Thursday, March 31, 2011

Airsoft 101: Where and Where Not to Play

With the ever increasing popularity of airsoft, more and more people are looking for safe and fun locations to use their weapons and organize skirmishes. However, choosing the right location for your next airsoft match entails more than simply finding a vacant lot or venturing into the woods. Laws and in some cases common sense, clearly prevent airsoft enthusiasts from playing in certain environments.

Public Land

Avoid playing airsoft games on publicly owned land such as parks or other local recreational areas, because you can never be sure as to who may venture onto your playing field and get hit in crossfire. An individual who comes upon your game may have no idea what is going on and could possible stray into someone’s line of fire. This is especially dangerous because the unknowing victim will most likely not be wearing any form of protection.

Another reason to avoid playing on publicly owned land is the fact that a passerby may interpret your airsoft weapons as the real thing. Airsoft guns, while only replicas are incredibly realistic and it may be difficult to tell if what you’re holding is an actual firearm or an airsoft gun. Having your local swat team arrive at your playing field is a sure-fire way to end a good day of airsofting.

Private Land

If you find a private location that seems suitable for an airsoft match, it’s imperative that you speak to the land owner first and foremost. We also recommend obtaining written permission if possible. If the land owner agrees to let you play on their property, it’s important that you tape off the area and post warning signs. Surrounding your airsoft field with warning tape will not only protect any curious civilians but will also create a well marked boundary for the players. However, when choosing an airsoft location it’s a good idea to avoid any areas in public view or where there is pedestrian traffic. It’s also recommended to inform any neighbors about the match if in a residential area.

Official Venues

Do to the ever growing popularity of airsoft there are a number of official airsoft fields popping up across the country and you should have no problem finding an official airsoft site near you. Official airsoft fields not only provide the safest places to conduct matches but they also have been selected to provide the optimal environment for airsoft engagements. Official airsoft venues are also a great place to meet fellow airsoft enthusiasts and to arrange future matches.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, the #1 fastest growing Airsoft retailer in the U.S. Airsoft Megastore offers a full selection of gas and electric Airsoft guns including airsoft sniper rifles and pump airsoft shotguns.

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