Real or fake? Tragic encounters fuel debate over realistic-looking replica guns
The last thing Jordan Baylon wants is a fake pink gun.
Baylon, 22, spends much of his free time dressed in camouflage fighting simulated battles against like-minded fantasy warriors. The custom-made airsoft gun he uses to fire small plastic projectiles during the fights is an imposing metal object — a near exact replica of a M4 rifle.
For Baylon and many others in the wildly popular world of airsoft fighting, the draw of their weapons lies in their authentic look.