Airsoft Safety

Airsoft Safety

Remember

  • Don’t be ‘That Guy’, safety is everyones responsibility.
  • Treat your Weapons and Equipment with Respect.
  • Treat those around you with Respect.
  • Stay Safe.

Airsoft Gun Handling

When handling an Airsoft Gun always treat it as loaded, even if you know it isn't.

At the end of the day, once you have finished shooting, or even simply putting the weapon down it is important to make sure the weapon is safe to leave. This means removing its Ammunition Source, this is called ‘Clearing the weapon’. This means for electric guns, removing the magazine and firing the gun to ensure none are left in the barrel, or for gas guns removing the magazine and decocking the weapon.

When picking up an Airsoft Gun for the first time always check if it is Clear / loaded, and if it is clear it safely. This is important to do every time you pick up a gun, even if you are simply attaching a sight, maintaining the weapon or just holding it. Once you have walked away from your weapon you do not know if someone has touched it.

If you are passed a weapon you should always check if it is clear before inspecting it.

Never point an Airsoft Gun directly at another person unless in a live Skirmish Play Zone where every player is wearing Eye protection. 

Do not handle an Airsoft Weapon in view of the public. Simply someone thinking you have anything that looks like a real firearm is reason enough for Armed Response to be called and your Airsoft Guns confiscated.

Eye Protection

Eye protection is an Absolute Minimum.

You only get one Pair of eyes, don't waste them. It is important to wear eye protection at all times when handling Airsoft Weapons, or are when Airsoft Weapons are being fired. Even a stray round or ricochet can have serious impact on vision.

It is bad enough if you blind yourself, but blinding another person is far worse. 

At most Airsoft Sites the only place where you can take your goggles off is in the Safe Zone, this is because no one should have a loaded rifle.

At most sites taking your Eye Protection off will result in you being removed from play. This is not just for your safety, but for everyone else's as well.

Once eye protection becomes damaged or cracked it is imperative to replace it immediately.

Face / Body Protection

Face protection in Airsoft is highly recommended, this is to stop welts on skin and prevent teeth being shot out by accident. 

At most Airsoft Sites under 18’s are required to wear Full Face protection for this very reason.

We're often asked: "can Airsoft BBs penetrate skin?" - and the short answer is yes, there's always the chance a Realistic Imitation Firearm can be dangerous. With that in mind, today I would like to talk about various Airsoft face protection setups that are available to keep you safe in the game. Other incredibly common questions which really have no answers are: "What's the best? What's right for me? What should I use?". Unfortunately there is no right or wrong, only what you like. When you find a face protection setup that works for you its hard to consider anything else; you recommend it to your friends and pretty soon you and the rest of the field all look identical. There's nothing wrong with following the norm if it works for you, but there are so many equally effective products out there to protect your smile. I've compiled a list of some of my favourite combinations I've seen, as well as some suitable alternatives should you not like a particular aspect of the loadout, in the hope that it inspires you to experiment with what works best for you.

Airsoft Gun Storage

When storing your Airsoft weapons it is important to keep them in a secure location, such as inside a house, inside a cupboard or under a bed.

When you get home the night after a Skirmish take all weapons out of your car and place them in your house.

Always ensure that before you store your guns they are made safe, by removing magazines and power sources. It is also recommended that you keep your magazines in a different location to your rifles.

You can follow this suggested checklist:

  1. Remove all Magazines from Weapons

  2. Clear all Weapons

  3. Place all Magazines in Weapons

  4. Remove all BBs from Magazines

  5. Leave a small amount of Gas in Gas Magazines to preserve Seals

  6. Remove all Co2 Bulbs from Magazines / Guns

  7. Remove all Batteries from Guns

  8. Store Batteries in a Fire Safe container

Airsoft Gun Transport

When transporting Airsoft guns it is important to make sure they are Safe. It is best to treat Airsoft Guns in the same way as Air rifles for transport, and only have them in a car when going to or from a game site or shop.

If you are stopped by the police and are transporting a rifle you must provide a valid reason for having the weapon. Do not presume that every Police Officer will understand Airsoft and will most likely not know what UKARA is. Stay calm and explain about the sport and where you are going. Preferably having a site booking by name that the Officer can call.

When transporting your Airsoft Guns it is important they are not on show, in a gun bag / case and in the boot of the car. The ammunition / magazines should be stored in a separate location. Weapons should never be transported in a ready to fire state and be safe.

Please note that most Police Officers are not qualified to determine if an item is a firearm or not, and will have to request backup from a Qualified Individual, usually from the Armed Response. 

General Questions

Do I have to transport my  Airsoft Guns in a gun bag / case?

Yes. Having your weapons in cases prevents the public from seeing your rifles, and will put you in a better light with the police should you be stopped.

What do I do if my Airsoft Guns are Stolen?

Inform the police immediately, and let them know exactly what has been taken. If you can supply them with pictures that is even better. They will want to track down your RIF before they fall into the wrong hands.

Why should I take the batteries out of my Airsoft Gun?

Some guns will trickle drain the batteries over time, this kills LiPo batteries. Guns such as the Amoeba Range contain small computers which control the gearbox, these draw a tiny amount of power over time and this is enough to kill LiPo Batteries. NiMh batteries are usually fine, but should be taken out anyway out of habit.

Do I have to store batteries in a Fire Safe container?

The likelihood of batteries randomly exploding is low, however it is better to be safe than sorry.

Do I have to transport my Magazines / Ammo separately to my Airsoft Gun?

You are not required to carry them separately, but will keep you in good stead with the police should they pull you over.

Why should I transport my RIF in the boot?

Police frown very heavily upon having weapons readily accessible to drivers and passengers in cars. Having them in your boot puts you in good stead with the police should they pull you over.

I am Target Shooting at home with my Son / Daughter, do they still have to wear face protection?

Technically they do not, however it is highly recommended they do. Your Significant Other will probably be very annoyed if they get hurt.