Paintball, Airsoft or Nerf? That’s the question when it comes to your preference. To the casual observer, the three are all the same. But they aren’t. If you’re looking to get into the sport, but are not really sure which is which, then this article will break it down for you.
Whereas paintballers are basically extreme sports fanatics, Airsoft players generally prefer a more tactical game. Airsoft is a game of the mind as much as it is physically. It mimics real life combat situations. Elimination occurs when you’re hit with non-metallic pellets shot using Airsoft guns, which are essentially replicas of real firearms.
Airsoft guns are very powerful, capable of causing notable damage to your opponent. The myth is that Airsoft guns are cheaper, but that isn’t necessarily true. Yes, there are cheaper guns, but on average, guns cost the same. Selecting one of these sports, then, should not be determined by cost, rather what it offers.
Nerf (or trademark NERF), is essentially the same as paintball. In fact, NERF is the name of the weapons—the toys owned by Hasbro. In this case, we are obviously referring to the toy weapons, which are foam-based. The dart guns (Nerf Blasters) shoot ammo called Nerf Foam.
Nerf Blasters called Vortex fire small glow in the dark discs made of plastic, covered in foam that have a firing range of up to sixty feet. The Zombie Strike Nerf Blasters were made for fans of Humans vs Zombies games and the Rebelle Blasters are exclusively for “females”.
There are various other toys/games/weapons made by Hasbro for Nerf. These include the Nerf N-Force, the Super Soaker, Lazer Tag and Nerf Dog. Nerf also produced videogame accessories for PS2 and Nintendo. Various gaming giants such as Visionary Media, Inc. and EA Games produced Nerf videogames in 1999, 2008 and 2009.
Paintball is a sport as simple as its name. The players, either individually or in teams, compete to eliminate each other by shooting paintballs at each other. Well, it’s not the paint you put on your walls. It’s more like water paint; non-toxic and biodegradable. It is a very popular game and you won’t have to go so far to find organized events and tournaments. One of the many differences Paintball has with Airsoft is that the weapons (or markers) do not really resemble real firearms. Of all these sports, Paintball appears to be the most popular, even though the myth is that it is more costly than Airsoft.
There are various pyrotechnics you can employ in Paintball such as paint grenades, rockets and smoke grenades. Using them depends on the site you are at.
The cold hard truth is that there is not one better than the other. Each game has its ups and downs but they are all an equal amount of fun. The choice is yours.