Airsoft guns are action-packed guns that are used for entertainment purposes. They are replica weapons often used in airsoft sports. It is a special type of very low-power air gun to shoot non-metallic projectiles.
How did the use of airsoft ammunition all begin?
Airsoft ammunition as airsoft guns was first developed by the Japanese to revive the age-old paintball sport which was unrealistic and the associated equipment was very costly.
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There are basically three types viz.
- Spring cocking
- Gas operated
- Electrically operated
These have a wide range of uses from paintball games, target practice, firearms training to shooting some action films.
In what ways do airsoft firearms prove useful?
These have however reduced the two important concerns –
- Airsoft 'Realistic Imitations Firearms' is manufactured to closely resemble their real counterparts, both in size and weight.
- Due to the forces required to fire a 1-foot diameter paintball, bruising is a common side effect. Airsoft BBs are light in weight and therefore the force required to fire them is considerably less. Hence, the bruising effects are negligible.
What are the safety concerns while using these guns?
Apart from being a sports element, airsoft guns can inflict harm upon us also.
According to a survey of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, approximately 19,675 non-powder gun injuries were treated in the United States emergency rooms of which 71% of individuals were under the 20s.
Not to forget that the ownership of these guns has sometimes proved very fatal. There are numerous cases in the recent past, where police have shot down youths carrying imitation guns looking alike realistic guns.