What is Airsoft?
Airsoft is a fast becoming game or sport that is rapidly
taking the place of many of the traditional paintball games
of the past. That is hotly debated by both sides of that
argument. Many of the new players to airsoft have come from
paintball, they have become less interested in the 'flashy'
costumes and speedball games that have become the 'norm'
for many of the fields now.
Airsoft is growing rapidly as the cost for the equipment
has dropped dramatically in the last 5 years. This has opened
the game to many that could not have afforded it in the
past. This, depending on whom you talk to, could be either
a boon or a bust for the game. As this has also created
a large volume of players that need the structure of an
organization to provide a safe and honorable place to play
and grow in this game.
Many of the games in the past were played on private
land and out of the view of the 'public'. This allowed for
the games to be played somewhat in 'secret' and as such
did not draw the younger players. As a matter of fact, the
average of players in 1990's was closer to 25 years old.
Today that number has dropped to closer to 14 years old,
this is also not accurate as this only takes into account
public attended games, and not private games or children
being given these guns for gifts and never playing outside
of their backyards. (An activity that is strongly disapproved
by the WAA membership)
Airsoft is a new enough activity that many do not know
exactly what it is nor what the game entails. Airsoft is
much like a combination of paintball and military reenacting.
However there are some significant differences. A skirmish
typically involves two different teams that are competing
to complete objectives detailed in the layout of the game.
This can be as simple as a capture the flag game to very
complex scenarios that involved tiered results and overlaid
mission objectives. Each game is different and is a product
of the organizer of that game.
Airsoft is played with VERY REALISTIC
replicas of actual firearms that shoot six-millimeter biodegradable
plastic bb's. These replicas are as safe to the players
of the game as any other properly used sports equipment.
It is important to know and to think about PRIOR
to purchasing one of these guns, it is
virtually impossible to distinguish
these replicas from a real firearm even as close as a foot
from the gun. As a parent it is crucial that this is conveyed
to you, ultimately it is your decision for your child, but
please be aware that these guns can be misused, much like a baseball bat can be, and result in injuries outside of the game.
This is one of the reasons for the Wisconsin Airsoft
Association to exist, to educate and to help provide a safe
place for these games to be played.
Though it may sound like this game could put the players
into a 'bad' situation. That is not the case, airsoft games
have been played in this state since the late 1990's without
a major injury incident. This
is due to a large part to the dedication of players and
members that have gone out of their way to make sure that
the games are played as safe as possible. Airsoft is actually
quite well established in Japan (where it originated in
the 1980's) and other Asian countries, but only in relatively
recent years has there been a large interest in North America
and other parts of the world. Because of the relative young
age of the game, scattered groups still play the sport on
private land, each with their own rules variations and safety
precautions. There are now “official” organizations that
have been created (such as the Wisconsin Airsoft Association)
to unify players around a central foundation of knowledge,
communication, support and safety.
We strongly encourage you to
contact us if you have any additional questions about
the game of Airsoft!
Find out more about the mission and purpose of the Wisconsin
Airsoft Association by reading our charter and other