Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball, but much more realistic. Instead of messy paintballs, Airsoft guns fire BBs (6mm plastic balls, most often weighing a fifth of a gram). The guns are much more realistic than paintball and replicate their real life counterparts. A variety of weapon types are available to include pistols, full auto rifles, sniper rifles and shotguns. Hence, machine guns can fire up to 15 rounds per second, shotguns fire many at once, and sniper guns fire slowly but with more accuracy. Airsoft games can be played in a variety of locations both indoor and outside and the aim is to defeat an opposing team.
The game started in Japan, and is now played all over the world. But airsoft can be more than just a game. Because of its closeness to reality Airsoft is used by some of the top military and police tactical units as force on force training as there is no finer way to put to the test the many hours of training these specialist undergo.
Airsoft is legal in the UK but as with all replica weapons, care and respect must be given at all times. For example, they should be out of public sight during transport, and never fired at animals or non-consenting people.
Who can play?
Anyone over the age of 18 can play Airsoft or if they are between the ages of 11 & 18 provided they have written parental consent. People who play Airsoft come from all walks of life with a varying experience and appeals to male and female players alike. It is recommended that players are in general good physical condition however Airsoft can be as strenuous as you want it to be, depending on how enthusiastically you play.
Is it dangerous?
There is a very small associated risk of injuring yourself, as with any outdoor activity. But with common sense and following our site safety rules this small risk is minimised even further. The games are great fun, but never at the expense of safety.
What equipment do I need to play?
- Airsoft gun (not exceeding site’s power limit)
- Eye protection made from impact resistant materials. Full-face protection is recommended and is mandatory for under 18’s.
- Camouflage clothing is best for concealment but not essential. Otherwise, dark clothes are recommended.
- Boots with sturdy ankle support are also a good idea, as are gloves.
If you do not have your own gun and safety equipment they are available to rent from us for a small fee. See prices.