To know the answer to the question that “does paintball or airsoft hurt more?” We should have a detailed knowledge of Airsoft and Paintball

Toys for young people under the age of 14 are regulated by the Legislative Decree of the Government no. 313 of September 27, 1991; compressed air weapons, slingshots, faithful imitations of real weapons, sports equipment are not included in the toys.

Toys are regulated only for the protection of children and to check that they are not dangerous to their health. Therefore, in essence, they are subject to the obligation of the EEC marking. The fact that an object is not considered as a toy does not imply any other legal limitations other than that which is prohibited from being put on the market as a toy; it becomes an object of common use not intended for children. For toys that throw objects, it is established that they must be such that the risk to the physical safety of the user of the toy or third parties is not unreasonable, taking into account the nature of the toy.  

Toy weapons for adults are regulated by art. 5 Law 110, which states that they cannot be built in such a way that they can be transformed into common firearms and that they must bear a red cap if they can be exchanged for a common weapon. It also includes the weapon simulacra, completely inert, and blank weapons.

Given that firearms are only those that use the explosive force of certain substances to launch bullets and, by assimilation of the Italian legislator, those with compressed air and gas, it is deduced that any object, including in the shape of a gun, which launches objects based on the force of a spring or the elastic force of a percussion, or by electromagnetic energy or by centrifugal force, etc. etc. These, if they are intended for sports use, are considered sports equipment; only if they have the ability to offend and have no other function than to offend, are they their own non-firearm weapons.

Obviously, sporting tools that exploit the muscular strength of man (slingshots, bows, and crossbows) and spearfishing guns of any type do not fall into the category of weapons. 

This has negatively affected two types of sports equipment such as those intended for Airsoft and Paintball.

If you are approaching the world of games/sports you will have asked yourself this question: Does paintball or airsoft hurt more? Both activities are actually fun and offer an excellent degree of competition if practiced at the highest levels, nevertheless, it is necessary to clarify the differences between the two disciplines which, especially in legal matters in Italy, are subject to very different restrictions between they, largely responsible for the greater diffusion of the Airsoft than the Paintball.

Airsoft:

DOES PAINTBALL OR AIRSOFT HURT MORE

Internationally the Airsoft (Airsoft in English, a term that internationally supplanted our own airsoft) is practiced with toy weapons cal 6 mm (rarely 8 mm) which shoot plastic balls using CO2, “Green Gas” ( propane with silicone oil), springs, electric gear that drives a piston.

The standard speed impressed on the 0.2-gram ball does not exceed 100 ms and the energy is around 1 Joule; by modifying the toy spring you can double the initial speed and therefore go beyond Joule.

The Ministry has declared airsoft toys with a power not exceeding one Joule to be freely sold and freely used. This means that just 14 meters from the weapon, the speed will be about 70 ms and that the energy returns to be that of a real toy (0.5 J.).

The regulation would be essentially acceptable and similar to the international one if it had clarified what happens if the toy, instead of having a power Joule has 1.1 Joules! Germany, much more consistently, there is a single regime for toy weapons with power ranging from 0.5 to 7.5 Joule, all free sale to adults and with the only prohibition of the port in a public place or open to the public.

An airsoft toy can be legitimately burst, even if the burst is not used in sports.

Paintball:

DOES PAINTBALL OR AIRSOFT HURT MORE

Internationally the Airsoft (Airsoft in English, a term that internationally supplanted our own airsoft) is practiced with toy weapons cal 6 mm (rarely 8 mm) which shoot plastic balls using CO2, “Green Gas” ( propane with silicone oil), springs, electric gear that drives a piston. The standard speed impressed on the 0.2-gram ball does not exceed 100 ms and the energy is around 1 Joule; by modifying the toy spring you can double the initial speed and therefore go beyond Joule. The Ministry has declared airsoft toys with a power not exceeding one Joule to be freely sold and freely used. This means that just 14 meters from the weapon, the speed will be about 70 ms and that the energy returns to be that of a real toy (0.5 J.). The regulation would be essentially acceptable and similar to the international one if it had clarified what happens if the toy, instead of having a power Joule has 1.1 Joules! Germany, much more consistently, there is a single regime for toy weapons with power ranging from 0.5 to 7.5 Joule, all free sale to adults and with the only prohibition of the port in a public place or open to the public. An airsoft toy can be legitimately burst, even if the burst is not used in sports.

