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Best Airsoft Pistol: 2020’s Deep Dive into Sidearms
Green Gas or CO2? Full metal or Plastic? Are $200 guns really that much better than $80 ones? We answer these questions in our best airsoft pistol guide.
Does Airsoft Hurt? Read our Top Tips
Given that people will be shooting at you with projectiles, it’s only natural to wonder about the pain and whether it’s worth it. Moreover, if you ever played paintball and got hit (especially up close), you kind of have an idea of what it feels like to be shot. Now, both paintball and airsoft weapons used in the field fire at basically the same speed (about 350 FPS). However, there is a clear difference between the projectiles used in paintball and the ones used in airsoft (aka BBs). Paintball projectiles are bigger and heavier than BBs and develop more energy when they leave the barrel of the gun. If it were to compare the two, a standard BB projectile weighs 0.2g and develops 1 joule of energy while a paintball projectile weighs 3g and develops 15 joules. Extrapolating from these data, it’s easy to imagine that a BB will hurt less than a paintball projectile. Still, this doesn’t mean there won’t be some pain, especially if you don’t use proper protective gear. Moreover, there are several types of BBs designed with different materials and in different weights, which means different levels of transferred energy. What Does It Feel Like? In plain terms, it feels like someone flicks you really hard. Still, most of the energy is absorbed by clothing (especially if you wear something thick) and protective gear. Also, keep in mind that the pain is different depending on where you get hit and the distance between you and the shooter. For instance, if a BB hits you in the ear (cartilage area), neck (especially at the base), inside the arms or legs, the ribs, fingers, and/or crotch area the pain will be stronger. Basically, the areas that are not protected by fat or muscle tissue are most vulnerable. Now, if you don’t wear a mask or goggles, you run the risk of getting hit in the eye or teeth, which is not something you want to happen! A well-shot BB has the power to chip your tooth and do a lot of damage to the soft tissue of the eye (even blind you), which is why these areas must be covered at all times. Also, if the shooter is far away, the BB will lose most of its energy by the time of impact. This is why, you don’t shoot when in close proximity (the Bang Rule) and always, always, always wear protective gear! Does it Break the Skin? That depends. If the BB hits you in full force (the shooter has a powerful weapon that goes over the 350 FPS standard) and it manages to reach a sensitive area, then you’ll probably get an open wound. Still, the area won’t be too large, and the bleeding should stop quickly without any need for medical intervention. However, powerful weapons (400 – 500+ FPS) in combination with copper coated steel BBs (instead of the plastic ones) can and will pierce the skin and even damage some fragile bones. Keep in…