Deciding Between Airsoft Guns, Paintball Guns, And Laser Tag Guns

Anthony CarterAug 12, 2009 | edited Aug 12, 2009 - by @AnthonyCarter

Shooting guns that are not nearly as dangerous (or fatal) as real guns is a popular and physically active hobby across the country. A few variations of shootings games consisting of shooting guns with alternative types of ammo at people have derived as a result. These games generally involve using airsoft guns, paintball guns, or laser tag guns in controlled environments.

Even though an airsoft gun offers the most advantages above the other two types, the kind of shooting game that is best for you will ultimately be up to your personal preferences.

These guns are known for looking like authentic guns, which makes airsoft games feel much more realistic than other shooting games. There is a very wide range of electric type guns on the market that are modeled on every style of gun. Among the best selling are replica AK47s and sniper rifles.

Shooting games involving paintball guns and laser tag guns simply can't compete with the realism offered by an airsoft gun. Even though there are a few different kinds of paintball guns, the fact that they shoot paint takes away from a realistic experience. Most limited would be laser tag guns, which normally must be rented and used within that laser tag establishment.

Even though mostly every shooting game consists mainly of teams combating against one another in a preset environment, the type of gun used will make a pretty big difference in the gaming experience. For example, shooting BBs through an airsoft gun feels very much like a real gunfight whereas laser tag fights don't feel very real at all considering you're being shot at with lasers that don't actually touch you; instead, they hit the targets on the unique gear worn in laser tag matches and either flash or sound and sometimes both to indicate a hit. Paintball guns are neither extremely realistic nor imaginary – shooting ammo that is in fact paint is somewhat a mixture of both worlds.

Price shouldn't be the most important factor when deciding on what type of shooting game you want to get involved in, but it's still something you have to think about if you want to make a cost effective choice. In addition to having much cheaper ammunition, an airsoft gun is normally less expensive than paintball guns.

You will spend approximately the same amount of money on 100 paintballs as you would on 1000 BBs, making paintball ammo roughly ten times more expensive than airsoft ammo. On the other hand, laser tag ammo doesn't cost anything at all, but it does get expensive when you can't buy the equipment and have to continuously rent it for one use at a time. In the end, you'll be making a much wiser investment by purchasing airsoft or paintball equipment.

Most people who have participated in airsoft matches have claimed its advantage over other option. It's pretty obvious that airsoft guns are a good choice when it comes to shooting games; though you will essentially participate in the shooting games you enjoy the most.

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Kenny Author Aug 23, 2010

Have you seen the guns that ikon-x put out? This is a laser tag/air soft combo and they look very real.

edited Aug 23, 2010 - by @Kenny28700
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