What is Airsoft?


For those who are new to Airsoft, these guns shoot round pellets commonly known as “BBs.” They travel at speeds much lower than real bullets and although a bit painful when hit by one of these pellets, they cannot kill someone nor cause heavy-bleeding injuries unlike real guns. Even though Airsoft is considered a toy gun, safety precautions should still be taken into account when playing with these replicas.

Most Airsoft guns are the exact copies of the actual guns. Some manufacturers even use real mould of the originals in order to create the look, feel and even weight of their real-steel counterpart. Automatic Electric Guns can only cause welts. It is still painful however when the BB pellets hit the skin, since they travel at high speeds. That is why during "skirmishes," protective gears must be worn to avoid serious injuries, especially around the eyes. Also, thick protective outfits are also recommended to be worn. Sweatshirts and thick pants can also protect the skin from being directly hit.

Airsoft guns can be categorized into 3 types. They are:
1. Automatic Electric Guns (AEG)
2. Gas-Powered
3. Spring-Powered

The Automatic Electric Guns (AEG) is among the most popular, although the most expensive, gun out of the three. Ranging an average of about $300, these guns are not anywhere cheap. They can reach anywhere from 600 to 900 Rounds-per-Minute replicating the capabilities of the real-steel gun. For those who are advanced in the field, these are the guns of choice because even though pricey, they are worth it.

The next most popular gun is the gas-powered ones. Designed for those who are intermediate to the field of Airsoft, they are less expensive than the AEGs. There are several types of gas-powered guns. The most popular one is the Gas-Blowback, also known as GBBs. They operate using CO2 to compress the air used to propel the BBs out of the barrel. The gas is either stored in the magazine or on-board. Similar to AEGs, the Gas-Blowbacks allow realistic semi-automatic firing. The gun allows the ease of magazine reload and making it very appealing to its users.

Finally, the Spring-powered Airsoft guns are among the least expensive. They can go as low as $20 for a pistol. They are among the guns that novice or beginners use to start out with. Spring-cocking guns are true to their name in that you cock the spring first, and then fire. Cock spring, fire, cock, fire, cock, fire, etc. These guns are usually magazine fed and semi-automatic, but they must be hand-cocked after every shot. This system is very cost-effective, and the guns are surprisingly sturdy.

Airsoft is played in the same manner as paintball. One team against another. All supervised by our Gladiator Park staff. Gladiator Park does not rent or sell Airsoft guns, although we do rent and sell all the safety equipment. BB’s are not allowed to be brought to the park. We have approved BB’s which are included in your Airsoft entry packages.

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