If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt or like to spend time outside shooting targets then airsoft guns may be a fun hobby for you to try. You do not have to spend a lot of money for equipment or ammunition when you begin this sport. Unlike shooting live ammo these weapons typically fire small plastic balls that are very inexpensive when compared to other bullets and they do very little damage when they hit their target.
These sporting weapons often replicate the look of a real gun. Most of the time they are a model of an actual pistol, rifle, or other firearm. A red or orange tip is often used to indicate that it is not the real thing. Instead of firing real bullets they shoot plastic BB’s.
Manual or spring loaded units are for the beginning enthusiast. If you are looking to get into the sport you may want to start with this type of gun. They are usually the most economical of the airsofts and use a spring to eject the ammunition. They need to be cocked each time in order to fire again, this is done by pulling back a lever of some sort that activates the spring which then releases when the trigger is pulled.
Compressed carbon dioxide or co2 is great for target practice. By using this compressed gas you eliminate the need to cock the gun each time before firing. These are popular units for leisure shooting or improving your accuracy and can be a step up from their manual spring loaded counterparts. You may enjoy hours of fun using a co2 gun.
Electric units are popular for team play. When you have the need for rapid firing or extended periods of shooting without reloading then an electric airsoft may be the answer. These units are often used by team or tournament players who like the speed and automation that only the electric guns can provide. They are a little more expensive than other units but provide a lot more action for the increased price.
Shooting targets or playing on a team can be a lot of fun. Just like other similar sports such as paintball this is increasingly gaining enthusiasts. The beauty of this sport is that the equipment and the ammunition is typically a lot less expensive than paintball gear. Whether you just want to plunk around the house or become a weekend warrior you can enjoy the fun of co2 or other airsoft shooting.