Me and my bother grew up playing with replica toy guns for as long as I can remember.
Back in the old days their were this endless supply of 'real looking ' toy guns every where we go. You name it I have seen it...that was back where we were kids growing up in south East Asia. I would say those were the grandfather period of what airsoft is today. Anything from WWII to Viet Nam era weapons and all kind of hand guns.
Come to think of it...I do think it did have some effect on us as we grow up. Thank god every thing turns out alright. We have gone to different directions, me into airsoft and my bother is a gun collector living in the States. And he actually goes to work every day with an S&W and an armored vest all paid for by his employer.