The Origins of Airsoft

Posted on December 17, 2013 by admin There have been 0 comments

Airsoft has quickly become a hugely popular sport in the U.S. and all over the world. Players get a thrill from the adrenaline rush of warfare without the obvious dangers of real battle. It’s not uncommon for a guy to have an airsoft gun in his closet, waiting to be put to use in a high-intensity game of airsoft, but this wasn’t always the case. So where did this high adventure sport come from?

Japanese law in the 1970s permitted only military personnel to own guns, leading to the development of gas and air powered handguns that looked and felt like real guns but shot 6mm plastic balls. They soon became more an object of recreation than anything else, and the sport spread to China, the UK and eventually the U.S. and many other countries.


Airsoft is now a world-wide hobby among all ages. It has been used for a thrilling activity among friends but is also an effective training tool for military ops. Many of the weapons are designed to closely resemble already existing firearms, and many come surprisingly close. The realistic nature of many airsoft guns adds to the excitement of going to battle in the woods, a crafted course, or even just the backyard!

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