A Beginners Guide to Different Types of Airsoft Guns


For those looking to get into the world of airsoft, we know it can be a little daunting. Much of the airsoft community is based around re-creating military-style gear and activities, and if this isn’t something you are used to it can be overwhelming. Luckily, the core of the airsoft community is still based around the airsoft guns themselves, and when you show some motivation to learn there will be no shortage of airsoft veterans looking to help you out.

The first step to participating in an airsoft game is to find an airsoft gun that fits you. Even if you aren't looking to compete you still want to make sure you buy an airsoft gun you are comfortable with and can have fun with.

In this article, we are first going to give you a quick overview of the game of airsoft, and then we will break down the types of guns you are likely to find in the stores and on the field.

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The Growing World of Airsoft

Since the ’70s, with the creation of BB guns that could fire softer BB’s while still maintaining accuracy, the sport of airsoft has slowly grown and expanded. Today there is a wide variety of contests that take place with huge mock military operations being the centerpiece of these larger gatherings. Many use the sport as a military simulation and the authenticity of the weapons they create and the gear they use is very similar to those employed by line units.

Airsoft guns will usually fire somewhere between 300fps-500fps though some very high-end models will go higher. Many competitions and playing locations will have rules regarding the max fps of a gun. Even so, some safety precautions are needed, such as safety glasses. A BB hit on bare skin is described as a strong runner band snap in terms of pain. Enough that you can feel it, but not enough to cause any real damage.

This is a fun and challenging activity that requires both teamwork and personal skill as well as patience and planning. It is not for everyone, some just want to shoot things, but there are very large leagues of very serious military simulators. Many of these groups will have events throughout the year.

Alternatively, there are national and regional competitions for airsoft target shooting. Technically, air guns are even an Olympic sport, but the ones used at that level of competition fire at a much higher fps than ‘play’ models.


A Gun to Match Your Play style

Some of you may simply want to target shoot; you will want a high FPS, perhaps lighter, airsoft rifle. The rest of you will want to compete with your gun. Before you purchase an air soft gun you should consider the role you want to play. Some guns work well for room clearers, like an airsoft airsoft smg, some are better for overwatch roles. Pick an air soft gun that will allow you to play the way you want and take the shots you plan to take.

The Popular Types of Airsoft Guns

Description: Colt M4 On Duty Spring Airsoft Rifle Kit, Black BUNDLE VIEW

Spring Powered Airsoft Guns

Spring-powered airsoft guns utilize a spring to propel the BB at the target. This means the gun must be cocked back in order to fire, usually by hand or in a bolt-action style format. These types of airsoft guns can both be useless in competition or highly sought after, depending on the specific gun. The desirability of a spring airsoft guns depends on the power of the spring and integrity of the rifling, which correlates with the range and accuracy of the airsoft gun.

These air soft guns are the most simple in operation and are also often the cheapest. They are great if you want to get something inexpensive to practice with and to do some simple target shooting with. Make this your beginner gun, get a nice accurate rifle, and practice. Get good at shooting and start to learn how to compete with others. When you get the hang of it and are ready for the next step, then invest in a different airsoft rifle. By that time you will be more experienced and have a better idea of what kind of air soft gun will suit your playstyle the best.


     Lower cost.

     Reliable operation.

     It can make for high-end sniper-style airsoft rifles.

     It does not require electricity or gas.

     They are typically very quiet.



     Slow rates of fire.

     Typically suffers from cheaper housing.

     Need to recharge batteries

     Rainy weather can hurt or damage a gun.

Description: LCK47S Full Metal AK47 Airsoft Rifle w/ Real Wood Grips & Folding Stock - left side view