Airsoft is a sport I think everyone should play at least once.
It does a good job of simulating combat, and it can be pretty competitive.
Before you put on your gear and head out onto the field, there are some tips you NEED to know.
Knowing these airsoft tips will help you improve your game and be an overall better player.
Let’s dive in!
Tip #1: Staying Low
When you can, stay low on the ground. Many players have tunnel vision and refuse to look down at the ground.
My guess as to why this occurs is that when you’re wearing goggles and/or masks, part of your vision is blocked by the gear and prevents you from having vision below a certain point.
You can either lie down on the ground or you can crouch. This method is verrrryy effective when peeking around corners.
Try it out and you’ll be amazed at how many people you catch off guard.
This leads me to another good point:
Don’t expect other people to be standing up all the time!
For the reasons mentioned above, being aware of people on the ground (and in some cases above you) can help you perform much better in matches.
Also, if you think someone is waiting for you to pop your head around the corner, try to poke your gun around the corner as though you’re preparing to fire your weapon.
Instead of firing though, pull back your gun quickly.
Often times, you can get someone to fire their gun, which will let you know that someone’s there.
Confidence is something that is important when competing in anything.
Whether it’s a UFC fight or the World Cup, having confidence means performing at your very best.
Having confidence in airsoft is no different.
So what is it that confident airsoft players do?
They play aggressively.
But what does playing aggressively mean?
It means that you should always be moving. Don’t be afraid of getting hit.
Here’s a question:
Is a moving target easier or more difficult to hit than a still target?
By moving constantly, you make it difficult for your opponent to hit you. That right there will help you win more matches.
Some players think that by standing still, they’ll avoid being hit. That’s unfortunately not the case. Players from the opposing team will sneak up on you and get you from behind if they spot you.
If you’re constantly moving and you do get hit, it’s not the end of the world either. You either respawn or get healed at some point.
Constantly moving is an important concept to understand when pushing up. For those that don’t know what pushing up is, it just means advancing towards the enemy.
If you’re too afraid to push up, you give the enemy time to respawn and/or get into a more advantageous position.
By not moving, you’re essentially helping the other team win.
I totally understand that as a beginner things may seem overwhelming.
But the sooner you can feel comfortable with the pace of the game, the more comfortable you’ll feel moving around, and the more games you’ll win.
Airsoft is a blessing and a curse. You can meet up with your buddies after a long week of work and go to the field and just have a good time.
That’s a blessing.
The curse part is that your enjoyment can often be dependent on the behavior of the enemy team.
What do I mean by that?
To put it simply, I mean calling your hits.
It’s the worst feeling in the world when you finally have a visual on an enemy target after being so patient.
You set up your airsoft sniper, aim carefully at the opposing enemy, and boom. You hit your target….just for him to pretend he didn’t know he got hit.
Now you’re angry, and they’re pretending that their extra layers of clothing made it so that they couldn’t feel the BB hitting them, EVEN THOUGH THEY REACTED TO BEING HIT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Deep breaths….Deep breaths…
Ok, back to the point.
It’s not fair to your team when the enemy does this, and it can ruin the whole mood.
On top of that, it’s pretty unrealistic if it was a realistic combat with real weapons. Airsoft is fun because it’s a realistic simulation of military combat. No one can just ignore a sniper wound.
So moral of the story is: Play a fair game.
If you get hit, acknowledge you got hit, and wait for a medic or until you respawn.
This will make the game more fun, and everyone can have a good time.
I love Google. If you don’t know the answer to some question like “Why don’t people like me?” or “Why does Steve get mad when I shoot him with my airsoft gun?” Google has an answer for that.
I’ve noticed many times that people just don’t do research when it comes to purchasing airsoft gear. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
Unless you’re loaded with money, you need to make sure every purchase you make is a good one. That means doing quality research so that you can get high-quality gear within your price range.
So how do you go about finding information to help you with your purchasing decisions?
Here is where Google is your friend. You need to do thorough research, scour through forums, and ask people with more experience than you on recommendations.
I love airsoft forums because they usually have an active passionate community, and you’ll find that many people are willing to help you get started.
If you are near a shop that sells airsoft equipment, stop by and ask the employees on recommendations.
All of these are better than just randomly buying a gun because it “looks cool” and makes you look “edgy”.
Doing research will save you money in the long run. Trust me.
I love saving money.
Whenever I can, I go for deals that will benefit me in the long run, i.e. those buy one get one free deals at the supermarket.
I saw a buy one get one free on a bottle of olive oil a couple of weeks ago, and so I naturally jumped on that deal.
And guess what….it paid off.
I still have plenty of oil, and it’s going to last me a couple of months at the very least.
So….what’s my point?
Maybe I used a bad example, but my point is that you should take actions that will benefit you in the long run.
For example, let’s take a look at your airsoft gun. If it gets dirty and you don’t clean it, you end up with an unreliable gun.
It could be inaccurate or it could jam, but either way, it’s not what you want out of your gun.
So how do you prevent that?
Clean your gun.
Consider your gun as an extension of you, like an arm or something.
When you get dirty or have had a long day, you most likely want to take a long hot shower.
What if your airsoft gun had a long day?
Maintenance is important for your gun’s longevity.
It could be as simple as getting a towel and cleaning the barrel of your gun.
That habit of cleaning your gun will mean your gun lasts longer, getting more value out of the money you used to buy the gun in the first place.
A question that seems to get asked a lot by airsoft newbies is whether they should start with a Gas Blowback (GBB) gun or not.
