Frequently Asked Questions

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Like any sport, there is a risk of injury. Commercial airsoft game venues have strict rules to maximize player safety.

Even though we use Airsoft guns, a player is more likely to injure themselves by tripping over or walking into a branch rather than from being shot or shooting themselves.

Compare Paintball, which is considered a fun sport and has been played by young people for years. When asked if Airsoft is safe we like to respond with “Would you let your kids play Paintball?” Generally the answer is yes. Airsoft BB’s hit with about 10-20% of the energy of a paintball, ergo, Airsoft is just as safe if not safer (and less painful) than paintball.

One player said, “In all my years of playing Airsoft against high powered snipers and in close quarters with no minimum engagement distance, I have never suffered an injury that I would rate as bad as the injuries I suffered playing Primary School Hockey.”

The realism of the Airsoft firearms falsely conveys a sense of danger or injury. In fact, Airsoft is far safer than the sports we throw our kids into playing every day.
Airsoft also requires mandatory eye and/or face protection and we have a lot of additional safety gear options like helmets, vests, gloves and pads. If it’s perfectly OK for a kid to face a baseball at school with none of this equipment then there is no need to be concerned about a 6mm plastic BB while your face is safely behind a mask.

It can in some cases depending on where you are hit and the power and proximity of the gun. Generally, if you are hit on the bare skin you will feel a sting. This is more noticeable on skin over bone and less so on fleshy areas.

NOTE: If you have played Paintball, a comparison would be that BB’s hit with approximately 10% of the force of a paintball.

BB’s will leave a mark like an itchy-bite which fades after a few days. We advise players to cover up when they first start playing Airsoft until they are used to being hit. Many veterans will play open field events in shorts, tee’s and safety specs as they are used to the hits or don’t get hit very often. If you don’t want to look like you had a wrestle with a hornets nest, cover up and wear full face protection!

Clubs limit the power and engagement distances of guns on the field to try to minimize discomfort.

Eye protection is mandatory at any event for both players and spectators. The eye protection must be high impact rated, well fitted and offer a good area of eye coverage – no large gaps for stray BB’s to get through.

WarDogs Airsoft promotes the use of solid lens protection over the mesh alternative. BB’s are known to shatter and there is the chance that fine particles may pass through the mesh goggles and enter the eye. Paint applied to the mesh has also been know to flake off and enter the eye if the mesh is hit with a high powered BB.

WarDogs Airsoft also promotes the mandatory wearing of full face masks for any player under the age of 18.

On the open field adult players can choose how much or how little safety gear they wish to wear in addition to their eye protection. If you like to be in the “thick of the fight” then a helmet, mask and vest are recommended, as are long sleeves and pants. If you prefer to hide like a sniper then you are less likely to need this level of protection.

Close Quarters Battles (CQB) requires players to wear full face protection as the risk for being hit at very close range is extremely high. For this reason most players will dress in full coverage clothing, adopt additional head and chest protection and occasionally additional padding.

We recommend wearing a beanie, hat or hoody if you are concerned about head shots.

This guide may help you decide which type of airsoft gun is best for you.

Airsoft guns are powered by one of three mechanisms; GAS, ELECTRIC, SPRING. Each of the power types for airsoft guns have different benefits and qualities but choosing which one is right for you can be challenging.
Learn the types of airsoft guns to find out which one is the best fit for your airsoft needs and be sure to get the perfect gun for the excitement of close quarter combat battles (CQC / CQB) or to enjoy target practice.

We have listed the airsoft gun types below ranked on highest popularity:

1. Green Gas, Co2, Gas BlowBack

Gas powered airsoft guns use gas’ pneumatic energy to drive the shooting mechanism, which is a significant difference from their spring-powered and electric counterparts which both use more manual mechanisms.

The most common gas gun type is the gas blowback gun (GBB). Its internally housed cannister releases the gas via a network of valves that propel the pellet through the barrel when the trigger’s pulled, causing a ‘blowback’ that simulates the recoil of a real gun. Handily, the recoil also loads the next shot.

Non-blowback (NBB) models, on the other hand, operate similarly to GBBs, however the slide on them is fixed so there is no recoil.

