You may be looking for a new hobby to get into once we’re all free to get out and about again. Whether it is as a means to help yourself get fit, or to simply explore something new and exciting, there are a lot of really good options out there. One that people do not consider as much as they perhaps should, however, is airsoft. Yes, it is essentially shooting but without the same levels of danger, and if you do not like guns then perhaps a different choice would be better, but if you’re even the slightest bit interested, then here’s some tips to help you get into the game.
Get A Decent Gun
When you’re new to something it is always tempting to go for the cheaper option. It is understandable: If you’re not a fan of it in the end you don’t want to have spent too much on something you’ll now never use. However, there is another side to this. You may not enjoy things as much because your kit is cheap. For example, you may buy a cheap gun that jams a lot, and this paints a bad picture of the hobby for you. Now, you don’t need to go crazy. Stick with airsoft pistols or rifles over $100 if you can, but don’t feel like you have to go for something worth $500 or above. Plus, ask around. There may be someone who makes a good starter kit that someone else can tell you about, or cut you a good deal on.
FPS: Learn What It Means
So let’s get this out of the way. FPS. Feet per second. That’s the technical translation. What does it mean from a practical point, though? Simply put, it is how fast your airsoft gun will fire. Understanding this is important so that you know what to get and where you can go. On average, you’ll want a gun that fires between 225 to 250 FPS. If you get something that goes higher, you may want to check the sites you’ll be going to first, as many will restrict the upper end of this scale to help keep fights fair and consistent, as well as safer for everyone attending. There are other variables to keep an eye out for too, such as barrel length, but FPS is the biggest one to know.
Dress For The Occasion
Airsoft is a rough and tumble kind of activity. So, don’t dress in your fanciest threads for it. Instead, opt for comfortable but practical gear to begin with, like sweat shirts and camo pants, as well as a good set of goggles. Eye protection is very important. You don’t want a wild BB to hit you in the eye, trust me on that. You can also choose to add kneepads, fingerless gloves, and even switch those goggles for a full face mask. One small thing though, avoid anything reflective. You want to blend in, not stand out, if you want to win. So if you have anything camo lying around, now would be a good time to break it out.
There you go, a few quick tips to steer you the right way for what may just become your new passion! There’s always more to learn, but this is a solid start. Remember though, airsoft isn’t for everyone, and that’s alright, but for those who do love the sport it is very rewarding and educational in its own right. So go ahead, give it a look. You never know, you may end up really enjoying it. There’s usually a good airsoft club nearby, and you could make some steadfast friends by simply being willing to take that first step to expand out of your comfort zone!