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Paintball vs Airsoft (the truth)? Maybe :)....

would you ever consider playing Airsoft too?


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Richard (Boots)

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I've only just come back to tournament paintball last after a 15 year hiatus and in that time I got Into airsoft through my old team captain . It is a more relaxed day out or night out and some of the best days play I've had was at night in an old laboratory on a Wed evening CQB . There are people that take it very seriously with uniforms and such but it's still a great day out with mates .
Paintball I find is more competitive the rush of 30 seconds points is like no other but the body is weak and I will end up airsofting more when my body can't keep up with mind .
 
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Mikee2793

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Not played air soft but I know someone who has/does and they said why am I playing paintball?! Haha I do like the idea of the proof of the paint, turning someone yellow kinda proves you hit them haha open to both though see why people prefer one to the other
 

Kieran Todd

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i have been paint balling a couple times and i have seen videos of air soft but i have no idea why but i have always been more interested in paintball.
 

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Three of the uk preds and some very experienced paintballers recently entered an airsoft tournament to promote some new valken products. None of us had played airsoft before and on arrival it did seem like we had entered an army camp. People took it very seriously and we treated it as a bit if a joke. After the first round where we had shot only one player after wandering around for 15 minutes and not seeing anyone we decided to just do what we normally would and just run at a team and work our way around the field. This worked much better and we kept getting lots of kills per round. I gave to say the honesty rule of declaring your hits just does not work. There was one team ( who entered two teams ) that everyone said was cheating the whole day. And they were. I personally shot 5 of them in one game and none of them took their hits that sucked. I then found that if you called your shots and were quite vocal then they walked. The marshalls didn't like this and warned me ???? On the whole some nice enough people with some exceptions. But then just like paintball I guess. We came 3rd out of I think 15. Just missing out on 2nd by one point thanks to sosta losing us a point fir being mouthy :)
Not bad for a team who had never played airsoft before. I said I'd never do it again because of the amount of cheating that went on. But I've just been asked to do another airsoft tournament in September, slightly different format as it's team against team this time. I'm gonna go do it and win this time then retire from airsoft forever on a winning note.
It's just not paintball!
 

STONESOLDIER

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I have never played a tournament in the years I have been playing always skirmish days, You do get the odd cheater but the majority are usually very honest, when people find out you play paintball as well tent to think you cheat a lot so end up cheating if they get into a battle with you, We don't mention the P word when we go :censored:

I guess when it goes to tournaments there is a lot on the line and its to easy to cheat with no visible mark on you

The tournaments have read about are usually just correct entering buildings and time based military tactics

what was the objective of your tournament?
 

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I have never played a tournament in the years I have been playing always skirmish days, You do get the odd cheater but the majority are usually very honest, when people find out you play paintball as well tent to think you cheat a lot so end up cheating if they get into a battle with you, We don't mention the P word when we go :censored:

I guess when it goes to tournaments there is a lot on the line and its to easy to cheat with no visible mark on you

The tournaments have read about are usually just correct entering buildings and time based military tactics

what was the objective of your tournament?
All 15 teams on the field at once in set positions. Then you had to go find the other teams and shoot them. Each person carried a card and when shot they had to bring the card to you. This they did very slowly. The team with two teams obviously joined together which no one liked. We just ran to the edge of the field and kept moving on to other teams. Most teams just stayed where they were and dug in. Which to me seemed stupid because that just relied on people walking into you. The difference in tactics from the paintballers to the airsofters was vast. And if we hadn't ballsed up the first round then I think we could have won quite easily. I think the team v team one coming up will suit us better. Time will tell
 

STONESOLDIER

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Mmmmm ok

I have found that if you have paintball skills your already a Airsoft veteran, The Airsofters don't usually understand snap shooting or swapping hands, they would rather stand out in the open than swap

You should try and me and ledz one day on a normal skirmish site
 

danlaws1895

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Hey all!
So I'm not new to paintball... I spent a good ten years playing rec-ball and speedball. I had the honour of being part of the planet Factory team for a couple of occasions as a reserve player so even got to mow through a millennium event now and again.

Just returning now after a small break of 10 years after deciding to have a break playing Airsoft....Yes I said Airsoft.

Any player that plays PB will have heard in some manor about Airsoft.
It seems PB and airsoft are always bumping heads... seemingly. PB players throwing low opinions about Airsoft players and likewise the other side to PB.

I myself have the utmost respect for both fields. having played both fields.

I think going to airsoft from PB was a benefit rather than starting straight to airsoft from nothing.as I played at a full pace and an aggressive manor due to my traingin and playing through PB at a casual and then a semi Pro level. The training days of practicing snap shooting and switching and sliding and Diving deffientaly were an advantage in those senario games :)

From day one playing Airsoft I was blown away by the biggest difference of all in Airsoft... The players attitudes....Airsoft is....wait for it....actually pretty fun! **** no? really? yep really!

"Airsoft is for dicks who take everything super serious and tactical!"

Although many of the player of airsoft have had some kind of military background in some way shape form or manor. There is indeed a level or Seriousness in-game. But that being said, Airsoft is so laid back you mother would wonder what you were smoking when you got home. Not ingame! Oh No. There is a hard and punishing level of play... just like a paintball field. You let your guard down for a moment and you could be getting sprayed from multiple angles... or grenaded in a heartbeat. But the moment the game is played, the second it finishes...the players are all smiles and happy and interacting with the other teams in such a friendly and brotherly (or sisterly) environment.

