The history of airsoft originated in Japan during the mid-1970s. This was mostly because it was illegal to own firearms by private individuals. The first airsoft guns were air driven pellet guns, cap-type guns and spring driven pellet guns. Gas blow back airsoft guns were the first ones used for police and military simulations. The combination of the airsoft gun’s cheap cost and safety, made them very popular for simulated exercises.
Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, the airsoft industry began to spread to the United States and Europe. The sport involves players eliminating opponents by hitting each other with BB's shot from airsoft guns. There are many types of games the players can play such as Team Death Match and Capture the Flag, just to name a few. Airsoft guns are now popularly used in a variety of activities where real weapons are out of the question, but an accurate duplicate will do. They are commonly used today in military/ police exercise, as well as movie and stage props for their realistic look.
Rothco joined the airsoft movement by introducing our first line of airsoft guns in 2008. For many years, we have manufactured authentic military gear that airsoft players love to wear on the field. From our Hard Knuckle Tactical Gloves to our Cross Draw Tactical Vests, our steadily growing tactical gear line is also a huge hit to the airsoft community.
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