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Air Gun Safety: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. | April 8th, 2010 | Teen Perspective
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Recently, I was hanging out with friends talking, and we ended up on the subject of air guns. This discussion prompted me to write an article on air guns.

In this article, I would like to talk about air guns and the different types. There are three primary types: pellet guns, airsoft guns, and paintball guns. Most people out there know what a pellet, or BB, gun is. They are either gas or spring powered and fire a metal ball or slug. Airsoft guns fire a plastic ball and are powered by electric motors, gas, or spring. Finally, paintball is a paintball (literally) and is gas powered.

The most dangerous type is a pellet gun. Pellet guns are high powered and easily can hurt your child, as they fire a metal ball at over seven-hundred feet per second. They are even capable of killing. Also, the slug may be lead, so they should kept away from kids.

Airsoft guns are far less dangerous, and possibly the safest of the three. The plastic pellet rarely punctures skin and is small (6mm diameter). The guns fire less than seven-hundred feet per second, and most fire between three and four-hundred feet per second. They are also less likely to cause major bruising than a pellet gun.

Finally, paintball guns are far less dangerous than pellet guns. These guns don’t have a set feet per second (so they may surpass seven hundred) and fire a plastic capsule full of paint. Being shot feels like a firm pinch, and may leave a welt or break skin. Still, they can’t kill and will break skin, but not actually puncture the skin.

So, in my mind, the airsoft guns are the safest. If you wear eye protection, you nearly eliminate the risk of serious or even moderate injury. They are the safest, but still…be careful!

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3 Comments
  1. rlcaz says:

    I would agree that Airsoft guns are the safest. If you use the proper protection and follow the safety rules and treat them like real guns you can enjoy many hours of fun. Eye protection should be the minimum requirement when it comes to protection. For some Airsoft products at reasonable prices try visiting airsoftgunsgalore.com.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Yeah airsoft is definitely safer than paintball. Always, always, always wear eye protection!

    BB and pellet guns are totally bad news tho – you’ll shoot yer eye out kid!

  3. Seth says:

    Airsoft guns Are by far the safest. But remember even if your being safe something can go bad fast. even if you do Get shot with a airsoft gun your not going to bleed or cry it feels like a bee sting. EYE PROTECTION I have a friend that got hit right above the eye and he got luckey. The Place I would go to for airsoft guns is walmart or canadain tire. Have fun

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