Basic Airsoft Survival Tips

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Here are some Basic Airsoft Survival tips that will help you succeed in the field. Just using some of your basic senses will help you survive in the field.

Keep a watchful eye

When on patrol your eyes are one of your most important assets that you have going for you. Being able to see your enemy, even the slightest movements can give you an advantage. Keep your eyes moving back and forth, the worst thing that you can do is to get tunnel vision by focusing on what is right in front of you.

Watch your back

More times than not you will get killed from behind. Be aware of what is going on behind you so you don’t get flanked. In a squad situation you normally have a ‘Six’ person watching your ‘six’ or backside. Even with a ‘Six’ be aware of what is going on behind you.

Silence is golden

Being quiet in any field will save your life. Walking with as little noise as possible, step lightly, using a quiet whisper (even when using a radio), walking through brush and trees, etc. Using hand signals to communicate with you squad/team is a very good practice.  Listen:  Be an active listener. With the items mentioned above you can hear an opponent before you see them. A snap of a twig to someone talking can give you a good approximation of the opposition’s location.

Keep your head/body down

When ducking for cover ensure that your whole body is in cover. More times than not something as simple as having your foot hanging out in the open can get you ‘killed’ in the field. I have taken out team commanders by him leaving his foot out in view. The point is for you to keep your head and your whole body under/behind cover and watch out for holes in your cover.

Work as a Team

When you are out on patrol each person has a job. Whether you are on point, six or side cover, you must work as a team. Communication is key when working as a team. You can go high tech by using radios or the good old fashion way by using hand signals. No matter how you choose to communicate make sure it’s clear and consistent.

These are just a few of the items that will help you survive in an Airsoft scenario/game.


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I'm a United States Air Force Veteran, Desert Shield & Desert Storm Veteran. I'm a long time WWII reenactor turned into an Airsoft Operator. I mostly reenacted 1st Infantry Division 'Big Red 1' and 101st Airborne. During my years as a WWII reenactor I learned and used many military tactics both urban and woodland. These lessons have helped me adapt to the Sport of Airsoft very easily. I love the sport of Airsoft for many reasons. Some of those reasons are no real uniform restrictions, many weapons to choose from, it's less expensive to get into and the use of modern technology.

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  • Thanks for the informative post. I’ve gotten busted a time or two while playing airsoft due to not following these rules. Especially by not having my foot, sleeve, etc. behind cover. I find that keeping my elbows in tight and only exposing my head when necessary (and only around the side of my cover and not the top) really helps me to stay in the game.

  • Andres Lechuga

    Communication is a key factor, getting your team all equipped with radio and hands free accesories gives you a great advantage if you use effective communication: i.e. Location and what you are seeing.

    Great teamwork will help you “survive” in a big field :)

  • Lucian Donohue

    Whenever I go airsofting, I always try to communicate with my teammates on what is going on and stuff. This sometimes works; however, on many occasions my team would collectively make decisions and you would have to go for it weather you liked it or not because if you don’t you can get exposed then get hit. Anyway thanks for the tips!