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What is Airsoft?
The sport of Airsoft started in Japan during the early 1980s, Where it is illegal to own most firearms.
There was a significant interest in firearms, so a company started producing spring-powered replicas that fired 6mm, plastic BBs.
During the latter part of the 1980s the sport migrated to neighboring countries such as Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Airsoft started appearing in North America and Europe during the middle of the 1990's.
Today there is some form of airsoft in most countries apart from those who unfortunately have had restrictions place upon them.
Airsoft is the hobby of collecting realistic, non-lethal, shooting firearms, either for display or for the purposes of skirmishing in friendly competition.
What do you shoot then?
Airsoft guns are 1:1 scale replicas of actual firearms that fire 6mm, round, plastic bullets commonly called "BBs".
These are propelled out of an airsoft gun using compressed air at approximately 1 joule of energy.
This is very low, As an example a Paintball requires about 10x the energy to fly at the same velocity.
It is impossible to modify an Airsoft replica to fire real ammunition.
How old must I be, before I can play?
In accordance with New Zealand Law, players must be at least 16+ with a Firearms Licence, or 18+ without, to use an Airsoft Weapon unsupervised.
Younger players are welcome to attend and have a go at the sport, but must be under direct adult supervision when handling an Airsoft Firearm.
Parental consultation is important to us when working with younger players, so when younger players want to play, we insist on discussing expectations with parents.
What do I need to start playing?
1. Eye/Face Protection
Without certified eye protection you cannot play, period. Full face protection is also recommended.
2. Sturdy Footwear
Preferrably with good ankle support, since we generally play over rough and uneven ground.
3. Sturdy Clothing
Generally in subdued colours, and sturdy enough to handle crawling through thick bush. Dress for the weather.
4. An Airsoft Gun
Either a Gas or Electric semi-automatic airsoft gun.
How much does it Cost?
The cost varies depending on how involved in the sport you become.
Total basic entry level setup cost $350.00 to $400.00
Club Uniform cost approx $150.00 to $200.00.
(Always get a club armourer's advice before you buy an airsoft weapon)
Note: There is usually a nominal field fee payable each time you play.
What if i have a gun already or no gun?
All airsoft guns must comply with club field limit regulations, please contact us if you're unsure before attending a game.
We can provide guns and face/eye protection free to new players on their first games, after that for a minimal cost.
Please ensure you let us know what you need well in advance, so we can reserve something for you.