Gas airsoft guns tend to be used as secondary weapons as the COonly lasts the duration of the clip, but their automatic and semi-automatic capabilities establish them as a superb sidearm.

Key Points

  • High-powered
  • Realistic ‘blowback’ effect with GBBs
  • Available in a wide range of handguns and other models

Electric (AEGs)

Generally, airsoft electric guns, also known as AEGs, utilize a spring-loaded piston pump like those found in spring guns.

However, rather than manual operation, they employ portable rechargeable battery packs to power their internal electric motor. The high-end Japanese airsoft company, Tokyo Marui, is credited with creating the sophisticated design, which has since been replicated by scores of airsoft manufacturers worldwide.

The fire options usually include fully automatic, semi-automatic, and sometimes even 3-round bursts, making electric airsoft weapons some of the most versatile for skirmishes.

AEGs can be extremely powerful and accurate at the high end of manufacturer’s ranges. They’re particularly accurate when they utilise a hop up feature that facilitates consistent accurate shooting by putting spin on the pellet as it leaves the barrel.

It’s important to note that a diminishing battery will slow down an AEG’s ROF and power, therefore it’s wise to switch to semi-automatic in the final stages of a skirmish. Also, if you’re using an electric powered airsoft gun, make sure you’re carrying spare batteries with you.

Key Points

  • High fire rates possible
  • Powerful and accurate
  • Available in lots of models



Spring-powered airsoft guns – or ‘springers’ – employ the elastic potential energy stored in the weapon’s coil spring to drive an internal air pump. When the trigger is pulled, a powerful shot is fired from the barrel. The user must then recompress the spring prior to each shot, which is achieved in different ways, depending on the type of gun:

Gun type Reload mechanism
Pistol Pull back the slide
Rifle Pull back the bolt handle
Shotgun Pull back the fore-end


Because of their firing mechanism, spring guns aren’t capable of automatic or semi-automatic firing.
Generally, that makes them less suited to competitive events as their potential rate of fire is significantly lower than weapons with automatic capabilities, while their reduced accuracy and power reduces their long-range capabilities.

Nevertheless, their restrictions are counterbalanced by their strengths in other areas. For example, they’re often more reliable than gas and electric guns as their spring mechanisms aren’t affected by bad weather conditions, such as rain and low temperatures.

This also means that they can be fired in almost any situation as opposed to their gas and electric counterparts, which rely on gas cannisters and batteries being topped up or charged.

Lastly, spring guns often come in at a lower price point than electric or gas variants, while their reliability and ease of modification establish them as the ideal beginner airsoft gun.

Key Points

  • Generally affordable
  • Reliable
  • No need for gas or batteries

Instead of spring or battery power, some guns rely on gas power. Gas and CO2 powered guns are most popular with pistols, but gas powered rifles are also available for use. Many higher-end CO2 pistols have a “blowback” feature that adds an extra dimension of realism when operating the gun.

These make use of Pneumatics, which operates by valve-controlled release of prefilled bottled gas such as compressed propane mixed with silicone oil (commonly known as “Green Gas”) or CO2 canisters (e.g. GBB guns).

AEG (Auto Electric Guns) are powered by a battery and can typically fire in semi and full auto mode. AEG’s in full auto mode will continually fire as long as you hold down the trigger (and for as long as your ammo holds out). AEG’s are often the most popular airsoft gun type.

The mechanics of this type airsoft gun consists of a coil spring-loaded piston air pump that is either manually cocked (e.g. spring guns) or automatically cycled by a battery-powered electric motor gearbox (e.g. AEGs)

Spring-powered airsoft guns – or ‘springers’ – employ the elastic potential energy stored in the weapon’s coil spring to drive an internal air pump. When the trigger is pulled, a powerful shot is fired from the barrel. The user must then recompress the spring prior to each shot, which is achieved in different ways, depending on the type of gun:

Gun type Reload mechanism
Pistol Pull back the slide
Rifle Pull back the bolt handle
Shotgun Pull back the fore-end


Because of their firing mechanism, spring guns aren’t capable of automatic or semi-automatic firing.
Generally, that makes them less suited to competitive events as their potential rate of fire is significantly lower than weapons with automatic capabilities, while their reduced accuracy and power reduces their long-range capabilities.
Nevertheless, their restrictions are counterbalanced by their strengths in other areas. For example, they’re often more reliable than gas and electric guns as their spring mechanisms aren’t affected by bad weather conditions, such as rain and low temperatures.
This also means that they can be fired in almost any situation as opposed to their gas and electric counterparts, which rely on gas cannisters and batteries being topped up or charged.