My answer to this is no unless you realllllly want a GBB. The reason I say this is because there are so many hassles that come with purchasing a gas blowback gun.
For starters, it’s expensive. As a beginner getting a feel for airsoft, you don’t want to buy something too expensive and then realize later that you don’t like airsoft as much as you thought you would.
On top of that, you’ll have to keep constantly buying gas when you run out, and gas ain’t cheap.
Another issue with GBB guns is that they require a lot of maintenance to stay in quality shape. If you can’t clean your gun consistently, you’re gonna have a bad time with a gas gun.
I feel like the extensive maintenance may dissuade new airsoft players from actually enjoying the game, so it would be a bad idea to get a gas gun as your first buy.
As you become more accustomed to the game and gain more experience, then you can consider buying a GBB. But for the time being, get an AEG, play some games, and have some fun.
So yea, facemasks. If you love your teeth, wear them. Getting hit in the face by a pellet sucks a lot, but getting hit in the mouth is both unpleasant and expensive.
Would you rather pay 20 bucks for a solid airsoft mask or thousands of dollars repairing chompers?
If you play on an airsoft field that has no minimum engagement range, then an airsoft mask is even more highly recommended.
Someone turns the corner and hits you in the face at point-blank range. Nope nope nope.
Honestly, the same goes for eyes as well. Wear eye protective gear because you only have one set of eyes, and if they’re damaged, they’re most likely damaged for good.
You’ll have people say “oh stop being a baby…blah blah blah”. Don’t listen to them.
At the end of the day, my health is the most important thing to me, and that means investing a little bit of money on gear.
They will be one of the best investments you make in airsoft.
You have probably read about more “abstract” concepts on improving like communicating and playing aggressively. So here’s something that you can do during AND before you get on the field.
So what is it?
Learn the field. BE THE FIELD.
Knowing the field is important because in certain situations it can get you out of a hairy situation. Or it could give you the upper hand in situations so that you can be more aggressive.
So what should you do?
You want to look for flanking routes and get a feel for where people tend to be the most.
That way, during a game, you’ll already have figured out how you can get there while minimizing the risk of being hit.
It will also help you figure out where you should point your gun as you’re moving.
It’s sorta like chess.
In a given situation your position allows you to have the advantage, and other times it can give you a disadvantage.
In order to excel, know where you’ll have advantages, and make the most out of them.
Learning the field will also help you predict where people will be so that you’re always one step ahead.
Brands. Sometimes they’re good to pay attention to, and sometimes they aren’t.
For example, sometimes foods that have a store brand can be just as good or better than foods that are from popular name brands.
For example, I can get bread for pretty cheap while saving money. It tastes good and it’s cheaper than Wonder Bread.
So what about in airsoft?
In the case of buying pellets, they are extremely important.
Pellets that you buy at your local sports store may be cheap but can be expensive in the long run.
If you buy low-quality pellets, they can jam and ruin your gun, which will force you to get it repaired ($$) or buy a new gun ($$$).
Don’t get airsoft pellets at a local store and instead focus on buying them from high-quality manufacturers.
A website I’m a big fan of is evike.com. They have a wide selection of airsoft products and they have reviews on a variety of products.
Check out their selection of BBS, and buy a highly rated one that is in the size you’re looking for.
If you are playing outdoors, try to get biodegradable ones, because you know…the environment.
It’s harder to clean pellets outdoors than indoors.
If you’re going to your first milsim, there are some things you should know to ensure you have the best time possible.
Number one thing you should need to worry about is hydration.
If you want to last as long as possible, you need to make sure you’re constantly drinking water. Often times players don’t do this one and they end up being zombies after a couple of hours.
Get a hydration pack or a canteen to make sure you have water with you all the time.
Another tip that I’ve found to be pretty useful is baby powder.
Yes, I’m serious….
Baby powder is very good for keeping you cool and dry, and also prevents chafing. When your milsim is 2 or 3 days long, baby powder will be your best friend.
Another tip for milsim is bringing spare parts and/or a backup rifle. You don’t want to have your airsoft gun break down and you not having some sort of replacement.
Imagine if you were in an actual military confrontation and you had no gun to defend yourself. Not very good.
So quick summary:
- Use baby powder
- Bring a backup airsoft gun and/or spare parts
These three tips will hopefully maximize your enjoyment during your milsim and ensure you’re as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Sometimes, the other team is good. You did all you can, but for some weird reason they’re landing all their shots and you’re not landing any of yours. You’re starting to feel the heat, and you ran out of options.
So now what?
Well, you’ll have to retreat.
It’ll happen at some point, since it’s nearly impossible to win every single airsoft game, especially as a beginner.
So retreating isn’t that hard, right?
Wellllllll, I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but there is certainly a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it.
The Wrong Way
You’re getting pushed in so you’re forced to retreat. You decide to turn around and fire your gun while retreating.
The Right Way
You retreat to somewhere will you have time to gather your thoughts and formulate a plan of action.
SO what makes the wrong way….wrong?
Well, it’s because you took the time to turn around and fire back.
The reason this isn’t a good idea is that you’ll be slowed down by the time you’re taking to get some shots off, but also you’re likely to miss 99.99% percent of those shots.
So essentially you’re just letting the enemy team catch up to you, which is a big no-no. Just push back, regroup, and then go from there.
Focus on one or two airsoft tips to work on at a time. Work on those ones until they become second nature, and then move on to the next couple of tips.
Although it may seem like you’re improving at a slower rate, it would be much faster than trying to do all of the tips at once.
You don’t want to be a “jack-of-all-trades, master of none.”