Welcome! This is your beginner's guide to Airsoft. Rules and necessary tools to play airsoft, as well as a brief explanation of the sport, will be covered here.
Chances are, you heard of airsoft from a friend, or a neighbor. Anybody close to you, in essence.
Airsoft is a sport/game played mainly for recreation. Players of opposing teams will fire nonlethal spherical projectiles called "Airsoft BB's" at each other. Typical game rules dictate that if you are hit once, you are out (at least temporarily).
You can play airsoft at a local "Airsoft Field" near you. Backyard playing is highly advised-against, and brandishing your airsoft gun in public is almost always illegal.
What you'll needEdit
The mock firearms used for airsoft are the aptly named "Airsoft Guns". Getting started, you'll want an LPEG to take to your first game. Leave the springers at home.
Other gear, such as vest and camouflage clothing, is not required but highly recommended. However, eye protection is MANDATORY for any airsoft play whatsoever. In fact, just about all games require players to wear proper eye protection. Wear specifically designed airsoft glasses at the very least, with a paintball mask recommended.
Contrary to what your parents or others might think, airsoft is a fun yet safe sport/game IF, and ONLY IF safety guidelines are followed. These include, but are not limited to:
- Never, ever fire at someone without proper protection. You'll regret it later on.
- Never, ever fire without your eye protection (prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, generic safety goggles do not count) on. You only have 2 eyes, treat them well.
- When not playing, keep magazines out of their magwells, safeties on, barrel covers on, and ensure the gun is pointing in a safe direction (either to the ground or straight up).
- Always treat airsoft guns as if they're loaded, even when you know they're not.
- Honor the rules of airsoft. One hit and you're out. Not calling your hits annoys the hell out of players and you might as well expect them to empty a high-cap in your face and be banned from that arena.
- Don't bring airsoft guns in public without a gunbag. A kid once got shot by the police due to bringing a airsoft AK-47 in public.
- Don't use glass or metal BBs in a game, you could blind somebody's eyes if you do that.