What Do Airsoft Guns Shoot?

gun on table with BB pellets

Have you seen the weapons that are used during war or that is carried by the police when there is an emergency?

They have some of the best rifles and guns and you wish you could hold them once.

Well, you can, but they will be replicas and they will not shoot the actual bullets that the police or the army has.

Rather, they will have BB’s or plastic pellets that will act as your bullet.

Now, the question is, whether the BB’s will hurt anyone if you fire them at a person.

Many people consider airsoft guns to be similar to paintball guns.

The mechanism is almost the same but there is a huge difference in the way they hit a person.

Honestly, paintball hurts more than what an airsoft gun does. In fact, the BB’s used in the gun is much lighter in weight and smaller too.

There are few more reasons why the BB’s in airsoft guns don’t hurt that much as the paintball.

Using light plastic pellets

The average speed of both the guns is the same which is 300 fps.

Some of the guns can have a speed of 500 fps but let’s compare the one that has a similar speed as a paintball gun.

Naturally, the question will be that if the projectile speed or firing speed is the same, then why does a paintball hurt more and not an airsoft gun?


It is because they have different projectile weight or mass. The pellets are made of plastic and they measure roughly around 6 mm in diameter.

The approximate weight of the pellets range between 0.12 gm and 0.40 gm with the most common pellets weighing around 0.12 or 0.20 gm.

One of the reasons why it is safer to use these types guns is that they use these plastic pellets instead of the metal ones.

There are many airsoft pellets that are biodegradable so that you don’t have to clean them up after firing in the backyard.

Using these plastic pellets have made the guns safer for everyone.

Even kids can play with these guns provided they don’t shoot themselves or anyone at a very close distance.

Although there might be a sudden pinching sensation, it goes away quickly because you will have your clothes on.

Mechanism of airsoft guns

The interior parts of the gun are almost the same, no matter what model or gun you buy.

It will have a spring that creates the main power of the gun.

This is the part responsible for the speed at which the BB will come out of the gun.

The other important parts of the airsoft gun are the piston head and the piston, a cylinder head, and a cylinder.

There is also the air nozzle that comes with a special plate along with a combination of gears that operate the functioning of the weapon.

Lastly, there is the motor and the switch that basically allows the gun to be in action all the time. You will be using the switch to fire the BB’s.

One of the best things about airsoft guns is that you can upgrade it in order to improve the performance.

So, if you don’t want your gun to be firing at a speed of 300 fps and instead, want it to fire at 500 fps, you can upgrade the parts inside to do that.

It is also possible to upgrade the spring that can change the speed along with the distance of the BB fired from the gun.

Now, that you know the difference, make sure you use both airsoft guns and paintball from a safe distance whether you’re playing with your family, friends, or strangers.

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