History of the sport of Airsoft
Airsoft is a shooting sport similar to Paintball, however safer, cheaper and more convenient. Airsoft originated in Japan in the early 1980′s when ownership of guns by citizens was made illegal. Since they did not have access to firearms, the demand for replicas grew. It is from this demand that the sport of Airsoft surfaced. Paintball is illegal in Japan, being considered too dangerous.
The sport is currently being enjoyed by millions around the world of all ages, sexes and professional backgrounds. The sport of Airsoft has three main disciplines:
Re-enactment (historical or fictional)
Airsoft re-enactments take place in wide open areas, with opposing teams, up to hundreds of players or more, competing against each other or to complete set objectives over the course of several hours or days.
Competitive target shooting
Players compete against each other on a time or points based system. There are currently three such international events:
Speedsoft is a fast paced tournament style competition usually played by teams of 5 on a symmetrical course with artificial obstacles.
Games can also be enjoyed by spectators and are usually over in minutes.