|Airsoft is a combat game in which players attack
opponents by shooting them with plastic pellets that
are shot from an airsoft gun. Players use different
kinds of airsoft guns, most based on real firearms, as
well as realistic gear and realistic airsoft ghillie suits and accessories. Airsoft began in Japan, as an alternative
for gun enthusiasts, because firearms are nearly
impossible to own there. This is why the airsoft guns
are such perfect replicas of actual firearms. There
was a demand for a gun replica that could be used for
practice. Airsoft is popular in Japan, Indonesia,
Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong
Kong, and China. It should come as no surprise that
most of the airsoft guns, accessories, and after
market upgrade parts made, are made in these places.
Oddly enough, in these places, paintball is almost
The game is illegal in the Netherlands, Denmark,
Chile, and Argentina, among other places. In some of
these places airsoft is considered a type of air
weapon, or where copyright law forbids the replication
of weapons. Some other countries have strict rules to
regulate aspects of the game, such as maximum muzzle
velocity, and special markings for the realistic
looking toy weapons. Some players from the countries,
where there is a ban on airsoft, go to nearby
countries, where the sport isn't outlawed, to play.
For instance, Dutch players, for whom airsoft is
illegal in their home country of the Netherlands,
sometimes go to the nearby country of Belgium, where
the sport is accepted.
Airsoft is played within a large area where the
objective is to shoot the members of the other team.
When a player is hit, they are disqualified. Since the
pellets leave no mark on the clothing of the players,
they must be trusted to admit when they have been hit.
Airsoft is growing in popularity in the United States
as well as Europe.