Top 10 Rookie Mistakes in Airsoft & How to Fix Them

Top 10 Rookie Mistakes in Airsoft & How to Fix Them

Posted by JP & Eric T of the Amped Blog Squad on Jan 04, 2024

January 4, 2024

Top 10 Rookie Mistakes in Airsoft (And how to fix them)

Introduction

Just like any other hobby, you have to begin somewhere with airsoft. With this, a learning curve is associated with nearly every aspect of the hobby. Airsoft is an incredibly fun hobby that helps hone skills such as communication skills, team leading and building, and fostering friendships that can last a lifetime. When you take proper precautions, airsoft is extremely safe. We are here to remedy the top three rookie mistakes we have witnessed with our combined Airsoft experience. (This one's for the parents!)

The expert at anything was once a beginner.
- Helen Hayes
Photo of a guy wearing face protection airsoft

1. Removing Your Eye Protection on the Field

Our first rookie mistake is when players remove their eye protection on the field. Not only is this against EVERY airsoft field and event producer's rules, but it is incredibly dangerous and can cost you your sight. The number one reason players do this is because their eye protection begins to fog, and they can no longer see. Goggle-fog can be frustrating and greatly impact your experience in itself. As a "rookie," we understand that you might not want to spend hundreds of dollars on high-tech eye and face protection, so we are here to offer cheap and simple solutions to this problem.

Our first and cheapest solution to this is the MotoSolutions Fogtech DX Wipe. These work great for me, and I keep them on me every time I play. Simply remove the wipe from the packaging, wipe down your eye protection, let it sit for a few minutes, and use a microfiber cloth to buff out any smears. These can keep you in the game without removing your eye protection to wipe away any fog or sweat. They come as singles, or you can purchase a 12-pack to save money in the long run.

TOP FOG PREVENTION:

We understand fog wipes might not work for our sweatiest airsoft players, so enter the Ex Fog Antifog system kit.

This onboard fan system can turn any eye protection system into a fully vented air system, flowing fresh air in and stale air out.

And if you ever get stuck in a situation where you are completely fogged up on the field, hold up your dead rag and get off the field (find a ref to help you if you can). Never take off your eye pro.

Photo of Airsofter with an Amped Barrel Cover

2. Negligent Discharge

Another rookie mistake that we always see is someone shooting their airsoft gun in an area such as staging, a parking lot, or the registration booth. Negligent discharge can be hazardous to yourself and others, especially since no one wears eye protection in these areas. Our first and foremost tip on this matter is to treat your replica as if it is a real firearm, never pointing it in any direction you don't intend to fire while off the field. We do understand that things happen, and a little extra insurance never hurts anyone.

Our first remedy to this rookie mistake is the most simple and usually required by any local field - a barrel cover. Barrel covers are designed to cover the muzzle of your airsoft gun to prevent any accidental shots from causing injury to yourself, others, and property in places where gameplay isn't permitted. It's important to note that gloves, socks, (yes we've seen it all) or other non-barrel cover items cannot be used in place of this product in most fields.

Another way we recommend to prevent any sort of negligent discharge is the use of a proper gun case or bag when transporting your replica.

You should never transport your airsoft gun without a gun back. Ever. This is for your safety, your replicas and those around you.

Additionally, it might be legally required in your state. You can buy them at most sporting goods stores, gun shops, and online retailers.

Photo of Airsoft and Paintball Masks in a row

3. Wrong Eye/Face Protection

Another common mistake beginners make is selecting the wrong face and eye protection. We understand how expensive your first year of playing airsoft is, but choosing low-quality gear can put you at risk of getting injured while playing.

We have seen players using mesh eye protection. And I get it - new players might be tempted to buy mesh eye protection because of the price and ventilation, but it has its dangers. Tiny fragments from BBs can pass through the mesh and cause eye injuries.

Instead, it is important to get goggles or glasses that are impact-resistant and meet safety standards. Ensure that your face protection covers vulnerable areas without compromising visibility, striking a balance between safety and comfort.

TOP PICKS FOR EYE PROTECTION:

Depending on your age and where you are playing, you may be required to wear full-face goggles. I highly recommend that players use full face protection, especially for younger airsoft players. Most airsoft fields actually require participants under 18 years of age to wear a full airsoft or paintball-style mask. These masks offer full coverage from your forehead to your jawline and sometimes have added ear protection. Even experienced players wear full-face goggles, especially for indoor airsoft. Either way, eye and face protection is something you do not want to skimp on.

Still trying to decide which is best for you? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Protective Gear.

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4. Not Wearing Gloves

Aside from eye and face protection, gloves are arguably the next most important piece of gear a player can utilize to protect one of the body's most sensitive areas from airsoft guns! At some point, we have all experienced the unfortunate moment when we forget our gloves. However, we quickly learned a valuable lesson that ensures we will never forget them again.

Especially true for indoor airsoft, finger and hand shots can really hurt, potentially stinging for the rest of your airsoft session! Gloves should be one of the first items purchased when getting into the hobby. They are incredibly convenient and can be stored on your person, dangling from a carabiner, or in a pocket when not in use.

