Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Airsoft Safety Essentials Part II: Safety Equipment and Attire

Airsoft Safety GearIn Part I of this series, Airsoft Safety Essentials Part I: Handling your Gun, we examined important safety measures to bear in mind when handling an Airsoft gun. Part II provides an overview of some key pieces of protective attire that can help prevent injury when playing Airsoft:

Safety Goggles
A pair of impact resistant goggles is the absolute minimum protection that must be worn when playing with Airsoft guns. Eye protection is so important that yelling "blind man" has emerged as a widely known signal to stop firing immediately due to someone in the vicinity lacking eye protection (the phrase can also be shouted for other reasons, but always means cease fire). Do your part to promote Airsoft safety by never shooting at anyone who is not wearing eye protection.

Face Mask
Many Airsoft players choose to wear protective face masks, which cover and shield the face during play. Some face masks are combined with goggles for full-face protection, while others are designed for use in combination with impact resistant goggles. A face mask can help prevent a direct hit to your face and teeth.

Tactical Vest
An Airsoft tactical vest protects the skin from the direct impact of an Airsoft BB. In addition to adding a layer of protection, these vests also make it convenient to carry extra guns, magazines, BBs and other supplies. Airsoft tactical vests are available in many styles at a wide range of prices.

Airsoft Helmet
An Airsoft tactical helmet prevents direct hits to the head during play. Many players also enjoy the realism that a helmet adds to the game.

Full Coverage Clothing
Generally, wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants is advised when playing Airsoft. Clothing that covers exposed areas of skin lessens the impact of BBs and can prevent welts from forming as the result of a hit.

Though all of the protective equipment mentioned here is not required to play the sport of Airsoft, a protective pair of safety goggles should be worn at all times during a skirmish.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, the fastest growing of all Airsoft stores in the nation. Airsoft Megastore offers deep discounts on sale items for players interested in a cheap Airsoft tactical vest or looking to find Airsoft sniper rifles cheap.

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Blogger Unknown said...

They make alot of good points for protection, but some things arent completely needed, but some things here (goggles/ face mask) are essential.
The most important thing to get and use are goggles/ face mask.
They protect your eyes!
Protection for your eyes, in my opinion, is crucial( you get an eye popped out and you cant play anymore). Me and a friend of mine thought that our normal GLASSES would protect our eyes. Dont be stupid like us. both our glasses got shot and needed to be repaired. parents got real mad because;
1. Glasses cost alot to repair, wich is aviodable with goggles. 2. If your glasses cant handle that kind of fire power, they WILL break, you WILL go blind, and I WILL laugh at you for not listening.
Next up, Tactical vests.
A tactical vest is nice for looks, but can be a little expensive (not at airsoftmegastore). You'll get just as much as protection from a jacket, and shirt under. You could buy cargo pants with alot of pockets and you've just saved yourself alotta money. Only reason you might get a vest is for the military look.
(cost $40 for a tactical vest. Cost $10-$20 for cargo pants)
Last up is the helmet.
a helmet might be good for a begginer, but honestly, once you get used to getting shot at, and hit in the head, you wont use the helmet. A helmet like they said is good for the real military look, but otherwise can be quite a waste. (if your looking for protection for your head wear a bicycle helmet or a jacket with a hood. Works just as well.)

Airsoftmegastore put up alot of good points, but most of these look more like a way to make a quick buck honestly.
What it'd cost for all these things they say you need:$70-$100
What it'd cost for what I say you need (which you can buy at Wal-Mart or something):$30-$60.
By comparison, you can tell you'll save alot more money buying these things at Wal-Mart.


April 22, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

well dont get your airsoft equipment from walmart because alot of there guns will breakand or jam after a few games. Airsoft mega store is the place to go!!!

May 16, 2009 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

dont get your airsoft gear from walmart because there guns will break or jam after a few games.Airsoft megastore is the place to go.

May 16, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

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