Airsoft is a fun and demanding war game that puts both your physical fitness and mental capacity at work. Your first experiences with the game can make or break your sympathy for this world, so it’s important to have all the right information.
For instance, your first experiences are dependent on the role you choose, the airsoft weapons at your disposal and your teammates. But it also helps to go on the field prepared, which is why we put together a list of tips that every beginner should know.
Be Prepared with the Right Gear
As a beginner, you will get into all sorts of situations that will make you an easy target for the other team (more on this below in the article). As such, you should be prepared to take BBs from all sorts of weapons (some are quite powerful).
This means that you should wear protective gear for the face and head (full-face mask it’s the best), hands, torso, and neck. These areas are the most sensitive and the most exposed to injuries. Now, if you don’t feel like investing in a full protective gear costume, make sure to have goggles and a mask that covers your mouth. Also, wear a hard hat and gloves, and don’t forget to cover your arms and torso with thick clothing.
Don’t Spend Too Much on A Gun
One of the main attractions that bring people towards airsoft is represented by the realistic guns. In fact, the offer is so varied that even experienced players find it difficult to settle to only one weapon!
However, as a beginner, it’s best to avoid spending too much from the first try. Of course, you shouldn’t choose the cheapest models either. You’ll need a reliable rifle that’s easy to maneuver and load, and a solid pistol to use as a sidearm. To get a better idea of the best brands and models, have a look at the airsoft gun recommendations on Airsoft Pal.
Learn to Aim while Keeping a Small Profile
Target practice is important but it won’t prepare you for field situations (especially if you play in a CQB role). For this, it’s important to learn how to shoot accurately while keeping a low profile.
The profile is about how much of you is left uncovered when you’re taking aim. As such, you want your profile to be small, so the enemy will have a more difficult job in hitting you. For this, you should stay as close to your cover as possible and keep your elbows, legs, and behind in.
It’s also important to understand the difference between cover and concealment. The term cover defines an element that blocks incoming BBs while concealment only offers a place to hide without blocking BBs.
Quick tip: To keep the smallest profile, press the elbow of your trigger arm against your rib cage and the stock outside the shoulder (not directly into it). Also, keep the muzzle of your gun as close to the edge of the cover as possible.
In summary, if you keep a small profile and learn how to aim from a difficult position, you should be able to stay in the game longer. However, you still need to get the best protective gear and have a reliable weapon.