Lastly, spring guns often come in at a lower price point than electric or gas variants, while their reliability and ease of modification establish them as the ideal beginner airsoft gun.

Airsoft guns fire a 6mm spherical BB. The BB can be made from a variety of plastic or biodegradable materials depending on the manufacturer. BB’s are most commonly white, but are also available in other colours. There are many different grades of quality and weight, with the better quality BB’s being recommended to avoid gun issues. The most commonly used weight would be 0.20g and 0.25g. As a rule, the higher the weight, the more accurate the BB (outside) but the less distance it will travel.

Some guns shoot 8mm BB’s but these are scarce and generally not accepted for club games.

Two important rules to pay attention to in any game are:

Your Minimum Engagement Distance (MED). This is a safety rule and determines how close you can be to another player and still be allowed to fire.
The Hit Rules – What happens when you are hit. You must be aware of what you need to do once you are hit. It may be as simple as walking back to base to re-spawn or there my be more complicated medic rules with limited lives involved.

Failing to correctly follow MED’s or hit rules are the top reasons for disagreements during game play or forfeiting a win.

The rest of the rules for a game usually related to the objectives that the game is specifically designed around. These might include:

The boundary of the playing area
How many players can be in a certain position at any one time
Where bases can be set up
Rules for transporting props/flags during game play
In game trading with mercenaries or special players
How much ammo or health you can carry in the game
The securing of props or special sites

If you are ever unsure of a rule, please check with a game organizer, marshal or your squad leader if you have one. It is better to ask than do something wrong and compromise your ability to win the game or negatively affect the flow of the game for other players.

First time players are recommended to wear long sleeves, pants and footwear with some level of grip as they are likely to be walking on uneven ground or up and down bushy slopes. We also recommend wearing a beanie, hat or hoody if you are concerned about head shots. It’s is better to come over prepared and choose to remove items if you wish than to come under prepared and wish you’d covered up more.

Wear a full face mask (optional for adult players) and/or Airsoft high impact safety spec/goggles are the bare minimum.

Other items to bring would be food and drink to last the day. Most sites do not have water available or nearby shops so bring plenty of food for lunch and snacks. It can get very hot in the bush over summer so ensure you bring enough water to keep you well hydrated. Veteran players often wear hydration packs to carry water for easy hydration.

Some cash is also a good idea, just in case you want to buy more BB’s or join the club. ATM’s are not available in the field 🙂

Outdoor Airsoft is mostly played on privately owned land, usually an area of farmland that is uncultivated or not suitable for running livestock. These areas are usually bush or treed blocks.

Some commercial paintball fields also permit clubs to hire their fields but this can be expensive and is usually saved as a treat or for special events.

Indoor Airsoft can be played at several CQB (Close Quarters Battle) Arenas run by commercial businesses.

Safety is critical when handling any sort of gun – even an airsoft one. While they may utilize plastic BBs and not lead or another metal, they can still cause injuries and damage. It is important to remember these safety guidelines when it comes to airsoft gun ownership and usage:

  • 1. Cover up. This includes clothing your entire body, including your legs and arms. Wear the required safety equipment. Cover your eyes with protective eyewear and wear a mask and helmet at all times.
  • 2. Practice safe handling. Do not blind shoot on the field and, as with a real firearm, always point your airsoft gun in a safe direction when you are not shooting it. Unload/disarm your airsoft gun when it is not in use.
  • 3. Keep children away from your airsoft guns when they are not in use, and if kids are playing with the guns, be sure to supervise them.
  • 4. Play with your airsoft gun away from other people who could interfere and get injured.
  • 5. Take care of your airsoft gun. Clean the barrel after usage and regularly clean the body of it.
  • 6. If an opponent surrenders during an airsoft “battle,” cease shooting.

