Gun ownership is a controversial issue. Is it okay to own a gun, or rather is it necessary to own one knowing about the violence that’s going on in the world right now? Whatever the case is, we believe that there is something that most gun owners can all agree on, whether they like to or not. And that is that holding and shooting a gun creates a sort of rush that those who haven’t yet will never understand.
But here’s the deal, you can experience this rush without even owning a single firearm. That’s what airsoft has to offer. So, how did this game start anyway? Let’s find out.
Airsoft started in Japan during the 1970s with spring-powered replicas of real-life firearms. These “arms” would fire plastic pellets or BBs. The reason for the sudden popularity is the fact that it is illegal for private individuals to own firearms in Japan.
Nearby countries, like Taiwan and the Philippines with the same policies in gun ownership, took on the sport quickly and by mid-1990s. Additionally, with the help of the toy company Mattel, the United States and the rest of the world caught on as well.
Since you are reading this book right now, it would be safe to assume that you have been bitten by the airsoft bug, too. Are you wondering how to start? No worries, because we’ve got you covered.
This blog post is going to discuss most of the things you need to get started. We are going to talk about what airsoft is, the different airsoft game types, its basic rules, and more. Are you pumped up already? We know you are, so, let’s get started!
We have a lot of ground to cover in this article, especially in the second part, but for now, why don’t we dedicate this section to the basics of the game. We are going to talk about what airsoft is, touch a little bit about its safety, and later even discuss its legality.
First, let’s begin by determining what airsoft is and what it’s not. Airsoft is a game that, as what we’ve shared during the introduction, involves airsoft guns that are replicas of actual guns. They use BBs, but these guns are different from the traditional BB guns.
Traditional BB guns are more high-powered that you can even use them for hunting. Airsoft guns, on the other hand, are more suitable for wargaming and indoor shooting. In fact, it can even be difficult to determine who has been “tagged,” which is the term players usually use to denote someone who’s been hit, so, the game relies on an honor system. Having said that, let us now move on to the game’s safety.
Airsoft is simply not designed to be harmful to people. The size and propulsion of its bullets are not enough to hurt someone. In fact, even if they do get tweaked to increase power, the most damage they can do to someone is bruising and maybe a little bleeding.
Your main problem is going to be the actual appearance of your airsoft gun. That’s because it looks so much like the real ones. You surely know that they’re only copies of the actual thing. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for other people, most of all, those in law enforcement. This leads us to the next topic.
Yes, it is! With the fact that airsoft guns are not designed to harm someone seriously, they are legal. However, since they can cause alarm for other people, we don’t recommend taking them out in public. We also suggest you check local laws and policies just to be sure.
Anyway, now that we have covered the bare bones of airsoft let us now move on to the next section.
As promised in the previous chapter, this is the part where it all gets exciting. We have a lot of fun topics to talk about. We are going to share with you the different airsoft games, cover all the gear you’ll need to start, how to choose your first gun and the different options you can choose from, and finally, which one you should get.
Whew! Let’s go.
There are different airsoft games—dozens of them, to be honest. We can even create an entire eBook out of all those games and their details. However, due to the limited space, we are going to share with you our top three favorites instead:
● Team Deathmatch. Also known as TDM, this game involves two teams. Whenever one gets hit, they are required to go back to the respawn point. After the game ends, everyone would tally their kills. The team with the most kills wins.
● Capture the Flag. Have you ever watched the film “Divergent?” Well, this game is not that new anymore. There are two teams, and each has a flag. There are different versions to this game, but our favorite has got to be the “Live Flag” version where each team has a flag carrier, and the first team to drop the other team’s flag carrier and capture that flag wins.
● Fortress. Finally, there’s Fortress. Again, there are two teams. One is enclosed in a designated spot, while the other team will move to capture it. The game will end when one team is completely obliterated.
Phew! Just writing about the various ways to play airsoft makes my heart pump. We know that you’re starting to feel the heat too, so allow us to list the gear that you’ll need to help you get started.
