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I do laugh at the people who know nothing about this sport. They ask me what I have been up to and the answer 'buying guns' is usually met with surprise. Then they ask what I shoot and the obvious answer is 'people' because I love the reaction. 'oh...erm...right....ok'! Fair is fair, they are shooting at me

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Probably the best approach, you can then tell by there reaction if it is worth explaining further / investing more time.

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why don't you get a real gun

 

Best answer to that is "So I can run around in the woods shooting at my mates without worrying about going to prison on murder charges"

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I had "really, playing soliders, you wouldn't get a real solider doing that" from someone working in the MoD. I then informed about the number of people in active service in the armed services that I have met through airsoft and they went a bit quite.

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I generally tend to go down the 'it's like paintball with more realistic guns' line. People understand that.

 

Yeah this...

 

They will either be really interested and ask more questions or shrug it off without having to explain yourself in too much detail.

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In my head, I normally say:

"Oh, I was just making polite small talk, I wasn't prepared for a follow up interrogation. And as I don't actually care what you think, and my coffee making is now successfully accomplished, I'm going to where you are not. "

 

In actuality, I respond: "A sport like paintballing, but cheaper."

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I personally don't care what others thinking about any shooting that I do, however I am lucky as a few of my workmates do various firms of shooting.

 

One of them wants to trying airsoft so I will help him if I can!

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My work mates repsonses are usually somethine like "Why don't you just join the army and go to Afghan".

 

I understand from the outside looking in we're a bunch of grown men running round with toy guns but it's not affecting their lives in anyway so stay the f*ck out of it.

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My work mates repsonses are usually somethine like "Why don't you just join the army and go to Afghan".

I get that when I tell people at work about me starting airsoft.

My response is, well if I get shot in afghan I'm dead, if I get shot in airsoft I can respawn and shoot the person back.

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Don't think it hurts anywhere near as much

I'm not sure about that- in my experience I've always found airsoft more painful than paintball at a normal skirmish level. I'm sure 'speedball' or whatever it is hurts more than normal paintball, but there's an equal amount of pain no matter what type of skirmish, be it a milsim or a normal turn up day.

As well as this, BBs only have a few mm that hits you, meaning that over a joule of force is being transmitted to your skin in a very small area.

In general paintballs seem to fly at a much lower velocity, and the low force from a paintball is felt in a much larger area.

This means that the force from a paintball hitting your arm will be displaced over a larger area and the feeling will be less intense than a BB hitting you with much more force over a smaller surface area.

 

A good analogy for this would be the cork board pressure/surface area link. If you took a pin and a bolt and applied the same amount of force onto the corkboard through them, the pin would go in and the bolt wouldn't. This is because the head of the pin has a smaller surface area than the face of the bolt, so more pressure is applied over a smaller area meaning less force is displaced.

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I'm not sure about that- in my experience I've always found airsoft more painful than paintball at a normal skirmish level. I'm sure 'speedball' or whatever it is hurts more than normal paintball, but there's an equal amount of pain no matter what type of skirmish, be it a milsim or a normal turn up day.

As well as this, BBs only have a few mm that hits you, meaning that over a joule of force is being transmitted to your skin in a very small area.

In general paintballs seem to fly at a much lower velocity, and the low force from a paintball is felt in a much larger area.

This means that the force from a paintball hitting your arm will be displaced over a larger area and the feeling will be less intense than a BB hitting you with much more force over a smaller surface area.

 

A good analogy for this would be the cork board pressure/surface area link. If you took a pin and a bolt and applied the same amount of force onto the corkboard through them, the pin would go in and the bolt wouldn't. This is because the head of the pin has a smaller surface area than the face of the bolt, so more pressure is applied over a smaller area meaning less force is displaced.

 

 

Paintball tournament markers are restricted to 300fps... that's not much lower than airsoft. A standard paintball is somewhere in the region of 3g, about 12 times heavier than a standard .25g airsoft BB, and 15 times heavier than a .20.

 

A BB doesn't carry anywhere near the same amount of force as a paintball, the only reason paintballs don't do serious damage is that they're designed to burst on impact and spread their energy, anyone who's played paintball for a while will tell you the ones that hurt the most are the ones that don't burst, and they DO HURT, a lot.

 

I'd say they're different kinds of pain, I've been left with deep, large bruises from paintball which have taken a couple of weeks to heal but didn't really hurt *that* much at the time, whereas with airsoft I've never had a welt/bruise that's taken more than a few days to disappear.

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I had to explain airsoft at work on Friday to a guy who questioned why I had a shemagh in my rucksack. I went with " It's like paintball but not sh*t". That seemed to get the point across.

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I had "really, playing soliders, you wouldn't get a real solider doing that" from someone working in the MoD. I then informed about the number of people in active service in the armed services that I have met through airsoft and they went a bit quite.

I'm an infantry soldier, and the site I play on is a mix of infantry and other regiments/ corps and veterans, if someone gets a "sad on" over people wanting to run round like lunatics pelting the living daylights out of each other, they're clearly the people with the issue. It's a lot sadder having a dig at someone over what they do for fun on a weekend.

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Whenever people asked me what I do at weekends I have to explain, it's like paintball but more realistic. It's a form of military simulation ( but no really strict) and we use high powered bb guns

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My work mates repsonses are usually somethine like "Why don't you just join the army and go to Afghan".

 

If the amount of times I get shot on a weekend is anything to go by I would be dead in 5 minutes.

 

I accept the fact that to the outside world I am cosplaying solder with toy guns. In my head their is something else going on, but mostly nowdays to the people who know I play I just claim its about getting fit and not mention the gun collection that is steadily growing.

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