FPS stands for “Feet Per Second”, the standard measurement of the power of a gun. This is measured on a specific BB weight so it can be related to other Airsoft guns on the field or a scale that determines if the gun can be used at an event or what safety requirements the player must observe. Common BB measuring weights are 0.20g and 0.25g.

For example, the higher the FPS, the further away the player may have to be from their target. Generally guns are upgraded to provide the player with greater range so this is not an issue. If you want to tag players closer, you don’t need a high-powered gun.

This is also why many players with high-powered guns (like snipers) also carry a low-powered sidearm. If a target gets too close to tag safely with the high powered gun they switch to their low-powered sidearm.

For safety reasons, many clubs will limit the amount of power guns may have on their field.

Clubs might not all use the same FPS ratings as these can be influenced by the size, layout and cover provided by their personal playing fields. This is why it is always best to check with a club (usually on their game post) to be certain your tagger is correctly powered for the game you would like to attend. Also ensure you know what weight the club measures it’s FPS at!

Some guns have features that allow them to have their power easily adjusted and this allows players to use one gun across a wide range of fields or game types.

MED stands for “Minimum Engagement Distance”. This is the closest you are permitted to be to another player and still be allowed to pull the trigger. As the BB’s are quite light weight they decelerate quickly. By allowing a certain distance between the player and the target we allow time for the BB to lose energy so it hits the target with less force. The more powerful the gun, the greater the MED. This works well with gaming as high powered guns are favored by snipers who are trying to hit targets further away anyway.

As MED’s are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all players, any player who engages too close is usually reprimanded and may be asked to leave the field. Some clubs require players to prove their ability to accurately judge distances before they are permitted to use a high powered tagger.

In CQB (Close Quarters Battles) there are no MED’s. For this reason the guns tend to be low powered and the players are fully covered with head protection, vest and other safety gear.

Generally you will feel and/or hear the BB hit you. If it is on bare skin you will feel a quick sting. This is lessened by clothing or tactical gear. The sound of a BB hitting tactical gear is quite distinctive.

In some cases, if the BB were to hit a well padded area in the thick of a noisy firefight it may not be heard or felt. This is where it is up to the players to be extra honest or vigilant. If you think you may have been hit, call it. If you see another player clearly hit, call it.

The most common configuration involves a battery powered motor turning a gearbox which in turn uses a piston to compress air. These guns are called AEG’s (Automatic Electric Gun). SEG’s are also available, these use the same system but only fire once per trigger pull, (Semi-Automatic Electric Gun). The batteries used are rechargeable NiMH or Li-Poly packs, not your flashlight-like battery.

Gas is the next most popular option and is commonly used in pistols and sniper rifles. Gas is stored in the magazine or an internal cartridge along with the BB’s. The BB loads into the barrel and the gas ejects it from the gun. High end shotguns and grenade options also use gas.

Spring powered guns are usually entry-level quality and are slow to fire as they require a cocking action for each shot. Two styles of guns that benefit from the simple spring action is the pump-action shotgun or the single-shot sniper rifle.

Just like speed, the range of airsoft guns varies, too. Pistols, which normally have a slower FPS but more accuracy, have a shorter range that is more around 160 feet. Rifles, which normally have higher FPS but lower accuracy, offer a range of over 300 feet.

The maximum range you’ll find in an airsoft gun is approximately 400 feet, but you won’t find this that often and most ranges will be in between 150 and 325 feet.

First and foremost, before digging into speeds, what is important to remember when it comes to the speed of airsoft guns is that a faster feet per second (FPS) does not always equal a better gun. It is typically thought that pistols with less power offer greater accuracy, so just because a gun has a higher FPS, that does not automatically make it a better choice. As you might expect, the speed at which different airsoft guns fire varies greatly.

Sniper rifles and other top-tier airsoft guns can fire around 550 FPS, whereas the minimum firing speed is approximately 180 FPS. Typical airsoft pistols come with a speed between 200 and 300 FPS. Simply stated, FPS will vary between 180 and 550. Note that there may be limits on FPS depending on where you’re using your gun.

In North America, most indoor fields allow a maximum of 350 FPS and outdoor limits are typically capped around 500 FPS for safety reasons.

