What is Airsoft Gear?
Airsoft is a sport which becoming increasingly popular. It is one of the new things young people started enjoying first but nowadays it has become one of the things the general population also likes.
Airsoft is the updated version of Cowboys and Indians and somehow resembles a military game where you actually have to use speed, agility and strategy.
The aim in Airsoft is eliminate the opposition, shooting at each other using AirSoft Rifles, sniper rifles and automatic machine guns. Airsoft rifles and pistols shoot non-metallic pellets.
The sport mainly relies on an honor system as airsoft pellets don’t leave marks.
So it is the responsibility of the player who has been hit to call themselves out even of the hit was seen.
Gameplay can vary in composition and style. The Airsoft games can be played indoors or outdoors, and they often range from short-term skirmishes with organized scenarios, historical reenactments, or military simulations (MilSim). Airsoft are played at outdoor fields and indoor courses.
The games may involve the use of military tactics to achieve objectives for each game. Participants often emulate accessories and tactical equipment and used by police and military organizations.
Paintball and Airsoft Gear
Paintball is a popular recreational activity that involves putting on specially created protective gear and shooting opposing team members with non-metallic pellets. The Airsoft guns resemble real guns but do not possess as much force, and the protective gear prevents users from getting injured by the paint filled pellets.
The winning team is the one that takes out the other team by shooting all the members of that team, leaving the specific colored paint splatters on their opponents. These competitive games can be great fun and can teach people about teamwork, strategic planning and general logistic and tactical analysis.
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This unique sport has been around since the 1970s and it was born in Japan. It then spread to other Asian countries and a decade later it spread to other countries, namely United Kingdom. Even though the guns were designed to resemble real guns as much as possible, the team game was introduced in other countries and became a purely recreation and increasingly popular sport.
As the style and number of guns available have changed, so also has the gear evolved to become available and accessible for everybody who wants to partake of the fun. And this is what is happening.
Teenagers have inspired their parents and all the other people to start exploring this sport and it has proven to be not only recreational but also great practice for team-building which is also increasingly more important in the world.
The guns created for Airsoft have a mechanism for projectiles either 6 mm or 8 mm in diameter. They have been designed specifically for this purpose and they are easy to use and also comfortable to carry while in the field.
The guns are produced in many companies in the world and most of them come from Asia, however, there are differences from place to place and from company to company.
Although they roughly are the same, the amount of ammunition that can be stored and total fires per second is different among different models. These variations can alter accuracy, distance and speed with which the pellets travel, making the whole experience different from one gun to the next.
It is also because every person has a different style of participating and doing the shooting in Airsoft games.
Different kinds of guns, however, also mean that in different places there will be opponents with different models and you might have to spend some time getting used to shooting or avoiding the different types of gun.
New users may not realize that Airsoft rifles have a much longer range on average than Airsoft pistols. But for experienced players this is not a problem. Besides, there will be teammates to cover you if you find yourself struggling.
The Airsoft gear is also designed for this game only and has been designed to ensure the safety of every player.
The guns meant for this sport are not designed to injure, but the actual velocity of the pellets can be higher than expected. The colored paint-filled bullets or pellets have been designed to mark you as invalid for targeting, meaning you have been “shot”.
The gear, therefore involves specially designed armour. This includes a necessity to wear goggles designed to be able to protect the participant’s eyes from the pellets. Goggles or glasses not designed for the game may break upon impact and cause injury.
The gear goggles might be listed as ANSI Z87, which means they are rated for the maximum velocity expected per the densest Airsoft pellets.
Another piece of Airsoft Gear you will need to enjoy the game without long-lasting after-effects is a airsoft full face mask full-face mask.
The mask means that your face is covered fully and there are not only the goggles protecting the eye region.
It protects your nose and your teeth which is also one of the important regions which could get injured if you don’t wear this piece of equipment.
If you have a prescription for glasses, you might know how hard it is to get rid of the condensation of the lenses.
Masks that have mesh screens will be helpful in this occasion because they help reduce the condensation and have more lenses that help protect your face against possible fragments which could actually penetrate the mesh itself.
Remember hot days become even hotter with a full face mask, which means you will either have to take water breaks or you will overheat really quickly, creating health problems at that moment and perhaps for the future.
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There are also other parts of gear and airsoft vest. Clothing you wear is most often camouflaging to re-create the authenticity of a real fight. The places where this sport takes place are usually specially designed fields with a lot of places where teams can hide and sneak up to each other, creating a good fighting field. Special half finger gloves make using the guns easier and more comfortable.
There are elbow and knee pads to make the kneeling and falling better. Many different companies produce all these parts of the gear as well as different things for camouflage and other things, such as t-shirts which do not go into the gear itself but might be a nice touch to the game.
There are also vests designed for the sport. They protect your upper body from other players and they are very handy because most of them have pockets for putting necessary things inside.
All this gear is available for purchase but if you have decided to go and enjoy Airsoft or make yourself familiar with the sport, you can always go to a place where the gear is available for renting.
It means you gather your team, rent the gear and start enjoying this sport. There will be a person working at the range that will be able to tell you anything you need about the sport, will help you gear up and provide answers to practical demonstrations and answers to your questions.