What is Typical Airsoft Safety Gear?

Airsoft is a recreational activity that involves using replica firearms to engage in simulated combat scenarios. It is a fun and exciting activity that allows players to shoot each other! However, as with any activity involving high-speed projectiles, safety should always be a top priority. This is where airsoft safety gear comes in.

Standard airsoft safety gear is:

  • Eye protection – goggles
  • Face protection – face mask or mouthguard
  • Head protection – helmet
  • Body protection – plate carrier
  • Footwear – boots with ankle support
  • Gloves – rubber padded knuckles/fingers

Airsoft safety gear is designed to protect players from the impact of BBs fired from airsoft guns. In this article, we will take a closer look at the different types of airsoft safety gear that every player should consider investing in.

Eye Protection

The eyes are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, and they must be protected at all times when playing airsoft. Eye protection, commonly called eye-pro, is the most critical piece of airsoft safety gear, and it is mandatory in all airsoft fields. Failing to wear proper eye protection can result in serious injury or even blindness.

These goggles are the eye-pro you’ll see people using on the field, including me!

When choosing eye protection, make sure that it is specifically designed for airsoft use. Ordinary safety glasses or sunglasses are usually not sufficient as they may not be able to withstand the impact of airsoft BBs traveling at 300-400 FPS! Look for eye protection with a high impact rating and a seal around the eyes to prevent BBs from entering.

Paintball masks are popular choices for someone’s first piece of safety gear. They’re great as the mask covers your entire face (and ears) and can sufficiently protect your eyes against airsoft BBs. How do I know? Well, above is a picture of me using a paintball mask and you better believe I got hit in the face and eye section…. more than once! But, let’s not talk about that.

Face Protection

While eye protection is essential, it only protects the eyes. The face is another vulnerable area that needs to be protected. Face protection can come in the form of a mask, helmet, or goggles with a full seal. It is essential to choose face protection that is comfortable and does not obstruct vision.

Full-face masks are the most common form of face protection in airsoft. They protect the entire face, including the mouth, nose, and ears. Some masks even come with built-in goggles, making it easier to wear both eye and face protection at the same time.

Body Protection

The rest of the body also needs to be protected when playing airsoft. BBs can cause pain and injury when they hit exposed skin. Body protection comes in the form of vests, jackets, and pants made of thick material that can withstand the impact of BBs.

This doesn’t have to be overcomplicated either, I usually just wear an old hoodie with a long sleeve shirt underneath. For outdoor games, this works great.

A plate carrier protects the front and rear of the torso!

For indoor CQB games, you may want to either layer up more or get a plate carrier. Getting hit by BBs in CQB definitely will leave a bruise and having something that adds a bit more protection will definitely be welcomed!

When choosing body protection, make sure that it fits well and is not too bulky. It should be comfortable to wear and allow for ease of movement. Getting a plate carrier is a great piece of gear to get. Not only does it lessen the impact of BBs, but it also provided additional places to attach mags, grenades, communication devices, and more!

Footwear

Proper footwear is essential for preventing injuries to the feet and ankles when playing airsoft. Players should wear sturdy boots with good ankle support to prevent twisting or spraining the ankle. Boots should also have a non-slip sole to prevent slipping on wet or uneven terrain.

They’re being held together with shoe goo, but they get the job done and are comfy!

I used my old hiking boots when I first started and they worked great. They were something familiar and gave me support when running through the woods.

Gloves

Hands and fingers are also vulnerable areas that need to be protected during airsoft games. Gloves protect the hands from the impact of BBs and prevent cuts and scrapes from rough terrain. They also provide a better grip on airsoft guns, which is essential for accuracy and control.

Typical Mechanix gloves. These ones are great for the outdoors! For CQB (or outdoors) I’d recommend these for the extra protection.

When choosing gloves, look for ones made of durable material that can withstand the impact of BBs. Gloves with padded fingers and knuckles are ideal, especially if you play CQB (close-quarter battle). The gloves should also provide a good grip and allow for ease of movement.

Bonus: Groin Protection!

If you’re a male you may want to consider protecting your male goods. Many people don’t bother, but some will wear a cup. I know I don’t want a direct hit there so I fashioned a homemade cup out of cardboard and a sock!

My homemade cup!

Just put this inside your pants and wrap the upper sock around your belt to hold it in place. It’ll help dampen the blow by distributing the impact on the cardboard!

Conclusion

Airsoft safety gear is essential for protecting players from injury and ensuring a safe and enjoyable playing experience. Eye protection, face protection, body protection, footwear, and gloves are all important pieces of airsoft safety gear that every player should invest in. Remember, safety should always be a top priority when playing airsoft.

About the author

Nathan Skoczylas

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