I manage to grenade a room and storm through it to take out a full team of 7. Admittedly I caught one of the guys in the face from close range and I felt a bit ****ty about it. so I stopped to help the guy up and apologised. And he was fine about it. I got shot by someone else for doing so and I was fine about it too. At the end of the game every one of the opposition team came straight to me (admittedly I thought for a second I was going to get punched out..hehe) They gave me so much respect and praise for rushing them alone and for stopping to help another player.

That's how most airsofters are! It's not stupidly serious and at no point did anyone ever start crying about a lost point or a cheater.

"It's easier to cheat in Airsoft!"
Yes and no. In any sport there are cheaters. small ones and stupidly go **** yourself BIG ones!

Due to the fact that airsoft is played using 6mm plastic ball bearings. there is not proof of paint. Sure in Paintball you get hit and if the paint breaks it's easy to see the paint. Unless wiped....

Airsoft due to this is more honesty based. you get shot you put your hand up to get a medic. or you walk over to the respawn. Not a big deal. Well not to most. there's always someone who thinks they're a Terminator and immune to bb's. Even after a hail of bb's hits them again they'll still carry on. And that's when the marshall's get involved. Players get warnings. and players get sent off the game. Hell as in Paintball. players call get thrown offsite and even banned,

The difference being that with Airsoft you don't have to wear a mask. just glasses. so people now what you actually look like and you can find yourself not being liked anywhere you play. (Eg.. Earl at unreal airsoft.)

I think this is what make an airsoft different from Paintball. Players are happier to admit they are hit. It gets them more respect. Winning a game only to lose the respect of the other players and team mates is worth ****.

I'm never going to say it's perfect as we all know some games never go the way they are planned. but hell if it was perfect why play?

So why did you leave Paintball?

I have to be honest People. the main reason for me moving away from paintball wasn't the price of Kit, or paint....or even the washing bill! It was the way that players played and treated other players on the field.

My fondest memories of paintball were slowly more commonly being replaced with flashbacks of a couple of my team mates screaming out to marshall's in friendly events about checking hoppers and checking feet etc.... I literally started to get more angry at my team mates that that guy that bunkered me and lit me up as I left the field.
I knew I had to get away from that view that no matter what a player is only there to win and not enjoy himself.

The one main threat to the game of paintball is not the Lack of sites, the cost of the markers, the changing rules and formats of gameplay....it's the stress of name calling, cheaters and the endless Negative feedback from other teams. I wanted out of that ****. and to bee honest when you live paintball. play paintball, work paintball...something gets lost....mostly the love of the game. And I hit that point.

I wanted out. Maybe not permanently, maybe forever. I just didn't know. But What I did know was that I still wanted to do something a little different in sport rather than 5 a side football or ****ing cricket or what ever other normal people did. That's when airsoft came in. And thankfully it came in when I needed it the most.


We're all not that different! (Common Enemies....)
We've all been through a lot over the years
. Both Paintball and airsft are viewed not as sports to the common person, but as past times. a backward aggressive sport played by people who can't play "normal" games. It;s a load of crap I know as do you. But the fact that both PB and Airsoft get this stigma should show you how similar both sports are.

Both Sports are frowned at by the government. True Paintball is less so due to the fact that AIrsoft Guns are replica based. Both sports at the basics are people shooting people with something that fires a possible damaging object at another person. And they don't like that. Because god forbid if someone were to go out and shoot someone in the streets! Which has happened in the past. and probably somewhere sometime still does. so because of the few the many end up getting a stigma against them for it. Painballers and Airsofter should look at each other as a united front against these stigmas to show them they are wrong. That both sports are an equal and entertaining sports as Football, or Rugby or dare I say it Snooker....

The goal of both games is the same. shoot....win. many of the training regiments in both sports are the same. If you can snap shoot, if you can Dive and slide. If your reactions are better than the oppisition. you're going to win. and this skills transfer over from both sports to the other. if you are good at paintball, you'll be good at airsoft. In the end. just like paintball. In airsoft it's not the kit that makes the player great....but the player and his skills.

I know this site!
another thing that might be noticable is the fact that many of the Paintball sites. and the airsoft sites are shared by both sports! sure the airsofters have some pretty snazzy sights like Tier 1 events and the Mall in Reading. but in general the sites are in the same types of areas. with the same designs and levels. even the safe zones are so similar the only difference are the weapons of choice.

Many Paintballers are airsofters too! or is it the other way around?
I live pretty close to a certain paintball manufacturer, that make unquestionably the best markers today. Many of the staff there, from the manufacturing area, right up to the MD himself, as well as playing Paintball, spend many a day playing Airsoft too! Seriously! If they can do both then really why would there be any question that so can everyone else!


So why come back?
I am in no way saying that Airsoft is better than Paintball. In fact I'd say that they are an even match. For different reasons. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. I would definitely recommend it for most Paintball Players.

Paintball is more mainstream than Airsoft. Paintball has that drive and speed that's sometimes lacking in airsoft. Both have values identical to one another. the players are dedicated and the sport is fun. And it is set apart from the more traditional sports. It's exiting!

I'm comfortable in Airsoft. As I was comfortable in Paintball.
I wanted to come back for one reason. I missed it :)

so to those of you that hate Airsofters. don't.

They aren't that different from you after all. I always said that to Airsofters when we used to talk about Paintball.

All I will say though is this. Don't go into Airsoft and treat it the same as Paintball. it's a different way of thinking. It'll knock you back. it'll change the way you see both Paintball and Airsoft. It may even see and appreciate the game you love so much.

I know it has for me.

Thanks all!! .It's good to be back!
See you on the field :)


ps. this is my first article so be kind....or not. :) let me know what you think :) And Please if you have any views on the differences or commonalities between the two sports just thrown it on!

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Maff
I peronally would love to play airsoft, seems very interesting. A little more milsim.