Bel Air is home to the only Airsoft specialty store in Maryland.
While other large sports retailers carry airsoft guns among thousands of other non-airsoft products, East Coast Airsoft is the sole airsoft-only store, carrying a wide variety of airsoft guns and accessories. The store also offers repair and upgrade services through its experienced gun tech specialist.
Airsoft, to those unfamiliar with the sport, is a game most relatable to paintball. Airsoft, however, is designed to have a more realistic feel, and is aimed at people who want to simulate real battle. Instead of paintballs, very small and light plastic BBs are used. Games are played in the woods and in sanctioned airsoft fields. Common items needed to play are the airsoft guns themselves, safety gear (at least a full face mask), BBs for ammo and accessories like extra magazines or tactical vests. East Coast Airsoft stocks all of these in one place for maximum convenience and utility for the customer.
The game of airsoft has grown exponentially over the last 10 years.
"When my dad and I started EastCoastAirsoft.com five years ago, hardly any of my family or friends even knew what the sport was. Now almost anyone I speak to knows somebody who plays airsoft," co-owner Matt Gabriel said.
East Coast Airsoft has been selling airsoft guns online since 2007. With the sport growing faster than ever, owners Hal Littman and Gabriel opened the brick-and-mortar store May 1. They are open seven days a week from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. The store is at 1318 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air. In addition to selling standard airsoft products, East Coast Airsoft also sponsors free airsoft games on a monthly basis.