack your opponents as well as members of their team. It's important to remain calm at all times and remember that this is just a game! Some things that can affect your health while playing include prolonged contact with the skin or eyes, using unapproved ammunition (especially if it's not a popular brand), getting hit in the face with a BB, using banned items such as knives or flashlights, or holding more than one toy gun at a time--even though these practices are illegal in many countries around the world such as Canada where airsoft guns are made for use only in designated fields.

Can Airsoft Hurt You?

The short answer is yes, but it's unlikely if you follow all of the safety procedures listed above. 

Airsoft guns are made of hard plastic and high-impact polymers that make them light, durable and comfortable to hold. They fire a low-powered 6mm plastic ball at a velocity of 200-400 FPS on average (feet per second) with an adequate barrel size, which means the kinetic energy transferred to the target is minimal because the body armor worn by airsoft players can absorb most of the impact. 

When an object moves faster than the speed of sound, it creates a supersonic shockwave or sonic boom. The pressure waves created by this shockwave bounce around until they eventually come back to Earth after traveling a certain distance. In theory, playing air soft should not cause any harm because there are no pressure waves created from the gun itself. 


Airsoft may be a fun pastime, but it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to take precautions to ensure that you stay safe.

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