Friday, May 22, 2009

Airsoft and the "Blind Man" Rule

airsoft blind man ruleSafety should always be taken seriously when dealing with airsoft guns. Just as you would not begin a skirmish without proper safety attire, you should not enter a match without full knowledge of the safety rules of the organization you are playing with. Though the specifics of the rule will vary, the “blind man” rule is commonly enforced across nearly all airsoft organizations.

What is the "Blind Man" rule?
"Blind man" is a warning that may be shouted anytime during an airsoft match when a player or bystander is spotted without protective eyewear, or in certain other emergency situations. Some organizations may dictate that only a commander may enact this rule, but many allow any player on the field to shout "blind man" under the appropriate circumstances. Having a universal signal to use in the event that someone in the vicinity is at risk underscores the importance of safety precautions in the sport of airsoft.

The "blind man" rule is widely understood as a signal that someone in the area is lacking proper eye protection, though in some organizations it is used to halt play for other reasons. For instance, sometimes the command is used when there is an injury, if a player’s vision is impaired or in response to other unsafe situations. Regardless of what prompts the warning, the actions you should take when you hear it are the same.

What to do when someone shouts "Blind Man!"
When you hear another player say "blind man," halt fire, stop wherever you are and repeat "blind man." The rules of some organizations may also dictate that all players place their airsoft guns on the ground when they hear the signal. If every player adheres to protocol and stops play when the "blind man" signal is given, the situation can be resolved and the skirmish can resume with minimal effect on the game. You should repeat "blind man" to ensure that everyone around you is aware that play has stopped. Communication is vital to keeping everyone on and around the playing field as safe as possible.

We realize that studying up on safety rules may not be the most fun part of airsoft, but in a sport where a small mistake can lead to unnecessary injury, following all safety rules is vitally important. Though the "blind man" command may not be used often in the game of airsoft, every player should be aware of its meaning as well as what actions to take if they hear it shouted.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an Airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for electric airsoft rifles or the right Airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.

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