Airsoft Ics Guns

Written by Johnny Kitchens
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Airsoft's early development took place in the mid-1970s in Japan, where real firearms are strictly controlled. The attention to detail and Airsoft's natural advantages in team, recreational combat scenarios led to a rapid rise in popularity in several parts of Asia. The guns did not receive such warm welcomes in Western countries until the late 1990s. The majority of the top manufacturers are still located in Japan, with other Asian manufacturers not far behind.

ICS, or I Chih Shivan Enterprise Co., was founded in Japan in the early 1980s as a developer and manufacturer of simple air and gas guns. As Airsoft became more popular and AEGs (automatic electric guns) began to dominate the market through the 1990s, ICS made a name for itself making replacement and upgrade parts for Tokyo-Marui AEGs. (Tokyo-Marui developed an AEG design that was adopted by many other companies, and that still dominates the market.)

In 1998, ICS made the decision to throw all of its efforts behind designing and producing AEGs of their own. In the beginning, their guns had much going for them but there were several problems that tarnished ICS's overall brand image. In successive generations of guns, they seem to have solved most of these issues and are considered to be top-flight producers of AEGs in their own right. So if you are buying a used, ICS weapon, you should check the model year before deciding.

ICS's Global Presence

Through the early years, ICS's decision to focus on replacement and upgrade parts for other manufacturers' guns aided them greatly in building a brand name that would be recognized throughout the Airsoft community. It is probably this recognition and respect that afforded them the leeway to make some mistakes with their early AEGs and still survive. Current ICS AEGs are rated as having some of the best aesthetics and performance characteristics in the industry.

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