Introduction: A Simple Guide to Airsoft
A simple yet brilliant guide to teach you a little more about airsoft.
no. I don't wear pajamas while airsofting.
Step 1: What Is Airsoft?
Airsoft is a sport much like paintball. Some of the only differences are that in paintball you shoot balls of paint, and in airsoft you shoot 6mm plastic BB's. Another one is that in paintball you carry around a gun with this huge hopper thing and a big gas tank at the bottom and in airsoft you use clips, and the batteries are inside the gun and not a gas tank that sticks out. Or if u have CO2 that's usually inside the gun also, or the spring if its spring powered. That's why i prefer airsoft, because the guns are more realistic and the ammo is much cheaper. The BB's usually do not break the skin, but you do feel a stinging sensation for about 5 seconds or so. It is also based on the honor system, which means if you get hit, there's no way of the shooter to know that, so you have to admit that you're out.
Step 2: Gear Up!
You're gonna need a set of clothes to wear during airsoft so you can have camouflage, or just have something on so you wont cry when you get shot. For head gear you can go with a full face mask, like a paintball mask which I use; or you could buy a tactical helmet, shooting glasses or sunglasses, and a bandanna. Next you'll need something on your torso like a vest or something. I find camouflage very effective, so I like to wear a camo hoodie that I bought at Cabela's one day. Of course, i do wear something under my hoodie. I will usually wear a long sleeve shirt, but when it's cold outside I'll wear a thermal. If it's hot out, I'll just wear a day-go under it. Tactical vests can be very useful too. They usually have a pistol holster, water bottle holder, ammo pockets, empty magazine pockets, and many other useful storage thingies. You'll also need pants that will be comfortable. I always use jeans or wool pants that are NOT shorts because:
1. I airsoft in woodland areas
2. I do not enjoy being eaten alive by mosquitoes, bees, wasps, fleas, midges, etc.
Boots or old sneakers work well for footwear when you're playing in woodland areas because i don't want to get my everyday shoes all muddy and wet. So, I wear a pair of my old shoes. I also like to screw on a baseball cap backwards or put my hood up under my paintball mask.
I also carry a CamelBak hydration pack on my person, because I get awfully thirsty out on the playing field. Oh, and of course, binoculars for scouting out enemy troops.
Step 3: Guns, Guns, Guns!
You'll also need an airsoft gun. there are three main types: Electric, Gas, and Spring. The titles explain what each one is powered by. It is usually good to have at least 2 weapons. A primary, and a sidearm (secondary). your primary should be an AEG (airsoft electric gun) or a sniper rifle. It could possibly even be two pistols. (If gas or electric) Your secondary should be a pistol or mini AEG. I have an AK-47 CM.028-S as my primary and a M1911 spring pistol as my secondary. I also have a UHC .357 Revolver, but I would recommend the M1911 over the .357 only because the M1911 has a 20 round magazine and the revolver is a six-shot in which you have to load the bullets into the cylinder.
Step 4: Conclusion
Have Fun! Pick up that gun, put in the mag, get out there, and airsoft!
P.S. I will soon be making an instructable on where we airsoft and I'll show you some of our forts