Airsoft Safety – How to Play Safely

Rules of safety - Airsoft

Rules of safety – Airsoft

How to Play Airsoft Safely?

Airsoft is about having fun above all else. But you can’t very well do that if your depth perception leads you face first down a ravine, because you lost your eye as a result of being too cool to wear something as simple as safety glasses. Being safe in the game is half equipment and half common sense

Goggles

Play naked. I don’t care. But if you’re not wearing your eye protection, you’re not even allowed to watch on my field. There is a myriad of correlations I can make between the material properties of the sport and the philosophies of its physics in relation to the damage that can be caused by such. But the simple fact is, you can’t see the future, and you won’t be able to see anything else if the 6mm ball of hard plastic hits one of the permeable, gelatinous, sacs of vitreous fluids in your skull, so predicting that the worst will happen is easier than hoping to avoid it. Proper eye protection needs at least the following two qualities: A rating of shatter protection from a standardization organization like ANSI or CENELEC and fogging resistance. Choosing shatter-resistant goggles is an obvious decision. The worst thing you can do however, is negate the entire purpose of protecting your eyes, by removing your goggles to wipe out condensation. Safety glasses manage to stay free of fog naturally due to their open design, but goggles are notorious for it and can make choosing difficult. Condensation can accumulate when moisture cannot escape the pocket created by your goggles, whether it be from sweat or humidity in the air. The simple solution is to allow an escape for the moisture. Goggles that have large enough ventilation with approximately 15% or more of the surface area of the design, or; for fancy pants players, built-in fan units, are often the best choices. Keep in mind, eye protection is simply a preventative measure in the occasion that one or too many rounds intersect the path of your face. When possible, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and don’t aim for their head in the first place.

Boots

A wise woman, whose burly chest and tangly mustache often left me writhing in cold sweats from the nightmares they gave me, once told me there are three things with which you must always consider quality because you are always using them. Your bed, your tools, and your shoes. Unless you take naps on the field after you’ve fixed your weapon, this tip is obviously about footwear. When it comes to playing field injuries, I’ve done and seen it all. Personally, I’ve stabbed and broken my right foot more than once, and twisted both feet an innumerable amount of times before I figured out that I wasn’t investing in my safety. Admittedly, most boots won’t protect you from underside punctures caused by nails or other sharp edged protrusions because of their rubber soles, but ankle support is a paramount consideration. Choose high sided boots that allow for flexibility in your lateral (forward) step, but don’t allow for much longitudinal (side to side) play. Boots in good condition and with adequate tread, are just as important in active injury protection as they are in prevention. Remaining upright as you climb up and down hills, or across surfaces like ice, and through areas with water where obstacles may remain invisible, is dependent on your balance and a confident foothold as you tread perilously in the direction of the enemy. So remember, don’t trust a woman with good boots and a toolbag, because she may want to show you how solid her new mattress is. That’s what this article is about right?

Following the Rules of the Field

Fields are as unique as their players. Can you think of any two that are the same? Or even similar? Whether they have multi-story structures that you can climb around in, or hills that undulate with the sound of music, the rules are there to protect you! The people that run these fields most likely play too, so they want you to have fun. They’ve already covered themselves for the most part with a release form, and cordon off dangerous areas to cover the rest. If you’re a first time player or a veteran, it is imperative that you stay away from areas that are off limits and listen to the instructions of the referees. Unplayable areas may contain things as minimally harmful as poison ivy or as injurious as a blind and steep ravine. You don’t know. The simplest thing you can do to ensure you’ll end your day knowing you had fun, is to leave in one piece. This even applies to home fields. When you bring in new players, make sure they know the field. Make them aware of your safe zone, and that you expect a minimum of safety equipment, where the boundaries of the field are, and what areas are recommended to stay away from. If they’d still rather endanger themselves, and you, then let them know your sister is having a tea party and she always needs more bus boys.

Safety is synonymous with having a good time. Cutting your day short because of a twisted ankle or, Airsoft Gods forbid, someone’s been shot in their eye, is clearly the opposite of fun. Take one simple precaution and cover your eyes. If you took everything so far seriously, strap your boots up, listen to the guy with the megaphone, and have a good time!

Written by Duncan Millar from Cobra Airsoft Legion
Many thanks to Ashleigh Wright for the photos

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