This will be a quick post outlining some of the key differences between air guns and airsoft guns.
Air guns otherwise known as pellet guns are extremely accurate and powerful. They carry capabilities to kill small game animals such as squirrels and rabbits with as little as a single shot. Since they are high powered rifles they require proper safety and handling techniques.
Air rifles can shoot up to velocities in the range of 1000 – 1200 FPS and pellet pistols usually fire at about 300 – 400 FPS. Air rifles come in different calibers including the .177, .20, .22, and .25. The caliber and powerplant are an important deciding factor in determining the best pellet gun for you.
Int terms of price, air guns run in the $150 to $600 range. Certain powerplants will cost more such as pre-charged pneumatic air rifles which tend to be more expensive. The primary ammo for a air gun are pellets which come in lead and alloy materials. Gamo produces their own pellets which they call PBA standing for Performance Ballistic Arrow.
As a result of their low accuracy, airsoft guns otherwise known as BB guns are often used for backyard shooting and fun. You can also organize a game of airsoft with BB guns. Airsoft guns come in all shapes and size including both airsoft pistols and airsoft rifles. While you’re more likely to find airsoft pistols and more air rifles than vice versa there is still a good selection of both air pistols and airsoft rifles.
An airsoft gun on average will have a velocity ranging from 300 – 500 feet per second. Airsoft guns can be powered through spring, multi-pump pnematic and CO2 powerplants.
In terms of price, they are relatively cheap with most airsoft guns being under the $100 pricepoint. In terms of ammo, it is also rather affordable and comes in both plastic and steel varieties.
One of the great aspects of airsoft and air guns are if you wish to have the best of both worlds you can always pick up a dual ammo gun. Dual ammo guns are guns that shoot both airsoft BB’s and pellets.
That is a basic overview of the differences and similarties between air guns and airsoft guns.