Airsoft is very popular sport that is very similar to
paintball except the guns fire plastic pellets from a
specially designed gun. The sport is played in numerous
ways, such as military simulations, skirmishes, sniper
games and many others. There are many Airsoft groups
and with a little creativity new games can be invented.
There are Toronto Airsoft groups offering competitions
and games that residents can join.
Common military tactics are usually employed within a
game and certain objectives are set. Players usually
make use of emulations of tactical equipment and
accessories. The game is safe, although some
precautions need to be employed. A minimum safety
level of equipment is required in order to participate in a
game. This includes, impact resistant goggles that
provide adequate protection for the eyes. A full face
mask is then required to protect the rest of the face.
Many groups employ certain safety rules, such as having
a maximum muzzle velocity and shooting distance
guidelines. Owning these guns is legal in most countries,
although markings are typically required in order to
distinguish them from real firearms.
There a number of different types of guns used,
including spring, electric and gas powered guns. The
spring and electric powered guns are not as accurate
and realistic as the gas powered guns. Gas powered guns
are considered the best as they function just like real
guns. Unlike spring and electric guns, a longer barrel
length will result in greater accuracy. Gas powered guns
also have the ability to fire more pellets at once without
the need to cock the gun. They also have a more realistic
kick, just like a real gun.
Replica guns tend to be the most popular with fans of
the sport. These guns are virtually the same as their real
counterparts and include, World War 2 classic firearms,
sniper rifles, grenade launchers, Al Capone style
machine guns, police firearms and many others. These
guns add a new level to the sport as fans can invent fun
and exciting scenarios and highly accurate military
The guns fire plastic pellets that vary in weight and size
according to the gun used. Sniper rifles use heavier and
larger pellets for better accuracy as they are less
affected by the wind. Pellets can be bought in 2000 or
5000 and typically come in bottles. They are also
available in large number, such as 25,000 or more for
large competitions. The grenade launchers use large
foam balls that emulate grenades.
The Hopup system is often employed on pistols and
occasionally on rifles. The Hopup system puts backspin
onto the pellets that increases range, this is because
they rise upwards after the shot is fires. The level of
backspin can be adjusted by more advanced players but
the normal settings are usually sufficient.
If you live in Toronto carry out a search online for
Toronto Airsoft. There are plenty of groups in the city
that offer beginner to advanced level games.