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Aairsoft is a skirmish sport that originated in Japan. It is a combat style game in which individuals or teams compete to eliminate the opponent with non-metallic pellets loaded in guns. Standard Airsoft guns are typically replica firearms having mechanism for shooting projectiles 6-8 mm in diameter. As per operating principles, Airsoft guns are classified as spring loaded guns, battery powered electric guns and gas-powered guns.

In late 1980s, this sport spread to UK and till mid-1980s it has been adapted as pure recreational activity in many countries. It’s the game for individuals of all ages. This skirmish sport also used in United States by numerous law enforcement agencies for force-on-force training drills in varying organized scenarios.

Laser Tag and Paintball appears to be two versions of Airsoft sport with the same concept behind it.

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