Airsoft Safety, Part I discussed the history of Airsoft along with the potential for injuries when using Airsoft guns. Today’s post addresses a hopefully obvious danger with Airsoft and provides some basic rules for Airsoft safety.
Stating the Obvious
Because Airsoft guns look and feel so realistic, they make great training tools for the military and police. At the same time, because Airsoft guns look and feel so realistic, they create an interesting social issue – or public safety issue – at the same time.
Most states require Airsoft users to be at least 18 in order to purchase and own an Airsoft gun. However, those under 18 can use Airsoft guns with permission from a parent or legal guardian.
While most adults play Airsoft games do so in a controlled environment, many younger users do not simply because of transportation availability. Instead, younger Airsoft users are often seen in residential neighborhood playing their games in backyards they can walk or ride bikes to.
In a day and age where young kids are shooting others with real guns, kids – actually anyone – carrying Airsoft guns that look like real guns can potentially be perceived as threats. No one wants someone getting killed because an Airsoft gun was mistaken – even rightfully so – for a real gun.
The simple solution involves always treating Airsoft guns as real guns and developing an understanding and respect for firearms. This goes for youth and adults alike.
In addition to this understanding and respect, Airsoft King also recommends the following for preventing any mistaken identity between Airsoft and real guns.
- Do not expose Airsoft guns in public.
- Do not play Airsoft games on public property.
- Get permission before playing Airsoft games on private property.
- Keep Airsoft equipment completely concealed in public.
- If confronted by law enforcement when carrying Airsoft equipment, comply immediately and totally with their requests.
Common sense goes a long way in preventing mistaken identity with Airsoft guns.
Airsoft Safety Rules
In addition to common sense rules, the following rules can keep Airsoft a fun and safe activity for all ages.
- Always wear eye protection. Never remove it while on the playing field or still in a game.
- Find eye protection that fits comfortably. Many players simply wear safety sunglasses, but many prefer goggles or sunglasses with a foam-padded lining around the lens area. Favorite products of some Airsoft users include the Pyramex I-Force, the Elvex Go-Specs II in Desert Camo, the ESS Crossbow, the Radians Extremis, and the Guard-Dogs G100.
- Keep a gun’s safety on and its barrel plugged in designated safe zones. Do this to prevent accidental discharge from Airsoft guns in areas where eye protection and safety equipment is often removed.
- Always treat every gun as if it’s loaded. This means following the rules for basic gun safety.
- Be aware of where a gun is pointed. When not in an active game, keep guns pointed away from people or safely stowed.
- Keep finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Again, common sense can prevent accidental firing that leads to injury.
- Keep gun unloaded until ready to use. Don’t carry guns loaded, wait to load guns until just prior to Airsoft activity, and remove ammunition as soon as activity ends.
For more detailed Airsoft safety information, check out this article by the Airsoft Safety Foundation.
Adults playing Airsoft not only protect themselves by following these rules and guidelines, but they can also set a solid example for kids playing Airsoft. Parents allowing their kids to play Airsoft are responsible for their kids knowing & complying with the rules and for making sure they are properly supervised. Use common sense and educate yourself and your kids about the safe use of Airsoft.