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My son does the airsoft battles weekly. And always rents a gun from whichever arena he's at. He's always said he wished he could get a airsoft like my colt m4. Just so happens I was able to find 1 fully metal that is licensed by colt. He doesn't know but I got it for him for Xmas this year. What I don't understand though is why does everyone shame kids having the airsoft guns but paintball guns are ok? In reality paintball gun's do more damage than the airsoft. Or at least leaves a bigger mark. If your child is responsible I don't see any harm in it. Pics below is my real colt m4 then soon to be his airsoft colt m4.
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Ignorance mostly. Airsoft guns look more realistic overall and they still look like those big scary ugly mega killer assault black rifle semi automatic with automatic clips and bomb chucking cylinders with flamethrowers guns thingys . 馃槑馃槣. And they鈥檙e racist too because they鈥檙e mostly black.
 

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Paintball guns (w/frozen paint balls) work very well at keeping deer and bears out of the garden and bird feeders...so I am told! :rolleyes:
 

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I have a green gas airsoft pistol like what I carry and use it as a foul weather practice pistol . I have a large room in our basement were I can hang an old think bed spread with a paper sihouette target pinned to it for practicing draw and fired drills from close retention out to 10 yards . Not the same as live fire but the draw and first round fired prurdy darm close .
 

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I have a green gas airsoft pistol like what I carry and use it as a foul weather practice pistol . I have a large room in our basement were I can hang an old think bed spread with a paper sihouette target pinned to it for practicing draw and fired drills from close retention out to 10 yards . Not the same as live fire but the draw and first round fired prurdy darm close .
I do lots of dry fire in my basement, utilizing printer sized targets. Not the same as live fire, for sure, but an excellent, inexpensive way to iron out technique.
 
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I don鈥檛 care about kids that want to play airsoft. It鈥檚 the adults that do it that I find weird.
 

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Who's shaming kids for airsoft guns? I enjoy playing airsoft with my kids and nephews.
I'm a big fan of airsoft for easy force-on-force scenarios. No expensive special equipment, just a $99 airsoft gun and a few pennies of BBs.
I use P365 for force-on-force scenarios with friends and the wife.
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I'm even teaching my kids how to fight under nods with airsoft.

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I don't personally do it, I go to the range to shoot with me living in the city. Just don't get why so many people shame on airsoft but paintball is ok.
Who's shaming kids for airsoft guns? I enjoy playing airsoft with my kids and nephews.
I'm a big fan of airsoft for easy force-on-force scenarios. No expensive special equipment, just a $99 airsoft gun and a few pennies of BBs.
I use P365 for force-on-force scenarios with friends and the wife.
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I'm even teaching my kids how to fight under nods with airsoft.

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Not specifically on here just in general. Even mentioning I was gonna get a clone of my m4 for my boy for Xmas. Few people gave that stink eye look. But then turn around dropping there midgets off to paintball tournaments. Just venting I guess
 

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Because airsoft guns look too much like the real ones. Didn't used to be a problem.
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I was really impressed when I opened it up. I didn't completely open it. But your right they are pretty spot on. I think I might even be able to put some of my extra furniture on the rails for him once he completely opens it. I have no real estate left on mine.
 

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A friend of mine's son and his friend were outside playing with a realist looking airsoft handgun. It was basically a replica of the real thing. I brought it to their attention and their parents attention that wasn't the smartest idea especially out on public neighborhood streets.

It's stuff like that that's behind why some people dislike kids with airsoft guns. There have been cases where kids brought them to school, there was a case where a kid was expelled for playing with one before his school bus came, and others who have been killed by L.E. or had L.E. called on them. I had a few kids about a month ago firing a fullauto airsoft gun at his friend's, and the pellets were hitting my car and others.
 

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A friend of mine's son and his friend were outside playing with a realist looking airsoft handgun. It was basically a replica of the real thing. I brought it to their attention and their parents attention that wasn't the smartest idea especially out on public neighborhood streets.

It's stuff like that that's behind why some people dislike kids with airsoft guns. There have been cases where kids brought them to school, there was a case where a kid was expelled for playing with one before his school bus came, and others who have been killed by L.E. or had L.E. called on them. I had a few kids about a month ago firing a fullauto airsoft gun at his friend's, and the pellets were hitting my car and others.
Paintballs can be shot just as much as plastic bbs. The guns may not look anything like a real one but you can inflict just as much damage/pain. Not all younger kids are immature when it comes to that. If your child is that irresponsible than don't get 1. Couple of my buddies wife's got wind I was getting my son 1 and it's been a little weird when I visit or whatever. My boy would go paintballing with most of the kids. Now he's not really into it anymore and likes the airsoft battles even more. It's just ridiculous the way I look at it. There already allowed to go paintballing so.. son is trying to get a team together with the kids that he knows and paintballed with but it's not panning out so well.
 

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Paintballs can be shot just as much as plastic bbs. The guns may not look anything like a real one but you can inflict just as much damage/pain. Not all younger kids are immature when it comes to that. If your child is that irresponsible than don't get 1. Couple of my buddies wife's got wind I was getting my son 1 and it's been a little weird when I visit or whatever. My boy would go paintballing with most of the kids. Now he's not really into it anymore and likes the airsoft battles even more. It's just ridiculous the way I look at it. There already allowed to go paintballing so.. son is trying to get a team together with the kids that he knows and paintballed with but it's not panning out so well.
I am not disagreeing with you. Just pointing out why it has gotten a bad name. Most people who do paint ball do it with gear on in a controlled environment. There are a lot of immature unsupervised kids who are misusing airsoft guns.
 

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I am not disagreeing with you. Just pointing out why it has gotten a bad name. Most people who do paint ball do it with gear on in a controlled environment. There are a lot of immature unsupervised kids who are misusing airsoft guns.
No I get it, even with airsoft battles though every arena requires face mask and chest plate. He got hit good at last Sundays battle
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but even that is nothing compared to getting hit with a paintball as far as leaving marks. As a parent you should know whether or not if your child is responsible enough. Trying to teach him young and the responsibility of having guns I think he's doing pretty well so far. Next chapter will be a small rifle, In time that is.
 
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