All Airsoft guns fire BBs though air compression. However, there are various ways airsoft guns can function. Airsoft guns can be spring, electric, or gas powered. Each gun type has its pros and cons.

They are a special type of low-power smoothbore air guns designed to shoot non-metallic spherical projectiles often colloquially (but incorrectly) referred to as “BBs”, which are typically made of (but not limited to) plastic or biodegradable resin materials.

Airsoft gun power-plants are designed to have low muzzle energy ratings (generally less than 1.5 J, or 1.1 ft⋅lb) and the pellets have significantly less penetrative and stopping powers than conventional airguns, and are generally safe for competitive sporting and recreational purposes if proper protective gear is worn.

Depending on the design mechanism for pellet propulsion, airsoft guns can be categorized into two groups:

  1. mechanical, which consists of a coil spring-loaded piston air pump that is either manually cocked (e.g. spring guns) or automatically cycled by a battery-powered electric motor gearbox (e.g. AEGs)
  2. Pneumatic, which operates by valve-controlled release of pre-filled bottled gas such as compressed propane mixed with silicone oil (commonly known as “Green Gas”) or CO2 canisters (e.g. GBB guns- Gas BlowBack).

As toy weapons, airsoft guns can often be designed to realistically resemble genuine firearms in external appearance, and it can be very difficult to visually distinguish from one despite the orange muzzle tips.

The parts of airsoft guns vary depending on the type of gun, but in general they will be similar to real firearms components. In other words, an airsoft pistol will generally have the same parts of a real pistol, such as a flashlight, lasers, a metal slide, and an on/off switch.

An airsoft rifle, on the other hand, will likely have a detachable magazine that can hold multiple rounds, a sling, a hop-up, and a speedloader. An automatic electric gun (AEG) comes with a piston head that is mounted on the body of the piston, and most AEGs also feature an anti-reversal latch that limit the gears from turning in more than one direction.

This depends on the velocity or Feet Per Second (FPS) of the gun and the density of the glass. A spring-powered gun that shoots at a low FPS, for example, likely won’t break durable glass. However, it may shatter thin glass. On the other hand, an AEG that shoots at 400+ FPS may very well break thicker glass.

We recommend extreme caution when shooting around glass as that may cause fragments to ricochet back in your direction. Always wear adequate eye protection when operating an airsoft gun.

Short answer, NO. Airsoft guns use BB ammunition that is 6mm and 8mm in diameter, while BBs gun use 4,5mm in diameter or .177 caliber steel (metal BBs). This is the main reasons why you can’t use metal BBs in an airsoft gun. Since the metal BBs is smaller than airsoft barrel, the projectile are not able to fly more than a few feet because the gun wouldn’t fully develop high pressure inside the barrel.

Based on research, and experience these are three problems that could occur if you shoot metal BBs with airsoft gun:

  • Metal BBs can damage within the gun and magazine:  First of all, airsoft are not designed to take in metal BBs, shooting them wouldn’t be a problem at first, but later on, you will notice it wouldn’t perform well when you first got it. The problem metal BBs can do is damage the inner side of the gun, it could wear and tear inside the barrel would weaken the accuracy and could lead an expensive repair.
  • Airsoft are not powerful to fire metal BBs: There is another factor which how powerful the gun is. In theory, if you switch 4,5mm metal bbs to 6mm metal bbs it would be possible to shoot, but in practice, it doesn’t work that way. Metal BBs are denser compared to plastic. First, it could be very dangerous if somebody gets hit because it can cause fatal wounds . The second that could happen the projectile would fly much shorter because the gun is not designed to fire heavy projectile.
  • It might enter a place where it shouldn’t be: I mentioned earlier that using metal BBs (4,5mm) is not a good idea and I’m going to tell you why. Airsoft use air pressure to send BBs out of the barrel, if the projectile is too small it might sit inside the barrel instead getting out of the barrel, and in the worst scenario if you continue to pull on the trigger, you would likely jam and perhaps damage components such as bucking, air nozzle or even the cylinder head.

Always read the instruction manual and their recommendations thoughtfully before using them. By doing this, you avoid damaging your airsoft and save your money.

