Video: Airsoft Gun & “Real-Steel” Shoot Each Other

I’ve made no secrets that I am a fan of airsoft. Yes, it has its training limitations but it is an excellent force-on-force substitute for those without access to sim rounds.

RatedRR put put a video showing the differences between an airsoft gun (which fires with about one Joule of energy) versus its “real-steel” cousin a .50 Barret (which fires at 18,000+ Joules). The two “rifles” battle it out seeing who can destroy the other first.

The results are highly entertaining. Incendiary rounds are beautiful in slow motion.

Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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  • scw


    To be fair, if you shoot them fast enough airsoft BBs can be pretty destructive too:

    • Doom

      I like how you could see the plastic shards coming out the back. 😀

  • Wiggles

    Now to work on the problem of getting the 50. cal to accept as much ammo in its magazine as its airsoft counterpart

  • mechamaster

    The cool part is the airsoft barrel get flexing when the body get hitted by real bullet.

    • Agreed. Frickin cool.

    • Moustache-Patrol

      Speaky engrish much?

      • mechamaster

        um..English is not my main language. pardon my bad engrish.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Fun and excellent videography! I thought, though, that the video was going to be about using airsoft for training

  • guest

    What camera did you use?

  • Muela

    Well, at least it was only a Snow Wolf Barrett.

  • Doom

    im more impressed by how well it held up to a .50 cal rifle…