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What is an Airsoft Gun? A Beginner's Introduction

Posted by Matthew Meraz on 20th Jul 2022

If you're curious about airsoft guns, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about these fascinating weapons. We'll start by discussing what they are and how they work. Then we'll move on to talking about how they're used and how people play with them. By the end of this article, you'll have a clear understanding of what airsoft is and how it compares to paintball and other combat sports.

So what exactly is an airsoft gun?

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that shoot 6mm plastic pellets. They are designed to be as realistic as possible, and they can even be used for training purposes by law enforcement and military personnel. The pellets that they shoot are very lightweight and travel at a relatively low velocity, so they don't cause any serious injuries.

However, they can still sting if you get hit by one, so it's important to wear proper protective gear when playing with them, especially around the eyes and mouth as eye and teeth injuries are common without protection.

What are they used for?

Now that you know what airsoft guns are, let's talk about how they're used. Airsoft guns are typically used in three different ways: for target practice, law enforcement training and for combat games.

Target practice is a common use for airsoft guns for those looking to increase their aim or have a bit of fun. People will set up targets and shoot at them to improve their accuracy. This can be done alone or in groups with friends and even in competitions.

Law enforcement training is another common use for airsoft guns. They are often used to simulate real-world scenarios so that police officers and soldiers can learn how to react properly in dangerous situations without putting themselves in danger. Since airsoft guns look and act similar to real firearms they make great training tools.

Combat games are the third way that people use airsoft guns and it's the most common. In these games, players form teams and try to eliminate the other team by shooting them with pellets. These games can be played indoors or outdoors, and they usually have different rules and objectives depending on what type of game it is.

How does an airsoft gun work?

Now that we've talked about what airsoft guns are and what they're used for, let's go over how they work. Airsoft guns use an electric, gas, or spring mechanism to fire the pellets. When you pull the trigger it will propel the pellet out of the barrel at high speed usually around 300-400 FPS.

You can think of it like a rubber band being stretched and then released. The pellets are typically stored in a magazine and gravity feeds them into the gun so that it's ready to fire again. Some airsoft guns are semi-automatic, which means they can fire one round per trigger pull, while others are fully automatic, meaning they will keep firing as long as you hold down the trigger of the gun.

How Much Does an Airsoft Gun Cost?

Airsoft guns typically range in price from $20 to $200, with the most popular and realistic guns usually falling somewhere in the middle of that range. 

However, they can scale up quite a bit too depending on your goals. The price of the gun will depend on what type it is, how durable it is, where it's made, how realistic it looks, and what features it has. For example, a basic spring-powered pistol is going to be much cheaper than a gas-powered sniper rifle with a scope.

Where can you purchase an airsoft gun?

We're a bit biased but we think Fox Airsoft is a great place to purchase airsoft guns. After all we offer a 30/30 warranty and unmatched customer service.

How far can they shoot?

The range of an airsoft gun will depend on what type it is and what kind of pellet it's using. For example, a sniper rifle will have a much longer range than a pistol. 

The weight of the pellet also matters as heavier pellets will lose velocity faster and have a shorter range. Typically, airsoft guns can shoot anywhere from 50 feet to 300 feet depending on the gun.

How accurate are they?

Airsoft guns can be very accurate depending on what type you're using and how well you aim it. Generally, the more expensive and higher quality the gun is, the more accurate it will be. Airsoft guns that are used for target practice or law enforcement training need to be particularly accurate.

What safety precautions should I take when using an airsoft gun?

You should always treat an airsoft gun as if it were a real gun and use the same safety precautions. That means never pointing it at someone unless you're planning on shooting them. You should also wear eye protection when playing with airsoft guns as they can cause serious eye injuries. Face masks are also a good idea to protect your teeth and mouth from pellets. It's also important to be aware of your surroundings and what's behind your target in case you miss.

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what airsoft guns are, how they work, and how people play with them. If you have any questions feel free to contact us, we're always happy to help out fellow airsoft enthusiasts!

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