Airsoft guns are the newest thing in military game play. Many people have switched from paintball guns to airsoft guns. These guns look as realistic as the actual guns that they were modeled after. They shoot plastic pellets that range from 6 to 8mm. Using these types of guns can be relatively harmless, as long as the operating guidelines and safety precautions are followed.
You will not need a license to own or operate these guns. However, you do need to be aware if there is a minimum age requirement in your country. There not be an age requirement to operate an airsoft gun, but there will probably be an age restriction when purchasing one.
To purchase an airsoft gun you will have to be 18 years old or older. As the laws differ from one area to another, you will need to know how they affect you. Always keep in mind that the general public will probably not be able to tell the difference between your gun and real one. Airsoft guns should not be out in public areas. Only private property will do for displaying or for having these guns out in the open.
You will also need to care for your airsoft gun the same way that you need if you owned a real gun. Some guns operate by utilizing fuses and a battery; while other guns can operate by using gas or both electric and gas. If your gun is not cleaned regularly, you will take the chance of the gun will not operate properly. If you need to do more than clean the gun, you should take it to a professional technician that normally works with these guns.
One thing that you will need when playing in recreational war guns is a barrel bag. This bag is put over your barrel when the gun is not being used on the playing field. The bag will stop any rounds from hitting anyone should the gun accidently go off. There are also barrel condoms; however, they are not as safe or as effective as the barrel bag.
There are many different styles of games that can be played with airsoft guns. Basically, any type of military-style war games can be played with these guns. Because of the use of plastic pellets, all players are held to an honor system. Because there are not any telltale signs that someone has been hit, the players have to honest and call out when they are hit. You might think that people will not be honest and ruin the game, but the people that play are very dedicated to playing a hard but fair game.
Electric, gas, spring and hybrid airsoft guns are the flavors that you can select from. If you are in a store, you can ask a knowledgeable salesperson to help you pick out which types of gun is right for you. Most beginners start with a spring loaded gun and work their way up to a more complicated and powerful arsenal. If you can try dry firing the gun to see if you like it and do not go on appearance alone when choosing your weapon.
The more experienced you become the more firepower you are probably going to want. There are guns available that will fire bullet-like projectiles and will eject the casings from the gun for the most realistic effect. Although, the airsoft guns are not really guns, they need to be handled as if they were.