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Posted 4/12/16
For some reason, I've got a sudden urge to get into airsoft. It looks like a fun form of exercise as well as an exciting game. Assuming people wear gear and don't use metal BBs shot out of guns that achieve 500 FPS or something, I'd say it's fairly safe.

Does anyone here do airsoft? Ever been interested in airsoft? What sort of guns do you use or would you use?

Strange thing is I've never had much of an interest in guns or competition, but I can't help but think of how I used to play Nerf with my friends when I was a kid. Just seems like good old fashioned fun.

I am sort of intimidated, though. People who are into it seem REALLY into it. They use realistic guns, get into costume with military-style gear, etc. If I were to get into it, I wouldn't want it to be too serious. I'd probably be the guy using a cartooney-looking gun, wearing a strange mask with mismatching clothes that are only worn for defense against BBs, and using a foam axe as a melee weapon.


I've never been a good marksman, so I'd probably get some kind of M4 style gun for medium and close range, maybe a pistol and a foam weapon as secondaries.
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I think paintball would be more fun. I've never done airsoft though.

One time my old roommate came home with a fully automatic airsoft rifle and unloaded a whole clip inside. Those little plastic balls went everywhere. I kept finding them for years afterward.
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Been doing it on an off for over 10 years. Mostly been using AK platforms but gave in to a C8A1 (Canuck M4) as part of a UKSF loadout.

I'm not sure where you live but your best bet is to find a reputable skirmish site that is holding a weekend rental shoot and go to that to see what you think. The quality of the refs at a site and also who regularly plays at them are HUGE contributing factors to both the fairness and enjoyment of airsoft. Sites with a large number of pass-through players are generally the worst while the sites with a smaller, regular group of players who know each other are by far the better ones.

As for the people who are REALLY into the costume side of it you call them geardos As counter-intuitive as it may sound you shouldn't wear too much protection because feeling your hits is very important; you have no idea how many people don't know they've been hit purely because they've padded up to all hell and can't feel it which is VERY frustrating for other players.

While I definitely recommend giving it a try I don't recommend jumping into getting guns and gear too quick though because, as with everything, there may be a honeymoon period. Get yourself the basics after a few games if you are enjoying it and if you are still having fun a few months down the line I highly recommend you give semi auto only sites and ultimately Milsim a go. A full weekend Milsim event is amazing craic.
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Posted 4/13/16
It's defiantly an Adrenalin rush, very fun. I always seem to enjoy myself when ever I got to game. I enjoy it more than paintball just because with the guns and gear its more realistic, and with paintball all you really ever play is Team Death-match while with airsoft you do a lot of objective based games like Capture the Flag or defeat this objective etc.

With the safety side airsoft hurts less because your getting hit with a smaller object, Eye protection is always required at every game and should always be worn regardless. Anyone under 15 is also required to have a full face mas, there's a risk of getting shot in the mouth and chipping a tooth. Other than that if hella fun and safe as long as you use common sense. There are guns that shoot 500fps and over, I have a couple, but at the start of every game they "Chrono" every player's guns to see what their fps is and then put a color coded ta on. They set a Minimal engagement distance based on FPS so for example you can't shoot someone form 5 feet away with a "Hot" gun shooting like 400fps.

Hope you get out to a game sometime, I know you'll enjoy it!
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Airsoft is cool, and I used to be into it when I was 16, but paintball is better in my opinion.

Both are relatively inexpensive to get into, around $300 for a gun, lots of ammo, and beginner gear. Also in my experience, you won't get laughed at by people if you invite them out to paintball, where it may happen with airsoft.
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Posted 4/13/16
I would love to.. but I heard it is an honor sport, so no thanks.
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I've never played airsoft, but used to play laser-tag and paintball. I disagree with Snakedoctor15 because at the fields where I did paintball we had plenty of capture the flag, Pit-ball, and other objective type games.

I stopped playing because it was giving me bad habits. I do competitive shooting of real guns and playing with toy guns was causing me to become less safety conscious so I stopped and focused my energy and training on the very real fun of busting targets with real ammo. I now have a collection of trophies, medals, and ribbons from my efforts.
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I don't really see much of a difference between airsoft and paintball. Paintball seems more juvenile to me, if anything. I don't mind using an honor system. It helps me decide who I can actually keep associating myself with.

I don't cheat when I play games, and I don't want to play with people who are barely controlled by having rules. Less cleanup with BBs, too.
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