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Beginner's Guide: How to Start Playing Airsoft


Introduction to Airsoft

Airsoft is more than just a sport; it's an engaging and thrilling activity that combines elements of strategy, teamwork, and recreation. Whether you're drawn to the tactical challenges or the camaraderie, diving into the world of airsoft can be an exhilarating experience. Here's a comprehensive guide for beginners to start their journey into the world of airsoft.

Understanding Airsoft

What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is a competitive shooting sport where players engage in simulated combat using replica firearms that shoot non-metallic pellets, typically made of plastic. It's a recreational activity that emphasizes strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Finding an Airsoft Community

Joining online forums, social media groups and even checking out ads in local communities is the best place to look. Becoming active in a community will not only help put you in touch with the right people, but will also broaden your friendship circle for when you begin playing.

Finding Fields

Finding a field is uaually pretty easy. You can either look on Google maps, searching "サバイバルゲームフィールド", check our field list or search google for the beforementioned term, plus the area you want to play. But please note there are not many places grouped together outside of Chiba.

Defrowe Airsoft's full tactical assault gear

Finding Events

Joining events can be a great way to meet likeminded players as they often have a theme. For example some have war reenactments where you can only use old style weapons and equipment, others might be more focused to military simulation, or like ours, the theme changes each time whether a day is focused to bomb use, juggernauts, military simulation or all out chaos. The possibilites are somewhat endless.

Getting Started

Essential Gear

Protective Equipment

Safety comes first in airsoft. Basic protective gear includes eye protection (full-seal goggles or glasses), face masks, sturdy clothing to protect exposed skin and strong shoes for the rough terrain if you play outdoors. As you progress, consider additional protective gear like gloves, knee pads, and a helmet.

Airsoft Guns

For beginners, renting equipment at a field is a great option to test the waters. As you commit to the sport, invest in a reliable starter gun (commonly Automatic Electric Guns) that suits your playstyle and budget. If you make some friends, they may let you try their weapons, so you can get a feel for what you like.

What to Expect


Airsoft games vary widely, from small skirmishes to large-scale scenarios, each with its unique rules and objectives. Games can mimic real-world scenarios or follow more traditional team-based formats. Expect diverse game modes like capture the flag and team deathmatch at most Japanese regular games. Sadly these do become boring after a while. That is why events are better, as they allow for a better rule set and much more diversity in gameplay. Rather than playing 6 hours of capture the flag, our chartered games will have at least 10 different game modes that change every event and offer a gameplay experience like no other.

Indoor Fields Vs. Outdoor Fields

Indoor Field (Bracepoint in Shinjuku)

One question we hear a lot is the difference between indoor and outdoor fields.

The main difference is that indoor fields have stricter rules such as, no running, lower powered weapons, semi-automatic firing only, 0.20g BB's only, no rapid trigger pulls etc. Indoor fields are often cramped and offer very little variety in gameplay since you are effectively in an office building or warehouse with wooden boards and barrels as cover.

Outdoor Field (Sabage Paradise)

Outdoor fields are where things are more adventurous. You can sprint, use heavier BB's, most fields have no limit on shooting speed, you can fire in full-auto etc. But, what really sets these fields apart is that they are so diverse in design. Some may be in a forest, other in a bush area, some are even on the side of hills, farms or have other unique aspects. I have seen some that have pools of water, trenches, buildings, towers, catwalks, driveable vehicles and more.

Teamwork and Strategy

Success in airsoft often hinges on teamwork and strategy. Communicate with your team, coordinate movements, and devise tactics to outmaneuver opponents. Learning to adapt and work collaboratively is crucial for victory.

Etiquette and Sportsmanship

Airsoft fosters a strong sense of sportsmanship. Respect fellow players, follow field rules, and honor hits (acknowledging when you've been hit by a pellet). Additionally, clean up after games and maintain a positive attitude toward other players.


Starting in airsoft may seem daunting, but with the right approach, it's an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable activity. Finding a community, acquiring essential gear, and embracing the spirit of sportsmanship will pave the way for an exciting journey into the world of airsoft.

Joining games, practicing regularly, and immersing yourself in the camaraderie of fellow players will not only enhance your skills but also foster lasting friendships within this vibrant and thrilling community.

So gear up, stay safe, and get ready for an adrenaline-filled adventure in the world of airsoft!

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