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5 Must Ask Questions About Airsoft
by: Michiel Van Kets

If you've read about airsoft, heard about it from a friend or seen it on TV, you may be itching to get started yourself. But before getting into the action, you probably have a bunch of questions to ask about the exciting sport of airsoft ranging such basics as getting hold of your first gun all the way up to joining airsoft games. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask about this popular pastime.

The first thing most people ask about airsoft is “How dangerous is it?” After all, there are guns and shooting involved, so it has to be an extreme sport with all the attendant risks and dangers. The fact is that providing you take a few simple precautions, airsoft is perfectly safe. You just need to follow certain simple rules and guidelines such as only using your gun in designated zones, wearing protective gear and taking good care of your gun.

The next question people ask is "Am I legally allowed to play airsoft?” The answer to this one is simple. Providing you're over 21 years old, most of the states in the US allow you to legally own and use an airsoft gun and participate in games. Laws are subject to change but at the time of writing, it is legal in all states except New York (including the five boroughs) and Michigan.

Another common question for those interested in airsoft is “How expensive is it?” Perhaps you've seen a major airsoft game or skirmish in which the combatants were decked up in full uniform and wielding elaborate guns with night sights and a load of other accessories and thought to yourself, 'this must cost some really money'.

It's true that if you want to participate in certain high end airsoft games, you may need to invest some serious cash, though a lot of the equipment can be hired. But the great thing about this sport is that it's scalable. You can start off with simple spring guns and decide if the pastime is for you. If so, you can gradually upgrade your equipment as your skills and interests develop. Other than the guns themselves, you'll have to pay for ammunition, and replacement gas canisters or battery charging, depending on the type of gun you have.

Talking of guns, another common question is “What are the differences between the various types of gun?” There are three main types with the most basic being spring airsoft guns which use a mechanical spring to propel the pellet. These are cheap and easy to use but can only shoot one BB at a time. Gas airsoft guns are more elaborate. As the name suggests, they use gas, usually green gas or carbon dioxide, to fire the pellet. These guns are available in semi and full automatic models. The third are electric airsoft guns which use a battery powered mechanism to shoot the pellets. These are the most popular types, especially AEG (automatic electric gun) airsoft guns, which are the firearm of choice for games. Guns are made of plastic, plastic and metal and you can also get metal airsoft guns.

Which brings us to our last question, “How do I get involved in airsoft games?” These are the perfect fantasy events that allow you to role play being in a historical battle or police hostage situation, to give just a few examples. They usually take place on airsoft fields which are rented out by the hour or day. Fields come in different types with differing set ups. For example, open area, close quarters indoor, and MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain).

If you want to participate in or organize a game, you can find these fields online or through word of mouth and call up for a quote. Some airsoft field operators offer hire of guns and equipment but you should be adept with your weapons of choice before participating in games or skirmishes.

If you wanted to get started with this exciting pastime, now's the time. Cheap airsoft guns are available for you to try your hand, and you can more up to sophisticated models when you feel ready. To get the best deals on guns and airsoft accessories you can visit the web sites of reputable online vendors are browse their illustrated catalogues to find the weapon of your dreams. In a few days, your new equipment will be delivered and you're good to go.

About The Author
Michiel Van Kets writes articles for Airsoft Giant, a leading airsoft gun store in the US bringing cheap airsoft guns to the market; spring airsoft guns as well as electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Explore a range of airsoft guns and accessories from popular manufacturers, such as UHC, Cybergun, TSD Tactical and many more!
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