Today’s post is a guest post by my 15 year old son. He writes from his own perspective, with very little (if any) editing from me.
There are many misconceptions from parents nowadays, and one that really bothers me is when people judge airsoft. If you don’t know what airsoft is, it is basically a toned down pellet gun. An airsoft gun works a lot like a blow dart, except it uses BB’s. There is a piston inside the airsoft gun that is put on a spring. When the gun is coked the piston is back against the spring and when the trigger is pulled the piston is released, and the piston creates a wave of compressed air. The air is the only thing that comes in contact with the BB and the air pushes the BB out. Now that you know the basics of how an airsoft gun works, you can understand some of more common misconceptions.
3. It is illegal.
This is a fairly common misconception that I hear. The laws for airsoft differ from place to place. In Colorado, laws change between counties. The laws on airsoft all depend on where you live.
2. Airsoft is dangerous.
I hear this all the time from paranoid moms. This really gets to me, because if you are wearing face and eye protection, the most damage an airsoft gun can do is leave a small welt where you are hit. I play airsoft on a team, and to get in you have to sign a waiver. The waiver doesn’t say anything about getting hurt from the 6mm 12g BB’s, but instead, the waiver is in case you trip and fall on a nail or if you step on a shoelace and break your face. Or something similar. Getting hit with an airsoft gun feels similar getting stung by a bee, only the pain lasts for about 3 seconds. I also play high school baseball and I can tell you that baseball is a much more dangerous than airsoft, yet it is widely accepted.
1. Airsoft promotes war.
This is easily the most common misconception that I hear. Yes, you are shooting guns at each other, and yes the point of most games is to eliminate the opposing team. But what I have learned from airsoft is that I would never want to be in a war. Mostly because I would die really, really fast. I also encourage you to look at our political system. Is that not a dog-eat-dog world? Just look at some big corporations that are running other companies to the ground. The real world does not play fair. So by playing airsoft, I now understand that there are some battles that are just about impossible to win. There is no skilled veteran running through the field with an explosive crossbow blowing things up like Rambo. If I had the balls to do that, the next thing I would feel would not be triumph, but instead about 200 small BB’s hitting my body.
Please remember that I am not trying to push anything on anyone, I am just trying to educate those who do not know. If you are still unclear, or still have questions about airsoft I suggest you find a local game and just check it out. You don’t have to join in on the game, sometimes its even more fun to watch (it’s like watching a movie). I just wish people wouldn’t be so quick to judge when they do not fully understand something, so please just educate yourself.