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Airsoft University

What is Airsoft?

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire plastic pellets called "BB's"
Airsoft is a new sporting activity that combines the childhood "BB Gun" with the Tactical Military maneuvers as a sport for kids as well as adults. Gameplay varies in style and composition but often range from short-term skirmishes, military simulations, historical reenactments, to organized scenarios and competition target shooting events. Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. The Airsoft concept is very similar to Paint Ball and Lazer Tag but incorporates a more military environment into the game.

Airsoft has gained popularity amongst teenagers who have an interest in the military and have the desire to play war games in a semi life like environment with the dangers of being injured greatly reduced.


What Types Of Airsoft Are There?

There are 2 major types of Airsoft - CQB (Close Quarters Battle) and Airsoft Field.

CQB is a fast paced game style with shorter guns then in Field. The game is around 100 feet and closer, so some of the shots hurt but you forget about them within minutes. The FPS in CQB is about 400 and lower with AEG, 500 with a Sniper, but depends on the Airsoft Field Rules. Airsoft Field is a longer range game play and a slower. The guns are not like CQB they are longer with more power for range, but once again with more power comes with painful shots, again you forget about them.


What is Airsoft Hop Up?

A Hop Up is what the barrel is in when you open your bolt. When you turn the knob on the Hop Up unit a tiny piece of rubber goes into the barrel which gives the BB's a back spin, making the BB go up or down. You want to adjust it where the BB is not going down or up. Just mess with;it until you find a setting you like. The Hop Up is a very important part of the gun it will give you the extra range you need to over come anyone.


What is Airsoft Blowback?

We will explain that a Blowback Airsoft gun is an Airsoft Gun is co2 or gas powered uses a method where the slide on the top of the gun moves back when fired.


What is Airsoft Safety Equipment?

To play Airsoft, you need some form of facial protection, most effectively, a full face shield of a variety of different types. You will also need a jacket with full sleeves, preferably, made of thick material, and usually, some sort of camouflage, similar to Military uniforms. Knee and elbow pads are helpful as well as high top boots. Hats or other types of head covering are also preferred to cover the area of the head that is not covered by the face shield.


What is Airsoft Magazines?

There are two main type of magazine, High Cap and Mid Cap. An Airsoft High Cap has a winder wheel on the bottom which feeds the Airsoft BB's in to the gun. The Airsoft Mid Cap has a spring which feeds the BB's with the spring there is no winding, but does require a Speed Loader. Due to the name the Airsoft High Cap holds a lot more Airsoft BB's then the Mid Cap. The Airsoft Mid Cap maybe not hold as many, but the Airsoft BB's does not make a sound in the Magazine. The Airsoft Drum or Airsoft Box Magazine holds two to three times what the High Cap holds, and there mostly all electric. Due to having loads of Airsoft BB's its hard not to make a sound with it, but you get to shoot longer.


What is Airsoft Tactical Maneuvers?

The question of what is Airsoft Tactical Maneuvers is often asked, well, Airsoft Tactical Maneuvers are very similar to real Military Tactical Maneuvers . The Airsoft Fields are often set up as cities, (or towns), and they are also often wooded areas, or open fields. They very closely parallel real military tactical maneuvers.


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