As with any sport, staying safe in airsoft is incredibly important, both for you and the other players in the skirmish.
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Whilst injuries caused form airsoft are relatively uncommon, there are a few things you should to consider when preparing for your next skirmish.
The actual pain caused from the impact of a BB is relatively low; however, you should be wearing eye protection at all times as they can cause damage to this sensitive area of the body.
As a minimum, it is recommended to wear impact resistant eye goggles as these will fully shield your eyes from oncoming BBs.
If you’re looking for further protection, there are a variety of helmets and face masks available which provide even greater defence during skirmishes, many with unique and eye-catching designs.
A logical next step in this list: body protection isn’t necessarily as important as eye equivalents (would you rather get shot in the eye or the leg?) but it is still important nonetheless.
Many airsoft sites consist of harsh terrain including urban environments and forested landscapes. This presents a multitude of different objects such as branches and thorns which can potentially cause harm to players with insufficient protection.
Wearing body armour and other protective clothing not only shields you from the harsh elements of the battlefield, but many can also provide camouflage as well as storage compartments for magazines, gas and other essential items too.
Food! (and drink)
Physical protection is certainly important but you shouldn’t neglect your nutrition during the weekend of games either.
Staying hydrated and eating food with high nutritional value is paramount in staying focused and efficient for the duration of your games as airsoft can be physically demanding, especially for new players who are not accustomed to the sport.
Many airsoft sites have on-site food facilities however, if this is not the case, make to prepare your meals beforehand to avoid being left ravenous.
Not in public places
Ok this is a very important one. Airsoft guns are strictly permitted for use only on private property – that means either at your home or at an airsoft site.
Because of this, you must avoid taking your weapon outside into public places at all costs in order to stay within the bounds of the law. The exception to this is if you stored your weapon in an appropriate case which completely hides it from the view of others.
Play by the rules
Some airsoft sites enforce specific rules such as a maximum FPS for guns and the banning of certain grenade types. Whilst these may not all be in place for safety reasons, it is important to respect the rules of the site as some limitations may be to protect players in the skirmish.
There’s nothing to be worried about during a weekend of airsoft, however, be sure to wear appropriate clothing and be mindful of the tips above to stay safe at all times.