Airsoft BB Guns
Although there is some distinction, a lot of time there is confusion between "airsoft" and "bb" guns. While airsoft BB guns do exist, since any small round ball of munition can be technically considered a "BB", the terms are often used to distinguish between metal and plastic shot and occasionally weaponry.
Airsoft BB pellet Guns
Plastic shot is typically associated with airsoft. Plastic shot is much more lightweight than metal shot, which gives it the potential to fly further, but may be less accurate. The lightweight of plastic bullets makes them susceptible to wind and other environmental forces, potentially making them harder to aim. In the same vein, airsoft weapons were once largely considered to be plastic items. While advances in the production of airsoft have led to the incorporation of many metal parts in these weapons (especially in the functional, moving parts) they are still largely associated with plastic and usually feature plastic parts at least as a casing.
BB guns sometimes incorporate plastics but usually feature metal working parts, giving them a high degree of reliability and a simplistic, low maintenance design. Traditionally, the term BB refereed to the round metal balls fired by BB guns. While somewhat usurped by the advent of airsoft bb guns, traditional metal BB's are still sold and remain an important part of skirmish and other types of simulated live fire sports. Many enthusiasts prefer the weight and realism offered by metal BB guns. The metal BB bullet also features a much higher degree of accuracy than plastic bullets. Composed of steel, they offer much more density and therefore weight than plastic shot. This makes them significantly less prone to wind and environmental influence, while simultaneously providing a much more realistic firing experience.
BB guns, be they airsoft BB guns or "traditional" BB guns, continue to offer their enthusiasts an exciting outlet for high performance weaponry suitable for sport, firearms training and even self defense purposes. These weapons continue to excel in performance and aesthetics, providing enthusiasts and casual users alike with interesting, fun to own and fun to fire replica and original guns.
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