Oct 9, 2009

Airsoft Newbie Facts - The Basic


A friends of mine emailed me that he was interested in playing airsoft. Due to their request, I post this for all who want to engage in airsoft. Those who are serious in engaging into this kind of sport, it is better for you to come prepared and know the basics of being an AIRSOFTER. Here is an introduction for the newbies.

Airsoft is a term used interchangeably to refer to one or both of the following subjects:
=A game in which players participate in the simulation of military or law enforcement combat with replica military firearms and military-style tactics
=A replica firearm scaled either 1:1(or perhaps as a “mini” or “3/4”) used in said games (These are sometimes referred to as soft air guns, to differentiate them from standard pellet-firing air guns.).

Airsoft replicas may be made of metal, plastic, or, most often, a combination of the two. Airsoft replicas, also commonly called “airsoft guns” usually fire 6 mm or 8 mm spherical projectiles known as “BB”s (Balistic Balls). BBs are available in many different weights ranging from 0.12 grams to 0.88 grams, but the most commonly used weights are 0.2 gram and 0.25 gram weights selected for their good combinations of range and accuracy.

The game is very popular in several Asian regions, such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia and now, the Philippines. For this reason, the vast majority of airsoft guns, accessories, and aftermarket upgrade parts are made in these countries (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan). There is currently a growing interest in the West, especially in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Belgium (where the Dutch players also go, since in the Netherlands it is illegal), and Denmark, bolstered by an active and expanding Internet scene.

Preparation. Check and double check first the gun that you’re going to use and bring for a game. Besides, what the heck are you suppose to do in the game site if you don’t have a gun? (hehehe) Although some game sites offers gun rentals, I prefer brandishing my own gun.

The cost of an AEG gun varies depending on where you bought it as well as the type and model of the gun. Latest models are more expensive, but just like the other commodities; prices go down as time passes by. The cost of airsoft guns in the provinces are relatively higher compared those sold in the Metro Manila area. But as a rule of thumb, more than double is outrageously high and no longer practical. (In this case, you might as well contact one of the gunrunners at the black market).

Transporting the guns. Guns must be inside a case and not loaded. If possible, avoid using gun bags. Airsoft guns must be transported in a suitable case and must be securely covered at all times. Use soft or hard casing that can be safely closed and locked. Or just simply cover your gun in a way that no part is visible or easily identifiable as a riffle.

Transport your airsoft gun only when you are going to a scheduled game or gamesite. Other than that, keep it at home. If you have to walk in public with a gun case (i.e. going from the parking lot to an airsoft store), move quickly and go straight to your destination.

Avoid taking public transportation, such as the jeep, bus or taxi when transporting your airsoft gun. It should only be transported in a private vehicle to avoid alarming situations. If possible, arrange a ride going to a game or to an airsoft store. It is better to take the extra precautions rather than getting the police involved in your carelessness.

When you are in a private vehicle, put your gun case inside the trunk. If there is no trunk, then the case must be kept in the rearmost part of the vehicle, not visible to any possible passenger/s. Make sure not to pass by any security check nor check points in some sensitive areas, such as airport and government facilities while carrying your gun/s.

When you are not going to transport your airsoft gun, it should be kept at home, locked inside a case. Store it with the mag out. Safety on, and with no batteries or gas connected, and keep it away from children.

By following these simple guidelines, you will keep yourself out of trouble and prevent being misunderstood by some airsoft enthusiasts and avoid any incident involving the authorities who enforces the law. Airsoft is a kind of sports that we all love! As such, we must all together make an effort to ensure that airsoft guns are used safely by responsible players.

Gearing up. Facemask is the most essential gear one must bring and wear in a wargame. Even if you are just watching it.

Airsoft rules. These are base on the team or playground you are playing. But the basics rules of airsoft is to be honest and always remember this is just a hobby and a game to play (you can always play in the next game). Respect the rules. Respect the marshals. The rules is implemented to avoid accidents and injuries.

By following the basic gun safety rules you can keep yourself and those around you safe.
1. Never assume a gun is safe or unloaded.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire your gun. Even when the mag is out, there may be a BB left in the chamber.
3. Keep the mag out of the gun until you are ready to play.
4. Keep the safety ON until you are on the field, ready to play.
5. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, away from other people.
6. Always use the designated shooting zone to test fire your gun when not in play.

Environment/Surrounding. You must keep your guns (and other gear) concealed every time you are in public. People have gotten into serious trouble for waving around toy guns where they shouldn’t. You must dress up only for the play (no military-likes uniform in public please!).

Be nice to the neighbors (people who live near the gamesites). Let’s respect their privacy and don’t do thing that would cause an alarm. Don’t tear up the foliage or do anything else detrimental to the area where you play.

Make sure you pick up any rubbish that you see. Clean as you go. There will be a designated area near the safe zone where players can shoot (for fun, to test guns, whatever). You are not allowed to fire your gun anywhere else if you are not  in the field engaged in a game. If you want to use a smoke bomb, it must pass a safety check by a committee and you must get an approval from the marshall on duty before you may use it. Be honest out there, have a nice and safe playing.


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