Every Airsoft enthusiast benefits from knowing a little bit about the background of the Airsoft market. In a nutshell, air soft had its beginning in the 1970's in Japan. The core motivation was the desire of civilians to have access to recreational shooting sports activities in a country where civilian gun ownership was illegal.
The first Airsoft used spring power and discharged 6 mm, plastic projectiles. Another central characteristic of Airsoft is that most of them are built with attention to detail including dimensions, operations and overall design of actual weapons (usually military, special ops and law enforcement duty weapons). Serious Airsoft gamers purchase the most realistic guns available. The United States and Europe experienced a growing Airsoft following in the 1990s.
There is much more Airsoft history for the budding historian's pallet. However, this ends the classroom introduction to the sport's history.