Introduction: The Guide to Airsoft

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here's a complete beginners guide to airsofting. this will help you decide what guns to get, what body armor to wear, and weather you should cheat or not.

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first, you need to get some equipment. you can get the safety glasses at your local sporting goods store, or at goes for the gun). allot of people say that it's good to wear body armor, that is something you should decide by weather you can take getting shot with an airsoftgun at point blank range or not. another thing you should think about while deciding, is the power of the guns yourre going to be using (anything above 315fps would sting like hell for most people). i'd suggest going in a t-shirt and levi's cause if you wear something that completley blocks the impact of the shot, you're pretty much taking out half the fun.

face masks are another thing you should consider, they completely protect the face and ears. protecting your eyes is mandatory and protecting your face is not, but after you get shot in the face once you won't want to experience it again.

Step 2:

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iv already talked about the body armor and where to get it but now it's time for the guns. the picture at the bottom is a perfect example of two types of side-arms. the walther(bottom left) is an accurate gun with a medium firing rate. some models(like mine) also come with an extra bb compartment in the back of the clip. the glock (upper right) is a gun with an automatic firing rate that has bad accuracy. i don't think there are any full auto models that have a two-compartment clip, but it already has a decent capacity of 30-50 bb's (depending on the model). those are just two examples of side-arms, there are many more models but those are pretty much the main categories.

those models are either electric or gas powered (green gas or CO2). spring guns can have a different clip size, accuracy, and velocity, but they all have the same firing rate.

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now it's time to pick your primary gun. there are many categories of primary guns: AEG's, shotguns, rifles, machine pistols, switchables. ETC....... AEG's are mostly assault rifles and they're automatic, and have decent accuracy and ammo capacity. Shotguns have a low ammo capacity, a scattered accuracy, and fire several bb's in one shot. rifles have a low ammo capacity but high and distant accuracy. machine pistols have a bad accuracy and a high ammo capacity. with switchables (DROZD), you get the best of both worlds. they can switch from a rifle to an assault rifle and to a pistol. if you have one of those, you probably won't even need a sidearm.

recommended guns

AEG's - Aftermath makes some of the most durable and powerful AEG's.

Shotguns - crosman makes allot of nice Shotguns, especially the stingers.

Rifles - TSD makes allot of good rifles, and many of them come with scopes.

Machine Pistols - i don't know many brands who make machine pistols, but umarex makes a good T-11

switchables - the DROZD is an airsoft gun that goes from a pistol to an SMG and to a rifle (if you add the stock and extended barrel). the DROZD also comes in a bb gun version>

Step 4: Step 2

after you got the equipment, and you have chosen your body armor it's time to practice(i wouldn't recommend going into a shootout with no experience). get some empty cans and set them on a box, then just start shooting. first start at a distance of 10 feet, then 15, 20, and so on. another thing to practice is reloading. if a spring pistol is one of your guns, then practice putting the clip into the gun then cocking the slide. if your using an AEG or CO2 gun, then just practice putting in clip. when you're comfortable with you're shooting skills you should find an opponent(s) and have a shoot out. do it in an area where you can't hit someone who isn't in the game.

Step 5: Step 5

the one thing that you shouldn't do is cheat. the whole point of airsofting is to have fun, it it just ruins the whole game for everyone. oh, and camping is considered a cheat. for those people who don't know what that is, camping is when you hide behind something and wait for someone to walk by, then you shoot them.

Step 6: Extra Equipment

clips - having more than one clip will give you a big advantage. the less time it takes you to load the gun, the better. having more then one clip isn't the only thing you can do to make reloading faster, you can also get high capacity clips, get speed loaders, and practice reloading the gun.

laser and scopes - having those types of things on your gun will give you an advantage. a laser will work well for both pistols and rifles. if you have a laser on your gun you won't have to use the sights to aim, the gun will hit wherever the dot is. scopes will work great with rifles, but not so well with pistols. if your gonna put a scope on your gun, make sure it can shoot at a distance. scopes are made for hitting targets that are far away and if your gun can't shoot far, then the scope is pointless.

backup guns - it's always good to carry small guns as backup (if your side arm runs out or jams). small guns are baby glocks ppk's short barrel revolvers etc.

Step 7: Safety

1. never point an airsoftgun at your face weather it's loaded or not, because a bb can get lodged in the barrel and cause the gun to fire.

2. never fire an airsoftgun in the air because when the bb falls back down, it can take someones eye out.

