9 Common Mistakes Beginners Make in Airsoft

Becoming a great Airsoft player takes time and we all have to start somewhere. But, like any hobby or sport, there are common mistakes beginners will typically do when they start playing Airsoft.

Beginners in Airsoft often make some common mistakes:

  • Lack of protective gear
  • Poor communication and teamwork
  • Overexposure and lack of cover usage
  • Trigger happy and inaccurate shooting
  • Lack of situational awareness
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Not adapting to game modes or roles
  • Equipment and gear considerations
  • Neglecting maintenance and care

In this article, I’ll talk a little about each mistake and some tips to help you move past them!

Lack of Protective Gear

One of the most common mistakes is not wearing proper protective gear. If you don’t have a friend that plays Airsoft it’s easy to overlook some protection, like face protection, head protection, and hand protection.

A paintball mask, ball cap, neck gaiter, and mechanic gloves can go a long way!

Someone new may underestimate the importance of face masks and other safety equipment – a BB can take out a tooth after all! It’s crucial to prioritize safety and wear the necessary gear to prevent injuries or at least reduce the sting from the BBs.

What is Typical Airsoft Safety Gear? Read our article to find out!

Poor Communication and Teamwork

Airsoft is a team-based activity, and beginners may struggle with communication and teamwork. Failing to communicate effectively with teammates, coordinate movements, or share important information can hinder overall performance and strategy.

Making callouts where opponents are can feel awkward at first and once that feels comfortable making good callouts becomes the next challenge. Just keep yelling out where contacts are and over time the callouts will get better and louder!

Overexposure and Lack of Cover Usage

Beginners may expose themselves too much by standing in the open without utilizing cover effectively. This makes them easy targets for opponents. Learning to use cover, move tactically, and minimize exposure is important for survival and success in airsoft.

When attacking an opponent it can be easy to fixate on them. What you may not realize is that tree you’re using to cove from them is only covering you from them and you’re actually completely in the open to other opponents.

Trigger Happy and Inaccurate Shooting

Beginners often fall into the trap of “spray and pray,” continuously firing without aiming or considering accuracy. This wastes ammunition and reveals their position to opponents. Learning trigger control, aiming, and practicing accurate shooting techniques will improve performance.

Take the time to aim and set up a sure hit when you’re undetected. And when in a firefight there is a difference between spray and pray and suppression fire. Suppression fire will be hitting near the target preventing them from coming out of cover.

Lack of Situational Awareness

Beginners may struggle with situational awareness, failing to observe their surroundings, spot opponents, or anticipate enemy movements. Developing good situational awareness is essential for survival and effectively engaging targets.

Spotting enemies and being aware of what is going on around can be hard at the start, especially if you’re not used to seeing people in camo in the woods. It can be frustrating at first but take the time to scan areas and try to notice movement. Over time you’ll develop better situational awareness and the ability to spot small movements of opponents in camo.

Unrealistic Expectations

Some beginners may have unrealistic expectations about their abilities or the game itself. Airsoft requires practice, patience, and continuous improvement. Understanding that it takes time to develop skills and experience will help manage expectations and promote a positive learning experience.

The effective range of an Airsoft replica is less than you may expect it to be and learning what that range is can take some time to get used to. For example, how close you should be to engaging the enemy.

Aiming in a video game is much different that actually aiming a gun in real life. However, I found many of the tactics used in strategic FPS games can translate over to airsoft!

Not Adapting to Game Modes or Roles

When you’re new to Airsoft learning and adapting to the many game modes and roles can be a lot – especially when it comes to MilSim.

Beginners may not fully understand the objectives or roles in different game modes. They may fail to adapt their strategies or playstyles accordingly, leading to confusion or ineffective gameplay.

Learning the rules and objectives of each game mode and understanding different roles will contribute to better gameplay.

Understanding the specific rules and regulations of the airsoft games they participate in. This can lead to confusion, rule violations, or unfair play. Taking the time to familiarize oneself with the game rules and guidelines ensures a fair and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Equipment and Gear Considerations

Beginners may make mistakes when it comes to equipment and gear choices. They might invest in expensive gear before fully understanding their preferences, needs, or if it’s a hobby they actually like. It’s important to research and seek advice from experienced players when selecting equipment to make informed decisions.

Neglecting Maintenance and Care

Beginners may overlook the importance of regular maintenance and care for their airsoft guns and equipment. This can lead to performance issues, malfunctions, or premature wear and tear.

Regular cleaning, lubrication, and proper storage of equipment are essential for longevity and optimal performance.

Does that mean you should be cleaning your airsoft gun after every game? Not necessarily, but try to do regular cleanings, especially after a dusty or muddy game.

A protective case or something to put the Airsoft gun in when moving will help protect it from the bumps and drops that occur when transporting it.

Additionally, don’t forget to let your gear air out after games, and wash what can be washed! There’s nothing worst than opening a bag of old sweaty, smelling gear and having to put it on yourself the next game.

Final Thoughts

We were all at the beginning at some point and we all develop our skillset at different rates. The main thing is to get out on the field, stay safe, and have fun!

With time, experience, and a willingness to learn, any beginner can overcome these challenges and improve their skills in the game. It’s important to approach airsoft with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn from mistakes, and a commitment to safety and fair play.

About the author

Nathan Skoczylas

When I'm not playing Airsoft I enjoy working out, training BJJ, mountain biking, and making music!