Airsoft Atlanta Blog

The Illustrious History of Airsoft Sports

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome back to our blog! After a bit of a hiatus from posting, we’ve decided our blog was getting lonely without us and we’re going to begin sharing tips, tricks, and all things airsoft-related in our blog again. Think of it as a very early Christmas present! We love the sport of airsoft and we’re excited to share our passion with you, making this blog your new go-to spot for everything you wanted to know (and a lot of stuff you didn’t want to know) about airsoft guns and gaming.

So on that note, saddle yourself up for a ride on the ol’ history horse, because we’re about to school you in the illustrious history of the game of airsoft. We promise this will be a fun lesson. It won’t be like that time when you had to memorize every constitutional amendment; it will be like that time when you learned that Napoleon was once attacked by wild rabbits (we aren’t making that up). So without further ado, check out our timeline detailing how your favorite sport came to be:

60,000 Years Ago: A Homo Sapiens threw a rock at a Neanderthal in the world’s earliest simulation of the sport of airsoft. Unfortunately, the Neanderthal misinterpreted the lobbed rock as a challenge and the two fought to the death.*

1580: The oldest airgun on record was manufactured in Stockholm, Sweden. Airguns are the closest precursor we have to modern-day airsoft rifles, using the same pneumatic technology with one slight difference: these bad boys were designed to wound or kill small to medium-sized game. If you’re ever in Sweden, you can stop by the Livrustkammaren Museum to check out the world’s first airgun, but you’ll have to pronounce that name first.

The 1970’s: Laws in Japan prevented citizens from owning firearms. Undeterred, the Japanese found a fun loophole by designing the world’s first airsoft guns. These weapons could be used just like guns but the bullets did not reach the velocity required to injure or kill. They started primarily for target practice and, over the course of the decade, evolved into combat games. Proof that sometimes, people just want to shoot things.

The 1980’s: The ironically-named Daisy Gun Company joined Japan’s airsoft party by manufacturing the U.S.’s first “softair” rifle, a spring-loaded BB-style gun that shot plastic pellets instead of BB’s. We’re not sure how “softair” turned into “airsoft,” but we’re guessing that at least one early pioneer of the sport was very vocal and very dyslexic. Fun fact: in 1938, Daisy manufactured the Red Ryder, the BB gun responsible for the infamous “You’ll shoot your eye out” line in A Christmas Story.

The 1990’s: Japan’s style of combat games finally reached the United States, probably right alongside that fun AOL dial-up tone 90’s kids know and love. Airsoft communities began to spring up, both online and in non-internet life, with an evolving set of complex rules and strategies. Although many airsoft gaming communities initially borrowed their rules from paintball games, they quickly began to build their own brand of combat gaming.

2000: The Y2K meltdown did not happen and we did not die. With our newfound lease on life, we decided to pursue our dreams and open Airsoft Atlanta, the go-to airsoft/AEG gun shop for the airsoft gaming community. This is obviously the most important moment in history, ever.

2015: You are reading a blog post and thinking about purchasing a new airsoft gun or tactical gear. Wow, it’s so meta. We can help with that!

*Sorry, we made this one up.

New Tactical Vests

Monday, August 24, 2015

New G&G SR Keymod Combat Machine guns

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
New G&G Combat Machine M4 SR-Series KEYMOD Review on Youtube is live!  Check it out:

Value packed full AEGs feature a full metal Keymod rail system, beefed up polymer lower receiver, factory installed MOSFET unit w/fuse, removable flip sights, custom pistol grip, and more!

SRS Gun:

Midsize standard M4 SR-L Gun:

SR-XL Long M4:
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Christmas 2013 Sales and shipping information

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Christmas sales are in full swing here at Airsoft Atlanta.  We've been really busy and not blogging much lately.  We will have more updates on here after January, with lots of new gun announcements, etc.  Feel free to check our Facebook and/or Twitter page for more frequent and timely updates.  Thanks!

We ship orders placed before 5pm daily, when using ground shipping (UPS).  USPS Priority ships same-day if ordered before 10am daily.  See our UPS Ground Map for details.

Need Gun Props for your Film?

Friday, September 06, 2013
Airsoft Atlanta is a gun prop supplier for the local blossoming Georgia film industry.  We have a unique selection of military and police products that fit the budget of most filmmakers.  We have worked with local TV shows, major motion pictures, and independent film makers for many years.  If you need some gun props, modern military gear, futuristic sci-fi equipment, or vintage firearms, be sure to contact us.  We also have stock combat uniforms and unique camouflage patterns that are uncommon.  Airsoft Atlanta also offers film consulting when it comes to picking out weapons and gear in your film too.

For more information, or to contact us regarding your movie project, click here: Atlanta Film Props