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  1. The subject of long range shooting in airsoft seems to be a priority interest with the majority of airsofters. Whether it Sniper and DMR, or just Field Rifles, the average airsofter wants their guns to shoot long distance with a high rate of accuracy. Airsoft originated in Japan in the 1970's. Manufacturers such as Masudaya, Fujimi, and Matsushiro began to pave the way. Then Maruzin and Tokyo Marui progressed the quality and technology. Tokyo Marui is credited with designing, manufacturing, and selling the first AEG's on the market. Their specifications of internal and external parts are industry standard and are the baseline for all airsoft manufacturers, even those that attempt to improve on the designs with proprietary parts. Joule and FPS limits vary all over the world. Different nations have different views on what power output defines a fire arm as well as what defines safe play for airsoft specifically. Naturally, the FPS and Joule limits of Japan would set the baseline for airsoft game play standards. Japan enforces a strict limit of .98 Joules (325fps). Many countries around the world enforce a limit of 1 Joule (330fps). In the USA, it is fair to say that Joule and FPS limits have been fairly relaxed compared to other countries. Some States and Field Owners enforce strict power output rules, others do not. Insurance companies are more often the reason FPS limits have been reduced at major fields and major event style games across the USA over the last couple of years. This trend continues to grow. From the technical side of building airsoft guns for long range, we in the USA have had the luxury of learning all the positives and negatives that high FPS can produce. Though the USA has some of the best and most innovative and accomplished Airsoft Techs in the world, other nations often consider their own Airsoft Techs to be more skilled and capable, for having achieved great results with less power output from their guns. Personally, I have great respect for all the Airsoft Techs around the world and learn from them all, as most do as well. As someone who has spent the last two years invested in DMR projects and learning all one can about shooting long range, and accuracy at long range, in airsoft, I have never built an airsoft gun for long range specifically with less than 400fps. Given the great technical and performance achievements of Airsoft Techs that have the restrictions placed on them of 1 Joule or less power output, my interest is peaked in seeing what we Americans can do under the same restrictions. So, I challenge the airsoft community in the United States to focus your attention over the next 12-24 months to build airsoft guns that can not only meet, but beat the longest distances shot, and the highest accuracy rates recorded, with the restriction of using no more than 1 Joule power output. I challenge you further to adhere to the standard set by Japan of .98 Joule. This is an official discussion Thread on this topic. It is not a Gun Build Thread, so save those great ideas you have for an official 1 Joule and Under Gun Build Thread.
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