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Introduction to Airsoft Combat Game
Devised in Japan Airsoft is the new outdoor gun combat game that is already becoming more popular the Paintball. Airsoft is similar to Paintball as it’s played by teams attempting to win battles while trying to outwit each other strategically, however, rather than using paint balls to eliminate opponents Airsoft uses BB’s, small plastic ball bearings.
This guide gives beginners the low down on how to become more proficient at playing Airsoft. It gives an insight into the guns that are used, the obligatory equipment you need to wear to help protect yourself from the BB’s and a host of other fascinating hints and tips to help you and your team win the battles.
Perfect for those who like to take a hands-on approach to strategic and tactical missions Airsoft is more about team work than racing around the playing field like a maniac. It takes brave actions and the ability to watch, look and listen if you don’t want to be eliminated from the game before anyone else.
Take a look at the guide below, learn a few of the hands signals that allow your team to move stealthily without risk of being heard by the enemy or use some of the ambush techniques to move in on your opposing team and ultimately win the battle.
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO AIRSOFT
WHAT IS AIRSOFT
Originating in Japan, Airsoft is the next level in gun combat after Paintball. It’s played in a very similar way, which is to eliminate the other team, but you can also play capture the flag, search and destroy, etc.
In paintball, guns fire balls of paint. In Airsoft guns fire small plastic ball bearings also known as BB’s.
- The guns used in paintball are fired with the aid of CO2 tanks, in Airsoft they’re fired using one of three ways.
- An electrically wound spring
- A standard spring that must be cocked after every shot
- By gas
An order to surrender can only be given within five feet of another player. There is also no shooting within five feet. All players ordered to surrender must comply.
You are eliminated if…
- You are hit by a BB anywhere on your body
- You are hit by a ricocheting BB anywhere on your body
- You are hit by friendly fire
If you are hit and are therefore eliminated, you must shout “hit” and then exit the playing field with your hands or gun in the air. If there is a lot of gun fire, eliminated players must lie down and wait for the area to clear.
400 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all full-auto airsofts.
500 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all semi-auto sniper airsofts.
350 fps limit with .2 gram Marui BB for all indoor CQB style games.
FULL FACE PROTECTION
There are two ways you can protect your face…
GOOGLES & BALACLAVA
Fully sealed googles must be worn at all times. Must meed or exceed ANSI standards.
FULL AIRSOFT MASK
Must cover both ears and mouth.
MOST POPULAR TYPES OF MATCHES
FREE FOR ALL
Does what it says on the tin. Every man for himself. Usually played with either unlimited eliminations or one hit and your out.
One team vs another or multiple teams. Usually played with three hit kill rule. Hit three times and you’re out.
Another team where one larger team tries to hunt down a smaller team who have been given a five-minute head start.
TEAM ON TEAM MILSIM
Stands for Military simulation. This is the most popular game type amongst enthusiasts. The rules make it so it is as realistic as possible. Aka, if you’re hit, you’re eliminated.
CAPTURE THE FLAG
The flag is placed in neutral territory and both teams battle it out to capture it and take it back to their base.
BASIC AIRSOFT TACTICS
Cover fire is when you lay down fire to prevent your enemy from popping out of cover. Whilst doing this, a member of your team can advance his position without the worry of getting hit.
When you first start in Airsoft, it’s normal for people to pop out of cover, take a few shots, and then go back into cover. If both you and your opponent are doing the same, it can go on forever. Next time assert dominance by leaving yourself partially out of cover aiming at your opponent’s position. This way when they pop out and you have to re-aim, you already have your sights on their position, giving you a massive advantage in the firefight.
If the sniper is in a tricky position and can’t access support for his weapon, you can simply offer your shoulder as support. This also works well as you can relay information in close proximity to the sniper such as possible movement and watching behind in case of ambush.
TYPES OF AMBUSH
Line your squad up along a road or river and pop out as the opposition are in line with you.
This is the step up from the linear ambush as you can ambush from two directions.
The V-Shape ambush or the surround is the ultimate ambush as it surrounds the enemy giving them nowhere to go.
CORE HAND SIGNALS
Cover this position
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