Sport is similar to airsoft, but uses 17.3 mm diameter balls filled with colored liquid; the envelope is made of gelatin, more or less of the resistance of an eggshell, but elastic, and the liquid is colored with food coloring. The speed does not exceed 100 ms, but in some countries, a lower limit has been set (in Germany 70 ms). The ball quickly falls towards the ground; at 50 meters the initial speed halved and the energy decreased to 3 Joules; at 70 meters it is reduced to a Joule.

The Ministry, it is unknown on what considerations and on what authority has decided that the sport of Paintball in Italy cannot be done! And in fact, not only the law on the liberalization of compressed air did not provide for anything on Paintball weapons (which therefore remain shotguns in all respects as they exceed 7.5 J), but then the Ministerial Regulation of 9 August 2001, n. 362, in a completely illegitimate and senseless way, also wanted to ban Paintball weapons with a power lower than 7,5 J; in fact, he wrote that liberalized weapons “are intended for throwing inert pellets that are not suitable for containing or transporting other substances or materials”.

Both are prohibited, but, having to choose, but to know does paintball hurt more than airsoft? I would prefer to receive the ball; we see that they prefer hard things to the ministry.

So the situation is not very logical, created by the insipidity of the writer of the rules is this:

 – If a weapon-shaped toy has power less than 0.5 Joule it can throw objects by any means and remains an object indifferent to the law ( except for the obligation of the red cap if it simulates a real weapon).

 – If the weapon-shaped toy fires object using compressed air or gas and initial energy of no more than 1 Joule, it is considered a completely free adult toy (except for the red cap requirement if it simulates a real weapon).

 – If the weapon-shaped toy shoots objects (including paintballs), using any energy other than compressed air and gas or gunpowder, whatever its power:

 a) it is a free tool if it is not capable of offending,

 b) it is an improper portable weapon for the justified reason if it has a practical use,

 c) it is not a proper firing weapon prohibited if it is intended only to offend.

 – If the toy with compressed air or gas has a power lower than 7,5 J and cannot shoot dye balls, it is an instrument capable of offending free sale;

 – If the toy with compressed air or gas has a power of fewer than 7.5 Joules but can shoot colored liquid balls it is forbidden, but it is not known exactly what it is. In my opinion, it is an irregular liberalized weapon and therefore whoever sells or holds is liable to an administrative sanction).

 To the soul of logic, clarity, coherence, and intelligence!

 One often wonders if and within what limits it is forbidden to increase the power of compressed air airsoft over 1 Joule.

 If you exceed the 7.5 Joule of power, you get a non-liberalized compressed air weapon and therefore a real weapon; therefore the crime of illegal weapon manufacture is committed.

 But suppose we bring the power to two Joules; the law 526/1999 on liberalization says that only those with a power greater than 7,5 Joules are weapons, without any distinction. Therefore any airsoft whose power is increased to 7.4 joules will never be a weapon; it only violates the rules of the ministerial regulation. The correct solution would, therefore, be to believe that, at most, an administrative violation of the regulation is committed, if recognized as legitimate. Furthermore, an investigation could be asked to establish whether a 0.2-gram ball and two joules of power is suitable to offend the person with a “not unreasonable risk”.

Now that you know these small but essential differences you have all the elements to answer the question: “Does paintball or airsoft hurt more?” and you can select what type of activity that suits you best. Our advice is to try them both in the ways provided by the code and then make a careful choice based on your experiences. If instead, you have time and a lot of money to invest, nobody forbids you to dedicate yourself to both!