Questions about the sport of airsoft.
Airsoft is a term for a class of air-powered projectile markers, typically firing a spherical capsule of paint or coated pellet that leaves a mark on its target on impact. The sport is related to the U.S. game of paintball, but was originally developed in Japan with the main goal of providing explicit military and police scenario simulation, as opposed to paintball's more recreational basic game of "capture the flag".
Airsoft pellets are of smaller caliber than the eponymous "paintballs" used in Airsoft's sister sport, and the Airsoft player typically carries fewer pellets than in most forms of paintball, instead placing a higher emphasis on the accuracy of each shot. The markers often resemble real military firearms, again owing to the origins of the sport as a military simulation, and the projectile speeds from an Airsoft marker are higher than the "field-legal" 280fps enforced at most paintball fields; depending on the type of weapon and the scenario, airsoft pellets typically start at about 330fps, and can be field legal in certain situations at up to 550fps.
Similar to paintball, Airsoft requires players to wear protective face gear in the form of a mask and goggles, to avoid injury to these sensitive areas of the body. Hard-shelled vests are also common. Despite this, bruises and welts are a common incidental injury involved in playing Airsoft, as are many injuries related to running and sliding, such as sprained ankles and broken legs.