Some people believe that the realistic appearance of an airsoft gun replica is a deterrent useful for self-defense. However, Airsoft Guns lack the power to stop an attacker. There are many other options for self-defense that are proven effective in a threatening situation. Here are some popular examples:

Tactical flashlight

It can be a considerable advantage if you are walking in the night and someone is chasing you. If you don’t have pepper spray, a tactical flashlight can be used. You want it to be small so that you can carry in your pocket every day. The flashlight needs to be at least 120 lumens to get the job done. Lumens is how much light is the output. You don’t want to have a compact flashlight with many buttons to push, in a dangerous situation you want a flashlight that has to push on/off switch. That is all you need.

Self-defense Technique

From their perspective you may look unarmed, but little did they know you can use self-defense moves which caught them off guard. It’s helpful, and you would be able to take them down without using deadly force. If you see the attacker touches you or escape is not an option, the best thing to do is shout and push back. This signal for help and let the attacker know you are not an easy target. If this doesn’t work, try to aim the body part that damage easily which is the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee and legs or use things in your environment for your advantage such as hold a key or pen or even throw sand in their eyes if you are outdoors.

Taser gun or Stun Gun

If you are a person that doesn’t like hurting human being but also want to protect yourself a taser gun is up to the task. It’s a great tool to prevent them from doing any dangerous without hurting or cause permanent injury to them. Taser guns are handy, easy to carry around and light without adding extra weight on you.

When using either taser gun or stun gun you want to fire it accurately to maximize the effects. It would be best if you aimed any area between the base of the next and the waist, this is area is big, making it easy targeted. Once you hit the target be sure to hold the trigger for at least 3 seconds or more. The taser guns are more efficient if you hold the trigger longer.

Pepper Spray

It can be painful to get hit by airsoft BBs, but the pain will last in the short term. Unlike airsoft guns, pepper spray continues to burn, making them unable to see or attacking you. Pepper spray would give you time to run away to call the police or put them down to the ground. However, it can be difficult to aim if you see them wearing over their eyes. For me, this would be the best self-defense because they wouldn’t expect it.

Club or Baseball Bat

Another solution is to have a bat if someone tried to rob your home. It’s an excellent tool for self-defense. Not only is it reliable, easy to learn for self-defense but it’s cheaper than an airsoft gun. You can get one or two-handed baseball depending on the length you wish to have. Most people prefer to have an aluminum Tee Ball bat because it’s lighter, short and quick to swing.

In the UK there are currently certain restrictions on the possession of airsoft replicas, which came in with the introduction of the ASBA (Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003) Amendments, prohibiting the possession of any firearms replica in a public place without good cause (to be concealed in a gun case or container only, not to be left in view of public at any time).

According to Section 36 of the VCRA (Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006) which came into effect on 1 October 2007, RIF’s (Realistic Imitation Firearms) may not be sold, imported, or manufactured.[55] Unrealistic imitation firearms (IF’s) must have their principal color as transparent, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright blue, bright green, bright pink, or bright purple or have dimensions of no more than a height of 38 millimetres and a length of 70 millimetres (as defined in the Home Office regulations for the VCRA).

Exceptions to the act are available for the following: a museum or gallery theatrical performances and rehearsals of such performances the production of films and television programs the organization and holding of historical re-enactments crown servants.[56] The notes for the VCRA state the following:

“The regulations provide for two new defenses. The first is for the organization and holding of airsoft skirmishing. This is defined by reference to “permitted activities” and the defense applies only where third party liability insurance is held in respect of the activities.”

“The defense for airsoft skirmishing can apply to individual players because their purchase of realistic imitation firearms for this purpose is considered part of the “holding” of a skirmishing event.”

The airsoft defense is based on whether or not a person is a skirmisher. One of the measures put in place by retailers was the forming of a centrally recorded and maintained database. This system is managed by the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association or UKARA.

UKARA shares the database of registered skirmishers with the member retailers allowing verification that the purchaser is allowed to buy a RIF under the VCRA skirmisher defense. To qualify for the UKARA database, a person must skirmish three or more times over a period of at least 56 days, and typically at one site.

The airsoft site they register at must hold Public Liability Insurance. It is an offense for anyone under 18 to purchase an airsoft gun (realistic or otherwise) or to sell one to a person under 18. Gifting is not an offense, therefore a person over 18 can buy one for a minor.