● Clothes. You will need a long-sleeved shirt. That, or a jacket. Don’t choose a thick one, just a light jacket that you can throw over your shirt will do. Trust us when we tell you that you won’t enjoy playing if your clothes are not comfortable. That said, you will also need to wear pants that you’re not afraid to get ripped and muddy. Lastly, you’ll also need moisture-wicking socks. This will keep your feet dry all day. We suggest wearing hiking socks.
● Shoes. Get one that will give you support and mobility. There are decent shoes out there, but the sneakers are great too. You only need to watch out for those laces!
● Protective Gear. There are two: a mask and a tactical vest. The mask is a requirement. We know we’ve already mentioned above that the ammo of airsoft guns is not enough to kill, but you still don’t want them hurting your eye, getting in your ears, and of course, your mouth. A good mask prevents a trip to the hospital, so better be safe than sorry. If you’re not into masks, then at least wear a pair of safety goggles. As for the tactical vest, they’re more for convenience than protection. They have a lot of pockets to hold extra ammo, water, and other things that you might want to bring with you.
Airsoft Gun. Finally, you will need your airsoft gun. We are going to talk more about this below.
Here are some factors that you might want to consider while hunting for your first gun:
● Ease of use. Some guns are easy to handle, while others are a little bit more complicated. One that’s perfect for beginners is a spring airsoft gun. We’re going to talk more about the different types of airsoft guns later, so we’re not going to get on the details of this gun here. If you will be using an airsoft sniper rifle, don’t forget to sight in the scope.
● Rate of fire. The next thing that you want to consider is the duration or rate of your gun when shooting. Some are slower, while others are faster.
● Range. And of course, there’s range. Guns are usually long-range in nature if you compare them to other actual weapons like swords or staffs, but you need to remember that guns vary in range too. Some can go farther than others, while others are meant for shorter ranges.
These are only some of the features we believe you should consider before buying the first airsoft gun you get your hands on. To help you out further, allow us to share the different types of guns available for you out there.
● Spring Airsoft Guns. Let’s start with the one we have already mentioned. This type of airsoft gun is perfect for beginners because they are easy to operate. They operate manually, which means that they don’t come with any batteries, and are great for indoor shooting. We don’t suggest using these guns outdoors, though, since they have a shorter range compared to other airsoft guns.
● Automatic Electric Airsoft Guns. Also known as AEG, these guns are not manually operated as you might have guessed from its name. They come with rechargeable batteries that can operate for as long as eight hours if used while fully charged. We love this type because they are more accurate, and they have a better range compared to the spring airsoft gun.
● Electric Blowback Airsoft Guns. These guns are one of the most modern types, not to mention, high-tech. They are also battery-operated like the previous type, but what sets this baby apart is its blowback feature that allows the gun to recoil when shooting, giving the user a more lifelike experience.
● Minis. Finally, there are minis. These are basically smaller than real guns, and they are battery-operated too. We don’t really recommend them since these guys are weak-powered. How weak? Let’s just say that most of them don’t come with a rechargeable battery, operating with the help of four AAAs. If it’s your thing, then you can use this as a back-up weapon instead, but don’t expect too much out of it.
And those are the different types of airsoft guns! The million-dollar question, though, is this:
We recommend getting a spring airsoft gun if you’re still new, and you just want to learn the ropes first. Airsoft guns can prove to be quite an investment, so you don’t want to go all out on an expensive piece for your first gun.
Once you’re getting used to it, you can then move on to an AEG or an Electric Blowback. There are different models available. Choose one that you’re sure you would enjoy using. In the end, it will still boil down to your preference—what gun you would want in real life, in a real war scenario. Getting that gun would significantly increase the fulfillment you’ll have from this activity.
After you’ve found your gun and have gathered all of the gear, we have shared with you above, then it’s time to play. That’s what we are going to tackle in the next section.
