Starting an Airsoft Retail Store

Do you want to start an airsoft retail store in your area? This type of game is very popular today because many young people and professionals are addicted to its real life military-style game plan and equipment.

We can introduce you to this business and get you started right away.

Airsoft started in 1980 when Japan responded to laws against ownership of guns. The main appeal of this sport is the scale-accurate, realistic similarity between real life guns and airsoft guns – these guns are styled purposely to mimic actual weapons (in terms of appearance, scale, size, and even weight). Therefore, it draws both professional and sporting devotees.

Tactical game-playing and Military Simulation (MilSim) is the hallmark of airsoft. Compared to paintball, where the games are held in the open and players have brightly colored uniforms, airsoft have a more clandestine approach, where size, stealth, and camouflage of the playing area are more significant.

Airsoft Retail Store Guide

If you want to be successful in the airsoft retail store business, your inventory should emphasize quality products to get the competitive edge. Airsoft gear includes a wide array of uniforms, masks, and of course, guns – the secret to make these affordable to your customers is to find suppliers that can sell these items to you at a low price. You can find full-metal rifles at $250, fatigue uniforms at about $10, rifle magazines for $5, and chest rigs for around $20.

Startup an Airsoft Retail Store

As the number of enthusiasts in airsoft increase, entrepreneurs can take advantage of the increased demand for airsoft gear. Nowadays, this sport is not just popular to the younger generation, but to the mature ones as well. And since a gun is the most important equipment in an airsoft game, make sure you have these types of guns in stock:

  • Spring-powered – the least expensive one, with single-shot capabilities and pull-back loading mechanism. BB is propelled by piston mechanism and internal spring.
  • Gas-powered – a gun that’s operated by a pressurized gas from on-board cartridge. Gas is injected into a firing chamber and its expansion would propel the BB. Some airsoft pistols of this type would produce a realistic effect of “blowback” which enhances the feeling of firing the “real thing.”
  • Automatic Electric – the most popular and next level in terms of airsoft guns. It’s also referred to as AEG and is usually powered with rechargeable batteries. It also incorporates electric motors in driving the firing mechanism. These AEGs are truly capable of firing fully and automatically comparable to real weapons.

So when you open an airsoft retail store, also make sure that you have professional and trained staff who can answer the needs of your customers. It’s best if you could designate a shooting range area so that they can test fire your guns.


  • Olof said on April 29, 2010
    I want to know more how to become an airsoft reseller, and where i can find good quality for best prices. Mönsterås, Sweden.
  • kae bayno said on May 12, 2010
    hi. i am located in cebu city Philippines and i am very much interested in opening an airsoft retail store. thanks
  • Adrian said on August 10, 2010
    Hello I am form NJ, United states. The fan base for airsoft is growing in my area and I would like to provide those people with the same enjoyment I get for the game with out the travel. I would love to know more about starting an airsoft retail center. Thank you very much and i hope to hear from you soon.
  • Christopher said on October 8, 2010
    Hello, I am in East hampton CT 06424 and we supply a field for paintball and airsoft and I'm interested in finding a decent supplier. Any help would be appreciated.
  • Mark said on April 16, 2012
    I live in Lyman, Wy and want to start my own business. Any ideas would be great.
  • David said on May 26, 2012
    Hi, I live in Rhinebeck, NY 12572, and would love to start a airsoft retail store around that area. I have eight years retail experience, and love the sport. Hope you can help me get started. I would also like to build a arena for people to play at. The closet once from more Iran hour and forty five mins from meand isn't open alot.
  • Daniel said on August 22, 2012
    Hi, I live close to Bellefontaine, OHIO 43311. And there are several storefront location that would make good airsoft stores there. I have been looking to try to start something like this for my local market for about 4 months. Hope to hear from you soon.
  • Rolly Bondoc said on September 20, 2012
    Hi, I live in in San Pedro Laguna Philippines, very much interested to have airsoft shop business. Appreciated your utmost help. Thanks.
  • jake hankins said on January 22, 2013
    I am hoping to start a repair/ retail store in Delta Colorado U.S.A. I want to have a physical store as well as website. I have been researching but am still not comfortable about going forward with the presentation process yet. I could really use a few pointers and tactics on tackling this huge endevour. I only want to serve the people with what I would expect for myself. The more I save and prosper, the more I can serve my customers and community. I expect to have our own forum in two months or less to further extend our support to the airsoft community.
  • Brandon bunner said on March 12, 2013
    Hey I wanna know more about opening my own airsoft store asbitbis popular around where I live in eastern pa and looking for cheap distributors so. Can u please help me out thanks
  • Lebial said on April 8, 2013
    hi i'm interested in getting an airsoft store i'm from mexico i'll love all the help u can give me and i wanna know if this is possible.. thanks
  • Sean Kelliher said on August 19, 2013
    Im looking at opening a shop in Lincolnshire with repairs and sales and ltr a possible ware house for gaming.
  • Derek said on January 6, 2014
    I have been looking into opening an indoor airsoft site and possibly an on site shop in n.ireland and any information would be great fully appreciated
  • steve marino said on January 24, 2014
    looking to open a repair shop an sales an poss. ware house for gaming. what should I focus on, and where should I buy parts and guns. This is new to York south Carolina /USA. THANKS
  • Terence said on March 15, 2014
    Hi.where can i get the supply for car parts?
  • levi said on July 22, 2014
    how to start an airsoft retail store in San tan,Arizona, usa
  • jed san juan said on October 23, 2014
    hello, I'm from virginia, fairfax, usa, and I'm interested doing a online, instore and arena to open up a airsoft shop. thanks
  • Cj said on May 25, 2015
    I'm, cj I'm interested in starting an airsoft store
  • Anton said on April 11, 2016
    Greeting, I am Anton from Indonesia, My dreams is to have my own airsoft shop. Need some help and advice. Thank You.
  • Derrick Grace said on August 8, 2016
    Hello, My name is Derrick I live in Wellington New Zealand and I have managed to get my hands on a warehouse and as well as building a CQB I'm also keen on incorporating a store with a firing range. Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Cheers
  • Ralph said on December 4, 2021
    I want to open a store and range. Need contact for suppliers and get started info. Thanks


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