This guide is not like other instructables, this guide contains EVERYTHING you need to know to go out and have some fun. Now, thanks to some tips commented on this page, I will be adding some new stuff......Check it Out!
Step 1: Getting Started
The wonderful world of airsofting is very confussing sometimes. I will not use EVERY little abreviation for every little gun. I will give you all of the information in CATAGORIES. All you really need to aisoft is a gun, some camo and a few friends. If you want to go for realism or are going against veterains, you might want to get a vest and another weapon with a TON of ammo to spare. I know from experience that running out of ammo when your friend has an automatic is NOT FUN. You might want to get boots too if you are playing in a swampy area. I where boots all the time because I don't want to get my $65 dollar DC's muddy. The pictures below are of some of the stuff i use. (I don't have my primary AEG posted because i need to get it back from a friend, the secondary is a cheap Colt 1911)
Step 2: General Rules
The general rules for airsofting are:
1. NO BLIND FIRING (hate it when people do that)
2. You must have eye protection on at all times when in the battle or around it. (Different places have different policies but that is the rule I always go by)
3. NO point blank range firing( If you do happen to get THAT close to someone, say surrender and if they don't say ok or alright and leave the feild, waste 'em) Another rule I play by is if you get close enough to touch someone with your gun, it counts as a knife kill and their out.
4. NO PISTOL WHIPPING That is just illegal at all feilds because it hurts, badly.
5. Have fun.
Step 3: Getting a Gun
Choosing from different guns is sometimes hard and confussing, especially if you're on a budget. My best advice would be to start off buying a halfway decent gun just to try the sport out. If you like it than use that halfway decent gun as your side arm and go get a real airsoft gun. I would reccomend any AEG above 300 FPS(feet per second). If your paying $20.00 for it, its (most likely) NOT WORTH IT!!! Most decent AEG's are like $35-$100 bucks. I got mine for $50.00 at www.hobbymega.com. Its kinda like hobbytron except a lot better quality. www.hobbytron.com = BAD, WRONG, NOPE!!! I would reccomend www.airsoftgi.com for the highest quality guns availible (like $250.00 dollar guns, for experienced players). I honestly have no experiaence with GBB (gas blow backs) I never really thought about it. My favorite kind of gun out of my experience would either be an M82, AK-47, or the M4. The gun in the picture is the gun I have and is my favorite. Its got about 300 FPS. The other pistol is my sidearm a Colt 1911 with a homemade red-dot thanks to another instructable on this site.
-A good tip, sent to me by feck111, is to clean the gun regularly or after every time you shoot it with a good lubricant such as silicone spray. Thanks feck111.
...NOT MY AIRSOFT GUN JUST A PICTURE OF SOMEONE ELSES... (mine is the same model though i just don't have it with me right now)
Step 4: Fields
Now that you have your gun, equipment, and you know the basic rules, ITS TIME TO HAVE SOME FUN!!! Search the web for some good local fields to airsoft in or just invite your buddies over for a backyard war (these are close quarters combat CQC sitchuations, anyone who brings that 400 million FPS sniper rifle should either
A) run home and get another, weaker gun or
B) use someone elses side arm
Most fields will follow the same rules I just posted so most of the rules shouldn't be any knew to you. Most fields won't allow the use of airsoft smoke bombs but it can never hurt to ask. I know that most fields will aloow airsoft grenades though. Any kind of flash bang grenade is not allowed anywhere ecxept at backyard airsoft wars with your friends for three reasons:
A) if you suffer from some specail deseises the flash might kill you
B) the judes or martials can't see whose out or not.
C) people will be running in to each other and the teams will get all mixed up.
The first picture is of an indoor field, the second is outside.
Step 5: Other Tips
I hope you have learned everything you need to know about airsofting to go out there and have some fun! Be careful though and always ware eye protection. If you want you can view my other instructable on how to make a non-explosive grenade that you can build with only easter eggs and bbs. Then you can really rule the feild. NOTE: the grenades only work on hard surfaces so don't expect it to blow open and shower everyone with bbs when you threw it on your pillow. If you have any questions just comment and I will either post that tip in the instructable or I will answer it for you. Happy airsofting!!!
Step 6: How Not to Be a N00b...
This is the new addition to my airsofting instructable...HOW NOT TO BE A NOOB!!! (exciting isn't it)
Step One: Don't Cheat
This is one of those things that I hate when I play airsoft...Cheaters. If you cheat it just makes the game less fun. I know from experianced play with cheaters. If you cheat and you think that you're god or something at airsoft...YOUR A NOOB!!!
Step Two: Don't Cuss At The Other Team
This is overall unsportsmanlike and can get you out of an organized event quicker than you can say: "organized event". Just don't do it.
Step Three: Don't Camp
Camping is when you sit there and you wait for someone to walk by. Go to youtube.com right now and type in 'Airsoft'. What you will get is a bunch of grown men sitting there shooting other grown men in camo. That my friends, is GAY. I don't care what you have to say, it's GAY.
Step Four: Don't Act All Serious
A few simple words for you: Don't act like this is so serious and anybody that jokes around about it should just leave. Thats messed up. It's something called fun...Let's spell it out F...U...N...FUN. It's not fun when you have to sit there and take everything seriously. Sure the game's objective is to be the last team standing...but honestly, is it that important to you? If it is...you shouldn't be playing the game.
Step Five: Don't Judge a Player by His Gun
This is the last step in your road to de-noobing your airsofting. If someone shows up at your game and has a 10.00 dollar springer, don't even think about saying something about it. Sometimes, the next thing you know...He's whoppin' your a**. That would be funny to watch some kid buy a $200.00 dollar gun and then laugh at the dude with the $20.00 dollar pistol then, the next thing you know, he's whoopin' a**. That's all i've got to say on that subject...just don't do it.
Thank you for reading my new step on how NOT to be a noob. Thank you.