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Can Airsoft Guns Teach Children Safety?

Sep 16, 2008
What's the fuss about airsoft guns? The mother asks, "Why is Anthony nagging me to get him an airsoft gun. Aren't they dangerous? I heard that you could put an eye out with those little bb pellets! Why would any mother want their son to have one?"

What are those colored paint spots on our garage door? Could they be airsoft paint ball splatters for some neighbor hood child shooting at our house? I quickly learned that the airsoft 6mm paintballs are water soluable and they wash off with the hose and water.

What kind of an airsoft Gun should you start off your child with? The spring airsoft pistol - price ranges from $3.00 to $25.00, and an automatic rifle like the M83 priced from $40.00 to $100. You can also get the pump shotgun which is spring powered priced from $15 - $35.00. The young person needs to learn good air-soft gun etiquette and safe shooting skill.

As a mother, I research the Internet and found out that there were three types of Airsoft guns to start off a child with: A Spring pistol that you cock yourself, or maybe the spring loaded rifle that is powered by cocking a spring. You could also choose a battery-powered pistol where you recharge the battery and then the air-soft gun shoots automatically. Gun safety learned at an early age will help the child all his or her life.

Airgun recreational parks and ranges are springing up in rural areas because families like to play the outdoor war games with airsoft guns. Some of the airsoft fun parks rent airsoft guns and sell the 6mm BB's ammo. You will also need to rent or buy face masks to protect your eyes and face from getting hit with the Airsoft BB's.

What to do about those ugly 6mm little plastic airsoft BB's all over the lawn and yard? At the Portland gun show I attended with my husband and I saw where they were selling the bio-degradable bb's. That will solve the pollution of all that ammo scattered in the yard.

You need to think about protecting yourself and your face from those BB's flying over 300 fps. Those little round plastic balls can almost break the skin when they hit the bare flesh. You gotta have safety protection. Some people us only safety shooting glasses, while other use a goggle to cover the eyes, and the most safety conscious use the full face mask - just like they use in Paint ball competition.

Children can learn gun safety using air-soft guns. With the look and feel of real guns, they will soon get over the curiosity and discomfort of handling these weapons. Children learn quickly, and working with them to practice airsoft gun safety will stay with them throughout life.
About the Author
Chris L. Martinelli writes articles for paintball and air soft gun gamers alike, and during his real-world time he writes articles on anti-virus and computer registry topics.
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