When I was a kid, we always used to play war in the woods. We'd just use cap guns or whatever, and I don't even remember capturing a flag or anything. It was just running and sneaking around and pretending to be at war.
Since becoming an adult, I've greatly enjoyed playing paint ball here and there. It's hard to get together a bunch of people, find a field, rent the equipment, etc. Lately I've been hearing about airsoft. I've seen the guns, which are in many cases exact replicas of real guns, but hadn't evern shot one until last weekend. My buddy Hugh recently bought three guns (handgun, sniper rifle and MP5), so Hunter and I met him in the woods to shoot a bit. It's just like a BB gun but better, since the guns are cooler -- on automatic mode, the machine guns can shoot over 600 rounds per minute! Hugh shot me in the ass from about 100 feet away (I was hiding behind a tree but I guess my ass was sticking out!), and it stung! Since my Crossman 760 BB gun just died on me, I figured an airsoft gun would be an outstanding replacement.
So I went over to Sir Plus in Woodinville where I knew they had an amazing selection, and ended up buying an Echo 1 X733 commando, plus some camo and safety gear. This gun rocks, and it's also one f the more inexpensive models. It holds 300 rounds and the tests showed a consistent 365 feet per second velocity, in automatic mode. It's driven by a rechargeable battery that I guess pulls back the spring. I understand you can replace the spring and get 400-700 fps, but most organized airsoft fields require less than 400 fps.
It's also got an adjustable hop-up system which allows you to apply backspin to the BB as it leaves the chamber, thereby allowing the BB to fly straighter. The only thing I had against airsoft is the plastic BBs, but you can buy biodegradable BBs -- they're a little more money, but a necessity from my perspective!
Anyway, Hugh and I will be coordinating some airsoft wars here soon, and will no doubt come back with smiles on our faces and welts everywhere else!