Speedsoft: A Beginner’s Guide to Airsoft’s Fast-Paced Game Style

Are you ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure that tests your tactical skills and endurance? If you’re an Airsoft fan, you may have heard of the popular game style known as Speedsoft.

Speedsoft is a fast-paced, close-quarters combat game style that encourages fast reflexes and speed. It’s an intense experience that requires quick thinking, precise movements, and a willingness to push yourself to the limit.

For beginners, the world of Speedsoft can be intimidating and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you navigate the basics of this exciting game style.

What is Speedsoft in Airsoft?

Speedsoft is a game style in airsoft that focuses on fast-paced, close-quarters combat. In this game style, players typically use lightweight, high-capacity guns that allow for quick and accurate shooting.

Unlike traditional airsoft games, which tend to be more tactical and strategic, Speedsoft games are all about speed, agility, and reflexes.

Matches usually take place in small, indoor arenas or outdoor fields with a lot of obstacles and cover. The goal of the game is to eliminate the other team’s players.

The matches are usually very quick because of the nature of speedsoft and are great if you find yourself wanting to just shoot others rather than take a more slow-methodical approach.

If you’re familiar with Speedball from Paintball, Speedsoft is the Airsoft version of it.

The Differences Between Speedsoft and Traditional Airsoft

One of the main differences between Speedsoft and traditional airsoft is the focus on speed and agility. Speedsoft awards aggressive, tactical gameplay, whereas Airsoft rewards slower, strategic gameplay.

In traditional airsoft, players often use heavier guns that require more deliberate movements and careful aiming. Tactics and strategies are more important in traditional airsoft, as players must work together to achieve specific goals and take out enemy players strategically.

In Speedsoft, the focus is on fast, aggressive gameplay. Players move quickly and shoot accurately, relying on their reflexes and quick thinking to outmaneuver their opponents. Many times players will rapid-fire their guns to maximize their chance of hitting a player and allow them to move by suppressing the opponent.

Another major difference between Speedsoft and traditional airsoft is the types of guns and gear used. In Speedsoft, players typically use lightweight, high-capacity guns that allow for quick and accurate shooting. These guns are often modified to shoot at a higher rate of fire than traditional airsoft guns. Players also tend to wear minimal gear, such as a chest rig or minimal plate carrier, to allow for maximum mobility.

Playing Speedsoft: Rules and Regulations

Like any other airsoft game style, Speedsoft has its own set of rules and regulations that players must follow. These rules are designed to ensure the safety of all players and promote fair play. Some common rules in Speedsoft include:

  • Minimum engagement distances: Players must maintain a minimum distance from other players when shooting to prevent injuries.
  • Dead man’s walk: When a player is hit, they must immediately put their gun in the air and walk off the field without talking or interfering with the game.
  • Magazine restrictions: Some fields or events may have restrictions on the number of magazines a player can carry to prevent excessive use of high-capacity magazines.
  • Chronographing: Before the start of a game, players’ guns may be tested to ensure they are shooting within a safe velocity range. Because Speedsoft is so quick your gun will have a lower joule limit.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the field or event you plan to play at before participating in a Speedsoft game.

How to Get Started with Speedsoft

Getting started with Speedsoft is easy, but it requires some basic equipment and knowledge. Here are the steps you can take to get started with Speedsoft:

  • Get the right gear: To play Speedsoft, you’ll need a lightweight, high-capacity gun, as well as minimal gear to allow for maximum mobility. Look for guns that have a high rate of fire and are easy to maneuver in close-quarters combat.
  • Practice your shooting: Speedsoft requires quick and accurate shooting, so it’s important to practice your aim and shooting speed. Set up targets at different distances and practice shooting quickly and accurately.
  • Find a field or event: Look for airsoft fields or events that offer Speedsoft games. These games are usually labeled as “Speedsoft” or “CQB” (close-quarters battle).
  • Play with experienced players: Playing with experienced Speedsoft players can help you learn the basics of the game style and improve your skills. Watch how they move and shoot, and ask for tips and advice to help you improve.

Speedsoft Equipment and Gear

To play Speedsoft, you’ll need some basic equipment and gear. Here’s a list of the essential items you’ll need:

  • Gun: Look for a lightweight, high-capacity gun that is easy to maneuver in close-quarters combat. Some popular options include the G&G ARP9, Krytac PDW, and Classic Army Skirmish ECS.
  • Magazine: High-capacity magazines are a must for Speedsoft. Look for magazines that hold at least 100 rounds.
  • Eye protection: Safety goggles or glasses are a must for all airsoft games, including Speedsoft. Look for goggles or glasses that are rated for impact and provide full eye protection.
  • Face protection: Some players also wear face protection, such as a mesh mask or balaclava, to protect their faces from BBs.
  • Gear: Minimal gear is best for Speedsoft, as it allows for maximum mobility. Look for a chest rig or minimal plate carrier to hold your magazines and other essentials.

Basic Speedsoft Tactics and Strategies

To succeed in Speedsoft, you’ll need to develop some basic tactics and strategies. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Keep moving: Speedsoft is all about speed and agility, so it’s important to keep moving to avoid getting hit. Use cover and obstacles to your advantage, and don’t be afraid to take risks.
  • Communicate with your team: Communication is key in Speedsoft. Use hand signals or radio to communicate with your teammates and coordinate your movements.
  • Use suppression fire: Suppression fire can be a powerful tool in Speedsoft. Shoot at your opponents to keep their heads down and prevent them from advancing.
  • Don’t peak from the same location: When peaking from behind an obstacle don’t peak from the same location. If you peak high, the next time either peak from a lower position of the same corner or peak from the other side of the obstacle. This keeps the opponent guessing where you’re going to be peaking from.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Speedsoft

As with any game style, there are some common mistakes that beginners make in Speedsoft. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:

  • Being too aggressive: While aggression is important in Speedsoft, it’s also important to be strategic and use cover and obstacles to your advantage.
  • Not communicating with your team: Communication is key in Speedsoft. Make sure to communicate with your team and coordinate your movements.
  • Not practicing enough: Speedsoft requires quick reflexes and accurate shooting. Make sure to practice your shooting and movement regularly to improve your skills.
  • Not following the rules: Speedsoft has its own set of rules and regulations. Each field is different, but try to have a lower-powered spring handle if you’re shooting too hot.


Speedsoft is an intense and thrilling game style that offers a unique challenge for airsoft players. By following the tips and strategies outlined in this guide, you can improve your skills and succeed in Speedsoft. Remember to prioritize safety and fair play at all times, and have fun exploring the fast-paced world of Speedsoft.

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Nathan Skoczylas

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