Airsoft weapons are replica weapons which are meant to look exactly like the real thing. For example, an airsoft gun may look exactly like a riffle. However, airsoft weapons use compressed air to fire pellets, and can not be used with real ammunition.
Airsoft weapons generally use compressed air to fire pellets, but they can also use pistons which are driven by a spring. An airsoft gun may require the user to pull a trigger, but they may also use compressed gas and an electric motor. In any case, the ammunition is eventually fired using compressed air.
Airsoft weapons are used in recreational activities. For example, individuals may take part in military type games and use the guns as the war plays out amongst two teams. Airsoft weapons are also used for training exercises for the military and police, since the companies have been able to manufacture the guns to simulate real weapons.
Airsoft weapons are used during military training exercises so that participants can get used to handling real weapons. The replicas are made to weigh the same as their realistic counterpart. In addition, the firing mechanisms on the airsoft weapons used specifically for training exercises, are also mean to be exactly the same as the real weapons. These weapons are highly sophisticated and allow training exercises to be as realistic as possible.