Amenities - Airsoft skirmishing

What is Airsoft?

In layman’s terms Airsoft skirmishing is an action game based on military simulation. It can be many different things to many different people, but the one thing that binds most Airsofters together is skirmishing, the minimum requirements being eye protection and a gun.

It is so much more than a simple game of ‘tag’, it’s an all-encompassing experience, which constantly evolves and changes. Players will often use the same rigs, equipment and uniforms as their professional counter parts in real military forces around the world.

Airsofters use 'Soft Air' replicas to fire non lethal projectiles (BB's). The replicas look and function as realistic as they can be, this means during the simulation magazine changes will be necessary, adding to the experience.

Different types of Soft air replicas are available for different purposes, just as in real life. There are too many varieties to list, but they include pistols, sub machine guns, rifles, assault rifles, sniper rifles, support guns and more recently anti vehicle launchers.

All have appropriate magazine capacities and although they fire the same ammunition, they function and handle in very different ways.

Endless scenarios are acted out by opposing teams and players, from simple base swaps or patrolling, to complicated hostage rescues. It's not uncommon to see a VIP being escorted through a specific game zone, it's as varied as your imagination allows.

The whole system is based around honor, there is no paint or mark left by the BB that hit's an opponent, so we all rely on the honesty of the other players to indicate when they have been hit.

The system works surprisingly well once players get the hang of 'feeling' or sometimes 'hearing' when they have taken a hit. Cheating in airsoft is highly frowned upon and anyone caught cheating will be sent home from the site they are playing at without a refund!

The velocities 'Soft Air Weapons' operate at means they are non lethal, that has two advantages.

The replicas can fire in fully automatic mode (this is a function that is banned for lethal air weapons) and the minimum safety equipment Airsofters need is eye protection, this all adds to the realism and experience so players can get the most from their gaming days.

Who can play?

Anybody can enjoy skirmishing.

Airsoft is played by a massive cross section of society, lawyers and city bankers rub shoulders on the Airsoft field, along with police-officers, trades people, mums and everybody in between.

Age isn't an issue, we take players in secondary school education to those well into retirement. (Under 18's normally require guardian to be with them or sign an agreement form)

There are no fitness requirements to play, unlike other action games it's not essential to be fit to play Airsoft, there are roles for most shapes and sizes. Some actually use Airsoft as a means of getting fit or relieving stress, burning off that excess energy after sitting at a desk all day, much more exciting and enjoyable than going to a gym.

Information coutesy of red1airsoft.co.uk