More and more people around the world have fun playing airsoft. But how did this enjoyable game started? Where did it originate? Let’s travel down memory lane and take a quick look at the history of airsoft.
The Early Beginnings of Airsoft
Airsoft guns originally started in Japan. After World War II, private citizens of the country were not allowed to have their firearms. But, replica firearms were considered legal and were accessible in many shops.
During the 1980s, a unique innovation was made with replica guns. A lot of manufacturers developed a replica gun that has the ability to project pellets with the use of kinetic energy present in spring. These guns became more popular, with more and more Japanese companies manufacturing these on a larger scale.
The guns’ popularity further extended to Hong Kong, China, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan, where gun laws that were equally strict were implemented. Initially, these guns were mainly utilized for target practice. After some time, however, people started using them against one another in the so-called simulated warfare. The creation of plastic pellets also became a revelation for this sport as it gave players the ability to “shoot” opponents without causing severe or serious injuries.
Soon after, airsoft guns and the airsoft game concept reached Europe and America, and eventually, it spread across other parts of the world during the early 1990s. During the earlier days, guns were available in pieces that require assembly before they can fire pellets. Good thing that this changed during modern times, with most parts of the weapons already assembled.
Some credit Daisy, the American air gun manufacturer, to be the first-ever company that made a replica air gun that can fire plastic BBs. However, the Daisy line was, in fact, rebranded air guns from Maruzen, a Japanese company, and was introduced to the American market in the name of “Softair” guns.
For the “Softair” guns to work, these are loaded with plastic BBs of 6mm into the realistic firearm cartridges. You will then need to load into the magazine for semi-automatic replicas. You can also load the chambers on replica revolvers. One disadvantage of this gun style was that you need to pull back the cocking lever after every trigger-pull that might not be the kind of realistic action manufacturers are aiming for.
The line of ammunition and air guns from Daisy bear the “Softair” trademark that is probably where its name was inspired from even though others say that this was referring to the green gas used for firing the projectiles.
The Popularity of Airsoft
Most original airsoft fans were young men who, for the very first time, could realistically imitate their favorite action heroes. Many other influencers, like strategy games, pop culture, and military history, played a significant role in the game’s development. It paved the way to the creation of different game modes or variations that integrated a more strategic element.
There are also people who claim that airsoft became more accepted because of paintballing and its popularity. Although it could be accurate in certain instances, airsoft is considered a more strategic gaming form, unlike paintballing, making it a more fun option.