AIRSOFT VS. PAINTBALL

If you’re a fan of shooting your friends for fun, then Airsoft and Paintball are two sports that would be perfect for you! Grab your gun, some long sleeves, a face mask, and a group of 4 or more, and head out to your nearest Airsoft and paintball park. But before you grab your gun, let’s talk a little about the differences of a paintball and Airsoft.

THEY REALLY ARE DIFFERENT!

Paintball and Airsoft, of course, are different in the fact that one type of gun shoots a small plastic BB, and the other fires off a plastic encased paintball. Of course, each game has similar mechanics, but each one still plays and handles a bit differently. On a scale of pain, accuracy, FPS (Feet Per Second) of bullets, and speed at which the games start and end.

RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Paintball and Airsoft are played pretty similarly. If you’re hit by a BB or by a paintball, you’re done. Put your gun up in the air and walk off the field.

On the paintball field, there are a few different ways to play. Whether you’re on a scenario course, or a speed-ball course, you’re dispersed into a lifelike war zone. There may be old buses, beat down homes, and logs or other line-of-sight objects. Or maybe it’s blown up sandbags to hide behind. Either way, the name of the game here is last man standing. Everything on the map is covered in old, sticky, sort of dry paint. Each player of each team starts from their two opposing, but dedicated positions. As the game begins, some players rush forward and others sit back – paint balls rain among your position. Things start to hectic real quick as you try and figure out where it’s coming from, and half the time you’re out before you realize what’s happening. Great sport! (Cough).

JUST A BIT MORE SPECIALIZED.

Airsoft, on the other hand, is a bit more specialized. Everyone has a given role, whether it be Leader/Auxiliary, Sniper, or Support. The guns are custom fit to each player’s play style. Whether their style be spray and pray, or a more “dead-eye” kind of shot. Airsoft maps are strictly scenario maps, meaning they’re lifelike. Most players can enjoy this better than the speed-ball courses that paintball has. Airsoft games can last a long time and are usually much larger than paintball maps, simply because their guns can fire further and faster.

FPS (FEET PER SECOND), SPS (SHOTS PER SECOND)

Paintball guns fire pretty heavy rounds. These rounds move at around 280 FPS. When a paintball strikes you, it usually pops; however, it doesn’t always pop… (Ouch). In a tournament, paintball guns are cranked up to fire rounds at 290 FPS. Paintball guns are also restricted to semi-automatic, and can be fired at a rate of 20-30 SPS. Imagine getting lit up by that, no thanks.

AIRSOFT GUNS DIFFERENT THAN PAINTBALL GUNS.

Now, let’s talk about Airsoft guns. These rounds fire much faster, moving at up to 500 FPS. And, BBs get fired at nearly 60 SPS or about 1,200 rounds per minute. Keep in mind, these shots don’t pop like paint balls. Could you imagine getting lit up for 3 seconds, close range? Now we’re talking about some pain…

MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING.

Military and law enforcement personnel have been using paintball and Airsoft alike for many years. The military uses modified M16s, loaded with 9mm cartridge shots and occasionally paint balls. Although paintball is used widely, Airsoft is becoming a much more popular choice for monetary reason. Airsoft is much more affordable, and much more realistic way of training. However, paintball is still used against riots and crowd control. Tippman is a common product used in these procedures.

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