3. when loading in a CO2 cartridge, keep your fingers and face away from the nozzle, because escaping gas is cold enough to cause frostbite.

4. never heat a CO2 cartridge over 120F.

5. don't aim at anything you don't intend to shoot.


jaga0692 (author)2015-01-17

Hello. I am from india. I would like to get a good airsoft pistol, a low cost one will do for now. Since i am new to airsoft. I looked for some good looking ones on ebay, but i cant ship them to india. Even the low power ones are not available for shipping into india. Where else can i get one in south india.

killer pyro (author)2011-07-03

hey does anyone know any good airsoft sites because ive been airsofting for a while now with a team but need more guns. if anyone knows any sites please tell me

Molybdenum (author)killer pyro2011-08-23

Try Airsoft GI, Evike, or Airsplat.
If you just need parts or other non gun accessories, lots of HK and other asian retailers have wide variety of good cheap stuff and cheap shipping, though you can expect shipping to take lots of time.
Ebairsoft, ehobbyasia, rsov.

hhhttt (author)2010-12-24

an airsoft gun is never too powerful!

nerfer192 (author)hhhttt2011-07-06

im pretty sure a 800 fps vsr10 is too powerful

Mattonater (author)hhhttt2011-04-23

yes thay can be. heres what i believe the limit should be:

any type of handgun -320fps

AEG -380

Sniper -550 fps with a minimum engaugement distance of 100 feet.

And fps doesn't equal range.

wacky_tertle (author)2011-05-14

What do U think about the desert eagle pistol

chardlz13 (author)2009-11-25

Well, camping isn't cheating, otherwise all snipers are cheating, r u talking backyard or actuall airsoft that counts for something, where you will be thrown out for cheating not just half ignored

crack_shot_556 (author)chardlz132009-12-01

i didnt mean sniping, i meant camping as in hiding behind an obstacle and w8ing for someone to come by then shoot them. 

hg341 (author)crack_shot_5562009-12-16

thats not cheating its call LIFE

Crimson-Deity (author)hg3412010-03-06

Then you suck at life.

Camping without a sniper rifle is just lame. You must REALLY suck at airsoft if that is the only way you can play.

madpotato (author)Crimson-Deity2011-05-02

Airsoft is a game of tactical simulation. Camping is a natural form of combat, it is what's called an ambush. If you prefer running and gunning then you should possibly switch to paintball although i highly doubt that would turn out better. Surely you understand that COD is not an accurate representation of reality?

yea I totally agree!

hg341 (author)Crimson-Deity2010-11-11

... its a f***ing game IF YOU DONT LIKE the WAYS some PEOPLE PLAY then DONT PLAY WITH THEM

Crimson-Deity (author)hg3412010-11-12

I sure won't.


hg341 (author)Crimson-Deity2010-11-12

sry i meant to say "it is done in real life" not it is dont

hg341 (author)Crimson-Deity2010-11-12

im with you i dont like it but it is dont in real life and its not cheating so just be careful where you go and if you get hit its your own damn fault

Sagaritu (author)2011-03-30

All of this information would be of wealth to only those miscreants who give airsoft a bad name. All the guns you listed are of somewhat bad quality compared to brands such as KWA, Classic Army, or Toyko Marui. If you're serious about airsoft, or would like to become so, please read another guide from a reputable source.

fishcake27 (author)Sagaritu2011-04-09

yeah, but theres still no reason to be mean about it, i just got the 702s revolver from tokyo marui, and its the most reliable and powerful side arm i have ever seen (even though i use it as a primary)

Mattonater (author)fishcake272011-04-23

TM guns arent very powerful anyways. also, fps doesn't equal range.

Sagaritu (author)Mattonater2011-04-26

Very true Mattonater. TM guns outrange most stock guns.

Sagaritu (author)fishcake272011-04-11

I am sorry if I came off as being mean. All I am doing is giving you and/or other people new to the sport some good starting information Airsoft is an expensive sport. You get your money's worth on these cheap replicas sold at various sporting goods stores.

On a side note, Tokyo Marui does not produce a 702s revolver. You have either been lied to or misinformed by whatever company you purchased the replica from, most likely Airsplat, or another dealer of that nature. I suggest not buying from companies as such, because they tend to lie about the products they sell and do not offer vey good customer support.

fishcake27 (author)Sagaritu2011-04-11

oops, yeah i messed up, it just says TM WE on it its actually made by KJW i think.
but its still an awsome gun

Sgt Niesen (author)2011-04-20

you train by going in with out experience

airsofter1 (author)2010-12-17

You just stated that a spring gun has the same firing rate as an electric or gas pistol.

