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What is the difference between an air soft gun and a bb gun?

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August 28, 2008 8:22AM

Air Soft Guns shoot 6mm plastic BB, usually around 300 Feet per second (FPS,) some faster, some slower. The law requires that all air soft guns and rifles have a RED tip on the barrel to identify them as a toy. They sting you when they hit you. BB Guns shoot smaller .177 (4.5) steel BB's starting at 300 FPS up to 1,000 FPS in the more powerful rifles. These guns do not have to have a RED tip on the barrel because they are not toys and can be deadly. BB guns are part of the family of "Pellet Guns" that shoot pellets or BB's but are also driven by compressed air just like the BB guns. BB and Pellet guns can do serious damage to a person if they hit you.