Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Airsoft?

Originally developed as a forces training aid, Airsoft skirmishing has evolved into a popular military simulation game utilising 1:1 exact replicas of real world firearms that fire 6mm plastic BBs at a range of up to 40 meters in full automatic mode.

What Is Airsoft Not?

Airsoft guns are designed for skirmish play and display purposes only. They are made solely to fire 6mm plastic BBs and are essentially toys. They will not fire metal projectiles and certainly cannot be converted to fire anything aside from plastic BBs.

What is Airsoft game play like?

Airsoft skirmishing can be compared to paintballing, but with less mess, much cheaper ammunition and much more realism. It is an honesty based system where a hit player will call him/herself out whilst being monitored by game marshals. Game styles can vary according to the skirmish site attended. Sites have been set up in woodland areas, disused airfields, wartime bunkers and even a retired shopping mall. Game scenarios can vary from simple capture the flag/last man standing games to tactical realism based missions such as VIP rescue, bomb defuse complete with props.

Where can I play airsoft?

Wolf Armouries offers airsoft games at Bunker 51 located just 20 minutes from the heart of London. Most UK skirmish sites can be found on the UKARA website and are fully insured: Click here for more information

Does Airsoft hurt?

Generally speaking, BBs hurt less than paintballs as they weigh a lot less. It is often recommended that players wear full face protection, with some sites allowing players to use glasses only at their own risk. There are also optional gloves, vests, helmets and knee pads available.

How much does Airsoft cost?

The running cost of Airsoft is generally very cheap when compared with paintballing. A bottle of 3000 BBs will cost roughly £8 with only batteries needing to be charged to power the gun. Skirmish site fees will generally be around £25 to play if you own a gun, or around £45 if you wish to rent a gun and mask. Renting is a great way to try the game out before deciding whether or not it is right for you.

Can I purchase an airsoft gun?

If you choose to buy your own equipment, an electric gun and running accessories will be around £150-200, after which you just have to buy BBs and charge batteries to play. If you are over 18, you may purchase any non realistic transparent or brightly coloured gun without restriction.

By law, realistic Airsoft guns can only be sold to Airsoft skirmishers. To facilitate this, UKARA (United Kingdom Airsoft Retailer’s Association) operates a national database to allow the simple, safe and secure purchase of Airsoft guns, and most importantly, the preservation of the sport from being outlawed.

In brief, to become registered as a UKARA player, you need to play at an Airsoft skirmish site 3 times, with at least 56 days between the first and third game.

Is Airsoft legal in my country?

The legality or Airsoft varies between country. You need to check with your local government whether Airsoft, the importation of Airsoft items or the ownership of Airsoft products is legal.

If you choose to visit us while you are in London, you can purchase an Airsoft gun and have it shipped directly abroad.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer warranty on international orders, please keep this in mind before ordering.

What Airsoft guns are available?

There is a huge and ever growing range of Airsoft guns to choose from, ranging from World War 2 period replicas to ultra modern newly fielded rifles such as the SCAR. The majority of skirmishing rifles are electric powered, and are simple, effective and cheap to run. They work by a motor driven gearbox which uses a cylinder system to compress air and propel the BB. Other guns include shotguns, rifles and pistols which can be electric, spring or gas powered.

Are Airsoft guns suitable for children?

Due to their low power, reliability, easy of use and weight Airsoft Replicas are ideal for teaching children gun awareness. However they should be treated as real-guns, and children should be supervised by an adult while using them and must wear all the correct safety equipment. Wolf Armouries will not sell a gun to anyone under the age of 18. We do not recommend that children under the age of 14 should use airsoft replicas.

Do Airsoft guns include batteries?

Airsoft guns, unless specifically stated, do not come with batteries. You will need to purchase batteries and chargers separately.

If stated, batteries and chargers which are included with airsoft guns are usually low performance and must be treated as a "freebie" rather than a serious use item. It is strongly recommended that you purchase a separate charger and battery for these guns.

Please also note that free batteries and chargers that may accompany an Airsoft gun are not covered by warranty.

Which BBs should I use?

It is very important that you only use high grade BBs in you Airsoft Gun. Unfortunately there are many brands of BB out there that may claim to be high grade but when used will cause damage to your Hop Unit and Gear Box. If you use any other type of BB other than the following brands in your Airsoft gun you will be doing so at your own risk and will also void your warranty.

Recommended BB Brands:
Tokyo Marui

How accurate are Airsoft guns?

Airsoft guns fire a lightweight projectile (on average 0.2g) down a smooth barrel at a relatively low velocity. This means that BBs, when fired, can be inherently unstable and can be blown around in flight by air movement. Yet they are far more accurate and consistent than paintball guns. A standard electric gun can easily hit a 30cm target a 20 metres consistently and a man sized-target at 30m. Pistols in contrast can easily achieve a 25mm grouping at 10metres, achieving less accuracy at longer ranges.

What happens if my gun goes wrong?

Wolf Armouries carefully selects the Airsoft products stocked, but should an issue arrise, you can refer the warranty page for more information.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer warranty on international orders, please keep this in mind before ordering.

What is a HOP Up Unit?

HOP, or Higher-Operating Power, potentially improves the range of airsoft replicas by 50% by a BB a back-spin, modifying their trajectory to give them more range. An adjustable HOP-unit allows the user to adjust the amount of backspin.

What protective gear do I need to play?

Safety equipment is not a luxury in airsoft; it is compulsory. Eye protection must be warn at all times when using airsoft replicas; even when target shooting in the back garden. BBs can rebound back and potentially cause serious eye damage therefore impact rated eye protection such as goggles is the minimum.