What is an Airsoft Gun?

What is an Airsoft Gun
Category: Airsoft Basics

Thinking about getting into Airsoft Guns and want to know more before you buy? This simple guide outlines the Airsoft Gun basics you will need to help you choose the right one for you. Before we get started, let’s find out what an Airsoft gun actually is.


Airsoft guns are replicas of real firearms that use compressed air or electric power to shoot small plastic pellets. Airsoft guns are often used for recreational purposes, such as target shooting and simulation games.

Airsoft guns are designed to look and feel like real firearms, but they are not lethal. Instead, they use non-lethal plastic pellets, typically 6mm in diameter, and can travel at speeds of up to 500 FPS (feet per second) depending on the type of gun and the power source.

There are several different types of airsoft guns, including spring-powered guns, gas-powered guns, and electric-powered guns. Spring-powered guns are the simplest type of airsoft gun and require the user to manually cock the gun before each shot. Gas-powered guns use compressed gas, such as propane or green gas, to propel the pellets. Electric-powered guns use a rechargeable battery to power a motor that drives a piston, which in turn propels the pellets.

Airsoft games typically involve two or more teams competing against each other to accomplish a specific objective, such as capturing a flag or eliminating the opposing team. The games can be played indoors or outdoors and can range from casual backyard skirmishes to large-scale events with hundreds of players.


A Spring Airsoft Gun is exactly what the name suggests. These use springs to propel the BB pellet from the gun.

Spring Airsoft Guns need to be manually cocked for each shot, which means you won’t see any semi or full-automatic Spring Airsoft Guns.


An Electric Airsoft Gun – or AEG – is an Airsoft Gun that is powered by a rechargeable battery pack. They are the most popular type of Airsoft Gun on the market, mainly because they can fire fully automatic and are reliably accurate, making them ideal for players who are just getting started.

Electric Airsoft Guns are also fairly low maintenance compared to Gas Guns and are ideal for all weather conditions as they don’t lose functionality in the cold.


Gas Airsoft Guns utilize compressed gas as their power source. They use either CO2, HPA, or, most commonly, Green Gas. You can also use black or red gas.

Regarding color variant gas, green gas is the standard gas that most gas blowback guns will take. Though you can find higher power color gas, such as black gas, you should really consider if you need that much power before purchasing as it will wear down your parts quicker.


Blowback Airsoft Guns use compressed gas to imitate the kickback simulation of pulling the trigger on a real gun. They are the most realistic type of airsoft replica, so if you’re looking for the closest thing to the real experience, a Gas Blowback gun is likely the best option for you. However, bear in mind that, as gas guns rely heavily on mechanical movement, they need to be well looked after and regularly lubricated.


FPS is the standard form of measurement for the power of an Airsoft Gun. It stands for ‘feet-per-second’ and essentially covers how fast your pellet will project once you’ve pulled the trigger. To give you a gauge of this, 1 FPS is around 0.68 MPH, so when you fire an airsoft gun with 400 FPS, your pellet will be traveling at an impressive 270 MPH.

It’s not as simple as that, though. If you’re using heavier BBs (standard BBs are 0.20), you’re going to reduce your overall FPS as it has to make up for the increased weight. Heavier BBs are more painful on impact than lighter ones, so remember that your FPS limit will decrease as you increase the weight of your BB.

Sites will limit how much FPS power your weapon can have, depending on whether you’re playing at an indoor or outdoor site. For indoor sites, you’ll usually have to cap your FPS at 350, whereas if you’re playing outdoors with a sniper rifle, you may be able to ramp it up to 500 FPS.

FPS limits also vary depending on weapon type. Since pistols are designed for CQB, your maximum FPS will probably be a lot lower than a sniper, which is typically used at much greater distances. Make sure to check with your local skirmish site before you go!


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