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Thinking of Trying out Airsoft?

Airsoft is a combative team sport in which members eliminate each other by shooting each other with round plastic bullets launched via replica weapons called airsoft guns. Airsoft is usually compared to paintball, which is a recreational shooting sport similar in concept but with some keen differences.

What ammunition is used in airsoft?

Airsoft bullets are spherical projectiles used in Airsoft gun prototypes. Two types of pellets are used biodegradable and non-biodegradable made from a plastic called Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, and sizes usually range between 5.93 to 5.98 mm in diameter and weigh between 0.12 and 0.48g, some selected models, however, use 8mm or 3mm pellets with the weight being between 0.12g and 0.20g. Although often mistakingly called BBs, they are not the same as the 4.5 mm projectiles fired by BB guns.

Unlike paintball pellets, airsoft bullets do not mark their target, and hits are not always usually obvious. Though the ammunition used may leave red marks or "welts" on the targets’ bare skin, the game relies heavily on an integrity system in which it is the moral duty of the hit player to call themselves out, regardless of whether or not anyone witnessed it happen.

How do airsoft guns differ from paintball?

Another difference to paintball is that all airsoft guns are magazine-fed from the bottom, with some (mainly pistols) having replaceable compressed gas (e.g., propane, 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane or CO2) canisters. Many airsoft guns also have mounting platforms compatible with genuine firearm accessories and tend to resemble real firearms more closely. This makes them more famous for military simulation and traditional reenactments.

What types of gameplay are there?

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Gameplay varies in style and form but often range from short-term battles, organised scenarios, close quarters battle, field, military simulations or historical reenactments. Games take place in indoor courses and outdoor arenas. Combat situations on the battlefield may involve the use of military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Members may attempt to emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations. A game is usually kept safe by trained professionals, and gas or various types of batteries typically power the equipment.

How safe are the airsoft guns and will it hurt?

Before gameplay, an airsoft gun's muzzle velocity is usually checked through a chronograph and usually measured in feet per second (FPS). Many game sites allow a different amount of FPS, but different countries may also have a set FPS restraint. A gun shooting over the required FPS can be seized or prohibited for use in airsoft situations. A sniper rifle, for instance, would typically have a higher FPS than a submachine gun since a sniper needs a minimum combat range to reduce the risk of members being hit at close range by a powerful machine.

In Conclusion, anyone can shoot at a paper target or soda cans but what about shooting at something that thinks, reacts, moves, coordinates and communicates with others and even shoots back? This forces you to solve problems that you would not otherwise have to think about. You have to outsmart your opponent often with more than just wit but also with your immediate surroundings, team members and use everything at your disposal to obtain an advantage.

Airsoft insurance for operators

If you're an airsoft operator or airsoft field owner and need insurance for your business, please get in touch with FML insurance. Our specialist leisure and sports insurance advisers have access to a wide range of airsoft insurance schemes including public and employers liability as well as a wide variety of cover options we also provide cover for retailers via our airsoft retailers policies.

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