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What is Airsoft? The term "Airsoft" (sometimes referred to as SoftAir) has two common use meanings:
1. Models: Airsoft replicas are non-lethal "look-a-like" models of real life firearms. These toys project inert round plastic balls (referred to as BBs) at safe speeds. Airsoft models typically have muzzle energies of 0.2-0.8 Joule and are non-lethal. Airsoft models use 6mm BBs as consumables, however 8mm BBs are available but less popular.
2. Game/sport: Airsoft is also commonly used to describe a team based wargame/battle simulation game played using the models described in (1). The game is played in a series of game scenarios run in a similar style to those in paintball with opposing teams competing against each other. A player is considered "hit" and therefore out of play when a BB touches them when projected from an opponents Airsoft model. The winning team is normally either the one with players still in play, or the one which achieves the scenario's goal first.
For more information on the specifics of Airsoft have a read of our onsite Newbie Guide.
1 Joule? Under United Kingdom (UK) law Airsoft models are non-lethal, anything that is considered lethal (i.e. over 1 Joule) is under UK law not "Airsoft". A replica or model from an Airsoft manufacturer over 1 Joule would be considered a lethal barrelled weapon from which a shot could be discharged, and therefore a Firearm - most likely to be classified as an Airgun.
Two classifications of model are available from the mainstream Japanese manufacturers, one is marked ASGK, the other JASG. Unmodified ASGK models should all be below 1 Joule in muzzle energy and should therefore be suitable for gaming use at any site in the UK. JASG models are more than likely over 1 Joule in energy and in the UK suitable for target use only - other countries may have different rules. Whilst this is not a definitive rule, it can be helpful in some circumstances.
Whilst low powered Airweapons may be legal to own, under certain restrictions, anything over 1 Joule in muzzle energy is unsuitable for use in a gaming environment in the UK.
Please remember that international laws differ from UK law.
I can't login! Please remember that older logins from the previous site design will not work. If your login is new and still doesn't work, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the problem, your registered email address and login name.
I didn't get my activation email. Sometimes emails from our servers are blocked, perhaps you mistyped your email address, or your email server spam firewall is overly active. Email us (email@example.com) and we'll look into the problem for you. If it's a simple case we'll just activate your account manually.
I never get any site email, what's up? Spews.org incorrectly blacklists a host of IPs from our hosting company. This results in any emails originating from our server being blocked by any service that uses Spews' listings and is the most common issue to arise. There is nothing we can do about this other than recommending that hosts use a more up to date and reliable listing service for spam black/white lists.
Can I send in a review? Yes, we accept and will publish quality reviews from any source. There are a few simple guidelines we ask you follow:
- Please submit reviews in plain text format (just use notepad if you like), please included weblinks in their full form (http://www.site.com/page.htm) in the relevant places, as they can then be processed when we format the review for publication.
- Please attached images to any submission in JPEG or GIF format at a maximum size of 1600x1200 pixels.
- Please attach any photos you wish to be included in an unedited format. We can resize and thumbnail images here for you.
- If you'd like an image of yours to be added in a specific area of the review please just use the format "[image001.jpg goes here]" in your review text.
- Please only send in reviews that are your own work. Please credit any references or images attached to your submission with the appropriate details.
How can I contact you? Simply use the "Contact Us" page linked to on the left hand sidemenu and then enter the appropriate details to get in touch.
Can I send news in to you? Sure, you can either use the contact form, or email articles and news reports (including relevant images - preferably in jpg/gif format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most frequently asked questions
What is the best gun? There really is no clearcut answer to this question. The best answer is ask the opinions of the readers who frequent our forums. Based on your personal circumstances and needs they can provide more than a singular opinion. This page may help further.
How do I .....? If you have a technical question, please ask it in the forums. Whilst I'd love to answer every email sent to me it's becoming less and less practical. If you ask in our forums you are more than likely to get a faster reply than I could provide.
Can you add my link to my website? You can do this yourself, simply go to our WebLinks section (listed LHS menu) then click the "Add site" link.
Where can I play locally? Please have a look at the UK AirsoftMap for details of sites local to you where you can play.
You emailed me a virus! No we didn't. There are several viruses out there that send infected emails out from an infected machine and pretend to be someone in that person's email address book. All of our systems are protected from any such virus, so you have received an email from someone else that is infected. For information about such viruses please look here.