Awesome things to do with an Airsoft gun!
I often get the question, what do you use these unique guns for? Is it a toy? Is it a weapon? Is it a paintball gun? Well, in this article, I am going go over some useful reasons why people enjoy airsoft guns, and by the end of this write up, you may find your own reasons for wanting one!
1. They are used for game play much like paintball. There are competitive competitions that involve the use of one of these guns. This is a very popular hobby that is growing by leaps and bounds. As a matter of fact, it is cheaper, more realistic, and more tactical than paintball. There are businesses that have staged fields where people can come and have "war". I have even heard of theme parks that are strictly for airsoft fanatics.
2. They are used for training (military, police, swat, etc.). Many professional organizations use airsoft weapons to train officers and to go through various scenerios.
3. Kids use them for backyard fun. Though I strongly believe that children should be monitored when playing, it is one of the most popular backyard adventures for older children.
4. Adults use them to teach their children about gun safety. The guns in airsoft are very similar to real guns except that they are not lethal. You have to clean them, lubricate them, and use caution when handling them. This is the perfect way to teach your kids responsibility with guns.
5. They are used for target practice. This is a great way to have some fun and to blow off some steam.
6. Many times they are used for pest control. Some airsoft guns are powerful to get the attention of small game, possibly even killing them. Though I would not recommend using it for that purpose.
Many people might wonder, what's the difference between an airsoft gun and a BB gun? The main difference is a BB gun uses metal BBs, while the airsoft guns use plastic BBs. Also, a BB gun is not intended for a game and you should never use it to shoot another person. (this seems like common sense) They are more powerful than any airsoft gun. On the other hand, airsoft guns are intended for shooting others in a game as long as the people involved are wearing the proper protection.
I also want to give some food for thought for those that think that this is way too dangerous an activity. There are rules and guidelines to airsoft just like there are rules to driving a car, riding a bike, using a kitchen knife, or even a pencil or pen. If you do stupid things with it, you can get hurt.
Remember, responsibility should be taught with any type of gun, heck even toy guns. It is a parents responsibility to show kids how to handle and care for them. That is why a child cannot purchase an airsoft gun on his own.