BodhidharmaCharma (author)2010-12-08

Is this a good gun?

Or is it too much? How much do you guys spend on a gun?

saxman31 (author)2010-01-08

i agree aftermath is not the best brand if you are serious a bought airsoft you should by from a bbrand like syma, classic army, and tokyomarui. those are just a few. my main gun is a syma tommy gun and my side arm is a classic army dessert eagle auto pistol 

chardlz13 (author)saxman312010-10-14

Really, Cyma really???? That is not good quality at all, I will agree with TM but CA newer guns (within the past 3 years) are not worth it. The only Guns I will ever buy are (In order)
TM (if I have to the internals are mostly plastic but they last forever.)

saxman31 (author)chardlz132010-10-14

have you ever had a cyma. i have a cyma thompson chicago style ive had the thing for 4 years and it still works like the day it came out of the box. my friend has a classic army proline g3a2 and my cyma is as good and has lasted just as long. you can think what you want but im happy with my cyma and as long as it gets the job done i have no complaints. plus the most i have ever spent in parts for it is a bought 37 dollars and that was on a stick mag from tm.

chardlz13 (author)saxman312010-10-16

Actually, I have owned a few Cymas its not that all cymas are bad, of course most of them (more than 50%) are good other wise they would'nt stay in business. I agree that Cyma is good, but internally it is lacking in most guns. Though most of the guns are good you have a higher chance of getting a 'lemon' or broken gun due to manufacturer defects etc.

007dna (author)2010-06-26

I camp! I am a sniper! I mean, you never see a sniper in the open! Or what about ambushing people! That is a tactic.....

Mr.ModifierMan (author)2009-12-30


1. AfterMath sucks, they have a low build quality and their power fluctuates so much they have almost a 50 fps range. 

2. Crosman is not worth jacks**t there guns break so easily, my first and last crosman was a pistol, I opened up the box and it was already broken the trigger sear had snapped in the box.

3. If your ever going to consider being a sniper TSD and UTG are the worst ways to go. Rule of thumb with airsoft, the more crap it comes with(lasers, flashlights, red dots,etc.) The lower quality the gun. 

Just trying to be helpful, and remember higher fps is not always better.

yeolddingdong (author)2009-12-27

the walther rocks P.S. i have the same loading mech

snook123 (author)2009-11-29

multiple clips are necessity

chardlz13 (author)2009-11-25

wow, look at that you finally gave some useful info

chardlz13 (author)2009-11-25

I have a main gun as my side arm lolz, m5k is beatly side arm.  also crack shot crosman is not the first company that comes to mind when I think GOOD SHOTGUN.

chardlz13 (author)2009-11-25

No offense intended, but from any distance over 10 ft. 315 FPS from a pistol isn't much, try getting shot with a 475FPS sniper and tell me about pain.  Also GBB means Gas Blow Back as in it is semi or full (in some cases) and you need to buy c02, green gas, or use a propane adaptor

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-05-05

ak-47 Mine is a sniper and an assualt rifle.

where do you get those?

ebay, airsoft dealers

crack_shot_556 you do not know what you are talking about. a gbb means gas blow back a reffers to any gas airsoft gun that uses the gas to fire the gun, and reload the next shot. if you knew SH********T about airsoft you would know that. Also because a gun uses c02 doesn't mean its good, it probably sucks, depending on the company that made it, and the price($). I bet your guns probably suck hairy A********HOLE.

wrong person lol

gangang (author)2009-09-23

are those gbb?

crack_shot_556 (author)gangang2009-09-23

what do you mean by "gbb"?

aseaheru (author)2009-09-18

g36c rock!
g36d to!
g36c+drum mag=win!

Izokay (author)2009-08-09

If you want to be taken seriously as an airsoft player, you should never wear a shirt and jeans. Buy actual camo, otherwise you'll be called a noob.

crack_shot_556 (author)Izokay2009-08-11

true, but you don't really need camo unless it's a serious game. you won't need camo if it's a backyard game but it's different if the game is held in an airsoft arena.

shot789 (author)2009-08-10

The first pic: is that a colt 1911 if so nice i have one too

nerfer192 (author)2009-08-09

also for aegs: jing gong

toogers (author)2009-08-02

i have the same walther p99 springer as you, but i made an awesome silencer.

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