General Introduction

Air Soft Guns are replicas based on original firearms. They
look and feel as their original counterparts, and are often produced in
aluminium, zinc, steel or ABS plastic.

An Air Soft Gun is a "soft" airgun, which means lower air
pressure, and lower pellet velocity compared to a normal airgun. Air
Soft Guns fires 6mm plastic pellets, with compressed air or a
compressed gas propellant

In order to propel the pellet, the internal parts of an Air
Soft Gun have to work differently, compared to the original firearm.
The basic principles for Air Soft Guns are that spring operated pistons
are activated manually or by electricity. Some Air Soft Guns use gas
propulsion, where compressed gas is used instead of spring operated

Manual Air Soft Guns (Spring Powered)
This type needs to be reloaded for every shot. A spring is
compressed when the sled is pulled back. When the trigger is pulled,
the spring is released and pushes the piston through the cylinder to
create air pressure. The air pressure then presses the pellet out of
the barrel. Most manual air soft guns are replicas of handguns.

Electrical Air Soft Guns (AEG)
These Air Soft Guns are fully automated replicas. When the
trigger is pulled, the Air Soft Gun will keep firing with an impressive
rate of fire. The electrical Air Soft Guns uses the same principle as
the manual versions, except that the electric versions use a small
electrical motor to pull back the piston.

Electric Air Soft Guns are often replicas of sub machine
guns and rifles, because the motor and the mechanics in the guns are
too big for the handguns.

Gas Guns (GBB: Gas Blowback)
These replicas contains a small container for compressed
gas. When the trigger is pulled on this type of Air Soft Gun, it will
fire. The gas expansion is used to propel the pellet and reload for the
next shot. Some of the gas replicas have blowback which means that
the slide will move back and forth like a real handgun when the gun is

Gas replicas have a high muzzle velocity, and are often
replicas of handguns and sub machine guns, which are very popular for
use in close quarter combat (CQB).

Muzzle Velocity
The Muzzle velocity of the pellet, depends on the weight of
the pellet and which propulsion principle the gun uses. The Muzzle
velocity therefore varies from model to model, but the typical velocity
for our Airsoft products is between 75 and 100 meters per second (m/s).

A big difference between airsoft replicas and real weapons
is durability. Unlike real weapons, Air Soft Guns are susceptible to
rough treatment, dirt and especially water.

Therefore you should never load the Air Soft Gun with used
pellets as dirt and deformed pellets are the main cause for damage to
the Air Soft Gun.

Safety and Protection
Air Soft Guns are not toys! They are used for target
practise and war games and only by persons that are at least 18 years
old. Make sure always to wear safety goggles or full face masks.

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Strifethe3rd May 27 2010, 1:47am says:

Hi, I've been thinking of buying an airsoft gun lately, any suggestions??
and where can i find a vender, i live in the US, and I've only seen some in Walmart, but they're not that great.

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ITCyoy543 Jun 15 2010, 8:47pm replied: a good airsoft site

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The_Mastodon May 30 2010, 3:36pm replied:

For starters I would recomend a manuel Pistol, when you get the hang of it you could buy a Gas pistol when you got enough of that you could buy a elictric rifle or a manuel rifle make sure you get a good service the place you shop and chose the right weapon for you! sometimes it better to pay a little more and get something good then pay a small price and get some cheap crap!

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Strifethe3rd May 30 2010, 4:34pm replied:

thanks, what the difference between the Gas airsoft pistol and the regular one??
Is there a specific store/shop that you would recommend?

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NCC-1701 Jun 1 2010, 12:32pm replied:

Look at they have some good guns, at good prices. Airsoft guns are in several categories: entry level, mid-level, and professional. Entry level are that cheapest ($30-$70 for a good begginer gun) but they have plastic gearboxes meaning that they wont last quite as long. Mid-level guns have metal gearboxes and are more accurate and powerful than entry-level, but they run more like $80-$150 for a good gun. If you are new to airsoft then you should go for one of those categories.

This is a pretty good begginer weapon is the
Boyi D-Boys M4 Grenade Airsoft AEG Rifle
(it has some nice accessories, and it has pretty good accuracy and power)

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Strifethe3rd Jun 2 2010, 2:08am replied:

That gun does look pretty cool and it comes with addons :D
would u happen to know if its plastic or metal?

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NCC-1701 Jun 11 2010, 5:08pm replied:

A member of my family has that gun, so I can tell you anything you want to know about it.

It is plastic, inside and out.

Any gun labeled "beginner" will always be completely plastic.

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Strifethe3rd Jun 19 2010, 10:45pm replied:

I've had a couple plastic ones, and I'm not too good with them i usually end up breaking them some way or another... so i would prefer having a completely metal one :D

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The_Mastodon Jun 1 2010, 6:30am replied:

The Gas pistols are much more powerfull then the spring typed ones, plus the spring type ones are back loaded were the Gas pistols are semi automatic, the Gas pistols are also mostly heavyer. However I do not live in USA, so I have no idea of shops there sorry. :/
PS. read the 'General Introduction' on the page.

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Strifethe3rd Jun 2 2010, 2:11am replied:

Thanks for the help, I think ill go with an electric sub machine gun, now all i gotta do is save some money :)

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The_Mastodon May 24 2010, 12:34pm says:

-delete this comment-

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The_Mastodon May 24 2010, 12:25pm says:

I have the AW. Mauser sniper rifle (spring type), MP5 SMG (electric type),CZ 75 D Compact (spring type), Colt A1 1911 (spring type), and a HI CAPA 5.1 (Gas blowback type). should I be a member of this group? :P

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