For better or worse, kids have long been fascinated with guns, be it playing make-believe war, imagining themselves as cowboys or practicing to one day be a police officer. Now, with the invention of soft air guns, which have become increasingly popular since their inception in the 1970s, kids can act out their fantasies in a safe and fun way.
A Novel Idea
Invented in Japan in the 1970s, where firearms were illegal but interest in them was still high, soft air guns were created as a way to satiate public interest and allow citizens to experiment with guns in a safe way.
Originally spring powered guns that shot small plastic pellets, soft air guns have since evolved to include gas and electric powered guns as well, all working on the same general principle of compressed gas expanding to force pellets down the barrel of the gun.
Especially popular among 10 to 18 year-old boys, soft air guns today are manufactured into near-exact replicas of real guns. Soft air license company Soft Air USA®, offers guns that resemble popular firearms like those of Smith & Wesson, Kalashnikov, Colt and Beretta.
Greater Power, More Accuracy
In addition to its products’ physical attributes, Soft Air USA also prides itself on producing firearms with high power and accuracy. According to Soft Air USA, “People want it to shoot straight and shoot hard.”
Given such, the guns that are produced today are of a higher quality than the ones developed nearly 40 years ago. One way in which Soft Air USA has improved the quality of their guns is the addition of a Bax system, which is an adjustable mechanism that holds the gun’s barrel in place to make the shot more accurate. Soft Air USA ensures that their guns can hit a target the size of a quarter within ranges varying from 25 to 50 feet away, depending on the type of gun being used.
Fun, Safe and Easy
The soft air industry often finds itself competing with that of BBs and paintballs. However, soft air guns often appeal to kids, or at least parents, because they are notably safer and easier to use than BB or paintball guns. Soft air guns are safer than BBs, given that they shoot plastic pellets, whereas BBs typically shoot lead pellets. There is little risk of getting injured when using soft air firearms because the pellets travel too slowly and are too light to break the skin. Protective eyewear, however, is necessary to avoid the dreaded shooting-your-eye-out injury.
Soft air guns also end up being cheaper and easier to use than paintball guns, which typically require some form of makeshift battlefield, a large space to run around in, targets and padding. With soft air guns, one can simply step out into the backyard for some casual target practice.
Soft Air Extras
For those who do wish to get more involved with their soft air guns and make a game of it, additional soft air accessories do exist, such safety goggles, face masks, vests, holsters, targets, reusable pellets and gloves.
Let ‘Em Play
So whether they want to play battlefield, train for the police academy or simply shoot at a few empty soda cans, by using soft air guns kids of all ages can do so safely without sacrificing the look, power and accuracy of a real gun.
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