Step 1: Disclaimer (Safety)
1. Keep your guns under or around 400 FPS (Exceptions: Snipers)
2. Have the judgement not to shoot people point blank or within close range (Ask them to surrender or do courtesy kills.)
3. ALWAYS wear goggles or a paintball facemask. (ANSI certified)
4. Don't take off your mask until the end of the game.
5. Keep the orange tip on.
And, the big one,
6. NEVER AIRSOFT IN A PUBLIC PLACE!
One of my friends has experience on the last rule. He was airsofting in a frog pond, when a paranoid old lady called the cops on him. He was about 9, using cheap clear springers, and practically the whole police force came. Imagine what would happen if you and a half-dozen friends came over dressed in tactical gear and wielding assault rifles?
Step 2: A Brief Introduction to the Different Types of Airsoft Guns
Springers- Everybody's first gun. Usually clear and low FPS, however there are some exceptions, as there are some very high-quality spring pistols, shotguns, and sniper rifles.
AEGs- The basic workhorse. Rechargable-battery powered, contains a large variety of rifles.
CO2- The less expensive gas airsoft gun. Almost exclusively used for lesser (although not low) quality pistols.
GBB- Guns powered by green gas or propane that future a slide that moves back (As in a real gun.) Sometimes higher quality then GNB, also sometimes less powerful.
GNB- Guns powered by green gas or propane that do not have a moving slide. These may be slightly lower quality, but also may be more powerful.
Step 3: Buying Airsoft Guns (Online and Offline)
ONLINE: The main airsoft retailers my friends and I have experience with are Airsplat, Evike, Airsoft GI, and Airsoft Megastore. Airsplat has generally mixed reviews, but is definitely trying to improve. They carry a pretty good selection, especially for beginners, but I would suggest that if you have more cash then you move up to AGI or Evike. Evike is a good, reliable source with a gigantic selection and decent customer service. Buying from Evike is a good idea, but I think AGI is the same if not even better in, quality, shipping, and customer service. Now, that only leaves Airsoft Megastore. Hmm . . . DO NOT BUY FROM AIRSOFT MEGASTORE! The deals may seem good, but trust me, it's not worth it in the long run. Many of my friends have been duped, ripped off, and sent into customer service limbo with AM. I suggest simply staying away.
Step 4: Tactical Gear and Communication
Step 5: Tactics and Battle Ideas- to Kill a Camper
1. The ever-present, basic but effective method is to find, flank, and outgun the sniper. This strategy leaves a fairly good chance of success, but also leaves a good possibility of danger, especially since there may be a marker with that sniper or even a whole team.
2. One of the best methods to take down a sniper that I have found is to let him/her (Who am I kidding, him) come to you. During a 5v5 game, my team was down to 3 and low on both health and ammo. On the other team there were 3-4 (We didn't know at the time) experienced players, hiding within a barn. We simply retreated into the woods beyond the barn, planning to take some time to strategize. However, they felt cocky that day, so the whole team pursued us into the woods. By the time they got to us, we had the element of surprise, so we managed to take down one player and then run all the way back to the barn. We won that game.
3. Another tactic needs at least two players for it to work. One player who has a lot of ammo will do support and the other will need to be fast and brave/gutsy. The support player will get into a position where he has a good view of the sniper/camper. Although he may not be able to hit the sniper/camper, he should fire at him every time he pops out. The sniper/camper will be pinned down behind his cover. The other player should stay low and when he gets close enough should make a run for the sniper/camper. The sniper/camper will be stuck and will not know about the charging player. The charging player should then turn around the cover and take the camper/sniper out. This tactic is extremely effective and has never failed me. *NOTE* this tactic works only if the sniper doesn't have nearby teammates giving cover.(A one-man version is where you fire around his cover as you move up. If he pops out you'll hit him if he stays behind cover he'll have to surrender.)
*NOTE* Always remember that if you have an AEG, you outgun the sniper. If you have no cover, run in zig-zags randomly go prone, and be unpredictable. If the sniper fires and misses that is your chance to take him out or find cover.
Step 6: Tactics and Battle Ideas- Simple Plans for XvX Games
Step 7: Reconnaissance and Surveillance (Big Words, Huh?)
Step 8: Tactics and Battle Ideas- Fun Scenarios
1. Downed Pilot(s)- Two pilots, carrying compact automatics with little ammo, are sent to hide in opposite corners of the map while the teams patrol and attempt to find them. (No killing pilots, instead each team wants both pilots regardless of team designation.)
2. Protect the President- One team with a designated president must get to a certain point in a certain team while the other team tries to kill most of the team and demobilize (leg/arm shots) the president. Team B loses if they kill the president.
3. One in The Chamber- Don't call me a COD fanboy! It's fun!
4. Juggernaut- Same here! Dress up in 5 ski jackets, duel-wield full auto assault rifles, and have fun!
5. Happy Love Fun Ball- Using cheap springers pistols, shoot everyone.
6. Assassins- Using whatever firepower you prefer (But usually this works best with lower firepowers) find and kill your target while someone else tries to find and kill you.