Why didn’t I buy a Makarov? Well…it’s not a flashy gun like the DE, nor is it 50 cal, and it’s definitely not offered in shiny chrome. In truth, it’s because Tokyo Marui does not make Makarovs…or at least the last time I bought an airsoft pistol…
Anyways, for people new to “airsoft”, it’s pretty much a survival game where you shoot each other with BBs (small plastic pellets). The pellets are propelled by CO2 canisters, springs, electric motors, or even green gas. Often the most powerful models are the green gas guns, but most hobbyists settle with the electric ones. Just like paintball, if you’re hit, you’re “dead” or “out”. However, unlike paintball, you aren’t marked by the BB, so it just works with an honor system. Not that you won’t be half-limping in pain after taking a shot to the arm or leg…
Airsoft guns comes in various types. While there are cheap plastic guns everywhere on the market, there are also “realistic”, luxury models such as the chrome DE I have can also be easily procured. The plastic ones are light, lacks “gun” functions, but maintains the basic principle of shooting BBs. Meanwhile, the metal guns are heavy and feels almost on par with a real gun. On some more expensive variants of particular guns, they can come with features such as “blowback”. In common English, blow back just means the kick (recoil) that shooters feel when the empty casing is ejected. At the expense of green gas efficiency or more electricity, a mechanism is enabled to generate that fake recoil. In rifles, the “casing ejection” mechanism isn’t as obvious as in pistols, but it’s just there to “simulate” the effect. If you’ve ever shot a real gun, you’d know the simulated recoil doesn’t come close to the real thing at all.
Unmistakably, if you bring out a metal airsoft gun, you might be pulled over by the cops and immediately taken to jail. To prevent misunderstandings, regulations in the US/Canada require airsoft guns to come with an “orange tip”. This orange tip is almost always removed by enthusiasts, however.
On the topic of how you can get arrested with an airsoft gun in public, you can also say that it in partly is due to the extricate details some manufacturers put into the design. For example, Tokyo Marui is known to be as realistic as it gets, thus, if you click into the images above, you’d find the same markings on the pistol that’s on the real Desert Eagle.
Anyways, if you’re getting into airsoft, there’s all sorts of price ranges for all sorts of levels of “realism”. Of course, some brands only cater to lower quality products and vice versa with other brands, but airsoft in general is not a cheap hobby. So, for starters, you might just want to play around with a basic plastic gun and then progress to an electric rifle if you’re really into the hobby. If you’re going to take airsoft very seriously, then you can opt for a gas blowback gun. Of course, the price would scale up from USD $30 to roughly $300 for even pistols. Rifles could be double the cost. Just be sure you know what sort of the world you’re getting dragged into!
In any case, airsoft is huge in both Taiwan and Japan. Following suit, I have always been enamored with airsoft since I was in grade school. Thus, it’s considered reasonable for me to shell out around USD $200 for the chrome DE in the photos.