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Airsoft Vs. Paintball


AirSoft and PaintBall are two popular commercially available guns that are meant for games. Children and game lovers in shooting types of games use both of these guns. AirSoft was invented in Japan in the year 1970 and PaintBall was invented in the United States. Today, AirSoft guns are also manufactured in China, which has reduced the market of AirSoft guns in Japan. In this article we will have a brief description of the differences between these two guns.

AirSoft Made for Realism:

AirSoft guns are very similar to the real guns. These guns are popular in Asia and Europe. The guns have all the properties of real military guns. Since AirSoft guns have most of the qualities of a military gun, they are banned in many countries. AirSoft guns come with a complete package. Since AirSoft guns are highly dangerous, they have all the safety equipment along with the gun in a complete package. AirSoft guns are available in various models in the market.

PaintBall guns on the other hand are manufactured in United States and are famous in North America. PaintBall Guns are not as dangerous as AirSoft. Even these guns have safety equipments. PaintBall guns got their name as they make a mark with paint on the target. The PaintBall guns are not as realistic as AirSoft, but are very safe to play.

AirSoft and PaintBall Differences:

The manufacturing cost of AirSoft guns is very low compared to that of PaintBall guns. But the equipment for AirSoft guns is quite costly. The pellets of AirSoft guns are very cheap compared to PaintBall guns. The kinetic energy of a PaintBall gun is higher than that of an AirSoft gun. An ordinary AirSoft gun will produce just 1 Joule of energy compared to 12 Joules of energy produced by PaintBall guns.

The shots of AirSoft guns are much faster and they have the potential to damage the skin if hit at close range. This is due to the small size of the AirSoft pellets. Many countries have declared many safety precautions while using these guns. The Safety equipment of PaintBall are better than the safety equipment of AirSoft. The PaintBall goggles available with the PaintBall kit covers the enter area around the eye along with teeth and ears, Whereas the AirSoft masks are very soft and there are chances of damage to the eyes.


Many teenagers prefer to get one AirSoft gun as it shoots at much higher speed compared to PaintBall guns. Also the pellets of AirSoft guns are much cheaper than PaintBall pellets. Parents prefer to get PaintBall guns, as they are safer to use. This is the only reason why PaintBall guns have high demand in the market. Also in the defense academies, AirSoft guns are preferred as they are cheap and less risky compared to original military guns. The AirSoft guns looks more majestic and original compared to PaintBall, which is another reason why children prefer to get them.

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