There are great options for cheap, budget-friendly gloves that you can find at your local hardware store. We also offer a large variety of different gloves - catered to all playstyles and preferences!

Opt fo gloves that provide maximum knuckle and finger protection or padding. But no matter what you choose, wear gloves.

You'll thank me later.

Photo of man loading bbs in an airsoft magazine with a speedloader

5. Using the Wrong BBs

Airsoft guns are designed to shoot plastic BBs 6mm in diameter. Using any other type of ammunition, especially metal BBs meant for traditional BB guns, is EXTREMELY dangerous to other players and can cause severe damage to your airsoft gun's internals, affecting its functionality. When purchasing BBs for airsoft, always ensure they are 6mm plastic BBs, designed specifically for airsoft gameplay. Using the correct ammunition not only ensures the safety of players but also preserves the longevity and functionality of your airsoft equipment.

One of our most asked beginner questions is, "What is the difference between different BB weights?" First and foremost, there is no difference in size with heavier weights. No matter the weight, all airsoft BBs are perfectly spherical 6mm plastic that fit in just about any airsoft gun (there are, in fact, different sizes of BBs, but these are very far and few between, reserved for a small number of bolt action airsoft guns that are rare in themselves).

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Entry-level BB weights can range from .20g up to .48g. Typically, most beginner guns can use .20g, .25g, and .28g bbs just fine. The heavier your BB weight, the more you must adjust your replica's hop up system. We recommend using heavier BB weights if you are using higher-end airsoft replicas or have upgraded your airsoft gun. Heavier BBs will help maximize your replica's performance, increase your range, and give you more stopping power on your target.

It is worth noting that when engaging with your opponents at close range in airsoft, using heavier BBs can lead to more damage than using lighter ones. Therefore, it is important to use them responsibly. Most airsoft fields, particularly indoor facilities, have a specified BB weight outlined in their rule set, which can be found on the respective arena's website.

photo of airsofters holding deadrags

6. Not Calling Your Hits

Airsoft is a sport built on trust, and failing to call your hits can lead to some really angry airsoft players and diminish the overall experience. Newcomers may find it hard to gauge whether they've been hit, especially in the heat of the moment. To avoid this mistake, practice awareness on the field and listen for the distinct sound of BB impacts.

Honesty is critical in airsoft, so if you think you've been hit, take the honorable route and call yourself out. Make sure to raise your hand and scream "HIT" loud enough for others to hear, and use your dead rag/light to avoid being overshot. Remember, airsoft is a game, and we're here to have fun.

photo of a battery lipo

7. Leaving Your Battery Plugged In

Another common rookie mistake in airsoft is leaving your battery plugged in after a game. Many new (and even experienced) players tend to forget to unplug their batteries, leading to potential long-term battery damage and decreased performance.

Some guns contain internal components such as MOSFETs or other features that can consume battery power even when the gun is not in use, and if a LiPo fully discharges, it's ruined. To prevent this from happening, I recommend disconnecting the battery as soon as you are done playing. This simple habit can help you avoid the risk of damaging your battery and prolong its lifespan.

Photo of rentals at Amped Airsoft Arena

8. Buying Before You've Rented

Buying an an expensive airsoft gun without prior experience is a classic rookie mistake in airsoft. I highly recommend renting or borrowing gear for the first couple of times before making any substantial purchases. This gives you time to learn your preferences, playing style, and needs. It's easy to be tempted by cool gear or high-end guns, but they might not align with your preferences or comfort during gameplay. This "trial period" ensures that when you decide to get your own equipment, it will be a well-informed and personalized choice tailored to you and your playstyle.

If the field you play airsoft at does not provide rental guns, and you intend to play regularly, it is recommended that you purchase your own airsoft gun that can be used for different playstyles. This will save you money in the long run. Amped Airsoft offers new player bundle deals that include airsoft guns that can be used for various playstyles.

Photo of Amped Camelbak

9. Dehydration

Forgetting to stay hydrated is a crucial yet often overlooked rookie mistake in airsoft. Playing airsoft, especially in outdoor environments and during warmer weather, is physically demanding. Proper hydration is essential to maintain performance, focus, and overall well-being.

To avoid this rookie mistake, make it a priority to bring along enough water to keep you hydrated throughout the day. You can either invest in a hydration system or bring a water bottle for easy access to fluids. Remember to take short breaks and listen to your body. If you start feeling dizzy or tired, it's probably time to rehydrate.

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10. Forgetting Airsoft is Just a Game

Before each Milsim West game - players recite a pledge and it really captures the importance of remembering that airsoft is a game and we are all here to have fun. Don't take things too seriously, and you'll have a great time and build some amazing relationships amongst one of the best communities out there.

"I am a silly war nerd who likes to play silly war games" "...when I get salty, I will always remember I’m with my fantastic friends, in our fabulous costumes and we’re having a fantastic time."
- Josh Warren, MSW

Written by JP and Eric T of the Amped Blog Squad