Following an amendment to the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which came into effect on 2 May 2017, airsoft guns (realistic or otherwise) are defined in UK law by the muzzle kinetic energy with which they are capable of firing a projectile, and are exempted from firearms legislation.

An airsoft gun firing a projectile with a muzzle kinetic energy greater than the ones outlined in the PCA 2017 is no longer considered to be an airsoft gun and falls under firearms legislation.

The specified muzzle kinetic energies are 1.3 joules for any automatic gun (which is capable of discharging two or more missiles successively without repeated pressure on the trigger) and 2.5 joules for all other guns.

Please ensure you comply with your local and federal regulations for airsoft gun ownership and use.

Airsoft guns are not illegal or heavily restricted in Canada. Under the Canadian Firearms Program, Airsoft guns resembling with near precision an existing make and model of an arm, other than an antique arm, and with a muzzle velocity below 366 feet per second, are considered replica arms and therefore are prohibited devices.

Models resembling antique arms may be allowed. Generally, antique arms are those manufactured before 1898. Individuals may keep replica guns they owned on 1 December 1998 and no license is required, however the import or acquisition of replica firearms is prohibited.

If the replica firearm is taken out of Canada it will not be allowed back in.

Air guns (other than replicas) with a minimum muzzle velocity of 111.6 m/s (366 ft/s) and maximum muzzle velocity of 152.4 m/s (500 ft/s) or a maximum muzzle energy of 5.7 joules (4.2 foot-pounds) are exempt from licensing, registration, and other requirements; and from penalties for possessing an arm without a valid license or registration certificate but are considered a firearm under the Criminal Code if used to commit a crime.

Airsoft guns that exceed both the maximum velocity and maximum muzzle energy are subject to the same license, registration, and safe handling requirements that apply to conventional firearm.

A Airsoft (bb) gun may be imported if it meets the required markings. An airsoft gun that is obviously a child’s toy, i.e. made out of clear plastic, that fires only a very light pellet (less than 2g) no faster than 152.4 m/s (500 ft/s) would not be classified as a firearm under the Canadian Firearms Act.

In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, the minimum age to purchase an airsoft gun is 18. Children under that age are still able to use airsoft guns but only if supervised by someone over 18.

Overseas/international retailers may sell Canadian-ready guns, or offer services to make them meet Canada’s requirements.

On February 16th, 2021, BILL C-21, “An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms)” was introduced.

While the proposed changes are to “combat intimate partner and gender-based violence and self-harm involving firearms, fight gun smuggling and trafficking, help municipalities create safer communities, give young people the opportunities and resources they need to resist lives of crime, protect Canadians from gun violence, and subject owners of firearms prohibited on May 1, 2020 to non-permissive storage requirements, should they choose not to participate in the buyback program,” –

It also aims to change the criminal code on airsoft guns (known as uncontrolled firearms or “mid velocity replicas”). The bill would make all airsoft guns full replicas and aims to “Ensure mid-velocity ‘replica’ firearms are prohibited” by: Update the Criminal Code to ensure that any device, including an unregulated airgun that looks exactly like a conventional regulated firearm (i.e., shoots over 500 feet per second), is prohibited for the purposes of import, export, sale and transfer.

Current owners may keep their ‘replicas’ but cannot transfer them to anyone else. No further ‘replica’ firearms could be imported into, or sold/transferred in Canada. This amendment does not affect other types of airguns that do not exactly replicate a conventional regulated firearm.

The bill is still being debated and has not yet passed any level of legislation. The Conservative Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party however, along with at least 2 Liberals, have shown opposition to this section of the bill, recognizing it as a safe recreational activity. Jack Harris of the NDP has stated “Banning of airsoft rifles is putting them in the same category as prohibited weapons and that is wrong.”

Shannon Stubbs stated “The Liberals are actually imposing a ban on airsoft and a partial ban on paintball. Any rational common sense person can see that toy guns are not responsible for shootings causing deaths in Canadian cities. Criminals and gangs with illegal guns are tragically ending the lives of Canadians while this provision and C-21’s ends hundreds of livelihoods, legacies and jobs and outlaws an entirely harmless hobby enjoyed by more than 60,000 Canadians.”

