A Quick Guide to Airsoft: What You Need to Know

Airsoft is an adrenaline-fueled experience that lets you be the main character of your favorite action-packed movie or tactical combat game. But if you’re new to the hobby, you might be wondering where to start. That’s where this quick guide to airsoft comes in. 

If you’re just starting out, this guide has everything you need to know about airsoft. From the basics of the game to the different types of guns and gear, we’ve got you covered. 

We’ll also dive into the different game modes and strategies to help you dominate the battlefield. And, of course, we’ll provide tips on how to stay safe while playing airsoft.

History of Airsoft

Airsoft originated in Japan in the early 1970s, where it was developed as a safe and fun way to simulate military and law enforcement scenarios. The first airsoft guns were spring-powered, and they fired small plastic BBs. These guns were soon popularized in other parts of Asia, and then in Europe and the United States.

Today, airsoft has become a global phenomenon, with millions of players around the world. The hobby has evolved significantly since its inception, and there are now many different types of guns and gear available to players.

Airsoft Equipment and Gear

To play airsoft, you’ll need a few essential pieces of equipment. The most important of these is, of course… eye protection! You can’t play airsoft without it but you can play without a gun, melee kills for the win!

Next would be your airsoft gun. When it comes to airsoft guns, there are several types to choose from. The most common types are spring-powered, electric-powered (AEG), and gas-powered guns. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, but an AEG it typically the best option for a first gun.

For a more in-depth overview of gear check out: What is Typical Safety Gear?

Protective gear, such as face protection is suggested, and try to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Face protection will protect our face, mainly so your teeth don’t get shot out. While having comfy clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or torn is a good idea. And finally, good boots, although shoes will do – you’ll be running a lot in airsoft on uneven terrain.

In addition to your gun and protective gear, you’ll also need ammunition. Airsoft BBs are typically made of plastic, and they come in many different weights and sizes. The weight of the BB you choose will affect its trajectory and accuracy, so it’s important to choose the right weight for your gun and play style.

Types of Airsoft Guns

As mentioned earlier, there are several types of airsoft guns to choose from.

Spring-powered guns are the most basic type, and they are the least expensive. To fire a spring-powered gun, you must manually cock the gun for each shot.

Electric-powered guns, also known as AEGs (automatic electric guns), are the most popular type of airsoft gun. They are powered by rechargeable batteries, and they can fire in semi-automatic or full-automatic modes.

Gas-powered guns use compressed gas to propel the BBs. They are highly realistic and are often used in military and law enforcement training scenarios. However, they are also the most expensive type of airsoft gun.

Want to learn more about the different types of guns? Explore the Different Types of Airsoft Guns Here

Airsoft Ammunition

Airsoft BBs are 6mm in diameter and come in many different weights, ranging from 0.12 grams to 0.48 grams. The weight of the BB you choose will affect its trajectory, accuracy, and velocity. Heavier BBs are more accurate, but they also travel slower and have less range.

It’s important to choose the right weight of BB for your gun and play style. If you’re playing in a close-quarters environment, you might want to select a lighter BB as they travel quicker and windage won’t be a factor. If you’re playing in a long-range environment, you might want to choose a heavier BB for better accuracy.

Airsoft Safety Guidelines

Safety is of utmost importance in airsoft. The guns used in airsoft are designed to look and feel like real firearms, and it’s important to treat them with the same respect and caution. Here are some basic safety guidelines to follow when playing airsoft:

  • Always wear eye protection
  • Face protection is highly recommended, especially to protect the teeth!
  • Never point your gun at anyone who isn’t playing the game.
  • Don’t play in public areas or other areas where airsoft is prohibited.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other players at all times.
  • Unload your gun and fire it on the ground to clear it before leaving the play area.
  • Follow the rules of the game and any safety guidelines provided by the event organizers.

What Do You Do If Someone Gets Injured?

In Airsoft it is common for the phrase, “No Duff”, to be used to indicate an injury or missing eye protection. You yell No Duff when either you or another player gets injured or is missing eye protection.

When you hear No Duff: halt gameplay, yell No Duff to spread the alert to more players and unload your airsoft gun.

Airsoft Game Types

There are many different types of airsoft games, each with its own unique rules and objectives. Here are some of the most popular game types:

  • MilSim: A military simulation game that emphasizes realism, teamwork, and multiple objectives.
  • CQB: Close-Quarter Battles incorporate structures such as house-like structures and corridors.
  • Speedsoft: Similar to Speedball in paintball, speedsoft is a face-paced match in a small area.

Within these game types, there can be different game modes. Here is a list of the most popular:

  • Team Deathmatch: Two teams compete to eliminate all members of the opposing team.
  • Capture the Flag: Two teams compete to capture the other team’s flag and bring it back to their own base.
  • Domination: Two teams compete to control and hold specific areas of the playing field.

Airsoft Tactics and Strategy

To be successful in airsoft, you’ll need to have a solid understanding of tactics and strategy. Here are some tips to help you dominate the battlefield:

  • Communicate with your team members.
  • Move quickly and stay low to the ground.
  • Use cover and concealment to your advantage.
  • Flank your opponents to catch them off-guard.
  • Don’t be afraid to retreat if you’re outnumbered or outgunned.

Airsoft Events and Competitions

Airsoft events and competitions are a great way to meet other players and test your skills. There are many different types of events and competitions to choose from, ranging from small local games to large national and international events.

Participating in events can also help you improve your skills and learn new tactics and strategies.

Airsoft Community and Resources

The airsoft community is a welcoming and supportive group of players who are passionate about the sport. There are many online forums and resources available to help new players learn the ropes and connect with other players.

Many players at your local field probably have a Discord you can join once you get to know them too!

Some popular airsoft forums and resources include Airsoft Society, Airsoft Forum, and Reddit’s r/airsoft community.


Airsoft is an exciting and challenging sport that offers a unique adrenaline-fueled experience. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, this ultimate guide to airsoft has everything you need to know.

From the basics of the game to the different types of guns and gear, we’ve got you covered. Remember to always prioritize safety, and have fun out there on the battlefield!

About the author

Nathan Skoczylas

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