New Players and Safety

New Players

Airsoft is a game of skill and sport, a match of wits, cunning, and honor, where the daring win and everyone has a good time. At Palouse Airsoft, our goal is to create a thriving community of players who can enjoy the amazing experience that is airsoft.

As a new player, we welcome you. You are the lifeblood of our hobby, the fresh and the new that revitalizes our game with vibrant new ideas. We want you to come and make our games more interesting. We want to introduce ourselves and make you a member of our community.

We hope that you might enjoy an excellent wargaming experience, but also hope that you will bring to the table your best attitude and your integrity. Airsoft cannot function without those vital principles.

 

Gear Recommended for Gameplay

• Safety Glasses/Goggles – You only have two eyes; can you really afford to lose one? These are required at any airsoft event worldwide, not to mention all Palouse Airsoft skirmish operations.

• LBE – An acronym for Load Bearing Equipment, this could be as simple as a backpack or satchel, or as complex as a full plate carrier and assault pack. This gear will carry essential items such as water, food, and extra ammunition as you skirmish for upwards of several hours at a time.

• Primary Weapon – This is your main tool in a skirmish. All primary weapons must pass a weapon inspection via chronograph at no faster than 400 FPS (feet per second) with a .20g BB.

• Sidearm – Sidearms are a secondary weapon, typically a pistol, which will allow an operator to engage at sub-minimum distances, due to their lower muzzle energy. To be considered for close quarters engagement, all sidearms must pass a weapon inspection via chronograph at no faster than 350 FPS (feet per second) with a .20g BB.

• Camouflage – Many players use camouflage to aid in their hiding from their foes, and a variety of options are available to the consumer. Camouflage also acts as a team identifier, so each side may recognize friend from foe. When planning your attendance at our skirmishes, please consider which camouflage pattern you possess, and register for the appropriate side.

Safety Equipment

All players at Palouse Airsoft are expected to wear appropriate eye protection, as BB projectiles move fast enough to cause tissue damage, and can permanently blind a person in an eye if they do not take proper precautions.

Palouse Airsoft recommends a full seal eye protection for all of it’s players. This may take the form of a paintball mask, which provides the greatest protection, or ballistic goggles, mesh or polymer. Palouse Airsoft permits, but does not recommend ballistic glasses, unless they provide full seal protection.

Proper footwear is a critical must have. Players are outside, inside, over and under logs, in rocky creek beds and steep slopes. We recommend boots with sufficient ankle support which will help prevent rolled, twisted, or broken ankles.

Knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves, while not mandatory, will all help protect you from environmental hazards such as thorns, rocks, and sometimes even bugs.

Remember; quality safety gear will mean quality gameplay. Do not skimp on these as you consider your purchases. The Palouse Airsoft community is here to help, too!

Handling Airsoft Guns

We do not consider our airsoft guns to be toys. We handle all replicas as if they are real, loaded firearms. All participants who attend Palouse Airsoft as players must practice safe firearm handling techniques. The following will help you as you consider your duty to safe practices.

  • An airsoft player is responsible for understanding how his replica operates. If you do not know, ask an administrator or player referee for help.
  • Never assume a gun is safe or unloaded.
    • Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to fire.
    • Remove the magazine until ready to play, and do not chamber a round until game on is called.
    • Keep the physical safety on until you are on the field, ready to play.
  • Always keep the muzzle (the business end) pointed in a safe direction, and never point at anything you do not intend to destroy.
  • After a game is over and before you enter the staging area, remember…
    • For AEGs, remove the mag and fire a few shots in a safe direction to clear any BBs that may be in the chamber. Keep the mag out of the gun and the safety on until you are ready to play again.
    • For gas guns, remove the mag and pull the bolt or slide back to clear any remaining BBs. Keep the mag out and the safety on until you are ready to play the next game.
  • Always use a designated shooting zone to test fire your gun when not in play. Do not fire near or at cars, people, or animals.

Transportation of Airsoft Guns

When you transport airsoft guns, you run the risk of alarming the public and placing yourself within the reach of law enforcement officers who may or may not know what you are carrying. As a general rule, we recommend that your replica, when not in explicit skirmishing use, is encased and out of sight. Palouse Airsoft recommends a soft or hard case which can be securely closed and locked. Transport your airsoft gun ONLY when going to or from a game or local airsofting store.

We recommend that you refrain from presenting or brandishing your airsoft replica in public. (We really have to say this!)

Do not transport your replica in public transportation. If you cannot get a ride to a game, we advise you not to go.

When you are in a private vehicle, put your gun case in the trunk. If there is no trunk, then the case must be kept in the rearmost part of the vehicle, inaccessible to any passengers.

Do not have airsoft guns in your vehicle when going to security sensitive areas, such as the airport or a government building. It is also illegal to have airsoft guns on school grounds without permission from school authorities, regardless of whether or not it is kept in a case or securely covered.

When you are not transporting your airsoft gun, it should stay at home locked in its case. Store it with the mag out, safety on, with no batteries or gas connected, and out of reach from children.

Your Child and Airsoft

As a parent, you might wonder who your child is hanging around with when he or she asks if they could go airsofting.

What can you do as a responsible adult and parent?

The minimum age for Palouse Airsoft is 18 years without parental consent. Minors MUST have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate, no exceptions. However, Palouse Airsoft regularly hosts minors aged 14 and up, and has allowed minors on field as young as 10. We ask that in cases younger than 16, the parents contact the head admin prior to game on.

Understand what your child is involved in. Airsoft is a sport similar to laser tag or paintball. Airsoft promotes sportsmanship, teamwork, quick decision making, is an excellent form of exercise, not to mention promoting good firearms etiquette and technique. In many respects, airsoft is a martial art which can teach these good self-defense principles.

Airsoft is also a mature sport, catering mostly to young adolescents and adults. We ask that your child be of sufficient maturity to attend adult functions with dignity and honor, and be capable and willing of upholding the excellent standing of youths involved in our gamesmanship. The head administration and game administrators reserve the right to remove anyone who does not comply with adult standards of integrity and honor, including your children.

Be involved with your child. Come out to the field with your child for his first game and stay or even play. When you bring your child to the field the Palouse Airsoft Admin(s)(there will always be at least one present) will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Watch a few games and understand how the games are played. Better yet, play a game or two. Parents who play with their children often become just as hooked on the game as their children. Many parents come out to play with their children regularly.

Educate your child. Safe and responsible handling is a must. Serious injury or even death can occur from the mishandling of an airsoft gun. Teach your child how to handle an airsoft gun safely. A few of the basic tips for handling airsoft guns are listed above under “Handling Airsoft Guns”.

A child who understands safe handling of airsoft guns is far less likely to injure himself or those around him.

Know when and where your child is using his airsoft gun. Using airsoft replicas on public land, in schools, and even in some cases around your home can be illegal. Don’t let your child wander around the outside of the house with his replica Don’t let your child take his airsoft on the bus or to school. Don’t let your child play at games that are held on public trails or parks; in brief, the appearance of wrongdoing can lead to serious consequences.

The more you get involved you become with what your child is doing, the more responsible and safe your child can be.