Charlottetown Liberal MP Sean Casey said to the CBC there are good reasons to include replica firearms in Bill C-21, but he believes that the bill as it stands goes too far by saying “It isn’t just the military-style assault replicas that are being banned by this bill; it’s anything that resembles a firearm … An airsoft replica of a hunting rifle is banned, and that’s wrong and that’s overreaching.”

As the bill was going into the committee stage, he continued with “It’s at that stage where those in the airsoft business will have an opportunity to come before the public safety committee to lay out their concerns, to suggest changes to make the bill better and quite frankly, I hope that their input will result in some common-sense changes to the bill.”

Please ensure you comply with your local and federal regulations for airsoft gun ownership and use.

Importation of airsoft guns (referred officially as toy models by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection), regardless of their legal status by state, requires an Australian Customs B709 Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification Form.

These forms can be obtained from the relevant state’s police department, however some states may require operators hold a valid license for the class of firearm wished to import before the forms will be issued even though airsoft possession is generally not considered a valid reason for obtaining a firearms license.

In light of these prohibitions on airsoft guns, Gel Ball Blasters are legal in some states and territories in Australia.

As a general rule, the following types of airsoft guns are illegal in all states:

  1. Guns capable of fully automatic fire.
  2. Guns that outwardly resemble a sub-machine gun or machine pistol.

In addition, each state has its own legislation regarding possession and use of airsoft guns:

New South Wales Airsoft is regulated in New South Wales under the Firearms Act 1996 that classifies them as firearms, which the New South Wales Police do not allow for any reason.

Victoria Airsoft articles are not permitted in Victoria under the Victorian Legislation, and Victoria Police Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD) will not issue any authorization for their importation on the basis that “no genuine reason exists to own them, because there is no approved range in Victoria to undertake these war games” and “their militaristic appearance also plays a part in their perceived undesirability”.

Queensland Airsoft weapons, under current state legislation, irrespective of muzzle velocity, cannot be lawfully possessed in Queensland. As airsoft guns cannot be used in Queensland lawfully it cannot be imported into Queensland.

South Australia Changes to South Australian law (in particular the Firearms Amendment Act 2008) mean that airsoft guns with a muzzle velocity of less than 53 m/s (175 ft/s) are considered “regulated imitation firearms”, while those guns exceeding this limit are considered real firearms. In practice, both types fall under the same licensing and storage requirements, as “regulated imitations” are considered de facto firearms by law; furthermore, they are considered to belong to the class of firearm they imitate — for example, a Marushin M1 Carbine would be considered a Class D firearm, as it imitates a semi-automatic center-fire rifle. Regardless of this, South Australian Police will refuse to register an airsoft gun.

Western Australia Airsoft articles are prohibited in Western Australia and Western Australian Police will not issue any authorization for their importation.

Northern Territory Paintball guns are allowed in the Northern Territory, and all other airsoft firearms are legal with the right firearms license.

Australian Capital Territory The ACT is governed by the Australian Federal Police; all airsoft guns that resemble semiautomatic or automatic military rifles or shotguns adapted for military purpose are considered prohibited weapons, as are an imitation or replica of any firearm (including an imitation or replica pistol, shortened firearm, machine gun or submachine gun) unless it is of a type approved by the Registrar.

Tasmania Due to the nature of the sport of airsoft (as with paintball) it is classified as a “war game” which is defined in the Firearms Act 1996 as a simulated military exercise or similar activity in which a firearm is used or carried by a person. Section 119 of the Firearms Act 1996 (TAS) prohibits a person from taking part in, allowing, causing, assisting or advertising or promoting any war games. As a result, war games such as paintball and airsoft are prohibited in Tasmania. It has previously been established that an airsoft gun would be categorized as an air rifle or air pistol for which a Category A (air rifle) or Category H (air pistol) firearms license would be required.

However, the Firearms Act does not provide for an appropriate “genuine reason” to possess a firearm for airsoft activities; therefore, an airsoft gun would not be able to be registered in Tasmania, as the applicant could not provide a satisfactory reason for wanting to own and possess the firearm. In short, the playing of the sport of airsoft and the possession of airsoft guns in Tasmania is currently banned, and that position will most likely not change in the near future