You’re fully geared, and you have your airsoft gun fully loaded. So, what now? Well, now, we play. In this section, we are going to cover all the basic rules in airsoft, share with you some tips on how to play safely, and finally, provide you with even more fun gaming tips and ideas you can share with your team during the next session.
As with every other game, airsoft has its rules too.
And that’s it! Those are the basic rules in playing airsoft. Your mates might have other rules, but the ones that we have mentioned above are staples.
Let us now talk about how to play airsoft safely.
● Never point your gun towards another person unless you intend to shoot, and always target safe areas, never towards another person’s eyes or ears on purpose. You might not be able to protect yourself by practicing this, but you will surely ensure your mates’ safety.
● Never forget to wear your safety gear and dress appropriately. Accidents can still happen even if everyone’s trying their best to practice the first tip. This is what your safety gear is for in the first place.
● Read the manual that came with your airsoft gun. We would not be able to cover all the safety tips and precautionary measures of every airsoft gun out there, so make sure to read the manual from cover to cover to learn about its safety features straight from the manufacturers themselves. Moving on, do you know what else is going to be in that manual? Tips on how to take care of your airsoft gun. Like a real gun, your airsoft gun would also need to be cleaned from time to time if you really want to share a lot of games with it. There are a lot of references and tutorials online but learning how to do so from your airsoft gun manual itself is a perfect place to start.
● Be aware of your surroundings. We know that we have mentioned above that you should act realistically whenever you’re hit, but you also don’t want to bump your head and get a concussion because of that.
● Finally, brandishing your realistic airsoft gun in public can put other people in a state of panic, or worse, it can get you shot with a real gun. Airsoft is fun, sure, and you can be proud of it, but you need to make it clear that you are into airsoft—something that you won’t be able to do if people get mixed signals.
By keeping these tips in mind, we’re sure that you would be able to enjoy the game without any issues and just revel in fun. Speaking of fun, we are going to share with you our most favorite gaming ideas below!
● Zombie Apocalypse. This is a fun game where each player doesn’t really “die,” but whenever someone gets shot, he will automatically switch teams. The team who gets to infect the other team completely, wins.
● Western Standoff. What do you do when there’s only two of you, and your mates are running late? Well, there’s nothing more fun than a good ole’ standoff. Stand across from each other, count to three, and whoever lands the more fatal blow wins! No head or neck shots, though, for obvious safety reasons.
● Indiana Jones. This is pretty much like the fortress game, only this time, there’s a bounty that the other team needs to protect. The bounty should be kept hidden, but if the other team manages to steal it, then that team wins.
There are still a lot of other fun game ideas out there, not to mention the dozens more game styles that we mentioned to you earlier. What’s important is that all players agree to the game and that everyone is clear about the rules. We hope you have a blast!
Thank you so much for reading all the way through. We hope you have enjoyed our eBook as much as we did preparing it for you. We know that reading is nowhere near as fun as a round or two of airsoft, but we’ll be happy if you’ve managed to go this far. This only means that we’ve probably done a great job. Anyway, if you’re interested in learning more about airsoft, and you want another dose of our writing, then please feel free to visit and read the other articles on our website. We have more tips and tricks to help you improve your game!
As a parting gift, here’s one more tip from us. If you can take away a single tip from this article, then it’s this one: be a responsible airsoft player. Always look after your fellow airsoft players, whether they are on your team or the opponents’. Take care of your gear, especially your gun. We cannot reiterate enough how many people you can freak out by carrying it unconcealed.
And of course, you must never EVER use your airsoft gun as a weapon. Don’t use it to hurt other people. With the proper intention, you can still injure someone pretty badly with it. If you do that, then you will shed a bad light not just for you but for the entire airsoft community—something that we don’t want, because at the end of the day, we’re just a group of people who are really adept at shooting and enjoy doing so, but we’re not violent. And that, my friend, is the heart of this game. Have fun!