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What Is Airsoft?

Learn what airsoft is in this Howcast video featuring airsoft experts Payton Kemper and Josh Meyer.


Hi, my name is Payton. I'm the manager of Airsoft Hero located in the historic district of Hampden in Baltimore, Maryland. And I'm Joshua Meyer. I'm the tech here at Airsoft Hero. Our store features AEGs, accessories, apparel. We also buy used guns, accessories and apparel and we also do quality tech work. Any details you can find on our website at And we'll be talking to you about airsoft.

Airsoft began in the late 70s in Japan due to a civilian banning of all firearms. Companies started making replicas after real firearms for the people in Japan to play with to sort of get the realism of the same thing. Since then, it's spread westward and it's popular all around the world.

Airsoft is a military simulation-based game that use 6mm BBs shooting out of replica firearms. There's a lot of different game types you could play and it really depends on what your personal preference is and on how to do that.

Guns use an electric motor or gas to propel the BBs out. Because the guns are replica firearms, it provides a very intense sense of realism to the sport. Most players use real gear, real apparel that our world military uses, just to provide more action and more adrenaline to the sport and just to make it as realistic as possible.

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