Realistic Toy Guns

Written by Johnny Kitchens
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Airsoft guns are possibly the most realistic toy guns ever made in the history of firearms. An Airsoft gun is actually less of a toy gun than it is a replica gun. Airsoft is at once a recreational competition gun and a tribute to the great firearms of the world. There is the Israeli uzi, the French FAMAS, the Russian AK-47, the Desert Eagle, the Glock 9mm, and the list goes on and on. While realism is a huge facet of Airsoft, so is the recreational side.

All over the world, there are Airsoft competitions between teams, clubs, and individuals. The Internet has made it possible for what was once a scattered collection of enthusiasts to come together as a community and hold large competitions. There are no less than a dozen recognized variations of Airsoft combat games played at a competitive level. These games range from close quarters team combat to every-man-for-himself competitions.

Realistic Airsoft pistols can be purchased for under 20 dollars--as long as your definition of realism is limited to a glance at 10 paces. To get the weight and detail of a real-world firearm, you will have to spend a little more money but not too much more. Realistic Airsoft rifles can also be purchased relatively cheaply, but the same caveat applies. Realistic assault rifles usually cost anywhere from 100 to 500 dollars, depending on the level of realism you want.

Staying out of Trouble with Toy Guns

Even though Airsoft guns are technically harmless, and thus toys, they are subject to legal restrictions because of their hyper-realistic looks. Airsoft guns must have bright orange muzzle markings in the United States. In some places they are illegal no matter what--so check your local laws. This should go without saying, but you should never wave an Airsoft gun around in public. It is against the law, and if there are police around, it can be deadly.

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