Airsoft is a competitive team sport that simulates military combat. Although very similar to paintball in concept and gameplay, airsoft pellets (BB’s) do not typically leave visible markings on their target, and hits are not always apparent. The game relies heavily on an honor system in which the person who has been hit is responsible for calling themselves out.
Gameplay varies in style and composition, but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, close quarters battle, field, military simulations (MilSim) or historical reenactments. Combat situations on the battlefield may involve the use of military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game.
Before gameplay, an airsoft gun’s muzzle velocity is checked through a chronograph and usually measured in feet per second (FPS). At Xtreme Paintball Park near St. Louis, we use the following FPS restrictions:
- Rifleman AR-15 (4oofps)
- SMG MP5 (350fps)
- Shotgun Mossberg (350 fps)
- DMR SR-25 (450fps)
- Sniper .50 cal (500fps)