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Age requirements for airsoft - you should know that

Airsoft games are booming, especially in the spring and summer months. But there are a few things to consider with the popular airsoft guns. You can read here what age regulations there are for airsofts and where the differences are in use.

Airsoft is enjoying increasing popularity in Germany. The game with tactical airsoft weapons is usually played in teams and with the appropriate equipment such as batteries or silencers. Correct tactics and an experienced use of the airsoft are important. In addition, the right clothing and the right accessories are of course also important. But from what age can you actually use an airsoft and which regulations have to be observed? In this blog article you will learn what age requirements there are for airsofts and what you should generally pay attention to when handling airsofts.

Why age requirements for airsoft?

As with everything in life, there are age restrictions for the use of airsoft guns. There are two main reasons for this:

Legal reasons
Similar to other age regulations, legal provisions that are prescribed by law also apply to Airsoft. The decisive factor here is the responsible use of an airsoft weapon, which - if used incorrectly - can cause damage. So that there are no legal consequences later, the age for using an airsoft is linked to the effectiveness of the airsoft. The higher the damage, the older the user of an airsoft must be.

Sociological reasons
Scenes like those in the USA are hard to imagine here: Even preschoolers can play with sharp weapons in individual US states in so-called "Kid’s Club". But the child cannot correctly assess the scope of his actions at a young age. The higher the danger with a weapon, the more mature the user of this weapon must be in terms of development. The correct assessment of dangers does not fully develop in humans until the age of 16. It is not for nothing that the age of 16 years is still valid for motorcycle class A1 in Germany. Therefore, airsoft guns with a higher muzzle energy are not suitable for children under the age of 14 - the correct assessment of possible consequences is simply missing here. In addition, the child would not be personally liable under criminal or civil law for the damage caused.

Buy airsoft - you should pay attention to that

For us as a provider of airsoft weapons and operator of an airsoft hall, it is important that young adults should learn how to use an airsoft correctly. This includes the correct operation and maintenance of the airsoft gun and the appropriate protective equipment such as helmet, vest and protective goggles. Safety is just as important to us - that's why we don't sell airsoft guns under the age of 14. You can read here which airsofts you can buy from which age:

Softair buy from four years

Softair with a muzzle energy of less than 0.08 joules can be sold from 4 years. From a purely legal point of view, there is no age limit for this low Joule number. However, we are of the opinion that under 14 years of age, development is not yet far enough to acquire and / or use an airsoft weapon in principle. In our airsoft hall, access for young adults is generally only permitted from the age of 18.

Buy airsoft from 14 years

Airsoft guns with a muzzle energy of up to 0.5 joules can legally be used from the age of 14. At AIRWEAPON, however, we have decided to only sell airsoft guns with less than 0.5 joules from the age of 18. In case of doubt, we only sell this weapon under the supervision of a legal guardian - ideally it should be a parent. When selling an airsoft gun on site in our shop in Tönisvorst, we show young people how to handle an airsoft responsibly and advise the buyer on the necessary protective equipment.

Acquire airsoft from the age of 18

All airsoft guns with a muzzle energy of more than 0.5 joules can be sold from the age of 18. But be careful: you are not allowed to carry an airsoft gun over 0.5 joules with you in public - this applies especially to fake guns according to §42a WaffG. When buying an airsoft gun, we recommend that you also buy a gun case or case.

Owning an airsoft with over 0.5 joules under 18 years of age is prohibited. You are not allowed to carry or use this weapon on a playing field or in a hall. This is regulated according to §§ 854 ff. BGB. According to § 854 Paragraph 1 BGB, possession is the actual control of a person based on a natural will to own. Regardless of whether you are at home, on the field or in a hall and the gun belongs to a friend over the age of 18, for example - the moment you wear the airsoft, you become the owner (not the owner). So are you under 18 years and would like to use a weapon with over 0.5 joules, this is the case illegal and can have far-reaching consequences.

Airsoft age requirements - safety first

Airsoft games are great fun, especially now in spring and summer. Together in a group you can try out the latest softairs and in tournaments with other teams you can discuss and try out new tactics. But so that the game does not become serious, you should adhere to the age requirements for softaires. Never give away your used airsofts with more than 0.5 joules to minors and keep them out of the reach of small children.

At AIRWEAPON, we only sell airsoft guns with more than 0.5 joules to people over the age of 18 and always want to see the required proof of age when purchasing them. The age regulations for airsofts are primarily intended to protect children from the possible consequences of improper use of an airsoft. In general, we are of the opinion that children under the age of 14 should not use an airsoft, no matter how low the muzzle energy may be.

Do you have questions about age requirements and airsoft? You are welcome to call us or send us an email. You are welcome to visit us on site in Tönisvorst and we will show you what you should consider when using the airsoft.